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Laughlin and Vegas - October 2013

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by Adriansmum, Dec 9, 2013.

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  1. Adriansmum

    Adriansmum Newbie

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    My Trip Report

    A little delayed in posting this, but better late than never, right? (That's what Allegiant Air keeps telling us anyway!)

    Our October 9 Allegiant Air flight from Bellingham to Vegas was uneventful, and actually on time! Yay!

    After collecting our luggage we headed for the car rental outlet and picked up our new Chevy Traverse. We had a leisurely drive to Laughlin and then checked in for three nights at the Golden Nugget. I quite liked the GN when we visited there a year ago, and we were not disappointed this time either. The river view room was clean and very comfortable. Harlow's restaurant was as good as we remembered and so we had no complaints whatsoever. The room was comped at checkout and although our luck wasn't great, they did have a nice selection of machines, many that we had never played before. Laughlin was my husband's idea. He likes the slower pace.

    October 12 we headed back to Vegas and returned the car. Now it's MY turn! We checked into the NYNY Ziggurat Suite and my 6 day vacation begins. My cousin and his daughter from England have flown to Vegas to meet us and are also staying at NYNY. Perfect! We get together in our suite and exchange some gifts. He has brought me a set of Victorian handcuffs from the late 1880s, the kind that were used on the HMS Victory. I am in law enforcement and he thought that would be an appropriate gift. More on the handcuffs later.

    We normally stay at NYNY for two reasons. The casino is in close proximity to the room elevators and they have a great selection of "normal" dining options. I'd recommend the Original Fulton Fish Frye to anyone. We also enjoy America and Greenberg's Deli. Reasonably priced and down-to-earth food. We are by no means "foodies" and I'd rather put my money into a machine that my mouth! lol.

    As far as gaming, I found the new Willie Wonka slot to be good fun, and my DH and I both enjoyed the new Buffalo Progressive with the expanding reels. Someone told my husband that earlier that day a man in my husband's seat had won the $16,000 progressive on that game. Ugghhh. Over at MGM, I played Let's Make a Deal! I won about $800 on it and had decided that I LOVE that game and I looked for it everywhere I went after. I spent a lot of time on the new Superman game and got lots of play out of that too. There are some interesting new games out there.

    I have been to Vegas about 20 times, and until this trip, I had never seen a show. Oh, I've had opportunities before and my husband will never let me forget the time when our hostess approached him and asked if we wanted comped Rod Stewart tickets and I said no. Once he got over his disbelief, he made a promise to himself that he would complain about that for years to come and he has definitely kept his promise! Well this time, we were offered tickets to Terry Fator and the Beatles Love Cirque show. I have come to the conclusion that I am a show person after all. Terry Fator was amazing and Love was breathtaking. I enjoyed them both so much that after our trip I started researching all the other shows I want to see. I now have a long list.

    Another thing I have never done in my 52 years was drink. I guess I probably tried as a teenager, but it's no lie to say that my lifetime alcohol consumption probably wouldn't fill a beer mug! Well... there was a moment at MGM, when my husband left his half consumed pina colada next to me, and for whatever reason, I tried it. And I LIKED it! When we were at Wynn, he ordered a Strawberry Daiquiri, and when he wasn't looking I sipped it. He caught me out of the corner of his eye and asked "Did you just drink my drink?" I looked at him with a straight face and said "No" while shaking my head vigorously, but I do believe he knew I was lying. Well..., I thoroughly enjoyed at least another 6 pina coladas and 2 daiquiries during that trip, and at least a dozen since we've been home!

