Half way through our vacation - thought I'd write a trip report while the wife gets ready to go out tonight. Landed on time after a turbulent direct flight from Buffalo NY via South West. 4th time traveling via SW and I've never had any complaints, flight attendants were nice and courteous when we weren't forced to wear our seat belts; giving a free drink (to those of us drinking) as a apology for the turbulence. For someone (me) thats pretty scared of flying, it went well - drowned out the noise with music and movies and took the edge off with 2 glasses of red wine. Didn't need to use the Xanax I brought as a precaution. Through baggage claim and out the doors, I forgot how hot it is here (compared to Buffalo) - not a cloud in the sky and it's been in the 100s all week. For someone that hates snow - I'm in paradise right now (literally) Off to the car rental center - took an upgrade from a compact to a full size car (Camry) at Enterprise rental - in and out in 5 minutes with no pains. Everything went smoothly. Arrived at MB about 10am after getting lost 3 times trying to find the right entrance to valet (it's been 3 years since our last trip) - walk through the doors and immediately remember why I love this place - smells like sun tan lotion, lobby is nice and calm and collected - feels like home walking through those doors (3rd trip here, 3rd time at MB) Upgraded to a new remodeled room (for an extra $20 / day) and off to the elevators we go to dump the luggage and get to the pool. Checkin person (forget what you call them haha) got a nice view of the pool. Nice room - bit small (we had a suite when we got married) but perfectly acceptable. Pool is exactly as I remember it and everything goes off without a hitch. Little slow around 10:30am on Tuesday - not many people by the pool. Have lunch at restaurant by the pool / entrance to the pool - Buffalo Chicken Wrap w/ fries for me and the wife had a pesto chicken panini - both were good. Back to the room around 12:30pm, showered and off to go shopping! Pull the car from valet, drive to and park at Bellagio. Make our way to the forum shops and it's game on! We have a rule - we allow 1 (or 2) nice things for ourselves per trip - 3 years ago, I got a Gucci Bracelet and the wife some Judith Ripka ear rings - this year, a ring to match my bracelet. Explored a bit - get back to MB around 4:30pm - went down to take a nap, exhausted from being up at 3:30am EDT and we ended up sleeping strait through the night woke up at 7 ish, saw the clock, fell asleep again and woke up at 3:30am on Wednesday (6:30am EDT - our normal wakeup time) Knowing that we have now wasted our first night in LV, we decided to say F' it and go out. (Wednesday) The strip is awesome at 4am - we walk all the way from MB to Aria where we find Aria Cafe at 5:50am and sit down for breakfast - we share a Duces Wild (i think) - and it was surprisingly very good. I was (naively) expecting something on par with Dennis's, but it was great (or I was just that hungry). (The wife) Walk back to MB and arrive at our room around 730am - gather our things and down to the pool we go. Leave again around 12 ish, to the room, shower, drive to Bellagio and park and today is lunch at Hexx in Paris - sit on the patio - I had a hamburger w/ fries (love my potatoes) and the wife has a BLT w/ fries - very good as well with a view of the fountains (bad angle) Back across the strip and to Aria for Zarkana at 7pm - We've seen Beatles Love (twice), Le Reve, O, Crazy Horse (in the past) and now Zarkana. All the shows are great, but to us, nothing compares to Beatles Love. I now have a theory about this. I feel Beatles Love, because it's based on music, has more of a "story line" - the show flows together. Zarkana, it felt like a bunch of acts that really didn't have much to do with each other. Don't get me wrong - it's a great show - but Beatles Love just as a feel to it. We're testing this tonight (more in a bit). Back to MB (skip dinner) and off to Foundation Room - when we got married 5 years ago, we came here for our "bachelor / bachelorette" party so it has special meaning to us. Again, as I remembered it - kinda dead (it was a Wednesday) and a Knob Creek on the rocks was $18!!!!!!!! (to be expected though) but the wife got comped a drink (champagne) for being a women and we had a good time. 2 whiskeys in (I'm a light weight) and the cravings kick in. Being from Buffalo, nothing ends a night like a slice of pizza. Obviously, nothing at MB is open so it's time to take a walk! Ask front desk to run a search for me - Secret Pizza in Cosmo is open! Back to the room, put on some crocs and get out of my suit and we walk the distance / take the tram in 20 minutes - sit and eat at Cosmo, pass some crazy dude screaming and cursing at some cops and get back to MB at 2:30am exhausted. (Thursday) Rinse, repeat - back to the pool at 8am - lunch again at the pool restaurant - just chicken fingers for me and the watermelon salad for the wife around 12. Up to the room to shower - wife needs a nap but I've got some energy - needed to make some changes to one of my websites, catch up on email, etc... chill in the lounge outside of the elevators getting stuff done. Run down to Luxor quickly to buy a Zippo on my wife's recommendation (she doesn't like my Playboy bunny one) only to be informed by the sales women Zippo fought the TSA in 2006 and won in 2011 to allow Zippo's on planes - both checked and carry on! Learn something new every day! So no worry taking it on the plane. And now we're sitting in the room, relaxing a bit - a friend of my sisters moved to LV a few years ago - going with her to Social Hour at Cosmo for happy hour and dinner after. Tonight is LAX at Luxor (due to proximity) and maybe another walk to Aria at 1am for breakfast haha. (Cirq theory) - As Beatles Love is the only Cirq show we've seen thats set to music, we think that is why it's our favorite and all other cirq shows seam sub par to us. To prove this theory, Friday night we're gonna see Michael Jackson One. Not die hard fans of his music, but if our theory is right, and it's similar to Beatles Love, it should be a good show! Gripe 1: There are a lot, A LOT, of kids here at MB. I was in the lobby working on my stuff and a child was literally running through the lobby crying. What is this, Disney land? Why would you bring a child to a casino / LV. What's next, hookers hanging outside the gates of Disney land? This isn't an appropriate place for them. I know MB is more kid friendly then some of the other properties, but come-on... Gripe 2: People dressed really poorly at Foundation Room - When we got married, I was wearing my wedding suit, but my feet were killing me, so I was wearing leather sandals. The bouncers didn't let me in until I went and put leather closed toe shoes on. So why are people allowed in wearing jeans and sneakers? When we goto LAX tonight, should I even bother dressing up? I have half a mind to wear grey linen pants, a white polo and my crocs. What incentive is there to dress appropriately? Do the gripes matter? No. Does anyone care? No. But this trip cost me a good buck - our only vacation in the last 3 years. Still happy to be here, still having a good time, but control your damn kids if you must bring them and dress appropriately. When a drink costs more then the bottle itself, maybe it's a good idea to at least wear shoes and not sneakers. ... Till tomorrow!