OK here goes! My only other trip report was a completely weak attempt at a live trip report, so I decided this time I would try a proper post trip report. I just don't get to go enough to dedicate enough time and energy to a live trip report, and I'd rather do a posthumous trip report than a half-assed live one. Background: In my single days, I went to Vegas every year. I was never a high roller, but my bankrolls and accomodations were improving, as was my income. I had eventually gotten to the point to where I would probably be able to start going multiple times a year and then I met the woman that would eventually be my wife. Unfortunately we didn't live in the same place, and after the decision was made to move to her hometown, a career change was also in order. I worked in retail management, and if I was able to land a job in retail management at all there (I moved from OKC, OK to Wichita Falls, TX), there would be no opportunity for advancement. On top of that I was tired of retail, and knew that if I was going to have a family I didn't want to have to work nights and weekends. Hence the decision to go back to school and finish my degree! It would take 6 semesters, but it was the only path I saw to a good income and a stable work/life balance. We got married in Vegas on 8/20/12 and I started school the very next week. I worked part time at AT&T selling phones and was able to make great money the first year and a half. I had to work every weekend, but the money was great. My wife (K) already had a child (She's 6 now... about to turn 7) and along the way we had Aubrey in February of '14. 9 days after she was born I got an opportunity to interview with a CPA here that had a firm, and that summer I started working there on my off days in hopes of landing a full time job by the fall. So last summer I worked 7 days a week (thinking about going to Vegas the whole time!) and by the time school started up again he hired me full time. I had to work 55 + hours a week in the fall and the spring, all while going to school 18 hours in the fall and 10 in the spring and having 2 kids at home, one being a newborn and one being a high maintenance 6 year old. Needless to say it was crazy! 2 tax seasons (think fall for extensions and the April deadline) and 28 hours of school later I graduated! We had both agreed that as soon as I graduated we would go back to Vegas. It would mark our 3rd time there together, all 3 times for a special occasion (#1 proposal, #2 marraige, #3 graduation). We booked the trip in January and the anticipation was on!!!! I graduated on Saturday, and we had a 6:05 am flight out of DFW, direct on Southwest. I booked 3 nights at the Golden Nugget Rush Tower and used the Landry's Select card to upgrade to a Junior Suite. Day 1: We got about 4 hours of sleep Saturday night because my 6 year old had a dance recital at 7 pm and we were dodging tornadoes all night. Up at 2 am to drive to Dallas. Around Ft. Worth we hit torrential rain which made for an interesting trek to the airport. We arrived and our plane left ontime with no problems. Southwest was great! I checked in online with no earlybird and was able to get a late A boarding pass with no problems. Arrived in Vegas at 7:00 am to pick up our EZ rental. I had a booked a mid-size and was offered a new Kia Optima. I asked about an upgrade (waving a $20) to a convertible and was offered a Mustang for $80 more total. I took it and put my $20 away (c'mon that was for a FREE upgrade!). Our car was great! We got it around 8 am and took the strip to downtown. Arrived at the Nugget Rush Tower valet and was greeted by J.P. at the check-in desk. He was rude at best. He offered an upgrade to a Spa-Tower Suite, but offered no help on an early check-in for our upgraded Junior Suite in the Rush Tower. I would've liked to upgrade, but I had to take a big pay cut to take the accounting job, and our overall budget for the trip was around 2k. We opted to walk around and hope that his ETA of 1-3 pm would be earlier for our room so we could take a nap. We were operating on 3-4 hours of sleep and even with the excitement of being in Vegas we were badly in need of a place to crash. So we checked our bags with the Bell and headed out to Fremont. First stop? Four Queens VP progressives! I had a rum and diet and K had a bloody mary. She said it was terrible so got a beer and I opted for one was well for my second drink. She won and I lost the same amount (Like $20) so we headed to the El Cortez to play some $.25 roulette, but no before using the first card ace for signing up for their playing cards for a $25 win. To our displeasure it was now $.50 chips but we played anyway and I won another $45 while she lost her $20 buy in. Hungry now we headed back to Golden Nugget for a burrito at the Grille. It was tasty, but for $17 for two I'd probably look for other options if we had more energy to walk elsewhere. The original plan was to go to MSS brunch, but we opted for quick option. When we had orignally checked in I had tried to use the VIP in the Rush Tower check-in, but it was closed. After breakfast our buzz was killed and we were REALLY wanting a nap, so we walked back to Rush Tower check-in and was closed again. We got in line and J.P. was working the only line again, so I used my super-nerd Vegas knowledge to remember there was ANOTHER VIP check-in next to Vic and Anthony's. We walked there and were handsomely rewarded with a 10:00 am check-in to our promised Junior Suite in the Rush Tower. As we were walking by the Rush Tower check-in with our room-key brouchure, J.P. gave us the evil eye. Fuck you sir, we are tired. Napped for an hour or two and were up and at-em! After our nap we drove to SLS to sign up for the players card. We both got $5 freeplay and quickly lost it, along with another $100. We headed west on Sahara to the In-and-Out. I'd had it once before in Dallas (drunk) but my wife had never had it. Holy ball shit it was amazing! It was literally the best meal we had all trip. My wife raved and raved. Here's where the trip started to go bad. We. couldn't. win. shit. Slots? Fuck you. Blackjack? Fuck you. Video poker? Thanks for the money sucker! I mean bet after bet after bet lost. Our first stop was the Golden Gate that evening and we met a very cool dealer named Christie. Christie was cool shit, but my wife only wanted to gamble with her and she was tighter than a virgin on prom night. We lost our budget for the day and (gasp!) dipped into our budget for the next day. We bounced around a little bit, but for the most part we kept going back to the Golden Gate. It's just so dammed fun. We tried the Four Queens but it was like gambling in a library. Walked down to the D and all the tables were more than $5, so like I said we ended up going back to GG. At one point we walked over to Pizza Rock for a slice: Walked into DTG but didn't gamble even a buck. Back to see Christie again and after she finished robbing us for a 3rd time I had shrimp cocktail and we headed to bed. At 10:30 pm. Pussies. But we woke up the next day at 6:30 and it would be our best day yet! More to come tomorrow I'm going to bed tonight! Hope you all enjoy!!!!!!!!!