I’ve been going to Vegas for 40 years now and I know I’ve had more losing trips than winners, but this trip was just a total beat down. The pain started on Saturday and didn’t end until we left on Wednesday afternoon. I usually, play dollar, DDB, video poker these days. We started out around 5 PM Saturday and I finally quit at 2 AM, which is 4 AM back in the Central Time Zone. ONE FOUR OF KIND THAT ENTIRE TIME!!! Sunday, Monday & Tuesday just continued on that way. My wife did a little better on VP, but still had a losing trip. For the entire trip, I had nine; yes that’s right, nine four of a kind and one straight flush. Just brutal! One of the 4oak was when I switched from DDB to JOB and you guessed it-3 aces dealt and the 4th one and the kicker on the draw. When I’m losing at VP, I’ll try and change it up and go back to the crap table. Just another $1,000 beat down over two days. I really wanted to join Beeejay and his crew on Tuesday night at the Golden Gate, but I just couldn’t justify hitting my line of credit for a third time on this trip. Me, being a very weak willed individual, knew if I walked over, I’d be hitting the ATM, because I just can’t stand and watch someone play craps without jumping in the game. So what did I do when we got home…booked a trip for May 24th.:evillaugh My wife did hit four straight flushes this trip. I don’t know all the math, but I think it should pay more than 250 credits. On either Sunday or Monday, someone got a $5,000 scratch card at MSS. I’ve had aces with the kicker a few times in the last several years, but it is now over 3 years since I hit a royal. That’s about it for the gambling report. The rest is just some misc notes. We’re not foodies. We had a very nice meal at the Redwood on Monday and also a nice meal at Pasta Pirate on Tuesday. Our normal host was off on Tuesday, so I went to the host desk just to make a reservation for that night for 5 people. Two of my brothers and one sister in law were supposed to join us, but bro & SIL didn’t show. Anywho, the host gave us an additional $150 comp besides our Gold Cards. At the end of the meal our waiter brings over a bottle of wine and says take it along since you didn’t use most of your comp! One breakfast buffet at MSS and a couple of meals at the 777 Brew Pub. The plan originally was to go to Mon Ami Gabi for lunch on Tuesday and eat out on the patio, but it was in the mid 60s and the wind was blowing 20-30 mph. We passed and just stayed downtown. Free WiFi: My brother was on the 16th floor with a south facing room (toward the Plaza) and was able to get the new free WiFi in his room. We were in a suite, also on the 16th and all of the suites face north, not even a hint of a signal in our room. The Vegas Club tore out the front of their casino and put in a gift shop, right on the corner of Fremont and Main St. I hope it’s worth it because the construction on Fremont St for the new zip line sure is a mess. Henneseys must hate it because right now it has completely blocked the view from their patio. Our normal routine is to walk from MSS to ElCo, just to stretch the legs. One morning we decided to treat ourselves and have a hot dog at Coney Island Dogs in the front of the D. Waste of money-dogs were grilled, charred and tasted like they had been on the grill for hours. We decided to go inside the D and check out the Long Bar. 9:30 AM and the music was so loud, we just left. Not my kind of music either! Someone posted lines for NFL week 1 games, so I was trying to find a book that had them. Nothing at the Nugget, Fremont, Cal, ElCo or Plaza. Speaking of the Plaza. The remodeled sports book looks really nice, but the perfume odor in there is overwhelming. My wife thought it smelled like the stuff you sprinkle on the carpets before vacuuming to remove odors. There have been some comments lately about the panhandlers being more aggressive on Fremont. We walked every morning and never had a problem. Two board members looked me up at MSS. Morpheus7222 and oldschoolvegas. Old school was staying at MSS so we chatted almost every day. I always enjoy meeting people from VMB. I guess this is no surprise but the selection of N/A beers in Vegas is really limited. My one brother doesn’t drink and so mostly he was stuck drinking O’douls. He did find Becks & St Pauli at The Cal, but the bartender said they are getting rid of them. I mentioned the Vegas Club not taking room reservations to a bartender friend at The Cal. She says they did the same thing last summer, then restarted in the fall. Before retiring, we both worked in the media and know better than to believe the hype, but we fell for it this time. All the talk of TSA & Air Traffic Controller’s furloughs on TV, we got to the airport 3 hours ahead of our return flight. No delay! Here is a big THANKS to whoever posted the info about using the alternative route to the C gates!!! There were two people ahead of us at the TSA checkpoint. The trouble is that meant we had almost 3 hours to sit in an airport bar and drink “cheap” drinks. Never saw this before…a couple brought their dog on the SWA plane w/o a crate and the dog sat in her lap the entire flight. It never made a sound. I realize the report is a little disjointed, but this trip I didn’t bring the laptop to take notes because thanks to Buddha, I knew I wouldn’t get wifi in my north facing room at MSS without paying $9.99. Screw that!