Greetings! Seldom poster, first time trip reporter here. My wife and I just got back from CES. She had to go for her work and I tagged along. Many things are the same ol'-same 'ol that gets covered in many trip reports, so I really just have a random series of observations. First off, CES is really too big now. Too many attendees, too many exhibitors, etc. If you tried to see it all, you'd be exhausted. The monorail worked really well and we used it extensively. It's really going to be useful for casino or club hopping. We stayed at the Westin Casaurina. (What was the Maxim.) I give the property itself high marks. As a rule, Westins usually rock with the heavenly bed and heavenly shower. It is also extremely convenient, since it's right across the street from the back door of Bally's -- a short walk to the monorail. Now here's the not so good part. Why in the world is the Westin trying to be like all of the mega-casino-resort properties? This place has an extremely modest gaming floor and all weekend more than half the tables were shut down. There's probably 6 BJ tables, a three card poker and one craps pit. The Westin also has a "show" called Forbidden Vegas. I put the word show in quotes because all the footage we saw of it on the hotel channel, the thing looked like a high school production. They even had to cancel the show Sunday night for lack of attendees. Why can't the Westin do what Westins usually do and just be a great hotel without the casino and show? They'd still make a lot of money. Let's see...what else.... Though I complained about the pathetic attempt at a casino, I did use the opportunity to finally learn craps. There was no one at the pit, so I plopped down my friend Ben Franklin and said teach me. Now I'm hooked! (And I only lost about $25 playing for half an hour. The dice got lukewarm. Dining was great. Friday night we went to Emeril's Delmonico. It was great as usual. Though I think I am finally "over" Delmonico. There's not a thing wrong with it, but going there for a few trips in a row, it has lost the oohh-aahh factor. Saturday brunch was the Paris Buffet. 'Nuff said. Saturday night we went to Diego at MGM. I highly recommend this place. The chicken mole rocked! The Frida margarita with strawberry and pineapple infused tequila was particularly good. For some reason, though I've been to Las Vegas many times, and been in the MGM many times, this property kinda struck me this trip. It's nice without being too stuffy. I think I'd like to go back and stay there. Sunday we did the Margarita Brunch at Garduno's at The Palms. It was a little better than the Texas Station location I thought. The Palms is a nice property and I'd like to go back. One question though- I could've sworn I read that the Palms was a smoke free casino. Yet when I asked they looked at me like I was crazy. Is there such a place that is smoke free? Or am I just imagining having read this?? Our last dinner on Sunday night was very spur of the moment. We had a ressie at Casa Di Amore but didn't want to go all the way over there. Upon turning right out of the Westin, Mrs. DC says- "How about that place - Battatsia's Hole in the Wall?" Sure enough, it's a hole in the wall, but we liked it. The menu is sort of prixe fixe. You get your soup or salad, the entree and capuccino along with unlimited house wine for one flat fee, depending upon the entree. We stayed until this (Monday the 10th) morning to avoid the hassle of everyone who left yesterday. (Was anyone in the mess at the airport last year?) I should get in a plug for Frontier Airlines. We flew them out of Washington National through Denver and absolutely loved it. Direct TV at the seats is a nice touch. There you have it, my first (but not last) trip report!