Hot, Hot, Hot...what's it going to be like in July and August? Luckily, my sight seeing days are long gone and I'm not outside that much, the weather was great though...hot, but real nice...AND NO WIND! How these folks can lay by the pool all day, enjoying their favorite alcoholic beverages, in triple didgit heat is...well, it's just not for me (any more, lol) I apologize right off the top here now...I don't have much to report. Las Vegas was pretty much the same as when I left it a couple months ago. The RIO was real busy though and it wasn't just the WSOP going on. Those folks stick to the Convention Center area pretty much and just come up for air when it's time for a quick bite, then head back to their games. No, the RIO was poppin' with good ol', regular tourists enjoying the casino, the pools and nightlife. I'll just give you a quick Monday thru Friday recap of this trip with a separate report in the Shows and Entertainment section a bit later. MONDAY... I had a 6:15am flight out of the Bay Area, non stop, 1hr.20min. door to door. Now here's a twist for ya...After giving my cab driver my destination, I suggested we TAKE THE TUNNEL! Talk about the look on this guy's face!...he says "you're going to the RIO and you want to go the long way?" I had to laugh/and thank him for being so honest (most of 'em are...) My reason for taking the tunnel was to see the 'new' electronic, billboard size, sign the Nevada Taxi Cab Authority has installed to remind cab drivers and tourists they're going...THE WRONG WAY. Now...yes...sometimes the tunnel is the proper way to go but most times...probably...it's not. Course...if you GIVE YOUR PERMISSION, that's another story, but drivers have been warned not to long haul (again) and if you find yourself being taken for a ride, you need to report the driver. Get a receipt, get the drivers name and cab number can call: *NEVADA TAXI CAB AUTHORITY 702.668.4000 FAX NUMBER 702.668.4001 taxi.state.nv.us Got my room 1435 around 11am, Strip/Pool view, IPANIMA TOWER. My first dollar video BONUS POKER session was pretty good! I put in a Franklin, played for well over an hour, and cashed out with a little over three hundred. Hmmm, this is a good start a thought (WRONG, lol) It didn't take long after that for every session after to take a down hill dive. I'm done gambling by noon. I might play a bit before SHOWTIME, but in general...I'm a morning player when the casino is quiet and I have my pick of the video poker machines. Now I have pretty good strategy, but when ya don't get the cards, it's the pits. I couldn't get 3 of a kind, a pair, 4 of a kind or anything better to save my stay...(or so it seemed) A 'totally lucky' turn of events was in the...cards? I saw JUBIILEE that night over at Bally's. This Show is a true treasure to Las Vegas. There's nothing else like it to represents the Vegas of old and it's just wonderful. *(I'll post a some thoughts in 'Shows and Entertainment' soon) TUESDAY... If I'm hungry in the morning, I'll use the RIO buffet. Breakfast there is MUCH CHEAPER than the Cafe and the choices are obviously much better. If I'm not hungry, a muffin and a cappuccino does the trick from RIO JAVA in Masquerade Village. BONUS POKER had it's way with me again...An occasional JOB and a few other small hits, but for the most part, the volatility of video poker won the day...I switched to Frozen Yogurt from 'EVENING CALL' and went back to bed...it was going to be a long night and I needed to fuel up my energy. That night I was excited. I was going back to The SMITH CENTER for 'MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET'. This is an absolutely great musical Show! It's gone now, with LA being it's next stop but if it happens to be in your neck of the woods and you think you'd enjoy watching ELVIS, JOHNNY CASH, CARL PERKINS and JERRY LEE LEWIS together...for a one night jam session at SUN RECORDING STUDIO, Dec. 4th, 1956... you'll thoroughly enjoy this Show AND...a rumor...from Robin Leach...in the Shows and Entertainment thread! The SMITH CENTER is right next to downtown in the new Symphony Park area. You can see the PLAZA...it's right there, but ya can't get to it. Parking lots, open fields, chain link fences and the railroad tracks make it impossible to stroll over after a Show for a bite to eat...that will change. In time, there will be bridges to cross over to the downtown area but for now, you need a ride and that's exactly what I did. I noticed a story in 'Vegas Chatter' www.vegaschatter.com about a new pizza joint that had just opened up in the PLAZA with some pretty tasty 'slices' and....being the pizza fan that I am, took a cab over and checked out 'POP UP PIZZA'. It's at the back of the casino area, thin crust and pretty darn good but...I needed a comparison test. It was around 9:30 so I decided I needed to head over to the COSMO and the (not so secret any more) SECRET PIZZA JOINT up on the 3d floor for one of their slices of pepperoni. Yep, they're still my favorite! WEDNESDAY... SOS day side at the RIO. Tonight, I wanted to check out the Australian Bee Gees Show at EXCALIBUR. I'd seen it shortly after it opened and it had some sound problems but had lots of potential...lets face it, the Bee Gees left an unmistakable contribution to music at the time and these three guys had the voices at EXCALIBUR to pull it off but...it's still a pretty weak Show (too bad...) There just isn't the energy there that should be. The guys just seem to be on automatic pilot and not much personality. I left mid way through, went back to RIO, and had a great evening with PENN & TELLER! Oh!...that SOS at the top of this paragraph...I hit a dollar Royal Flush that morning, THEN it turned to SOS. THURSDAY... That Wednesday morning's Royal came totally by surprise (...don't they all?) I was dealt the 4 to a Royal in Spades. I held 'em and hit DEAL...never thinking my 5th card would show. It happened so quick...I'd probably turned away for a sip of cappuccino and when I looked up, there it was! Now that's a great way to start your day. So good in fact, Thursday morning after picking up my Banana Nut Muffin and coffee, I strolled over to the same machine and...DID IT AGAIN...IN SPADES AGAIN! lol. my, my, my. That'll never happen again in my life time but I was feeling pretty good about myself so I moved over to a Triple Play, dollar BONUS POKER machine and put in another Franklin. The cards came up, I held the ACE and hit DEAL... (No, I didn't get another Royal) but...4 ACES, and 2 STRAIGHTS came up! That's when I quit for the day and it wasn't even 11:00am yet. ...headed back over to EVENING CALL for more Frozen Yogurt. Thursdays Show was KA' (again). They've made a few changes...subtle but I was curious to check 'em out. What it boiled down to was, a tighter final battle scene...the fight between good and evil. KA' is still one of my favorite Shows! FRIDAY... Ready to go home! Flight was at 9:15am and I was home by noon...EXCELLENT trip. I was looking forward to some cooler weather but DAMN!...it was 104 here yesterday, lol...my, my, my. I'll be going in for a 'quicky' at the end of the month again...gotta see Michael McDonald, Donald Fagen, and Boz Scaggs who each year get together as 'The DUKES OF SEPTEMBER RHYTHM REVIEW' at the Hard Rock's JOINT. July will be another visit and back to The SMITH CENTER for the musical...'MEMPHIS'. Until then........bye bye now!