So, none of my friends like Nascar as much as me, and having missed out on a few road trips in my life because 'no one could go", I decided to go solo to Vegas for nacsar weekend...first solo trip! Would I like it? Would I be bummed out and miss my friends? So heres the deal: in order for me to be able to afford 4 nights in Vegas, I had to stay 1 night at the Hilton, and the other 3 at the Silverton. Talk about night and day... Left L.A.Friday 2/27/09 at 6am in the morning. I picked up some must-have-tailgating-stuff for the race, and took off. The drive was relaxing for me, no rush hour traffic, I wasn't running late for work, I didn't have a meeting to get ready for etc. Just me, and the open road....and a loud ass radio playing what I wanted. I got to Vegas at around 1000am, and had the breakfast buffet at Palace Station...hey, it was $6.00, so whatever. Checked in at the Hilton (great room, especially for being alone) and headed out to Friday's Qualifying race. As soon as I saw the track, my blood started boiling, and I was happy as heck. Nice views of the mountains, and we had a constant stream of jets flying overhead as Nellis Base is right around the corner...I had great seats! Oh and believe everything you hear about traffic leaving the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, it is horrible if you don't take a chartered bus and/or park in the great Lucky 7 Lot. It took me almost 3 hours to get back to the Hilton and i was only about 15 miles away. Once I got back to my hotel, I parked, threw away the keys, and had dinner in my room. Afterward, I sat my butt at the Sportsbook to watch the Lakers V Denver game. I didn't even have to show that I had a betting slip to get free drinks..it was like having my own cocktail server inside my living room! After the game was over, I decided to walk around the strip area around me, mainly the Sahara, the Stratosphere and the Riviera. Nothing special to report, just a bunch of cheap drinks offers everywhere. I was defiantly having a good time on this solo trip. I walked to the Sahara and ended up making nascar friends at one of the Sahara bars. All one had to do was say "so, whose gonna win on Sunday?!?" and, presto, instant friends! I started hearing some good Vegas stories, and some guy, um, even shared intimate pictures of his wife he had on his camera..so far so good. After a bunch of drinks, I had breakfast at the Riviera like at 5am. I had a a big old ham and eggs special which was so freaking good! I was all by my lonesome, having a great time then one of the waitresses came over to me to talk to me about "Jesus and how I needed him in my life". I am a religious guy, I know right from wrong etc and I must say that listening to religion at 545am with a big, humongous buzz was new for me! Checked out of the Hilton on 2/28, and drove past all the "good stuff" on my way to the Silverton. The hotel was eh, and the service was eh, and of course, the room was eh. Nothing special. I, for some reason, didn't think that this place was a locals hotel/casino, but it turns out it is. I unpacked my bags in the room, and recovered a little bit from the previous night's festivities. After about 3 hours of ESPN, I got ready to leave. I know that I ironed my clothes, combed my hair and ate at the Twin Creeks Steakhouse... I dont really remember much of what else i did after that. Oh wait, I DO remember that I ended the night at one of the Silverton's bars, drinking $1 beers, and playing VP. Oh yeah, also, I do remember getting invited to some locals bar by the bartenders at the VP bar, but I was already past my limit and I knew that If I would have gone with them, it wouldn't be pretty after a few more drinks. I know my limits and i was about 3 beers past it already. Besides, I was here alone and couldn't count on anyone to take care of me if I got to the point of no return. I also had to drive the next day to the track for the main race so it was time for bed. Woke up Sunday with a massive headache (I must be in Vegas), but I knew I had to hurry up and get ready for the track. I actually ended up waking up late and had to drive quick to get to the track in time to hear the "gentlemen, start your engines!" part of the race. I actually had enough time to make a pit stop at a liquor store to buy three 24oz cans of bud light that I ended up sneaking in to the race. I sat down, and away we go...great race, great race. Race ended and again, believe what you hear about traffic leaving the track, it is legendary. It took me 4 hours to get from the track to downtown. So, I parked downtown, had a few shrimp cocktails at the Golden Gate, and stood in front of one of the best cover bands I had seen in years! They were playing everything from Van Halen to Metallica to Led zeppelin. Lets just say that after 3 football beers, I was grooving! I walked over the Fremont Casino, and played craps. I ended up losing $1.50 and got a "free" Corona, so um, not much of a loss there. Again, I made friends with some more nascar fans and we were all having a blast being loud, obnoxious and screaming loudly whenever a YO! would come up. Um, I'm not really missing my friends that much. Oh and I FINALLY went inside the Western Hotel. I wanted to experience it for myself. The place was scary, but not that scary. They had 1.50 coronas, and still had old machines that paid by coin. It was defiantly an adventure for me, but I have been wanting to go check it out since reading the reviews on cheapo Vegas. The night ended with me being back at the Silverton, eating a $2.00 giant cinnanbon and drinking a miller lite until I passed out...fun times! Monday..ok, so im at the Silverton on a Monday, think the beginning of the movie Apocalypse Now. I got ready, and drove to the South Point for lunch and had a great lunch at their Mexican restaurant. After I ate, I decided to get lost on purpose and drive around the "other side" of Vegas, to see how the locals were. I didn't know where I was at, but there were nothing but homes and homes and construction and gas stations. I was really surprised at how quiet and normal everything was. I mean, I know that there isn't really a casino on every single corner, but it was nice to see how normal things are outside of the strip. anyways, Monday-day was pretty tame. At night, I went over to the Hooters/Trop/Excalibur part of the strip and walked around a bit. I made fiends with a few people, and played craps with a great bunch. I was having my butt handed to me, but man, the craps table at the trop was so much fun, that I just considered my losses the price of admission to the party! Afterward, I walked over to the Excalibur and got more drinks and walked around and mingled. I was alone, but at no point did I ever feel lonely, if it makes any sense. so things I learned: -solo trips in Vegas are definatley fun! No one bugged me, I threw my dirty clothes on the floor, i ate wherever I wanted and went wherever I wanted. I finally went to Franks Tiki Room, and the Western! -um, never stay too too far from all the "good stuff", because you find yourself having to drive to anything worthwhile, IMO, stay on the strip, or downtown or at an off-strip hotel NEAR something you consider "good". -make sure you don't forget your cell phone in the room!! You wont be able to contact fellow T2V members!