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Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by stevenotstu, Oct 19, 2012.

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  1. stevenotstu

    stevenotstu Tourist

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    My Trip Report

    Longtime lurker so I thought it might be time to give back a little. Some background…

    I have been going to Vegas for about 10 years. I have stayed up and down the strip but the last two years I have been staying downtown at the Golden Nugget. I’ve probably stayed there the last 5 or 6 trips with the last two being comped the room for three nights (Rush Tower). I like the Rush Tower because everything is just a little easier-closer to the table games, Fremont St and always a very quick check in.

    This was a bit of a last minute trip. I was able to arrange some vacation time and thought a visit to the desert was what I needed. Well it was a good visit and not so good visit for reasons you will soon learn.

    Took an early flight from my little town in Central Washington to connect in Seattle and then on to Vegas. This was the 1st time I had flown into the new terminal (3) that opened recently. Very quick walk compared to being at those horrible “A” gates for the past decade. However with the quick came a bit of confusion as I had no idea where zero level was to score my 1st deal with a $2 WAX ride to the hotel. Gave up looking at decided on a cab. “No tunnel, surface streets please”. “Really cause there’s lots of construction.” I smiled and said “I’ll take my chances.” After denying him the long haul he was actually a nice man from Ethiopia just working hard to make a few bucks. I gave him a couple of pics of Abe Lincoln because of the quick ride (didn’t really run into any construction delays, hmmm?). So only 25 minutes from landing to Nugget.

    I arrived about noon and they let me check in early with no hassle or surcharge. I’ve checked in early every trip, once at 10:30am, and always gotten my room immediately. Quick unpack and back down to walk around Fremont.

    Grab and beer and walk around. Exciting to see everything again even it is the same retail kiosks and god awful costumed characters. Some are pretty good, but the Larry the cable guy (not git’n’r done jackass) and SpongeBob Cardboard pants are pretty lame. The Marilyn Monroe I saw a couple of trips ago now that was talent. Anyway, what to do??? Well this isn’t my 1st rodeo (but if you’ve never been to a rodeo the NFR finals are in December, that’s some good info from a former lurker :nworthy:). I want to stay up late so I realize being up since 4am that a couple hours napping in a cold room would do me good.

    Wake up with a need to-gamble, drink Crown and Coke’s and roll the bones. Well this night is not going to end well…and it didn’t. Fast forward to around 4am and the drink service has been extraordinary at the Nugget tables-but I’m getting ahead of myself. Many drinks on Fremont while watching the bands. The cover band Rock of Ages isn’t too horrible. It’s not that they were that excellent of musicians but it was cool that they really played a diverse mix of butt rock and pre-butt. Kickstart my heart, dude. Exit light Mr. Sandman, take my Photograph Fake Leopard. “Our next song is by Montrose.” Bad Motor Scooter?? Yep and it sounded decent. Better not let ODB down-time to make that money.

    Yeah, not so much. By 4am I’ve been up a couple grand and am down about half that. I love craps but sometimes the tables are pretty frigid. Times like this I have to go play blackjack and make a few bucks. Only blackjack is such a f*cking grind (at least to me). Have a few black chips in front of me and proceed to transfer those funds to the boxman at the craps table. At least I don’t remember much of the assault.

    It’s now 9am. Even for me that’s quite an all-nighter. So time to catch up on the dinner I didn’t eat (smoked a cigar) and the omelet I’m craving. I’m pretty sure I had the omelet and some French toast. But that’s about the extent of it. That puts a bow on what has been a very long morning, day, night and morning.

    Next chapter soon….
     
  2. stevenotstu

    stevenotstu Tourist

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    Tuesday

    Wake up at 4:30pm. I think I’m still a little drunk. Have a craving for …Spaghetti??? So I leave the Nugget which has a very nice Italian restaurant (Grotto) and walk over to the 4 Queens for the Magnolias very lousy pasta (hint, usually straining the pasta before plating makes for a tastier meal). Still not feeling right. Back to bed. This is where it gets embarrassing. Embarrassing like…well just embarrassing. I didn’t wake up until 6:30 the next morning. I spent about 21 straight hrs in bed.

    Wednesday

    So I have the buffet again for breakfast. This time I do remember the omelet, the French toast, the leisurely reading of the paper, the cantaloupe, everything. Get cleaned up, clean up the Inbox from work some and go down and meet the host I emailed before I left. I got his card after my 1st trip and had emailed him to arrange a line pass so I wouldn’t need to wait in line at the restaurants. I was also able to arrange a 2pm check out for the next morning.

    Time to do something I had been looking forward to for a while. I walked down to the El Cortez to have a proper straight razor shave at the barber shop. I give this a B minus. Maybe my expectations were too high. But my Mach 3 does a better job. And I don’t usually nick myself so deep under the nostril. Or miss a couple spots on under the sideburns. That would cover the minus. The B included a very refreshing feeling. Warm towel, warm soothing pre-shave, warm towel and cooling aftershave. I felt really refreshed. Don’t think I will repeat again but I am better and more rounded for the experience.

