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Dec 10-17 - Lowroller Chitchat

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by TracyinVegas, Dec 18, 2015.

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  1. TracyinVegas

    TracyinVegas Tourist

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    My Trip Report

    Hi All,
    I have been to Vegas about 15 times. I am single and in my early 60s. Here is my latest trip:
    Flight out and back:
    Back in May I grabbed a United flight from Charlotte. It made a stop thru Chicago but at $240 roundtrip I thought it very worth it. I get on the full plane and youngish guy is sitting in my aisle seat. I say I think you are in my seat and he says yes and doesn't move. I say uh, can I take my seat? He moves to the middle seat, we click our seatbelts and he says -" I cant sit here. I am having a very bad anxiety attack." I sure as heck wasn't going to give him my seat and thought oh boy I cant deal with this all the way to LV. Guy finds someone who actually switched with him. Good. He was too weird for me and these days I don't want anyone weird anywhere near me - especially on a plane.
    Flight home was delayed one hour in Chicago - it was mobbed there and very hot in the terminal. It felt like a real long time getting home so I hope I do a nonstop next time.

    Car Rental: I always use Dollar - for those who don't know, if you register free for the Dollar Express program it saves you time getting your rental. When you get to the car building, you go downstairs to the Dollar window and can get your car very quickly - as opposed to getting in the Dollar line on the main floor. Weekly for an Elantra was $131. It was fine but I banged my head on it a few times. I am used to my Scion that has a lot more head room.

    Hotels:
    Tuscany Suites - I was here for a conference. Rate was about $65 a night. Wouldn't stay here again but wouldn't need to. It has a smoke smell to it and is tired. I do not like rooms in separate buildings. I travel alone and prefer one building. This place has lots of walkways from building to building. Room was huge and clean but I didn't like it much anyway. I am one of those who finds a nice hotel and room adds a lot to my vacation.

    Golden Nugget - Rush Tower Room - very very nice. Wonderful bathroom with rain shower and a tub that was the best ever. I am 5'8" and could lie all the way back and my toes never touched the end. Highly recommend this tower. Free newspapers in lobby and good service. Oh, I asked for a low floor with a room near the elevator and got it. I saw a sign on my 5th floor that said Dog Friendly floor but you would not have known pets could be there. I think I paid about $80 for the one night.

    Venetian - my favorite hotel in LV. I don't get comps but felt $129 for all that luxury was certainly worth it. Beautiful hotel and room. I always feel good when I stay there.

    Food - I often bring my own - sugar free hot chocolate and instant oatmeal and a few apples, and, so you don't think I am a health nut, a bag of mini choc chips. Once I am in my rental car, I hit a grocery store and pick up a lot of water, greek yogurt, a few protein drinks and anything else I may want to much on. A tip for those who may not know this - wherever I am checking in, I tell the desk that I need a mini fridge for my medicine. They deliver one right away and there is no charge. I also always travel with the Sunbeam Hot Shot and a mug. Take a look at it on amazon. I have had mine for years and love it. Perhaps the coffeemaker in hotels works the same, but I don't drink coffee and I like this thing!

    At Tuscany, I used the senior menu for dinner and had a very decent turkey dinner for $6.99.

    Downtown, I made a beeline to Pizza Rock and had a slice of their daily special which was a pepperoni, sausage and meatball slice for $6. I am a native NYer and know good pizza from 50 years ago when NY actually had good pizza - this was a very good slice and I highly recommend it. Sat at the counter. I wanted to get a King's sausage but it was 4pm and the sausage maker wasn't going to get to his location (outside some brewery) until 5pm. I was too hungry to wait.
    In the morning, I hightailed it over - in frigid, windy weather - to O donuts. Good stuff. I tried a cruller, a choc cronut, and a dark chocolate w/coconut one. All good and fun place to try.

    When at Venetian, I ate 3x at Gran Luxe. Once for their Zen noodles and twice for their turkey and brie on a baguette, which I could go for right now. That place always has good food.

    Outings:
    I had a tour company mini bus pick me up for a day trip to Death Valley. I loved it. Very inspiring place to see. God Bless America and its beauty! The bus was immaculate, guide very interesting, and my fellow travelers were a good sort. Left the hotel at 745am and was dropped back there at 545pm.
    On another day, a lady from the conference and I drove out to Red Rock Canyon. I drove with the intention of driving the13 mile loop there and also seeing which trail I could easily hike the next day. The following day, when I drove out alone, it was blustery and very cold but I was dressed for it. I am an early riser and just couldn't help but get there at 645am. I was the only one in the park but pulled up to a trailhead I had seen the day before, got out my hiking poles, and well, put one foot in front of the other and off I went. I was never far from the road but I couldn't see any cars, nor could any cars see me. Sun was rising and I was smack up against some boulders. I hiked for about 2.5 miles then hit an exit. I turned around and walked the paved road back to my car. The one way on the trail by myself was enough. If I had twisted an ankle or worse, it would have been a real bummer. Being on a trail, trying to hop to my rental car, etc. Not good. The park is wonderful and I was so moved to be there at that time of day.