    After 6 glorious nights in my favourite hotel, in my favourite city, with my favourite cousin and my only husband, it was time to check out and head back to the airport. The flight was an early one, and so check out was happening prior to the VIP lounge opening for the morning. My husband stepped up to the regular counter and said we were checking out. The clerk checked her computer and said "Oh, there's a charge to the room". My husband said "Oh?" and was thinking that I had purchased something and forgotten to mention it. She said "Yes, sir. That will be seventeen sixty nine". My husband brings some bills out of his pocket and peels them off, then brings out his change purse and starts to count out 69 cents. At this point she notices and said "Oh, I'm sorry sir. It's seventeen hundred and sixty nine dollars". Another moment like the Rod Stewart tickets, where my husband goes catatonic! She explains there were show tickets, buffets, etc. He says he believed they were all comped and so the next 15 minutes is the clerk on the phone trying to get our hostess. Well thank heavens that all worked out and so, no charge.

    Now, limo to the airport and then to the skycap, which is where we learned that our suitcase was 16 pounds overweight. There we are on our hands and knees on the sidewalk repacking our case and taking out what we can to put in makeshift carry-ons. This is where those heavy, iron handcuffs come back into play. Unbeknownst to my husband, I put them in his carry-on. We reduce the weight of our suitcase to something acceptable, and head to the gate thinking to ourselves, what a weird morning we'd had.

    After sitting at the gate for over an hour, the announcement of flight delay comes. Our flight to Bellingham has been delayed for 3 hours. Three hours later, another announcement ... time to board. After 40 minutes on board, another announcement... flight delayed. Another hour of sitting on the plane before we take off. 15 minutes from landing, another announcement ... fog too heavy in Bellingham to land. Diverted to Pasco WA. OMG! At least 3 flights had been diverted to Pasco that afternoon and that airport is definitely not equipped to deal with that volume of people. We waited 3 hours for them to call our name to get a hotel voucher. Then another hour outside the airport on the sidewalk waiting for some form of transport to the hotel. Then 2 hours in the hotel lobby waiting for the 500 people ahead of us to be assigned rooms! We had eaten breakfast at 7 am that day, and we had nothing else til after check-in at midnight!

    The following morning they bussed us back to the Pasco Airport and it was during the security check at this pip-squeak airport that the handcuffs make another appearance. The xray machine had detected something in my husband's carry-on that required further investigation. My husband, clueless, was conscious of the hoards of people behind us in the single file security check and was more than embarrassed when the handcuffs were brought out. The obligatory jokes about our sex life ensued. The guard said he had to show them to his supervisor and disappeared for a few minutes. Then the supervisor came and said she had to show her supervisor. Meanwhile, the throng of people behind are all now talking about our sex life. Finally the mid supervisor returned with my cuffs and asked me how much I wanted for them, because her supervisor wanted to buy them from me. OMG! I've only had them for 3 days! THEY'RE NOT FOR SALE! lolol

    Anyway, the flight from Pasco was delayed again as the fog had still not lifted, and it wasn't til later that afternoon we finally touched down in Bellingham. It took us over 36 hours for a 2.5 hour flight. We're laughing about it now, but it took a few days to get over the aggravation! lolol
     
  2. atcmurph

    atcmurph Watcher Of The Skies

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    Funny! Maybe the supervisor was some sort of collector and recognized the handcuffs to be valuable!

    I had an opposite check-out experience recently. Checking out of Paris and the clerk says there is a CREDIT to my account of like $70. They were under the mistaken impression that I had a prepaid spa appointment that I cancelled, so they owed me a refund. After finally convincing this woman that I have never been to a spa in my life, I listened to her on the phone talking to the spa and trying to convince them of the same. It was weird and comical. I should have just taken the money, but my honesty got in the way.

    Thanks for taking the time to write this up! :peace:
     
  3. jgates8

    jgates8 VIP Whale

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    Thanks! Glad I caught your report.
     
  4. Electroguy563

    Electroguy563 Over-Fried Gambler

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    Man, I don't know how I would've handled those delays going home...I would've lost it if it was coming to Vegas!

    Thanks for taking the time to write up your report. Trip Reports are always appreciated here. Glad you had a great time, aside from that debacle trying to get home.

    By the way, did you start using your new handcuffs?:poke::poke::thumbsup:
     
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    Thanks for the enjoyable write up.
     
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