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I got Lazy....

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by Nevada Kid, Sep 30, 2010.

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  1. Nevada Kid

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    My Trip Report

    Well I got back a couple days ago from a three day/ four night jaunt with my Mom in Vegas. It was a fun trip and I can’t wait to go again.

    I finished work early, around 9:00, on Monday evening. My mom pulled into the parking lot; I changed into shorts and a tee, ran to the Chevron station to grab a couple energy drinks and I hopped into the driver seat. The drive was mostly uneventful. I got tired after about an hour of driving, so I popped a Rockstar and was wide awake for the next three hours.

    We were staying downtown this time. I have mentioned how excited I was to be staying downtown again after a break of about 6 years. We pulled into the parking lot at Main Street Station and found a twenty minute spot to use while we checked in. We grabbed our bags and went inside. There was no line, about 1:15 am, and check in was quick and friendly. We grabbed the elevator and found our room, 1407.

    The room was very nice. We were on a high floor, away from the trains (never heard one the whole time), and facing downtown and the strip. The beds were very comfortable, and there was a nice full size mirror on the wall. The view was great. Overall the sleeping area was quite nice, but it was dark unless you had every light in the room on. The bathroom however left a lot to be desired. I had heard that the shower heads were placed about chest high, and that really wasn’t an exaggeration. I am not tall by any stretch of the imagination, and had to bend down to wet my hair. That really didn’t bother me though. What was annoying though was the need for a slide rule to precisely calculate the water temperature. Then once you had it right you were guaranteed a super heated or cooled bust of water at least once during your shower. The toilet had a big chip inside the bowl, someone must have lost all their $$$ and literally S$!^ a brick. Finally, the chrome fitting at the base of the showerhead had become unattached and exposed the insulation and stuff hiding behind the wall. Overall though I give the room a 6.5/7 out of 10.

    After we dropped off our bags we went and found a parking place, and brought in a couple more odds and ends including my golf clubs, and then I went down to the casino to run my first, but definitely not last $20 bill through a VP machine. I went over by the escalators and found the 10/7 DB. My $20 was gone in about 4 or 5 minutes. I should have taken that as an omen for this trip. I walked up to the room and took a shower and was asleep by about 2:30am.

    I don’t think I moved until the sun was slipping through the shutters and waking me up around 7:00 on Tuesday morning. I’ll say it again, “great beds!”

    We slowly got ready, watched some TV, grabbed my FSE coupon for the Garden Court Buffet and then headed down for breakfast. By the time we got there it was about 10:45 and we were warned that they would be pulling all the food off the lines at 11:00 so we only had 15 minutes to get food. We were welcome to stay in the buffet past 11:00 to eat, but all our food had to be on our table by 11:00. We agreed, Mom paid $7 and change to the cashier and we were seated at a small table. I headed over to the egg line and ordered up an omlette. The omlette cook was fun, joked around with the customers, and performed some EGGrobitics, tossing the egg mixture about 6 feet in the air and then catching it in his frying pan. He actually earned his tip. Breakfast was acceptable, but had limited choices. The food was okay, but seems to have slipped in quality over the past few years. Still worth the money. We finished up and I left a $4 tip for our server.

    We headed back to the Main Street casino, and I decided to give their VP another shot. I played for about half an hour and burned through another $40. We decided to walk over to Fremont Street. We took the bridge across the street to the Cal and cut through the Vegas Club. (Side note: someone needs to break out the defribulator for the Vegas Club, that place has got to be on its last leg) We walked up Fremont, did the free spin at Binions, and then headed into the Fremont. We just walked through, and I cashed a travelers check on the way. Then we headed across the street to The Fitz.

    I headed to the players club and picked up a new card. I promptly walked over to a $3 craps table and bought in for $60. Well short story short I was walking away from the table with two red chips in my hand about 5 minutes later. I checked in with my Mom and headed upstairs to find the 5 cent FPLDW machine. It probably took me about 10 or 15 minutes to find the machine. I put $5 in the machine and played for about an hour and cashed out $15. We left the Fitz and headed back toward Main Street Station. We finally got there and took a little break. Mom’s feet were sore.

    We rested for about a half an hour and then decided we needed a snack before dinner. We drove down to the South Point, my usual place for the past couple years. They were having a promotion where if you put 200 points on your card you could swipe it and try and win a number of prizes ranging from 2x points to a $50 gas card. We headed over to the sports book and grabbed 4 hot dogs for a grand total of $3 and $1 for her tip jar. The dogs were fine and we decided to head to the machines. It took a while and about $20 to earn my 200 points. I went to the kiosk and swiped it and got myself 1000 points, a $3 value. Had a good time there though despite of our mediocre. I really enjoy that place.

    After a couple hours of play we headed back downtown, went up to our room and changed clothes, and then drove over to the El Co. I hadn’t been in the El Co since they had the $1 craps table. They really have improved the place. I think it is in my top couple casinos in Vegas. We parked in the garage and headed straight to the Flame Steakhouse. We timed it perfectly (6:58 and had 7:00 reservatiions). We were sat right away ay a nice booth. Neither of us drink, so we ordered a couple Pepsis and they were delivered quickly with a basket of great bread. I love the raisin bread!
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    So here it is about 4 months sense I began typing this report, and I never finished it. I repent and promise I will actually finish the job next time. It was a great trip though, even if I didn’t have much luck. The only places I ended up winning at all were at the El Cortez and the Fiesta Rancho. After dinner I had a little run at the BJ table and ended up around $100 up at the ElCo. I also had a meager winning from nickel VP at Rancho. Till next time.

    -Kid
     
  2. Joe

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    Just curious, why your report isn't word wrapped? I have to keep scrolling right to finish every sentence. My machine or you did something different?
     
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    Fixed it. There was a really long string of periods that the browser couldn't break up to do word wrapping. Deleted most of it.
     
  4. Nevada Kid

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    Thanks Doc..
     
  5. tazdev75

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    Nice trip report!!
     
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