Restless now. I simply cannot sleep. It's T-6.5 hours till gear up on my flight into McCarran from RDU via SFO. It's not like I'm the first-timer here but it still feels like the first trip. I've gained a world of knowledge from my previous journeys. I know enough to be dangerous . I don't consider myself a danger to others and the jury is still out on just how much of a threat I'll be to myself . The line I'll attempt to walk between babysitting the newb, who gambles little, and ensuring my own degenerate needs may be a challenge. But hey, I'm up for it. Maybe, just maybe, a new Vegas lover will be born. Even a trip such as this to Vegas is better than no trip. The weight of the VMB is upon my shoulders (dramatic enough?) in bringing another into the fold. As have others before me, I accept the mission. Here's the plan. I'm not one for a detailed itinerary much less sticking to one, but some semblance of order to have time away from the casinos seems necessary. I'm renting a car for the first two days. Day 1 will include dinner, I'm thinking Wolfgang Puck @ MGM followed by either Carrot Top or Blue Man Group as a mild intro. Then the Strip and the tables. Day 2, the first full day, has us driving out to Hoover Dam for the tour. To me that's a fascinating attraction that creates lasting memories. A trip down into the belly of Boulder still excites me. Afterward, lunch and possibly Red Rock Canyon. That's a lot of driving and I don't know if that part actually happens. But the contrast of man-made beauty against that of Mother Nature is one to behold. Then dinner and the tables/VP/slots. The auto collection, Madame Tussaud's, the fountains, volcano and other obligatory touristy things may substitute some of this. I cancelled Lagasse Stadium for the Panthers/Broncos on day 3 in favor of Tap sports bar at MGM for logistical purposes. Besides, I'm nearing platinum MLife status and every little bit helps. Day 4 will include downtown and getting some play in at Elco, the D and MSS. That certainly is plenty, a robust plan if ever there was one for me. The spontaneity that is Vegas will no doubt dictate much of what happens. I'm still looking for my first handpay, my first chocolate chip and the heater to end all heaters. I'll keep you posted. More later. Gonna try to nap for a couple hours.