Taking a little break from things today, to give an update on my trip to this point. I am on day 7 of a twelve night trip. This is my annual Fall trip (I usually take a short trip in January) Anyway, I did a few things different this trip. For one, I booked the early flight on Thursday morning. I usually fly out on the Afternoon flight, but my wife works about 10 minutes from the airport and it was easier for her to drop me off before work, than to try and get done early enough for me to make the afternoon flight. Flight took off at 7:50am, we got to Vegas about 10 minutes early. The other thing I did different is that I rented a car for the first 24 hours. This is only the 4th time in approx 25 trips that I have rented a car. It took no time at all, and I was at the car rental facility. I used Dollar Express and my car was sitting right next to the booth. I looked at the clock and it was 9:10 am as I left the garage. As some of you may know, I own 2 weeks at the Jockey Club. But, since it was about 6 hours before normal checkin, the didn't have a room ready for me yet. That's ok, I planned on hitting a couple of outlying casinos to kill some time. First up, was the Hard Rock. I haven't been here since my first trip about 15 years ago. After a couple of hours, I hit Wendy's drive through for a quick bite and then checked out the Palms. The best thing I remember about this place is that they had the old Twilight Zone slot machine that I used to love to play. But, the feeling wasn't mutual today and it just took my money. Quick note, I'm not going to hit on every win and loss of my trip. It's best just to assume that I lost more than I won. The main reason my trips are so long in the fall, is that I love the weekends (football) here in Vegas. So, I "rough" it out midweek, so that I can get 2 weekends of football betting in. I have noticed a couple of things. Cosmo's slots seem much tighter this trip. Also, a lot of CET properties seem to be paying less as well. My few wins have come at MGM properties. Specifically Aria. Back to the trip. I was able to check in about 2pm at the Jockey Club. They gave me a 10th floor room on the Bellagio side. Over the course of the next few days, I noticed some changes at JC. One, the free wifi has been throttled down. I couldn't get NFL network on the TV in the room, so I was going to stream the game via my laptop. (while I iron my clothes) But, it wouldn't load due to bandwidth limits. I also tried to go to the Boulevard Pool at the Cosmo. As owners, we have always been able to get into this pool with our room keys. The person checking room keys at the pool, told me that is no longer true. We only get access to the Bamboo Pool from now on. Anyway, after checking in, I headed to Walmart to pick up some food and drink for the week. I was amazed at the price of beer. a 12 pack was only $6.50. (must be the lack of taxes) In fact, I'm drinking one as I type out this report. Buying groceries was the main reason I rented the car. With taxes and fees the rental was $28. Only a little more than cab fare from the airport. And I can save a little money eating at least one meal a day in the room. Over the next few days, I drank too much, bet too much, slept too little and won too little. But that's Vegas. Thankfully, I'm coming to the end of the solo part of my trip. My wife will be flying out on Friday. She's not much of a gambler, so she should help slow down my bleeding. Today I walked down to the IP and checked out the Car Collection. Since it was free, it was a nice distraction from gambling. The cars were pretty nice and took some pictures. Do to the layout of the cars, I didn't care for all the background clutter. So, I ended up zeroing in on some of the more unique features of some of the cars. Here are a few thought I thought came out alright. If you want to see more, uploaded a bunch http://s853.photobucket.com/albums/ab95/Snotick/Car%20Collection/ at photobucket. [/IMG] [/IMG] [/IMG] [/IMG] [/IMG] [/IMG] [/IMG] [/IMG] After the Car Collection, I hit the Venetian to keep my players card active. It didn't take long and I realized I missed lunch and was starving. So, I crossed the strip to Mirage and decided to try the Carnagie Deli. I know a lot of people give this place rave reviews. But, I gotta rant a little. I had to have the hostess seat me. Which seemed odd for a deli, but whatever. I was thinking a nice Club sandwich sounded pretty tasty, but looking at the menu, they wanted $24 for a Club Sandwich???? WTF. No way am I paying $24 for a Club sandwich. So, I opted for the $16 Turkey sandwich and a Coke. When the waitress returned with my plate, again I thought WTF? It's 2 pieces of plain white bread, with about 3/4 pound of turkey. That's it? Not much of a culinary masterpiece. Also, I love pickles with my deli sandwiches. But the two pickles that the waitress brought were terrible, I'm not so sure the second one was bad, because it tasted completely different from the first. So, I stopped eating it after the first bite. I looked around and saw some pretty bid sandwiches at the other tables. I also noticed a lot of people asking for doggie bags to take half their sandwiches with them. I would rather pay have the price for half the sandwich. Oddly, I noticed the menu stated "sharing was $3 more" WTF? (again) If I want to share $25 sandwich with 3 homeless dudes, who are they to charge me more. So after the tip, I just paid the $26 for a meal I could make better at home. Rant over.