MLK Weekend, rolling at Cosmo solo, PT’s party, crossdressing and having fun while the cat’s away. I made the same trip last year, see previous TR post, and had every intention of doing the same in 2015. The plan is that the mouse plays while the cat is away. My wife and son visit her folks in Florida and I skedattle to Vegas for some alone time. Slight change of plans this year, my father in law had some major surgery in December and remained in hospital recovering through January, to the point that Florida was cancelled and my mother in law moved into our basement during his recovery/rehab. In addition, we put our dog down the week before Christmas, which is a downer, to say the least… had the dog longer than the Mrs and I have been married and we've never stayed a day in our house without her (9+ years), so it’s odd to not have dog's presence. Not fishing for sympathy, just sayin’ - MIL+dead/no dog+cold Minnesota weather=ready to get away. Right, so last year I booked a corner suite at Aria and loved it. Still love Aria but my play at Cosmo has pushed me close to Gold status. I get the standard Cosmo offers, two Sun-Thu comps/pittance weekend resort comps and was hoping to get the same from them for an early Jan stay. In Nov/Dec I booked at Aria via an MILF offer (I get nothing beyond standard MILF shite) as an insurance in case a Cosmo offer didn’t come through. As time passed, nothing from Cosmo and the Aria rates were, shall we say, not cheap. I booked a standard room and it was going to be around $700 for my dates… called and asked about upgrading to a corner suite, it’d be double, and I seriously considered doing it but couldn’t pull trigger. Maybe some of you remember the days when this little thing called MyVegas had comp rooms for Aria. I remember those days! Hell, I remember when they offered a comp penthouse weekend at Vdara, and back then I vowed to spin the sht out of those stupid slots to get 1.5m Lps for that sweet suite. Well, that sweet suite offer didn’t last more than a week, yet I continued to spin. Then the Aria room offers went away. And here I am with a bunch of Lps with no Aria room to book. I made the best of it and bought all the Freeplay I could, figuring it’s a better deal than pizza. I don’t play slots but hoped I’d be able to make it work one way or another… take a page from Plee’s book, find a Cleopatra II machine and have at it. Meantime, I had offered to front a friend of mine $1K for the trip. I had a Sterling Cosmo room available, so I booked that for Saturday night, not knowing if he or I would use it, but since I knew that would be the most expensive night of the weekend I wanted to book it as insurance. At minimum I could stick him at MC with a MyVegas room. Back to the Mrs, Florida is off, her dad’s not well, mom’s in the basement freaking out, etc, and I’m a complete a-hole for booking a trip to Vegas, solo, in lo these troubled times. This isn’t said out loud, but it’s what’s going on in my head. FF to the short version: my wife is a effing saint and since I’d already booked the plane ticket she gives me the green light for the trip. I owe some cred to my friend R, who put in a good word for me at our NYE party. I said in a previous post that this is a Vegas forum and not a crossdressing forum so I won’t go into the details about the latter, but as context for my trip, I am planning this thing for months in advance. I begin planning what am I going to wear, shopping for it, the music I’m going to listen to in my room, gambling strategy, makeup, bankroll, the whole deal. This is a once a year deal and I’m not fucking around and want to do it right. Without going into the incriminating details, my daily work brings me into contact with miscellaneous computer-related hard- and/or software, and over time I have discerned what has value to a paying client (I’m a whore, at a base level) and what has value to nut jobs and/or regular folks on Craigslist. In sum, I spent the summer evenings spending time with my lovely wife, son, and dying dog, and during the day, I would bill my normal activity, but then collect crap/junk from clients, piling it into my garage to the point that it became a problem: “what are you doing with all that shit?” Mid-December I rallied … not saying I neglected my day job, but CL was on effin' fire. Let’s just say I seriously busted my ass for three weeks, and my BR for gambloing and women’s clothes had a fantastic Q4. It’s sh0cking, the market for a $100 laptop is 10x what it is for a $300 laptop… btw if you’re in the market for the latter, PM me. Dell, i5, 4gb, clean, Office, Acrobat, cash only. Half joking (not about the cash). Back to task at hand. Plane ticket booked. Booked basic room at Aria, thinking of a suite but hoping for a nice offer from Cosmo. Meantime, PT has this crazy party planned the weekend I’m already going to be there … crossdressing. And I’m all over the internets looking at and buying clothes and accessories for the trip. At the time I was a bit freaked out about PT’s big party, not sure how a crossdressing weirdo would fit in to his crowd. I’ll just say that in the week leading up to the trip, PT and I traded a few PMs that led up to a phone conversation and things could not have been cooler. He reassured me that several of the attendees would be fine with me being there and if I had any concerns about my personal safety he had private security en suite for the event. OK, I was not worried about that – I’m a big boy and all, but it was reassuring that PT had at least thought ahead for the entire event and planned for anything that might come up. The conversation ended with him explaining that he had ‘accidentally' booked two ladies booked for Thursday night dinner (he can correct the details on this, if I am off), when am I arriving in town, and oh isn’t that interesting would you like to join us for dinner, my treat? About a day after the above is happening, and two days before I leave, I get an email offer from Cosmo for the standard Sun-Thu comp room, and it begins on the day I am planning to arrive. BAM!!! Savvy board members know these offers hit your mailbox around 10am Tuesday … let’s just say that 10:05am I was on the red phone. I was able to book Thu comped, Sat was already comped via Sterling, but I’d have to pay a casino rate for Fri and Sun, total was around $800. Sunday rates were through the roof. No resort fees on any dates. Higher than what I had at Aria, but I thought that 1.) this would get me to Gold, and get me rooms for the Mrs and friends for our planned May trip, and 2.) PT’s party is at Cosmo, so it’d save a ton of shuffling between the properties. 3.), I really like Comso and prefer it anyway. It’s not a bungalow suite, but for a low-rolling freak like me it’s perfect. Sorry MILF, you’re cancelled. It’s taken me two weeks to post the pre-trip… sorry for the long delay, but life gets in the way, plus I like to write a lot of details. Day of the trip: I have a hair appointment, a brow/waxing appointment (girl needs to look good, right?) and the Mrs drops me at the airport. To come, hanging w PT, gamboling, drinks, meeting Frank, Cosmo fun. Might take me several days or a week to get this out, but I promise it will get there.