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Quick Trip Report

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by Other_Dave, Aug 27, 2002.

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  1. Our Vegas trip for the month of August consisted of two whole days in our favorite city. Yes, we packed a lot into the two days, but it was a short trip, and a fun trip. My group consisted of me, my wife Peggie, and our buddies Jim and Tim

    Our flights were perfect. Two of us flew on Northwest Airlines, and two flew on American airlines. From what we can tell from these flights, airlines don't give meals any more, just peanuts, cookies and pretzels. That's fine, but I will remember to bring some kind of sandwich on board from now on.

    Renting the car at Dollar took just a few minutes. For the third time in four trips, the smaller car I contracted for was not on the lot, and we got a mini-van, and it was wonderful.

    We dropped our friends off at Caesars late Thursday night, then tried to head to our home at Sun City Anthem in Henderson, but something happened to the mini-van, and it somehow steered itself to Green Valley Ranch. Since we were there, we decided to have a bite to eat at Fatburger, then we gambled. Within seconds at a Deuces Wild machine, I set the pattern for gambling for the entire trip. I went up $10, then went down over $100, then made a comeback to an $80 loss. (One funny note about this gambling session. I did not have my Green Valley Ranch slot card with me, so I was going to play without it, since by the time we got there the Rewards Center was closed. I found a card that belonged to a person name Jeff Oppenheimer, so I put it in the machine and brought his point total from 16 to 344 points by the time I was done.)

    My wife Peggie and I gambled more during these two days then we had gambled the previous four trips combined. We spent those trips setting up our new house. Except for a light cleaning and pulling some weeds in the front and back yard, so we took advantage of our previous handiwork and had some really fun gambling sessions.

    On Friday morning, we trekked down to Caesars to pick up the boys bright and early. We brought them to Green Valley Ranch, and all of us gambled for a few hours there. Peggie did well, Jim and Tim had some good hits, and I came back to losing about $30 for the trip instead of $80. Then, we went to Fiesta Henderson, where we gambled for quite a while again, and I won again, almost coming to even for the trip. After grabbing a quick pizza there, we then brought the boys to the house (it was Tim's first visit, and he said he liked it). After a short visit, we headed to Dave Berman and his wife Roz for a quick hello, then headed to Dave's brother's house to see their new furniture.

    After a pleasant visit there, we all headed to Sweet Tomatoes in Henderson, where I did myself proud. I actually ate so much that when it was time to go, I *almost* couldn't get up. I had New England Clam Chowder, which was excellent, and of course, I had their superb Chicken Soup (two hearty bowls full, and then another for dessert). Top that off with some wonderful salad, delicious pasta from their pasta bar, a warm Toll House cookie, and enough ice tea to fill a camel, and the evening's meal was a true success. More gambling followed, as my crowd went with Dave and Roz to Sunset Station for another pretty successful gambling session.

    Saturday, we did something we had not done for a couple of days. We slept. We were so wide awake Thursday night when we arrived, that Peggie and I did not go to bed until 3:30 a.m. We got up around 7 a.m. to do some cleaning, then headed out to pick up the boys at Caesars. We gambled and ate all day Friday, and did not get home until very late that evening, so we decided we would not pick up the boys at Caesars until 3 p.m. Saturday, so that gave us a welcome chance to get some rest.

    During the trip, I was beginning to get a toothache (I still have it -- root canal and cap coming up soon), so that night I took two Advil and two Tylenlol PM (and a wine cooler). I got a great night's sleep. We cleaned a little more, did a little bit of yardwork, then I took another quick nap before we headed to Green Valley Ranch (we really like this place) and did some more gambling. We picked some full-pay Deuces Wild machines that Dave B told us about, and we both hit for small, but nice wins.

    Back to the house to freshen up, then we picked up the boys and headed to the Orleans for a decent gambling session there. Once again, I started out losing, then made a nice comeback with a couple of Wild Royals, and a couple of decent hits of five-of-a-kind with a bonus payout of 200 coins for each.

    We then headed back to Caesars Palace for a great comped meal (thanks to Jim) at their 24 hour coffee shop, Cafe Lago. I had the most delicious prime rib I've had in years, and everyone enjoyed a wonderful meal.

    Then we headed to the Aladdin to see the Elvis show that is touring the country. It has Elvis on a big screen, surrounded by members of his original band, a great orchestra, and his back-up singers, The Sweet Inspirations. I thought the show was memorable. They did it so that Elvis on the screen blended with others on the stage that were on separate screens, and there were times that it looked like he was right there. Just a wonderful show. Almost forgot to mention, I played three hands on a Double, Double Bonus VP machine and scored three "3's" for a 400 coin payout. My friend Jim, who had just left the machine, gave me the old dirty look : - ).

