It's been a while since I posted a TR, so I thought I ought to do one this time since I enjoy everyone else's so much! We flew in from Cedar Rapids on Thursday night late, so I don't really count that as a day. We were up and out early Friday morning and went non-stop for the most part until we left Sunday afternoon. I think I'll just cover a few things with a list rather than do a chronological narrative. Here's the good, the bad, and the ugly (oh, and the GREAT!): 1. Weather: Perfect. We left a crappy weekend in Iowa with rain, a little snow, and cold for 90 and sunny. No complaints. Thanks, Mother Nature! We spent some time at Bally's pool (not our thing -- too old, I guess) and Paris pool (much better). Service was marginal at both. Bally's was especially slow. 2. Gaming: Same story, different verse: Husband won, I lost. He shared. All was good. Went home with about $100 more than we collectively came with, and that was no small feat considering my losses. :/ He hit double purple sevens (two out of the three were doubles) on his beloved Double Gold machines not once but twice. That was nice. 3. MyVegas rewards: Bar at Times Square $50 drink credit was well used. We Iowa Hawkeye fans spent part of the afternoon watching the Wisconsin game with about 50 Badgers. Only one guy told me to get the hell out of the bar when he saw my Hawkeye shirt. I just laughed at him. Fast and friendly service here. Never made it over to Nine Fine Irishmen to collect there. Cravings Buffet, Dinner for 2: Would have been disappointed if I would have paid $70 for the two of us here, but free was fine. The breakfast/lunch buffet we had in May was much better. Sugar Factory: Yep, two pounds of Jelly Bellies made the trip home with me again. Sad the MyVegas rules have changed and that I have to stay at one of their properties to redeem now; we always drop a couple hundred bucks wherever we get something for free. Not sure we'll be able to take advantage of this again since I won't give up our free rooms. 4. Bally's: We loved it here in May. However, we stayed during the week rather than on the weekend. After first being assigned a handicap-accessible room by the elevator (we were told it was far away from the elevator), we were re-assigned to a room on the top floor with a beautiful view of the Eiffel Tower and the Bellagio fountain. Loved it! Well, loved it until the night club music started thumping and didn't quit until 4:00 a.m. Thursday night was fine, but Friday and Saturday, it was close to impossible to sleep. They gave us ear plugs at check-in, but they didn't help at all. Doubt we'll stay there again on a weekend. Too bad -- we love the Jubilee rooms there. Our room also did not get serviced on Friday at all, so when we returned at 10:00 p.m., we had to call down to get towels. They were very apologetic about the omission. 5. Best meal: Breakfast at Mon Ami Gabi. Skinny Pancakes. 'Nuf said. 6. Biggest bummer (other than room noise): No more Fiji water at Cromwell. 7. Best beer: Triple 7 Brewery at Main Street Station. This is a tradition for us. Sampler tray(s) and sushi for him; flatbread pizza for me. We went on Friday night, which happened to be First Friday on Fremont. Were disappointed we spent $40 on cab fare only to have to pay to be on Fremont. We walked Fremont for about 30 minutes and left before we had to buy a bracelet for the event. 8. Trip highlight: ROD STEWART!! I would see his show again for sure. What a showman! We were in the 10th row center and were really pleased with our view. He was so personable and fun; he still has it! Of course, it helped that when I blew him a kiss, he blew me one back. His daughter Ruby came out and sang a song, and that girl has some pipes! The back-and-forth banter between the two was cute. Another thing I loved about his show was that he made sure to showcase every background singer and band member at least once, and as that was happening, the spotlight left him completely, and he enjoyed and respected their musical talent. Very unselfish. About 3/4s of the way through the show, he sang "Hot Legs" and kicked 30-40 personally autographed soccer balls into the crowd. One more unusual thing: He invited the audience to take pictures and even to come right up to the stage to take them -- yet another generous thing he did. The man did not stop moving even when he was sitting down to sing; his legs and feet were constant motion. I admit I booked these tix for my husband for his birthday (I wasn't that excited about it), but I left a bigger fan than even my hubby. We usually travel during the week and stay for four nights, but this trip was only three since it was a quick in-and-out weekend jaunt. I found I missed the extra day quite a bit but was ready to go home simply because I needed a night of sleep (insert old age jokes here). All in all, it was a great time, and of course we can't wait to get back. Thanks for reading.