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Memories----good or bad??

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by queuetee, Jul 7, 2016.

  1. queuetee

    queuetee High-Roller

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    In my thread " How Far Back...." so many people mentioned a memory of their first trip. I go back to 1969. My husband of one year and I had tickets to see Andy Williams at CP. At 21, our knowledge of the ways of LV were pretty limited. At that time a dinner came with the show. Since we didn't tip the maitre'd, we were seated at the furthest right table on the very top tier in the old CP showroom....the worst seats in the house,

    Ah...young and foolish
     
  2. GENESIS

    GENESIS Low-Roller

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    From the young and inexperienced....On our first trip to vegas in 1995, we took a cab from the airport to The Riviera. Us being Vegas newbies, and not knowing about long hauling, we didn't know we were marked victims at the time. I guess we reeked of Vegas Virginism at the time. Long story short, we ended up paying between 40 to 45 bucks not including the tip. That said, although it was years ago, and not knowing about "long hauling" until I joined VMB, I thought the ride was just a regular cab ride:cry:Truly a lesson learned...and very grateful for the info you all provided on both past and upcoming trips :thumbsup:
     
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  3. BobK89

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    First trip, 1982, I was 15 and illegally played slots at the Flamingo, where I was staying with my parents. Hit several winners before I dodged security. Have been going every year at least once since 1989.
    Worst: 1992, got in late and HAMMERED the drinks on a Friday night. Spent most of Saturday in the bathroom and in bed with the worst hangover ever.
     
  4. joespoolhall

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    My first trip I planned to visit two friends that ran bowling pro shops. I was at the Imp. Palace. One was at the Gold Coast, so that was easy. The other was at Arizona Charlies (yes, they used to have a 50 lane center). Prior to the trip I saw a book that show an illustration that looked like Charlies was just west of DT. I expected about a 10-15 min ride. 15 minutes in I asked the driver if ACs was in Nevada or Arizona! $26 bucks plus tip later I arrived and this was 25 years ago. My buddy gave me a ride back to the IP. This actually got me interested in navigating the valley and in short work I was a pro.

    Good Luck!
    Ric at Joes
     
  5. bshowell

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    I have a lot of memories from my first trip - we did Sahara in 2005-ish (or maybe 2004...). Anyway, I remember we just KNEW we had to eat at the buffet because everyone in Vegas ate at buffets - it never occurred to us that not all buffets should be experienced. I remember the Sahara buffet was very dark and small (now I know...no reference then). The only edible things were the fried chicken, ambrosia, and the Crystal Light from the fill-your-own drink dispensers. That was also mine and my sister's first time playing slots - we were so excited for buckets and quarters, but completely unprepared for the gray fingers from those buckets and quarters LOL.
     
  6. Sonya

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    This made me LOL! It's true and I made that same mistake in the early days of my Vegas travels. I still get nauseous thinking about that gray liquid coming out of the scrambled eggs at Circus Circus.

    I do regret never trying the Surf Buffet just to say I ate it and survived. ;)
     
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  7. GENESIS

    GENESIS Low-Roller

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    Gray liquid??? Omg EWWW:vomit:I thought the Riviera Buffett was a disaster:vomit:
     
  8. Sisyphus

    Sisyphus Low-Roller

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    My first solo trip I blew through 80% of my budget in the first day playing video blackjack in NYNY, and I had 3 full days left. I still had a credit card, but money was already tight at the time (only a few years out of college) so I wanted to use it sparingly.

    Oddly enough, I didn't find the Sahara buffet as offensive as others claimed it to be, but maybe it was "better" in 2004.
     
  9. TedCheddy

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    My first trip was in 1990, just as I turned 21. I have a brother 3 years older that had been filling my head with how awesome Vegas was: Bloody Mary fountains! The Stardust chips! The IP cocktail waitress outfits!! Him and his friends really only played BJ so that was my focus for years - sitting in bed at night dealing out hands with Stanford Wong's hard copy of his blackjack book opened to the strategy page.

    The trip finally arrives and I'm there with my folks, bro and his friends haven't arrived yet. We're at Circus Circus and I distinctly remember my dad and I trying to get up the nerve to sit at a BJ table: "Should we sit", "I don't know, yeah", "You want to", "Let's watch a sec", "How much to cash", "IDK, $20". We finally sit and it was just so incredible to be experiencing live what I'd heard and read about for so long. There weren't any websites to help with the basics of gaming, tipping, etiquette, etc., so it was quite intimidating. I had a Q7 diamonds and pushed my first hand.

    Some other quickies from first trip: walking out of Stardust to go to the Riv and it was snowing (November). How unfriendly the Barbary Coast dealers and staff seemingly went out of their way to be. Walking into the Desert Inn thinking, "Meh, what's the big deal. No castle, volcano, Romans...it's just a casino."
     
  10. Aces and Eights

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    How do you know you would have survived? If you had tried the buffet, VMB may never have been started.
     
  11. mdm4sfest

    mdm4sfest Low-Roller

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    My mom shit her pants at Caesars a few weeks ago. Had to throw the undies in the trash obviously and head back to the room.
     
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  12. TedCheddy

    TedCheddy Tourist

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    That sounds nice. I missed that trip report.
     
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  13. Richard Alpert

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    Attending our one and only time-share presentation at PH (for Westgate). Negative: Quite a waste of Vegas vacation time (1-1/2 hours) for a few pops, muffins, and $45 bucks off of $200 "free" slot play (limited to selected machines, of course!)

