Well last Friday I woke up around 8:30 and started to get ready. We finished up packing and dropped the little one off at Grandma's house before getting on the road at 10:15. As my wife and I left the house we expected a fairly smooth drive and hoped we would be in Vegas 2:00 or 3:00 at the latest. I wanted to get checked in and then head down to the strat to see Viva Las Vegas, at 4:00. These plans turned out to be a little unrealistic, considering the the 3 1/2 hour drive turned into a 6 1/2 hour drive. Oh well shoulda flown I guess. We were there too late to see the show at the Strat, so my wife dropped me off at the North lobby entrance to the Golden Nugget, and she went and parked in the garage by the South tower where I was sure we would be staying. I was lucky enough to be able to avoid the small line and got VIP check in and 5 minutes later my wife was standing next to me and I had the keys in my hand. We left the luggage up in the car, and hustled ourselve over to Fitzgerald's to see the 5:00 Larry Miller show. Made it there just in time, bought our $3 drink and enjoyed the show. It was a good show, especially since it was free. Some of his impersonations were dead on while others wern't quite right. I would definately reccomend the show. We left the show and needed something to eat, so it was back to the Nugget and the Carson Street Cafe. Now I love this place, but I think we went hhere a little too much this trip. Anyway I got the New york patty melt. A great burger as always. Finished up and then moved our stuff into the room. Next we headed for the fashion show mall. Soni, my wife, wanted to see the new Nordstrom, she worked there for a few years, and we needed to get a jacket for her considering she didn't believe me when I told her that it was gonna be cold. We were in Vegas just after the New Year in 2002, and it was pretty warm, so she figured she would be fine. We got to the mall and went in Nordstrom first, it was a nice store but it was unusually slow. I thought it would definately be a busy place, there is just something that people love about those stores and the come in by the thousands to spend more money than tey need to for clothes. We talked to a lady there and she said that it had been slow since the grand opening, and the employees were all very surprised. We looked around for a little while and then made our way over to Rob/May and we found her a coat there. We left the mall then it was back downtown. We went to the Starbucks and got some peppermint hot chocolate, and sat on the patio and waited for the FSE to start. It was good and then we just walked down Fremont looked and Indian jewlery and stuff. By this time it was getting late so we headed back to the room and called it a day. I had been in Vegas for 9 - 10 hours and I still had all my gambling money. I'm gonna have to follow Booger's example and start up again alter. Part II to follow.