Iâ€™ll try my best to post updates and/or pictures throughout the trip. This is a solo trip to blow off some steam and to pick up the free TV that HET is giving me for the second year in a row!!! Thursday, June 3, 2010 â€“ Part 1 Left the house just after 8am. The car was already packed with my suitcase & cooler. At the last second, I threw my golf bag & shoes in. I donâ€™t have a tee time anywhere, but I might try to hook up with Rich from the Caesars Diamond Lounge and play a round with him. Avoided most traffic on the 215/15 North except in Riverside. I stopped in Barstow & Primm to get rid of all of the coffee I drank. Even with the traffic & the 2 stops, I was in the Flamingo Parking Garage by 1pm. Not too bad. My record is 4 hours flat, but I need to avoid getting another speeding ticketâ€¦ I checked in via the Diamond check-in room at the Flamingo. I had a GO Room Deluxe compâ€™d via my host & offer, even though I can book a GO Room Luxury via the calendar on the TR website. I figured, for kicks, Iâ€™d do the $20 trick to secure the Luxury (which, to the best of my knowledge, is just a strip view) and to see if they couldnâ€™t bump me up into a suite. No luck on the suite, but Alex did put me in the Luxury room and gave me his direct extension so that I could get a hold of him if I needed anything. He was very nice and was able to converse with me while he was looking into room possibilities. He did say he had to bump someone out of this room for me to get it. Believe it or not, itâ€™s the same exact room that Iâ€™ve had once before last summer. Letâ€™s hope I have the same luck that I had that trip!!! View from the window An interesting side note, Alex told me that there were 1,300 guests checking in today and that the hotel was at 97%+ capacity. He also said that for the past while (I donâ€™t remember the duration exactly) that they were getting unlimited overtime. Sounds like things are turning around in this town! Anyway, I was in the room unpacking by 1:30pm with a great view of the roof of Billâ€™s Parking Garage, the Bellagio Fountain and the South end of the Strip! Itâ€™s about 2:30pm now. I cracked open a beer and got the computer setup. Iâ€™m using my Blackberry on Sprint for Internet because it only costs me $0.50/day versus the $14/day through the Flamingo. Even if itâ€™s compâ€™d, Iâ€™d rather use that money for food. I also, for the first time in this situation, setup my Apple Airport Express with the stereo system in the GO Room. Iâ€™m wirelessly (well, there are SOME wires involved) beaming my music from my laptop to the stereo. Pretty cool! I got â€˜Dugoutâ€™ tickets for the Las Vegas 51â€™s AAA baseball game tonight. Iâ€™m not sure what type of seat Iâ€™m going to have because it wasnâ€™t on the seat chart, but weâ€™ll see. It was only $20 (plus Ticketmasterâ€™s stupid fee) and itâ€™s $1 beer night! The game starts at 7pm and Iâ€™m planning on taking the Deuce up to the bus station and then walking the couple of blocks up to Cashman Field. Iâ€™m choosing to walk because the bus that runs between shuts down pretty early. Weâ€™ll see. I think Iâ€™m going to just hang out in the room and relax for a while and get some grub at the ballpark. Tomorrow, Iâ€™m heading to the Sprint store on the UNLV campus to pick up the new HTC Evo phone when they open at 8am. Depending on how late Iâ€™m up gambling, I might just stay up and take a taxi. Iâ€™m sure there will be a coffee shop nearby. Iâ€™ll try to update at least once between now and then!