    Silver Lining: At least we toured a sample room so we knew exactly what the rooms looked like when booking at Elara years later...

    RICHARD
     
  14. Sonya

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    LOL! Good point. Maybe I dodged a bullet.
     
  15. pebbles

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    We did eat there on our first trip. It was dreadful, absolutely dreadful. I only learned long after our trip that we were lucky to survive.
     
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  16. Hoofy7

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    I have to agree the Riviera had one of the worst buffets as far as selection, but I never got sick from it and it was free! I stayed there a lot in the late 90's and you have to laugh at the suites. Glass mirrors from floor to ceiling. Glass coffee tables and fake Palm trees throughout the different rooms. It was a great place to go down in the mornings and shoot the sh*t with the bartenders at the bar who had been there for 20 years. They had the best stories. There were always a lot of locals I would meet sitting there playing quarter slots. It never bothered me that it wasn't a classy joint as they took such good care of me I FELT classy! 2,500 sq foot suites and so much FP and FB credits I just HAD to go to Vegas as it was almost like they were paying me. Lol Then early 2000's started staying more at Caesars Palace because they hosted alumni NFL conferences and it's where all the guys met up for annual get togethers. I always thought it was boring there though. Then I started staying at the Venetian and have been with them ever since. I don't get comped the super nice suites but usually 1500 Sq foot king bed suites with a great view and it's always clean. I'm definitely a guppy in a big tank there but still never have to pay for food and spa charges at checkout. Worst food ever was a restaurant at Westgate! We would go there to watch football games on Sunday and I had fried chicken. I was sick within 30 minutes of eating it and barely made it back to the Palazzo. Completely ruined the rest of my trip. I couldn't leave the room! Does anyone else like Pizza Rock pepperoni pizza? I think it's so good but all I ever hear about is 550, Grimaldi's, and Secret. I grab a slice everytime I'm downtown and I think it's really yummy! I think what I miss the most about the old Las Vegas though is it has went from classy to definitely more trashy.
     
  17. Onmyown32

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    That sounds like something my husband would do!! My hubby peed the bed at one casino hotel.

    The first trip to Vegas was a disaster. We drove to see a college friend of mine and decided to check out the strip with the kids. We started at circus circus and actually thought we could WALK all the way to MGM in the mid day heat of JUNE!!! We nearly died!!! Did not realize how long the Vegas strip really was... Now we know!!!
     
  18. dmr

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    I think I'm the only one in the known universe who actually enjoyed a meal there!

    To make a long story long ...

    IIRC there were three couples and we just got out of a show. Everyone was hungry but there was no way we could all agree on where to go to eat. Someone suggested a buffet but we knew that most all of them were long closed and then somebody piped up that the Boardwalk had a 24 hour buffet.

    Now keep in mind that this was 11:30-ish at night, and everyone had more than their fair share of adult beverages. Nobody should have been driving but this was back when it was more acceptable to do that. :) The point of that being that being under the influence and hungry, you were less likely to complain about what you were eating. I remember that they had what I might call a few breakfast and a few dinner items and some dessert items. You know, fried chicken, scrambled eggs, the Sysco iceberg lettuce salad bar, Mrs. Smith pies and such. I remember some kind of noodle dish which was, or I thought at the time, very tasty. That was the only thing I really remember. :)

    I do not remember it being particularly bad. However (comma) it was definitely not a must-do-again experience. :)

    It's supposed to be that way! That's a dish called "Chunky Huevos al Dente aux Dishwater Sauce" or something like that. :) :)

    Seriously, one of my pet peeves is how so many buffets can totally foul up scrambled eggs! I mean, scrambled eggs is one of the easiest dishes to prepare, and every kid learns to do it at age 3 or so! It's almost impossible to {f-bomb} up but the buffets always seem to do just that! Hard yellow clots swimming in watery liquid is often what you get!

    I would much rather have a basic breakfast done right than a "creative" breakfast done poorly (ala HHAGG!) but too many buffets just can't do scrambled eggs right! If you want to make a lot of them you can do them in a wok and still have them come out tasty. You can even use a Sysco egg mix and have them come out great without even trying!

    Now I admit that on recent trips, both Flamingo and Sams Town have done them right, at least for a while. I have yet to find a LV buffet that consistently does plain old basic scrambled eggs right!

    (Yeah I know, b*tch b*tch b*tch!)
     
  19. bdautch

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    My first threesome was in Vegas. I was in college and I remember being technically too young...like 20 and 3/4 years old or so. I met a married couple from Arizona (at least that's what they said) in the bar at the steakhouse of the Riviera. We went up to my room in the Monaco Tower. While the woman went into my bathroom to slip into something more comfortable, the guy and I awkwardly said stuff like, "You know, uh, we just focus on her and stuff, right? Not, like, on each other?" We were both sufficiently horrified by that notion that we sized each other up as exclusively heterosexual and prepared to move forward. I was nervous as hell. AS HELL.

    Long story short, she comes out of the bathroom totally naked and looking really good. After various and sordid activities, they left my room about an hour later. At that time, I didn't know whether to chalk it up as a good or bad memory. At this time, I also don't know whether to chalk it up as a good or bad memory. In the 22 years since, my mind has wavered between high-fiving myself and being grossed out by myself.
     
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  20. Geogran

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    Hmmmm.

    I be thinking this thread could use a new title, like "True Confessions" or something....

    :whistle::whistle:
     
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