    Basically - that's it. We had a vacation...a quick getaway, with some great company that we enjoyed very much. The beauty of it all??? Peggie and I head back for an 11 night stay in just 37 short days!!! : - )

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  2. LV Terry

    LV Terry Captain Flop'N Fold

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    Sounds like a great couple of days! But, uh, you live at Anthem....and I didn't see any mention of playing GOLF!! What's up with That Dave?! [​IMG]
     
  3. DavidB

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    I'm pretty sure he's not a golfer, Terry.

    Like me, he has too much trouble with the windmills.

    The clown faces are a problem, too.
     
  4. Other_Dave

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    I used to golf many years ago, progressing to the point where I actually broke 100 (just once). I think that when we make the permanent move next year, I will probably get myself a set of clubs and try it again.
     
  5. Other_Dave

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    I think you have hit upon something. I don't know about any miniature golf courses in the area. When we get out there next year, I'd like to post here that I got a hole-in-one, (of course neglecting to mention that I was playing miniature golf) :D
     
  6. HoyaHeel

    HoyaHeel Grammar Police & Admin

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    I had a killer hole in one in Orlando last year--completely avoided the water hazard too!!!! OK, so it was putt-putt, and I still lost to my husband, I'm darn proud of that hole!!!!

    Have you stayed at GVR, or do you just gamble there? It's on my list of "to visit" places, but since we don't rent a car when we go to Vegas, we haven't made it there yet.....I guess since you have a house there, you don't care so much about the hotels anymore, huh? ;)
     
  7. LV Terry

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    heeeyyyy.........are you guys making fun of me? hahahahaha!!! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  8. Other_Dave

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    Green Valley Ranch is beautiful, and when we take up permanent residence in Henderson, I'm pretty sure we will go there often. Before we had the house, we stayed at the Orleans, which is close to the Strip, has great video poker, great room rates, a fabulous showroom (not a bad seat in the house), a great buffet, nice restaurants, and brand new movie theaters. It also has a 70 lane bowling alley.

    I have a feeling that Green Valley Ranch will get some competition from Sunset Station and the Fiesta Henderson, though. It's nice to have so many choices so close to home.
     
  9. maxpiette

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    Last time i was in Vegas, Dollar also did not have any compact cars.. they let us off the lot with a Jeep Cherekee for 18$ a day.. SWEET it was.. Loved it so much.. This time, went straight to it with thrifty's @ 34$ a day including all fees.. Once again.. SWEET!!
     
  10. HoyaHeel

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    We really like the Orleans too; I have a feeling sometime soon we'll stay there. This last trip was supposed to be our "downtown" trip, but we went with friends who wanted to be on the Strip. Hey, we're flexible--no problem. So we still have to do a "downtown" trip, and we really want to get out and see some of the locals casinos at some point.....So much to do!!!
     
  11. HurricaneMikey

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    Hoya--

    You and Hub need to stay Downtown next March!!

    First weekend of NCAA tournament...

    My 'posse' and I will be there, too [​IMG]

    Mikey
     
  12. HoyaHeel

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    Well, the house should be done by then, but the dissertation might not be (I'm working as fast as I can!!) We like Vegas in March, that might be possible :D
     
  13. Other_Dave

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    The rooms at the Orleans are great. If you stay, ask for a Strip view. They don't charge anything extra, and you can see so much of the Strip in both directions.

    The rooms are big, almost like a mini-suite with a love seat and a chair.

    Whether you stay there or not, if you just visit, make sure to go to the sports book and get a great hot dog with all the fixins for 75 cents. [​IMG]
     
  14. HoyaHeel

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    The Orleans had the distinct pleasure of being the place where I lost my craps virginity. My husband had a great time there too, and I'm not sure how much of that I can attribute to the cocktail waitresses ;) but we will be going back!
     
  15. punkypete

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    DJ,
    Nice trip report. I go to Sam's Town often, and it is way off the strip, so maybe I will try GVR. thanks for the info. [​IMG]
    Hoya, Are you going for your doctorate in education? Getting out of teaching and into administration? Isn't that like going from the kettle straight into the fire? [​IMG] I wish you a lot of good luck!!! Good administrators are more scarce than teachers.!! [​IMG]
     
  16. HoyaHeel

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    No, I'm not a teacher. I'm a researcher--health services research. I have a Master's in Public Health and am currently getting a doctorate in Health Policy & Administration (though really, the doctorate doesn't do much "administration" stuff) I'm one of the few people in my department that doesn't want to be a professor--I REALLY don't like teaching [​IMG]
     
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