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Last minute anniversary run

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Trip Reports' started by Molder66, Sep 16, 2013.

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  1. Molder66

    Molder66 Low-Roller

    Jan 20, 2013
    Phoenix Area
    Trips to Las Vegas:

    My Trip Report

    I wasn’t planning to make a report, but after my first nights results I decided to.

    Well, I guess I’ve been married for nineteen years now. :kiss:

    Wow, it just seems like yesterday. As I tell my lovely bride L, it only feels like 19 minutes…...

    (Under water) :evillaugh Nineteen years,

    shouldn’t I be up for parole or something? :Þ

    Now that the soreness in my arm is starting to dissipate, I will get to the report.

    I was driving home from work on Wednesday and there was an ad on the radio for a Clint Black concert on Saturday night in Laughlin.

    We have seen Clint’s show five times and have enjoyed it each time.

    We weren’t planning on doing anything big for our anniversary and were going to wait until next year for the big “2-0”. I sat down in my easy chair, flipped open the I-pad and brought up the web site. I handed it to L and said “I know we weren’t going to do anything big this year, but how about a Clint Black concert”.

    She instantly replied yes and with a big smile on her face let out a “who-hooooo”.

    I finalized the purchases and set us up at the Aquarius.
    I would normally stay at Harrah's but they wanted over $180.00 a night,

    must have been for the fight or something.

    The drive up was not as smooth as I wanted;
    first we encountered the typical Phoenix rush hour traffic. The first seventy five miles took an hour and forty five minutes.

    And what’s up with all the suicidal mattresses out there?

    They sneak on to the roof of a car and patiently wait to fling themselves into the center lane of the busiest freeway they can find.

    We arrived in Laughlin around 10:30, waited about thirty minutes in the check in line.
    I noticed a couple with 4 children (new born to maybe 7 years old) ahead of us. The kids were bouncing around and I just shook my head in disbelief.

    We make it up to the room, settle in, this is when I realize those kids are in the room next to us.
    “L” puts her fancy BOSE head phones on, and starts reading her book.
    I suggest we request a room change but she doesn’t want to make a fuss.

    I head down to the Casino as I’m still wound up from the drive. I go pick up a new player’s club card. I find the first bank of VP and sit down.
    A cocktail waitress quickly shows up and I have a drink in my hand before I can play ten hands. I was holding my own hitting straights and three of a kind’s to keep me about even.

    I pulled a cigarette out, hit the deal button, fumbled for my lighter, I look up and blurted out “WHAT THE HELL” I startled the lady next to me.


    That’s right, I wasn’t even paying attention and I was dealt a sequential Royal in hearts.

    What a pretty sight.

    I had a couple more drinks while playing and wandering around the casino.

    Well, the brats next door woke us up around 6:30.
    We drank some coffee and headed down for breakfast.
    After breakfast, we stopped at the front desk and confirmed if we stay in our room we will have to endure the brats.

    Once I explained the issue, the clerk promptly moved us to the adults only tower.

    After we settled into our new room we made our way over to the Riverside Casino to pick up our tickets.
    We finally found the box office.
    While the clerk was handing me our tickets, she explained that we could catch the shuttle by the south tower if we wanted a ride to the show.

    What? The show isn’t in the theater, those two big doors right there?

    No, we have an outdoor amphitheater across the street.

    OK, we will find it. Thanks

    We work our way back through the casino and out the front.

    That’s when I point out to L where the concert will be.

    There’s the amphitheater right there.

    Where? I only see a parking garage

    Can you see the stage lights up on top? That’s where the concert is.

    We walk back to the Aquarius to put in some VP time. L has just started learning and we found a couple seats a bank of 5 cent machines. She played nickels and I played quarters.
    I finally grew bored,(actually I was sick of making mistakes myself while helping L make the correct moves) I moved over to the bank of full pay quarter machines I had scoped out the night before.
    I sat down and proceeded to dump a hundred bucks pretty quickly on double double bonus. :grrr:
    I decided to switch to full pay deluxe and after a few hands I was dealt aces with a kicker. I quickly cleared the game as I was kicking myself for changing to deluxe. :cry: (I was hoping no one would notice)

    I played a few more minutes and went back to check on L.

    She was holding her own and after I sat back down next to her, she went on a full house spree, hitting four times in 6 hands. :wiggle:

    We went back to the room and took a nap before dinner and the concert.

    We had a lovely dinner at the Vineyards Ristorante. I had the fillet which was cooked perfect and L had the Polo De Bella (fancy name for chicken and pasta with a cream sauce) which was very good.

    After dinner we made our way to the “Parkatherater” for the show.

    We arrived about twenty minutes before the show started.

    It was still over 100 degrees, not to mention we on top of a parking garage that had been baking in the sun all day.
    We found our seats (in the middle of a bunch of folding chairs all zip tied together)
    We stood in line, purchased a couple bottles of water and on the way back to the seats, I strayed us over to the edge of the parkatheater where we found a bit of a breeze.

    We ended up standing there for the entire show.

    Even though we were stuck on top of a parking garage in a makeshift venue, Clint Black put on another awesome show.

    It is so nice to enjoy a concert for the music and not be bothered with all the production and costume changes.

    We made our way back to the room after the show, had a good night’s sleep and made an early departure for home.

    Even though my report sounds a bit negative,

    we had a great time, as we always do.
  2. BlackjackCat

    BlackjackCat Tourist

    Aug 29, 2013
    Louisville KY
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Nice royal! Enjoyed the TR!
  3. GeorgeJ.

    GeorgeJ. Low-Roller

    Feb 22, 2011
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    I'm just wondering why you got short-paid on the Royal?

    The machine shows paying you 3786 rather than 4000...
  4. Vegas Lover

    Vegas Lover Low-Roller

    Mar 25, 2013
    Wisco Disco
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    He probably didn't get short paid.... Just took the picture while the credits were still going up.
  5. SW

    SW Well-Known Member

    Nov 21, 2012
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Congrats on the 19 years ... and the royal!
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