Thursday, March 20 Left the Phoenix area by car around 11:30 am. We had to drop our pups off at the dog sitter and away we went. We decided to use a time lapse program and record our drive out to Vegas. Still working on some editing on that. We love this drive and it was uneventful up the 101 Loop, onto I-17, then Carefree Hwy to Wickenburg. In Wickenburg, we hit Route 93 through Wikieup (don't blink or you'll miss it) to I-40. Then off of I-40 in Kingman and back onto 93. Then to I-515 to Flamingo Road exit. We stopped for food once and gas once, but made it to the Flamingo Valet area by 4:30. There was some light traffic (especially around the Cromwell construction area). Check in was a breeze in the diamond/platinum check in area. We had a GO Deluxe comped but I talked nicely to the reservation lady and were given a great Strip/Bellagio Fountain view room. I slipped her a $20 and up to the room we went. The room was nice and clean and ready for us. It was smaller than I thought, but we spend so little time in there that it wasn't that important. I decide to take a quick shower while Hubby heads down to Bally's to meet up with some of his Ohio friends that were going back home that evening. After showering, I head down to slip some money in some slot machines. I start out playing that money-sucking Willy Wonka machine and it performed exactly how I expected. Bam!!! Down $60 in the 15 minutes! I get up and head to the 3 card poker table. I start out with $100 and it is gone within 20 minutes or so. Dang, things aren't going so good so far. I buy another $100 in chips and manage to barely keep my head above water and get back a little of the previous $100 I lost, but still nothing to write home about. I cash out and decide to wander around a bit. During my wandering, hubby calls and wants to eat. We head to Margaritaville and there is no wait as we just plop down at the bar and receive some great service. We had the NY strip and while it was good, still nothing really to brag about. However, there was a lot of food and we realized that we could have ordered one plate and shared. The margaritas sure were tasty though. After dinner, hubby heads to the poker room (he is STRICTLY a poker room only guy) and I head back to the machines. Nothing exciting happens so I head back up to the room around 12:30 and crash. More on the next day to come...It involves hookers, bums, and some money!!!