I've got to stop coming out to Vegas so much. I'm even running into Steve Wynn. This was Trip #7 for the year, beating my record of six, last year. On Saturday, I was visiting with some of the crew at the Wynn outdoor table games when Steve Wynn himself comes walking by. Actually, he wasn't by himself, as a personal assistant was leading him around by his arm. Mr. Wynn has a major problem with vision. Another problem he alluded to was recent knee-replacement surgery. As he was standing by the European pool (not a good place to be with bad eyesight), I went up and introduced myself and put the plug in for the dealers and pit bosses at the outdoor games. He was a pleasant chap, but seemed a bit out of touch with a reality. Not sure if that was the case, or just my perception. He also didn't seem to appreciate the employees at the table games. I also sensed the dealers didn't have warm feelings for him either. Again, just my perceptions as an outsider observing body language. But, it was fun to visit briefly with the person considered to be the most powerful man in Vegas. Speaking of celebs, I happened to be at PH later that day as the red carpet (literally) was rolled out for the big shots in town for PH's grand re-opening. What a circus. All I wanted to do was use up some free slot play. It was a struggle entering the casino as the red carpet and roped off areas extended at least 100 yards. Not only that, but people were lined up 10-deep waiting to get a view of the dignitaries. I got my play in and got the hell out as fast as I could. In fact, I walked right out through the red carpet onto LV Blvd. It was the easiest way to navigate. Besides meeting Steve Wynn for the first time, I also got to met T2Ver Denny for the first time. It was a 100 times for enjoyable meeting Denny (sorry Steve). Denny and I had so much fun we hooked up for social intercourse both Thursday and Friday night. One of my objectives on this trip was to make a profitable matchplay run from the numerous coupons I had traded for or had given me (thanks again steveb). Back in March, I started off winning my first 14 matchplay coupons and became hooked. My luck was opposite of March. This is hard to pull off, but I lost money playing matchplays on this trip. I never could get a break. It's a shame, because my expected payoff should have been at least $150-200. Oh well, I did save big bucks by snagging the 7-7-07 Allegiant airfare for $7 one way from Rockford. Flew back on SWA for $59 for my cheapest RT ever. We also were benefit of some value lodging: ElCo Tower $30 on Thursday, Terribles $30/night (using the LVA 2-1) on the weekend and Excalibur $36 on Sunday. There is no other big city in America where this is possible. For what we payed, we were quite satisfied. A big plus for me was having the UNLV track a stone's throw away from Terribles. The highlight of entire trip for me came late Friday afternoon on that track. The weather was perfect, there was nary a soul around and one could see planes flying directly overhead. I spent over an hour running wind sprints. Man, did that feel good on the body and the soul. Indeed, the weather was fabulous the entire time, nearly record-setting heat each day. The only drawback for me was being skittish laying around the pool. A month ago, I found out I have melanoma from too much exposure to the sun. Nothing new to report on the buffet front. Other than the gambling losses, a pretty decent trip.