Dear VMB Friends--- On my last trip I reached my 40th Vegas trip since April of 2008. This period represents the renaissance of Vegas for me. This past 5 years has contained the highest concentration of trips with the craziest shit going on. It has been a pleasure for me to report those happenings initially with post-trip reports, and eventually via the LIVE trip report. During that time I have somewhat faithfully (hey at least better than Gaggles) made an effort to report in detail with pictures on a timely basis, hopefully with at least a little bit of flair. At this point I've kind of accomplished everything I have ever wanted to in Vegas. I honestly don't really have much more original stuff to say. The past three years have been a great martingale-style run for me. Especially 2013 where I was able to book numerous small wins totaling somewhere near 5-figures across 20 nights in Vegas and a few runs to the local Rivers Casino. I also reached my goal of completely eliminating comp motivated play as a leak in my game. I'm not saying I didn't gamble stupid 95% of the time, but hey at least it wasn't for comps as they say! I've added a ton of good friends from the board along the way. The truth is, I just don't have that excitement when landing in Vegas these days. I've still been having a good time, but I wouldn't really say its noteworthy from a readers perspective. I've gotten a lot more conservative and boring in my play. I'll still be making the pilgrammage for Gaggles Bday trip in late May each year and will piggyback a couple post-trip updates on his inevitably neglected trip report. Thanks to everyone for reading and thanks for the support on this 5-year mission to explore strange new casinos, to seek out new hookers and carny bets, to boldly go where no degenerate has gone before!