Sunday Sept 7 to Friday Sept 12 -myself, my husband and another couple who both work with my husband No particular order: -flew Southwest Airlines out of Detroit. Our first time with SWA. I have nothing bad to say about SWA. I think they have slightly more legroom than Delta. And they have a comfier seat with that lumbar support. -stayed at Golden Nugget for the 2nd time. Really love downtown and the GN in particular. Nothing bad to say about our Carson tower room. I'm going to book Gold tower next time though. -weather; we arrived during those rainstorms and flash floods. It got pretty bad but we had rented a smaller SUV-Ford Escape so I drove like one of those yahoo's who think they can get through anything with their SUV (I got through everything I was dumb enough to drive through which is good because our next car is going to be a small AWD) Anyhow, I didn't enjoy the muggy weather. But, it cleared up the last 3 days. Still more humid than I'd like but better. -got supplies at Von's by the airport...it sucked...but whatever. Meals; -prime rib dinner at Magnolia's 4 Queens, Dupar's Golden Gate pancakes (they really are awesome and I'm not a pancake lover), Golden Nugget breakfast buffet, Mandalay Bay brunch buffet, Ellis Island cafe, Hooter's prime rib special, fried Oreo and twinkie at Mermaid's (oreo was good), Binion's ribs, MSS coffee shop? I'm not sure but I got a reuben sandwich Highlights; -shark feeding at Mandalay Bay Shark Reef was awesome, spa at Golden Nugget very nice, H20 bar and VIP pool at Golden Nugget very nice, little bit of shopping since I could hardly drink with my medication, Rock This Town performing at Golden Nugget's Rush Lounge is awesome, efforts to clean up FSE are working, lunch with Buddha Low points; -we were about 10-15 feet away when that pickup truck drove through the main entrance of the Stratosphere on September 10th, the other couple were not ideal Vegas buddies, came home with a very bad cold, not being able to drink with my meds really sucked http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/las-vegas/judge-releases-man-who-crashed-truck-stratosphere interesting characters; -the well kept old guy at Golden Gate who accidentally did his business in the ladies room and I was like whatever because I've always had to share a bathroom, he was so glad I didn't make a big deal out of it that he gave me a big hug and kissed me on the top of my head like my Dad used to and he even smelled like Old Spice -the elderly gentlemen in the wheelchair in the Carson tower lobby at Golden Nugget who was staring into space and singing just like Tony Bennett while his family fussed with printing boarding passes. He was freaking good too. I'd sit and listen to him for sure. The upside of dementia.