24 hours down and I feel like it's already been ten days. I am not sure of the difference between live and semi-live reports except I know for sure that they are as-you-go reports. This is a meager attempt at something of the nature. I have never visited Vegas during a semester week, so the moment calls for updates...otherwise, I might not get around to writing one when I get back. A la December 2011, this may be a jot-down-type (aka cliff notes) report. I know stylistically I try to make a bulky, full-detailed, minute-for-minute report...this will have to be saved for later. Sat Aug 31 *LVH* Eyes sunken from the world of comp exams, apartment moves, publications and coursework, I made my trek to my happy place...and I found the weight of that world lift off my shoulders as if I had cracked open a shell of my life and stepped into heaven. Even the nap in the flight felt like beauty sleep. My skin began to glow and within 24 hours of being in Vegas, my eyes emerged from the depths of my face (lol). I barely had a chance to prepare for this trip. Booked the flight, hotels, a few shows, and I was off. Usually 50% of my downtime was planning for Vegas. Now...I wonder what is downtime. Hence, the desire for this trip. Upon arrival, I entered the shuttle to my first stop: LVH. All the while I soaked in the sights as people were dropped off at their respective destinations. All I can say is, looking out and seeing Vegas, it felt super surreal. I kept asking myself, am I here? 24 hours later I am still touching my arm like is this real? I saw there was a super long line when I got to LVH but I had a show at 8pm so I dropped my bags at the bell desk and took a taxi to my destination. *Onyx Theatre* I was visiting Onyx theatre in the commercial center in a creepy place off Sahara avenue (where Lotus of Siam is, supposedly the best Thai restaurant in the country) so I feared a taxi not coming to pick me back up when I was done. The theatre has ample seating with a black box style intimacy. The actors were intense. I saw a Streetcar Named Desire and it was an awesome rendition. Attached to the theatre is a gay shop. Next door is a gentleman’s club. Blazing music all night are two hole-in-the-wall bars such as Badlands (?) Saloon (which is super cool and western/outlaw style) and Green Door. I was so happy to find another theatre in Vegas to count on. But the area is still ridiculously sketchy. According to a worker, there is also a Cockroach theatre in the Arts district (but this area also really creeps me out). Thankfully, as soon as a called a taxi, they came to rescue me. *LVH* Stay at LVH was nice and relaxing. Bed was super comfy but housekeeping is a little sketch in the bathroom (what is with Vegas in this regard?) *Harrahs* I left LVH to experience the Strip. Took the monorail. Completely empty. I thought, what the hell, isn’t this a holiday weekend? Stopped at Carnaval Court and they were charging $10 bucks. So I left. *Quad* Dealertainers were not around when I walked in, so I left. *Cosmopolitan* Bond music was nice but there was no room. For the fourth time in history, I arrived at Chandelier and there was basically no music playing. It’s a beautiful space but I always miss this supposed DJ. Walked by the Marquee line and remembered why this is some of the best people-watching in the history of Vegas. *Monte Carlo* Diablo was playing amazing music when I walked by, but I can never get over the eyesore that is Diablos. And you know how I am about aesthetics. Brand lounge seemed like it was popping tonight; even had a bit of a line. But really, clubbing in MC? Not going to happen. Grabbed a late night fish sandwich at Mcds and headed off. *Hawaiian Marketplace* This place was nearly deserted on a Saturday night. What’s going on here? But the karaoke was still going on strong. *Paris* It was a really good night, hopping around and soaking up the energy and all the people hanging around. It certainly was not as packed as I expected it to be on the strip on a holiday weekend. Walked by Sugar Factory, which, though not a lounge of any kind, is always playing music that I can vibe to. I am giving them a star as an honorary lounge. When I pass there, day or night, they are consistently playing something that reminds HEY I AM IN VEGAS ITCHES!! It also helps that it’s a busy section with the beautiful sights of Paris and Bellagio. Uber Vegas. Very few of the lounges/bars at Paris had things going on. *Ballys* I discovered Indigo for myself on my walk to Ballys. This place was so good, lots of people were on the dance floor (all ages) with lots of spillover into the casino. No pretentious lines or clothing. I hung out on the outside while summer jams played with a crowd of folk who were dancing on the inside dance floor and outside on the casino floor. What a beautiful and wonderful feeling. It was an amazing way to end the night. Sun Sept 1 *Circus Circus* Checked out of LVH and moved to Circus Circus. A myVegas specialty. So for the night I paid $11, which came with free matchplays, rides, midway games etc. I got their highest room in the Casino Tower which is absolutely lovely. And it’s like a ROYAL purple! *Wynn* Off to the beautiful Wynn. I never get tired of this place. I walked in through the Encore Beach Club side. The line went all the way to the casino. OMG, that line was the highest concentration of stereotypically beautiful people I have ever seen in my life. Walked right on by to Wynn casino. I started off on a rough spot with my favorite slot from last trip HOOT LOOT. $40 in and very few wins. Then I went to my least favorite slot from last trip Michael Jackson. And I won $200 over several bonuses that just kept hitting. Oh, and did I mention I only started with $5 bucks on this machine, which I promised myself I would not play past if the machine ate it up? Luckily, I did not have that problem. Dear Wynn, you rock. I stopped playing it when I saw the same casino person keep walking by (and watching me) and then the machine went cold. Oh, conspiracy. I proceeded to play a number of other slots, particularly China Mystery, buffalo wild, lobstermania, among others, with not so good results. But I only risked another $30. I did well on the new Alladin machine, hitting $100 bonus on an 80cent spin, which was so much fun because there are multiple levels to the bonus and you can program the level of intensity of the seat which move and rocks with the bonus. Lots of moving and rocking because I put it on high intensity lol. I can’t wait until movie theaters do this. You know how when you win money and keep playing from your stash, your overall profit is not as high as you imagined? Well, I started off with $220 and left with $300. Despite some big wins (in my estimation), I kept playing from my stash so the end was not so profitable. BUT! It’s way better than the total loss I always expect. GLEE! *Ellis Island* Used the ACG $5 match bet coupon and won on black at roulette. As I waited for the BBQ restaurant to open (which is wonderfully marvelous) at 4pm, I played nickel VP at one credit per bet. With $2 bucks, I played for an hour. THIS is the life. Used the acg 2-for-1 coupon and ate lots of BBQ-ey grub. *Circus Circus* Back home because of a flash flood warning that never seemed to come. Played at the 1cent machines for the white car in the front. These machines were so hot. I would put in $2 bucks and kept playing until I got $13 and proceeded to lose and do it all over again (for a total of like 10 times, putting in $2 bucks at a time). Gosh, I wish I kept it…some of the profit. I just kept playing. I played for an hour on $20 bucks. And as the machines grew cold, I noticed the crowds that were swarming them earlier had dissipated. I used my 2 free midway games to try to get cute teddy bears, which did not pan out. Which is a good thing I guess because how would I carry that large thing around anyway? I was blown away by the free circus acts. I found it better than Cirque. It’s more up-close, short and intense, and most importantly free. Get your acrobatics fill here.