    By now it’s around 2pm. Watch the rest of the baseball game. Quick nap and then on to the night. Decided to go over to Binion’s and shoot some dice there. They have the party pit dealers who are both very cute and really friendly. Very fun table. Some dice, a few beers, some innocent flirting and then the predictable “You have the most beautiful smile I have ever seen” after many beers. I get a little too complimentary when I drink. Again the waitresses did me no favors. Never had an empty beer for about 4 hrs. Bust out there and walk around to get some fresh air.

    Back over to the Nugget. Make it till about midnight. Never got a break at the tables. At least I won some before I gave it back on Monday. Tonight no such temporary luck.

    Thursday

    Leaving Las Vegas. Have a late flight so have all day. Cough, cough, a little stuffed up. Too much liquor and not enough water, food or winning. Have the breakfast buffet again. Finally use that line pass. I used to be a Diamond Player at the Rio so I had forgotten how nice that little privilege is. Go back to the room and end up falling asleep until around 11:30. Shower, start packing. Bang, bang on the door. I have late check out. Yell it twice before opening the door and repeating. Oh sorry. So much for that pre-arranged late check out so I wouldn’t be hassled until 2pm.

    Walk down to the casino host to see if I can get my food comped. I should’ve have eaten more often (and at the Grotto). My small food bill was taken care of by another host who was working. Relayed the late checkout mis-step for them to try and correct for the next weary traveler. Leave my bag with the bellman and walk around. Shrimp cocktail at the Golden Gate with a side of pie. They’re setting up Oktoberfest at the Nugget. Nice beer garden with sausages cooking and the Paulaner truck filling mugs of German elixir. Should’ve stayed another night.

    Getting really tired. Not sleepy but my legs are whining and my feet are barking. This is when I remembered. There is NO place to sit down on Fremont unless you:

    1. Drink at a bar.
    2. Play a slot machine.
    3. Eat in a restaurant.
    4. Sit on a trashcan.
    5. Sit on the pavement.

    Actually gave me a moment of awareness. There are a few homeless downtown and that must be miserable to have no place to actually sit down and rest. I was tired after a couple of days. I couldn’t possibly understand that feeling for weeks.

    Actually took an earlier bus to the airport so I could sit and wait at the bus stop and sit at the airport. Ended up being a good idea as rush hour made the trip longer than usual.

    Cough, cough, sneeze. Uh-Oh. Getting sick. Start walking up to check in to try and arrange a 1st class upgrade. Where the hell is the Alaska airlines desk? Oh terminal 3. Ok, where is that. FYI-It’s a shuttle that picks you up 30 yards from the bus stop.

    Arrive at terminal 3. Can’t find the check in desk. Oh well. Get thru the TSA strip show and radiation bath. You know I get dollar bills when I strip every place but the airport. They owe me. There is a nice sports pub right next to the Alaska gate. Sports on every TV and really tasty chicken quesadillas.

    Plane isn’t full so I get a row to myself-more room than a 1st class seat. Connect in Seattle and run into a former stranger I had met on my Monday morning flight. Seems she was coming back from Chicago and taking the same flight back home. She’s coughing too. And sneezing. She says “ I think I got you sick. Two people I was with in Chicago are sick too”. I can’t blame her after beating the piss out of my immune system in Vegas. Her and I get our own row on the way back and both suffer the cabin pressure and ears popping on the short flight.

    Quick ride home and in bed 20 minutes after touchdown. Being in a small city definitely has its advantages when getting to/from the airport.

    Sorry for the length. Appreciate the reading. Let me know if anyone has any questions about the Nugget.

    "Be a Steve, not a Stu"
     
  3. Dpin300

    Dpin300 Low-Roller

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    Nice tr, quick read. Thanks for sharing
     
  4. DonD

    DonD Super Moderator

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    I like your writing style. Made for a pleasant read, thanks.
     
  5. btodd

    btodd High-Roller

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    Great job, thanks. I am reading too many reports of peeps getting sick while in Vegas. I will be popping Cold/FX for the next 17 days to try to avoid the same plight!!!
     
  6. jpw711

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    Nice report, at least you didn't get sick until on your way home.
     
  7. veck101

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    21 hour sleeping session was epic.
     
  8. Joe

    Joe VIP Whale

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    Nice report. Getting sick in Vegas is a real bummer. 21 hours of sleep might have helped postpone the inevitable a little.
     
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  9. stevenotstu

    stevenotstu Tourist

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    Thanks for the kind comments.

    Hopefully I can squeeze a winning trip in before the end of 2012. Load up on the Emergen-C and have a better result.

    StevenotStu
     
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