A summary of our trip April 15-19. First, some of you might be saying Cal? Joe is a die hard MSS person. That is true, but we are trying to change things up a bit and my wife doesn't sleep well in Vegas. All the suites at MSS have a king bed and she now prefers two queens. At home, it's one king and no sleeping problems. That's also the reason for the next Suncoast trip. No problems at MSS, just looking for some variety. We had a nice suite on the top floor of Cal West tower, room 2320. The room overlooked the 20x odds craps sign at MSS, meaning it faced West and I must say it was almost as loud as a suite at MSS. Maybe freeway noise was a little less, but train whistles just as loud. Next time I’ll ask for an odd number room and be on the other side of the west tower. Odd thing, this suite had two refrigerators. One standard hotel size and this larger one. But, unlike a MSS suite we had to request a coffee maker be delivered to the room and there was no place to set it up except in the bathroom. You shouldn’t have to say this in mid-April in Vegas, but we come back to the room around 1 AM and can’t get the heat to work. It’s not one of those wall units, but built in, with a wall thermostat. It just continues to blow cold air and the room is cold. Saturday morning I call down for a fix and they tell me I have to remove the DND sign so maintenance can come into the room. We don’t like doing that on our normal 4 night stay. We just catch housekeeping in the hall for some extra towels and keep the DND sign on for the entire trip. Anyway, they fix the heat and since there is no DND sign, the maid comes in and cleans the room. Sunday morning and my wife usually wants to get an early start, while I’m a lounge around the room person, especially if I’m losing. OK, losing I am, so I’ll watch a few Sunday morning news/talk shows. The cable isn’t working!!! Call down to the desk and ask if it’s our room or bigger outage? I’m told they are not aware of any problems, but she’ll check and call me back. Two minutes later she calls back and says it’s a hotel problem and they are working to fix it. OK, I guess I’m taking a shower and heading out. To lose some more. I finish the shower and there is that metal tapping on the door, even though the DND sign is on. Wrapped in a towel I peek and see it’s hotel maintenance. OK, let him in and he says he has to reset my cable. What followed was a scene from a bad sitcom. Me, wrapped in a bath towel, he comes in, turns on the TV and says, ok, the cable is reset and working! Gambling-wise: My wife played quarter BP or JOB and lost about $200 for the trip. Me, $ DDB for the entire trip. Not one 4oak with a kicker and in fact not one premium quad of any kind. Saturday I played for 13 hours at MSS and ended up with ONE scratch card. Yikes! Some of you may remember my whining from our Feb trip where I had to tap my line of credit 3 times for a total of $6,000. Anyway, I burned through the $2,000 I brought with me and went to tap the LOC again on Sunday morning. I’m told I’m over my credit limit! WTF? I’m broke in Vegas with two days to go! They call a supervisor to the cage and he tells me they never received my marker payment from February. I mailed it to them about 2 weeks after we got back. So mid March. Unlike some casinos MSS sends an invoice to my house and I send them a check for the amount I owe. So the supervisor says he'll authorize an additional $2,000 to my LOC. Whew, no longer broke, but now wondering where the hell my check went. I came home and did an online check and sure enough the check was never cashed. I wrote them a new check for the Feb and April marker and mailed it in. We met VMB member Outsider for dinner on Monday at Redwood. A nice meal and good conversation. The rest of the meals pretty normal stuff. Garden Court buffet, 777, and Chicago Brewing for pizza. I had made a reservation at Hugo’s for Saturday, online and even though I have almost $350 in 4Q comp points coming, we just blew off the reservation. Normally I am very good about cancelling a reservation when we change our mind, but I didn’t in this case. Anyway, I get a kind of nasty phone call from them which in essence said, where the hell are you? DDB gaming losses of approximately $3,200. I’ll get em next time!. Friday 6 PM through Tuesday, 49,000 card score points. Late arrival, time difference, so only 4,600 points on the Friday play.