Just back from Vegas where it was a balmy 68 during the day, and chilly 40's at night. We almost always go in the hot hot summer, but now that we bought a future retirement home in Henderson, we thought we'd see it all in winter for a change. Aside from the devastating Jets loss, we had a great time walking the strip, driving all over and doing some fantastic meals. We hung out with our son and his latest gf who drove over from LA. Also saw our friend Marsha and real estate agent Nancy who treated us all to brunch at the M resort. I think the lunch is the best buffet at half the price of the other big boys on the strip. Dinner and brunch are pricey. Although we didn't intend to, we kind of got persuaded by our new tenants to come in and look around and say hi. Seem like very nice folks, that promised to take good care of everything for a year. I'm optimistic. They paid our property manager in cash! LOL Breakfast at Paris buffet is always my wifes fav place to be. Bally's party pit table area is one of my fav places to play on the strip. Lot of fun. Felt like a local picking up our LVA coupon book in person, behind the RIO. Last year we used the Palms 50% one at the end of the year. This time it was first to go. Sunday brunch for 4, saved us about $40 bucks. I signed up for a couple of the coupon offers by text, but they weren't anything we wanted to use this time. 2 for 1 drinks, Eiffel tower ride and bar offers mostly this time. For some reason that makes no sense, the Mirage gave us a ridiculously sick suite that had a marble bathroom alone that was bigger than our bedroom at home! Jacuzzi, makeup room, bidet, walk in closet, wet bar, dining room, picture windows. Mechanized TV that rises from the foot of the bed. We could have had a party for 50 there easily. I felt like Mr. Papa-georgio. All that for wifes couple of $20's on the penny slots, and my $5 table play. I guess times are tough? You'd never know there was a recession, crowds everywhere gambling and partying. Mirage is still very stylish and nice after all these years. Buffet at $27 has lots of fish stuff, and the rest you'd expect. I give it a C+. Saved $27 with another LVA coupon. BB Kings club serving breakfast too, but no food court in the place if you wanted to have a quick bite. $15 Resort fee included free wi-fi, but the offer for free printing of boarding passes was disguised by the fact that you had to get them from the concierge... which for me meant requiring a tip, which defeated the whole freeness of the deal. Not one show got our interest, even at 1/2 price. If you don't like Cirque, what's left? No name headliners doing impressions of dead comedians, LOL. Wife always loves the arboretum at Bellagio. This time they had Chinese new year decorations on display. Visited the Cosmopolitan and was underimpressed. It was yet another big, tacky decorated casino. This one may do OK because unlike others that are set a mile back, it's right on the strip and easily draws lots of foot traffic. Buffet wasn't yet open for dinner, but I took a look. At $27, it was nothing special to my eyes. Saw a few empty police cruisers parked at strategic places on the strip sidewalks. I'm guessing they serve as a kind of scarecrow? One kept me from making an illegal turn, until I realized it was empty. Vegas in winter is so different, but I think a nice change from the heat.