    Slots - I will admit right now I am a low roller and almost always just keep playing until I run out of moolah. I don't drink or do fine dining. Playing slots takes me far far away from my job and everything else in my life I want a break from. Not unusual.
    The Tuscany had a Big Bang Theory machine that was always giving me something that I could put right back in. I was happy in Binion's with something called Jackpot Streak. Blew those winnings in the other downtown casinos. Venetian was very good - it was the only place I saw Game of Thrones - they had 3 machines and all seemed to be spitting out $$. One .50 cent spin gave me a bonus of $112 so of course I up the spins to $1 - get a bonus fairly quickly and it pays $22. So typical but I could have sat at those all week. I never watch the show but those slots were very entertaining and mesmerizing. I had a lot of luck on a lot of machines at the Venetian. None, or very little, at the dozen or so other casinos I visited.

    That's about it, folks. Fun to see the media and guests for Republican debate at the Venetian. Saw none of the candidates but it would have been surprising if I had. Actually, they could have all been playing Game of Thrones with me and I would not have noticed them. Couldn't get enough of that dang game.
    Safe travels everyone and Happy Holidays!
     
  2. Elf70

    Elf70 Low-Roller

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    Sounds like a nice relaxing trip. Good to hear you had luck at Venetian. I'm planning on playing there for a bit on my next trip.
     
  3. tringlomane

    tringlomane STP Addicted Beer Snob

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    Nice report!
     
  4. HollisTheCat

    HollisTheCat Tourist

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    Sounds like you had a lovely time.
     
  5. MrsBrum

    MrsBrum Tourist

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    Nice report! Your description actually almost convinced me to do the Red Rock visit one day. If only it had a few slots and drink service, I'd be all in :drunk:
     
  6. swimjim10

    swimjim10 Low-Roller

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    I agree: nice report. The obtuse traveller on the plane who tried to take your seat made me furrow my brow a bit. If I can't sit in the seat I was assigned am I going to a) inconvenience the other passengers with my mental plight, or b) find another method of transportation. I suspect he was using the "I need this fridge for my meds" trick and that he didn't have anxiety at all... again the big difference being that you didn't inconvenience anyone. Going to the D in exactly a weeks time and WILL be trying out Pizza Rock out for size (I'm going to wear a pizza?). Will also check out the Valley of Fire early in the morning as I am like you: I love the morning angles...
     
  7. TIMSPEED

    TIMSPEED !địt mẹ!

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    Nice report...
    Wife and I ran into someone like that, on a flight from SFO->HOU...she was in my wife's seat, and sinice it was a WINDOW seat, we wanted it, so he had the Isle seat, and you'd think we murdered her first born!! Eventually she got the flight attendant to move her into another section...thankfully because ALL she did was complain.
     
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  8. Lovegas95

    Lovegas95 Low-Roller

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    Thanks for the report.
     
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  9. Raptor

    Raptor High-Roller

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    I enjoyed your report thanks for sharing.
     
  10. jgates8

    jgates8 VIP Whale

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    I sincerely hope that you actually do have meds you did need the fridge for & weren't just fibbing on that. I was denied a fridge for my insulin in Vegas complimentary one trip & was told they wouldn't give them out even if I showed my insulin as too many people lied about it - I would have to pay daily for it no matter what.
     
  11. tringlomane

    tringlomane STP Addicted Beer Snob

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    The park doesn't, but the lovely Red Rock casino nearby does!



    And I also really recommend doing the canyon at least once. It's quite beautiful.
     
  12. IM ALL IN

    IM ALL IN Low-Roller

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    Bonny Springs Restaurant in Red Rock Canyon...(food fit for a Cowboy, or something like that). A Vegas born gf took me to the canyon one day for a looky loo and we stopped for a bite to reminisce when her Mom used to take her to the ranch when she was little. Ohhhhhh,,,the hamburger...soo good.
     
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  13. Cinwhim

    Cinwhim Low-Roller

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    Thanks for sharing!
     
  14. Rodent Pack

    Rodent Pack S.S. Minnow

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    Thanks for taking the time to report on your trip. Love the Grand Lux...always good food and large portions.
     
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