Returned on Saturday after a wonderful trip. My first TR, hope it's not too boring! It will be in installments as I'm still working on the last few days. Some background - This was our fifth trip to Vegas as a couple. Patty had been there lots of times, but I never thought I would make it. We met in 2004 and made our first trip in June of 2005. Been back 4 times since. We were married there on 7-7-07. Now, that was a trip! She created a monster as I am pretty much obsessed with the place. I never realized how many people feel the same way as I do until I started reading this board. I'm glad to be among the sickos! Saturday 6-5 Left home at 12:00 midnight for Pittsburgh. Our flight leaves at 6:00 a.m. so wanted to get there in plenty of time. No rain until we were halfway there and then it rained like crazy until we got to the airport. Arrived at 3:30. Shuttle picked us up in no time and off to check in. Surprisingly, there were quite a few people there already. Had to wait for the self service Kiosks to open at 4:15. Pretty easy check in, checked bags and off to the gate. We had a connecting flight in DC, but that didn't leave until 8:30, so we thought we had plenty of time. Boarded plane at 5:30 and sat, and sat, and sat. They announced that the airport was closed due to lightning, but the cell should pass shortly. More sitting and more lightning. More storm cells. At 7:10 they asked that the passengers for Vegas deplane as there would not be another connecting flight out of DC. Off we went to UsAir Special Services to get our options. Just as we got there, the airport reopened and back onto the plane. Thank you Mother Nature! Plane took off at 7:25 and landed in DC at 8:05. Still plenty of time. (It was pretty cool landing in DC and seeing all the landmarks from the sky. Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, Capitol,ect.) They then announced that there was another plane still at our gate and we would have to wait. Oh Boy. Flight to Vegas was scheduled for 8:35. Finally made it to the gate at 8:25. They announced that passengers that had connecting flights to please be allowed off the plane first. Everyone complied but there was a lady going to Vegas that was very impatient and yelled at a couple in front of her that she should get off first. The guy was very diplomatic and told her that his plane was leaving right now. She still gave him an earful. I wanted to tell her to shut the hell up, but it wouldn't have helped anything. The guy was great and told her that she wasn't very nice. If she is reading this, you were out of line lady! Not to be nasty, but I wouldn't feel bad if they lost her luggage. Probably shouldn't say such things, but she really was a giant pain in the ass. Anyway.... after getting off the plane, we had to take a shuttle to our gate. Got there just as the plane was getting ready to leave. Got our seats and off to Vegas! Wondered how in the world our luggage could have made the plane with the tight timing. No biggie. We were on our way. Flight was easy and it sure felt good to see Vegas from the air and felt better when we landed at 10:20. Off to baggage claim and yes, the luggage was there! Kudos to UsAir. The whole situation was handled very well. Not much they could do about the weather. Everything they could control was handled in a very professional manner. UsAir, you have two very happy customers! Took Gray Line Shuttle to Bill's. Driver was Jerry who had a lot of good info regarding cabs, places to go, and places not to go. Check-in at Bill's was a breeze. No line at all. The lady at the desk was great. After offering a room with a view of the fountains for an extra $20, she ended up giving us the room at no extra charge. She said we looked like such a nice couple that it was "on the house". The room did have a great view. Room was big, clean, and the bed was very comfortable. (Thanks for all the input from fellow members regarding Bill's, you were right on the mark!). Tried to take a nap as it had been a really long day. I couldn't sleep but Patty had a good nap. Took a shower and headed down to check out the casino. Played a Wheel Of Fortune machine and lost $50. Played some single deck BJ and lost $10. We play BJ as much as possible when in Vegas. Don't play slots much, just in the morning while I'm waiting for Patty to get ready. I should rethink that as the slot machines really kick my ass. Next trip I think it will be only BJ. Gathered up Patty and went to dinner at the Victorian Room. Food was good with good service. We then walked to Walgreens to get Patty some mousse for her hair as the bottle she brought with her exploded in flight. It was very, very hot, 110 they said. We chose early June thinking that it would be a little cooler, but we hit the hottest week of the year so far. Well. it sure beats the hell out of Pennsylvania weather. A little heat is not too hard to take. Got the mousse and headed back to Bill's. Stopped at the Hawaiian Village and got some water and sat in front of a misting machine to cool off. Back to Bill's and played some BJ. I broke even and Patty down $50. We crashed early, back to the room around 7:30 and sleep. Long, long day. Day one observations - Bills is great. We made a very good choice. Good job USAir! What could have been a real mess turned out just fine. It is great to finally be in Vegas. Now if we could just make time stand still for a while. We never did see the crazy lady from the plane again. I still hope she lost her luggage.