The diligence to provide the "stream of consciousness" blow-by-blow TR obviously failed. I will recap our trip here and may follow up with photos in a seperate post. DAY 1 - Thursday Delta flight 7:50 am Memphis to LAS connecting in LAX. Took a cab to Mirage. We got a Tower King on 25 overlooking the Strip. Not sure if it was the 20.00 trick that got us the room or my sparkling personality. We couldn't check in at about 1:00 pm since the room was not ready. We did get the room key and gave my phone number for them to notify me when the room was ready. I got the text at about 3:00 pm with the room number and letting us know to go directly to the room rather than back to the check in counter. We had gone across the street to Harrah's and found ourselves in the bar where Big Elvis was about to start his afternoon show. We had seen him at Bill's Gambling Hall during a couple of trips several years ago and somehow were drawn in to see him again. Just a Vegas icon. He actually is a good entertainer if you can get past the "cheese" that is his persona. After we watched this show is when we got the text about the room being available and we headed back to the Mirage. We unpacked and Judy spoiled herself with an afternoon nap. I set out to find a fan that we could have in the room to provide some noise similar to what he have at home. I knew there was a Walgreens across the street next to Venetian. This location did not sell fans but I was sent to the next closest one at the Palazzo which was much larger. They did have a fan that did the trick, but I had to shlep it down the Strip back to the Mirage. It turned out to be most satisfactory for our needs. We had reservations at Old Homestead at CP. We got to CP a few minutes early and had time to play some slots withhout much success. I had forgotten that OH was open to the casino corridor. Reviews mentioned to sit nearest to the outside in order to have a good vantage for people watching, etc. In hindsight, we would have been happier deeper into the dining room to avoid the noise, unruly masses of humanity, etc. that do not actually enhance an expensive dining experience. But, I digress. I truly wanted to walk away from OH with a sense of uphoria. I was psyched to do this. I had built it up in my mind and had painted the picture for Judy of a world class meal. We opted to skip an appetizer and to split a Caesar salad in order to save our appetites for the main events. I have to have anchoives with my Caesar, even though Judy is mortified by the tthought of them. But, since they split the salad they brought them to me just on my plate. Very nice white anchovies. Ok, here was my first problem. A restaurant like OH should provide ice tea spoons when they serve ice tea. Instead, they brought straws to stir the tea with. Maybe it's just me, but this shows a lack of attention to detail on the management side. Back to the meal. Judy had an 8 oz. filet, I had the 16 oz Ribeye and our sides were the Brussel Sprouts and onion rings. The entrees and sides were presented and my initital response was that the steaks were far from mouth-watering in appearance. No garnish, no sizzle and visually not very appetizing. I don't judge a steak by thickness alone. But, the filet as well as the ribeye were far thinner than I am used to at nice, upscale steakhouses that I have enjoyed over the years. They were cooked to our requests and had some flavor. The Brussel Sprouts appeared not to have been cooked to order rather earlier in bulk and left under a heat lamp. The onion rings were very good and hit the spot. I ordered a flight of sauces and enjoyed them with my steak. Our server, Bradley was excellent and was actually the highpoint of the experience for us. He couldn't however, make the food more like what I was anticipating. I kept thinking about Ruth's Chris and their sizzling, thick cuts of meat as well as other Las Vegas steakhouses like the former Bally's Steakhouse. I was using my RCs for the meal but even with that, I left with a certain level of disappointment. Actually, I had not been eating red meat for a few months upon advice from my doctor about blood pressure elevating slightly. Nothing too high but just precautionary. This meal was going to be a real treat to myself. Maybe I had just fantisized about this and obsessed beyond reality. All in all, we had a very enjoyable first day getting to and being in Vegas.