Went solo for five nights, October 16-21. Thursday October 16, Arrived at 11:30 on Southwest out of Des Moines. Best flight in a long time. Since it was just me to look after me this trip I decided to pace myself and just enjoy a soda and the peanuts/Chex mix, put on some music and relax on the way. Perfect flight, right on time, now get out of my way, i gotta pee. Damn meds anyway. Seemed longer than normal for Vegas but the bags were just starting to enjoy their ride around the carousel when I got down there. The fact I got lost and saw way more of the terminal than I needed to see, then walked right past the tram and needing to rely on my casino navigational training (stay near a wall and just keep walking till you find a door out) to finally get downstairs had nothing to do with it I'm sure! Stepped into the beautiful Vegas weather and turned to the right just to get smacked right in the mouth with the longest cab line I have ever entered. 25 minutes later and a good cardio routine, I finally jump in a cab and feel the adrenaline starting to rise! "NYNY" I say. "Take Paradise if you would please" and I am on my way, or so I thought. I get asked if I would like to take the freeway and sight see the strip since I am a tourist...WTF? No, let's stick with the quickest route dude! Poor guy, I feel bad, I realize now I only tipped him 2$. Stop with the tunnel already. Checked in for three comped nights in a standard Park Avenue and right up the Century tower to the 19 th floor, then a measly 278 steps to my room (yes I counted, what else was I going to do for four minutes in a hallway?) I double checked myself every time I would leave the room, cause I wasn't going back if I forgot something! Nice room, good view, good enough for one anyway. Unpacked and heading into the world at 1:30. Not bad! Found a slice of pizza and a beer before heading to the casino floor. Lost about $100 in 20 minutes playing STP and trying some stupid Star Trek thingy. Decided I better go back to pacing myself and headed out for a walk through MGM. Bounced around a few different video poker machines before I came across a Texas Tea machine. Now I only play this slot for old times sake. A previous trip a buddy and I played Texas Tea at 9c a spin and drank ourselves into brain dead state telling stories and laughing at the dancing armadillo. Sat down thinking it was again a 1c slot. Playing along with nothing happening and thinking I would show it whos boss, I jumped up to max bet, 90 on a 5c machine. Didn't realize that fact however, until I finally hit a bonus with 5 oil wells. Picked the five highest zones and as it racking up 9000 credits I switched from credits to currency to see my credits surge past $500. Ok, good mistake! Cash out and decide a walk is in order. Made it as far as the Tropicana before I needed fluids. The cab line marathon depleted some reserves I think. Up and down on a monopoly game and it is getting close to Thursday Night Football time and decide to give Dicks Last Resort a try. Walk into Excalibur and not really hungry yet so I find a 25c progressive and settle on giving DDB a try. Eighth hand I hold 10h Jh and Ah, press deal, look up to see kick off and look down to see my screen frozen. Blinks a couple times, I remind it that I still have money in it and it will stop this nonsense right now! Then a light on top goes on, awesome, I broke it. Nope, gives some scrambled jargon and goes jackpot winner. First ever Royal and it was a progressive for $1,496. 30 minutes later I get my first hand pay and W2. Decide to lock this in my safe up near the Stratosphere . Back down to the casino and find a drink at round center bar while losing $20. Finish up the night watching the Jets keep it close enough to win my bet with shepherds pie and a beer flight at Nine Fine Irishman. Walk off the beer calories on the way back to the room, falling asleep as crawl into bed. Sadly, a great day one came to a close.