Early this year I noticed that Boston was going to be playing as part of the Summer concert series at Harvey's in Lake Tahoe. The Doobie Brothers are opening up for them. Never seen either and always wanted to see Boston since I was a teenager in the 70's, especially since I grew up just south of Boston. So I got a couple tickets for my wife and I center stage 18th row. That concert is actually tomorrow. I also saw that Journey was going to be playing at Harvey's with Steve Miller band opening on July 30th. So we got a pair of tix for that show too. After I bought the tickets I saw that Boston was going to be playing at the Hard Rock in Vegas with Cheap Trick opening on July 26th. So what the hell, got a couple tickets for that show as well. A week before we were set to leave I got a Groupon email to see Styx, Foreigner and Don Felder (of the Eagles) at the Orleans theater on July 25th, so grabbed them too. So our trek started early on the morning of July 25th for what would be our typical 5 hour drive from central California. Very uneventful drive and the only new twist was a stop at the new Dunkin Donuts in Barstow just in time for breakfast. Got to Vegas around 10AM and decided to just go directly to the Rio, play a little bit there, check in and then head over to Orleans. Nothing exciting to report on winnings or losses. We just played a few machines and went to see if our room was ready. It was. We got a premium room in the Ipanema tower which was just fine. We were just staying there the one night anyway. After we got the tickets to see Styx and Foreigner we called CET to get a room for the one night and we decided to just get the comped room at Rio since it was fairly close to Orleans and I really didn't want to deal with the Strip traffic on a Friday night. After we checked in the room we headed out to Orleans to play, eat and catch the show. I played machines and my wife played Pai Gow. She hit a few good hands including a Straight Flush with $5 on the bonus. The other 2 cards in her hand was also the same suit as her flush, so she came pretty close to getting a 7 card straight flush which would have paid $93K. Concert was pretty good. We've seen Styx several times now so pretty much memorized the song line-up. Don Felder was a nice surprise. I expected to hear some stuff of his from a new CD or something but it ended up being an Eagles greatest hits hour. Foreigner absolutely rocked. Saturday morning we checked out of Rio and drove over to Bally's to check in over here. First time staying at Bally's and could some it up with an 'eh'. Got a room in the Indigo Tower, deluxe room. Furnishings looked old but room was large enough to stretch out. Nice view of the High Roller though. Had breakfast at the Paris buffet, nothing spectacular and not worth the weekend rate of $34 p/p. Stayed on the strip much of the day mostly playing at Paris, Bally's, Flamingo, Margaretville and the Cromwell. Again, nothing exciting to report on the gambling front, unless you find dropping a hundy at a craps table only to watch someone set a point then immediately 7-out, three shooters in a row..... at every casino I played in. Was able to get much of it back playing various machines. Wife held her own at Pai Gow getting the occasional 4 of a kind to keep her going. Sunday...our final day we got a couple 24 hour bus passes and headed downtown for the day. Had breakfast at Dunkin Donuts (of course). Played at Freemont, Binions, and 4 Queens. My wife was doing well while I was getting my arse kicked. I decided to shake things up a bit and play a slot that I never have before. Got a bonus and pulled my ticket out. Went to the machine next to it. Got a bonus and pulled my ticket. Kept this up for the remainder of the row of machines. Looked on the other side of the row and saw another 8 machines of the same type of game so I kept the routine going. An hour later and another 8 bonuses I finally pulled out the ticket for the last time. Caught up with my wife and she dropped a couple hundred at the Pai Gow table and wanted to take a break. For the next hour or so I couldn't lose. No matter what game I played I tripled or quadrupled my money. Got us back to even. Had dinner at Magnolias. I had the Rueben and fries, my wife had the Philly cheese steak and fries. Eh. Took the bus back to the strip and hopped off across from Flamingo. Went into Margaretville and got kicked in the balls by everything I played. My wife didn't do much better. So we wandered back over to Bally's, called it an early night since we had to drive back home the next morning to do laundry, get a nights sleep in our own bed and then drive to Lake Tahoe the next morning to see Journey and Steve Miller. As I'm writing this we're all packed and ready to head back up to Tahoe tomorrow morning after Church for the 4th and final concert of the summer, maybe.