Last week saw the final culmination of a year and a half of planning, planning that began on April 8, 2007 when I first proposed to my now wife at sunset at SacrÃ©-Cœur in Paris. From that first day it was obvious there was only one place we both wanted to get married; in our second favorite city in the world! (Paris just edges out LV…sorry!) The timing of this trip was interesting to say the least. I work for a certain bank that recently was consumed by another bank and I am currently uncertain about my employment future. In addition the sketch comedy group I perform with had our final performance in a (somewhat) major and important (for us) comedy festival just a wee 34 hours before I was to fly out. All making for a stress filled few days. But luckily the big day of our departure had finally arrived! Day 1: September 29th 2008 Our flight was to depart out of SeaTac Airport at 8am on the morning of September 29th. After a round of bloody-maries we boarded our flight and taxied the runway…only to be told we needed to return to the gate due to a medical emergency. After an hour of waiting and a quick refuel we are finally off! We landed without incident and catch a taxi out…only to be informed by our driver that due to construction on Flamingo he had no choice but to take the tunnel (grrrrrrr!) Following an exceptionally long cab ride we arrive at The Flamingo…and see the longest line to check in all of history. So after another hour, (at this point it has been a few two hours later than we expected to start our Vegas getaway, and as we all know two hours in Vegas time is roughly the equivalent of 2 days regular time) we are finally checked into our Luxury Strip View Go Room. These rooms are very nice and there was no need for us to try and upgrade since I had already booked this specific room months in advance. Our view looked out directly over Ceasars Palace and The Bellagio and was a breathtaking sight every time we were in our room (more than I had actually planned due to events I will describe later.) After quickly unpacking and freshening up we head downstairs to “Bugsy’s Bar” where my parents are already waiting (they had flown in the night before.) We decided to sit and relax, play some video poker and earn some free drinks. After about an hour we head out. I finished there about even and had around 4 beers. I make the executive decision we need to grab a bite at the oyster bar at Penazzi at Harrah’s. However before we leave, I throw down money on the Ravens (6 point underdog against the Steelers) On the walk over to Harrah’s I notice a few openings at the $5 craps table at O’Sheas. So I sit my fiancÃ© and parents down at the bar while I win around $80 playing craps. Now we head to Penazzi! The four of us share a dozen oysters, a pound of peel and eat shrimp, a serving of Louisiana fried shrimp and a few oyster shooters. The bill was around $57 before tip…not too bad I thought! Then we hit a cab because our next stop is a very important one for the day: The Clark County Courthouse for our Marriage License! Until we arrived I had forgotten the O.J. trial was still going on, talk about a circus. We filled out our forms, paid our $55 and had no problem getting our license. From there we decide to walk to The Four Queens since I had a coupon for free slot play. I sign up for their royal players club and get my free slot play…only I decide my fiancÃ©e would probably enjoy it more so I give it to her to enjoy while my parents and I sit at the bar, play more video poker, watch MNF and drink a few more beers. After getting bored of video poker (finished down a few dollars) I wander over to the craps table where I proceed to win around $50. I look into half price tickets to “The Rat Pack is Back” (I’ve seen it several times but thought my parents would enjoy it, only after discussing it with everyone we decide tonight is all about one thing only: drinking, gambling and casino hopping! Before leaving I drag my fiancÃ©e over to the table to teach her how to play craps, so I spot her some gambling money and away we go! She finishes up $30 and I finish up around $75! From there it is off to The Golden Gate for shrimp cocktails. Only we see the line is longer than our patience and decide to instead sit and drink some more beers. Still feeling the need to roll the dice I hit the Golden Gate’s craps table and walk away up around $60. The parents and the fiancÃ© are starting to get itchy to get back to The Flamingo but I convince them we have one more stop: The Plaza! At The Plaza, from my spot at the craps table I can see my fiancÃ©e getting hit on by a group of British tourist. I laugh it off because I know my baby loves me and I can understand where they are coming from, she is beautiful and the sweetest girl in the world. No jealous boyfriend here! Cashing out up $35 we are finally ready to catch a cab back to the strip. I also see the Steelers win, but fail to cover so I win! (…a staggering $20, but a win is a win!) A quick cab ride back and the decision is made to grab a bite to eat before calling it a night. I have a $10 food voucher at Bill’s so we decide to order a round of french dips. While we wait for a table in the diner I hit Bill’s craps table real quick…and lose a quick $50. But I finish up for the day around $220 and for a low roller like me that isn’t too bad! I quickly realize my food voucher isn’t valid until November 1st…oops! After about two bites of my sandwich I start to drowse off and realize I need bed NOW! So I excuse myself and head back to the room where my fiancÃ©e quickly joins me and our first night in Vegas comes to snoring end. Day 2 is next!