Hello my fellow VMBers So this trip was not supposed to happen. It somehow came to fruition after I found out I was going to be between jobs and BS (aka Frosted BS) calling for a VMB GTG between Dec 3-6. After getting wife’s approval, the planning for another solo trip was on and the excitement/anticipation since…..I’m sure we all know how that feels like. Some of you might know already, I’m flying in from Taiwan and I’m not a big drinker at all, so with a heavy jet-lag and all the VMB degens around (Jordan, BS, Hobofrank, Chess, Gamesman, LeslieChow, PartyTriple, PPhold? to name only a few), I highly suspect my trip report can be live for the first few days. A few of these fine gentlemen had already promised me to some fine alcoholic beverages, which I’m sure will send me a trip or ten to vomit-land. Nonetheless, this is my first official VMB gathering so let’s see how that unfolds! As I did for my first trip report back in April this year, the intent is to give a true taste of how I fare in Mecca, whether it’s high or low, winning or losing, sober or drunk. I hope you all enjoy it like I did the first time. Here is a snapshot of the to-dos and stuff in the works : Flight 12/3 Taipei (TPE) to LAX via China Airlines, 12 hour flight. Even after so many trips over the years, I still find it amusing how its possible to land earlier than you departed…..my flight ETD is 23:55 and lands at 19:30 On the same day. 12/3 LAX to LAS via SWA, can anyone tell me if I should sit on the left or right side of the plane to get a strip view while approaching Mecca? 12/12 LAS to LAX via SWA 12/12 LAX to TPE, a 13-14 hour flight due to head wind on the Pacific. Hotel 12/4 – 12/6 @ the Cosmo. Special thanks to LeslieChow for hooking me up with a host there!! 12/6 – 12/12 @ the Mirage. Enjoyed my stay there last time and the marketing executive was able to again comp all 6 nights + some F&B upfront, so a no-brainer for me, plus it gives me easy access to poker @ both V/P + Wynn. Comps other than room $300 MLife resort credit MyVegas - $25 FP @ the Mirage MyVegas - $75 food @ Tender (Luxor) MyVegas – BOGO Entrée @ Wolfgang Puck (MGM) MyVegas – 2 free Aria dinner buffets (also have Bellagio dinner buffet x 1 and Aria lunch buffet x 1 in case I can’t find someone to go together) MyVegas – Cirque du Soleil $100 credit, redeemed for MJ One @ Mandalay All the money saved from MyVegas will go directly towards my United Nations International Craps Entertainment Fund (or UNICEF, I should probably trademark that) Food Not much planned as I’m a pretty casual eater and I’d be spending a few days with VMBers so just go with the flow. But I do have reserved Charlie Palmer @ Four Seasons before my MJ One show. And also Lago @ Bellagio for Sunday brunch with a local friend, I had always wanted to eat next to the fountains but never had a chance. To-do checklist 1. Hang out with VMBers, with the slightest hope that I can stay conscious through Monday Dec 7. 2. Go to PT’s Bungalow party on Saturday, Dec 5. 3. Drink Jordan with Jordan 4. Watch one other show, likely either Absinthe or Carrot Top 5. Go to the new Pawn Star Plaza and stroll around, maybe a meal there. 6. Pinball HOF? 7. Play Mini Bac or Big Boy’s Bac for the first time in my life. 8. Poker @ Mirage, Wynn and V/P 9. Cowboy Christmas Gift Show @ LVCC 10. Country Christmas @ Sands Expo 11. Have a meal at Stack @ the Mirage 12. Most important one of all : WIN MONEY Thanks for riding along, let the party begin!!