After nearly a five month hiatus from Vegas and VMB - I'm back! For anyone who cares, but doesn't recall, I pretty much hijacked the "Who else has incredibly rotten luck?" thread on August 5. That was a couple days after Ms. Gecko suddenly dumped me after being together 15 years. Having our upcoming Vegas trip scuttled was nothing compared to losing the love of my life and having my self-esteem and future plans totally destroyed. I became clinically depressed, while needing to find a new place to live. At the same time, my income decreased by over half, while my expenses more than doubled - not a good combination! Skipping the sordid details, I ended up going to Vegas solo after rebooking the rooms that were in her name. I certainly no longer felt like going, but hoped that being away for 10 days might do some good. It didn't, and it was the most miserable trip of my life. Feeling as badly as I did, it was all I could do just to keep from crying at the tables. I played very conservatively just to pass the time, had zero fun, but at least didn't lose any money. Fast forwarding, I bought and moved into a townhome in early November - less than three weeks from starting to look. (I had a very tight deadline.) It's not my dream abode by any means, but it's a roof over my head until I find a good deal on a single family house or decide to relocate. (BTW: Did you know that the maximum age for joining the French Foreign Legion is 39 1/2?) Of course, finding a new significant other is also high on my to-do list, but seemingly beyond my control. Meanwhile, not having made the annual Halloween and mid-December trips, I'm now falling below BConnected's Sapphire level. Darn - and I was closing in on Emerald at one time. It's been a very rough five months and I have a long way to go, but I booked a solo Vegas trip yesterday morning for Jan. 26 - Feb. 2. I had enough free room offers for at least two weeks, but figured one week was a good compromise between that and not going at all. Who knows? Maybe I'll finally hit it big, find a new love of my life, and move to Vegas. Or as it goes, "You're not a loser 'til you quit - and winners never do!" Stayed tuned for a Groundhog Day trip report.