I know, I know...this report may be a little older than most, but I just found this site a while ago, so I thought I'd share. Three of us decided that the best place to have a bachelor party has got to be Vegas. It didn't take a lot of convincing the bachelor that we were going to Vegas. We HAD a friend who lived in Vegas. I say had because unfortunately he and his family moved to Kansas...darn promotions, they'll kill you every time. So, my Vegas friend travels a TON and had enough miles to fly us down...SCORE! Free air, plus we were staying at his place, so SCORE again...free room and board! Flying out of Portland on a Thursday on Southwest. Let me tell you, I HATE to fly. So the first thing we did was hit the bar for a little warmup if you know what I mean. We proceeded to to have a light lunch and a couple of 24 ounce beers. At this point I've got a nice buzz going, then the panic sets in. My friends looked at me and just said, "dude, are you OK?" I turned white as a ghost just thinking about the flight. But of course, it's Vegas, so I forced myself on the plain. Problem #1...I have to pee. So, I walk to the back bathroom and the stewardess looks at me like I'm kidding. Nope, I've gotta go. I manage to make my way back to my seat. 15 minutes later, time to go again! So I drag my way back and she just starts laughing at me. I had a nice conversation with them while I waited for the aisles to clear so I could get back to my seat. OK...so now we are in the air and along with my free tickets, he gave us each $20.00 worth of drink tickets each. By the time I get off the plane, I'm ready to go. We grab our stuff and our friend is there just in time to pick us up. We head to Applebees for dinner and our friend picks up the tab for all of us. So I've flown to Vegas, drank a ton and had dinner, still haven't spent a dime! NICE! I've been to Vegas about 10 times and have never made it to old town. This was my chance. We cruise down and park the car and all we see are more police lined up than one person knew existed. What's going on we ask...two words. BIKER WEEKEND! SWEET! We walked around and looked at all the girls "posing" on bikes. There are some excellent pictures of some well endowed girls!! We wander around and find a bachlorette party cruising. So of course we tell them we are with a bachelor and we get some pictures with the happy "couple" together. One stuck her tongue in my friends ear. After a number of drinks, we all find this quite amusing. We decide to head towards my friends house and hit an offstrip casino on the way to pick up sports odds for the weekend football games. The closest one is the Silverton. Well, as soon as we get out of the car, I head straight for the blackjack table and buy in for $50.00. I got lucky, because the table was a blast. I didn't win a ton of money, but I played for about 5 hours. I was teaching my friend next to me the ins and outs of blackjack, getting drunk and blowing cigar smoke all over the place. There were some pretty cute girls at the table that made it all the more enjoyable. We all had a blast and I left slightly up, which was cool. We head to my friends house and let me tell you, it was awesome. First time I had seen the new house. It was about 3500 square feet with a casita in the back. The casita was mine. I had my own bathroom and fridge. Stored beer there for the late night runs. By now it's about 2 in the morning, so of course we turn on the tunes and jump in the hot tub. My friend imediately raids the homeowners liquor cabinet and finds an unopened fifth of whiskey. His eyes light up at this. Around 3:00, it's time for bed. The first full day in Vegas starts with a slight hangover, but nothing I can't handle. My friend is already into the Yukon to get the day rolling. It's about 9:00 in the morning. We decide to take it easy in the morning and have an early lunch. IN and OUT is our first stop. I love that place. Yukon boy had never eaten there before and didn't know why we were so excited. He was pretty impressed after he ate it. After lunch we cruise back over to the Silverton to place some teaser bets for the weekend games. What a waste of time that turned out to be. They don't call them teasers for nothing! We cruise down the the strip just to check things out. Busy as usual. We park the car at Caesars and star walking around. The bachelor isn't much into table games, he likes the slots. He also likes the slots in places like Oshea's and The Boardwalk. So since we are there for him, that's where we go. No luck though, he didn't hit much. Elvis wasn't kind. Since my wife wasn't around, I stayed away from slots. Amazing how much gambling money I saved by not playing those puppies! This continued into the night until around 8:00we head to Mandaly Bay for Billy Idol. That boy can still sing! So, up early and out of the house by 9:00 for the drive to Mesquite. We stop at the store before we head up for some snacks and another fifth of Yukon. Yep, my friend has almost drank the entire bottle in less than 24 hours by himself. He says he's replacing the bottle he drank. We just shake our heads. Unreal. So we head up to Mesquite, stop at Arby's for lunch. I hate Arby's, but it was quick. The only bonus was they have tv's there and I was able to catch up on the college football scores. That just depressed me. So off to the course. As soon as we stepped out of the car, the wind started blowing about 30 miles an hour. Let's just say it didn't stop the entire time we played either. Now, my friends have a wide skill range when it comes to golf. If anyone has ever played Wolf Creek, then you know what kind of course it is. It's your classic desert course. It was pretty spectacular to look at. But for guys who can't always hit the ball straight, 30 mile per hour winds on a desert course isn't what you are looking for. So we play a few holes and decide to play a little game. In my former life ...before I got married...I was a golf professional, so I find the weather and the course pretty challenging and fun. They have lost a few golf balls at this point. So we decide the game is my overall score versus the combined lost golf balls of the other three. Boy did we have a battle. I ended up shooting 69 and my friends lost 57 balls. All in all, a great trip. If anyone wants to take time and head up to Mesquite and play this course, I would recommend it. It's awesome. Check out their website, great pictures. Now it's time to head back. My friend decides to crack into the new bottle of Yukon for the ride home. We get back to the house shower and head over to a friends house for the Bernard Hopkins/Oscar De Lahoya fight. My Yukon friend thinks he's a boxing expert. Everyone found this quite amusing as he's rating the fight. What an idiot. Anyone else have friends like that? I'm sure you do! After the fight, we headed to the strip. Originally we were going to go to the Foundation Room and see how many stars we could see there after a big fight. My friend had connections to get us in. But he forgot to tell us about this, and we didn't and the "right clothes," so we headed for the next best spot. The Stardust. You know you have arrived when the first thing you see is a guy passed out on the floor in the entry way. EXCELLENT! We gamble a little and decide to head out when we find a band playing in the bar. They were pretty good. So we grabbed a table and started singing and drinking. This lasted until about 2:00 in the morning. We decided to head closer to home base, so back to the Silverton. We found a table where the four of us could all play on. That's the best time I've had losing money. I dropped about $100.00, but it was worth it to get the bachelor his first taste of a table game. After everyone had lost there money, he was playing the dealer one on one. Between the braintrust, we got him on a little run and he finished even for the night. We headed to the restaurant for some of the worst food around. Home in time to watch the sun come up, grab a quick nap and head to the airport for our trip home. All in all, one of the more enjoyable trips with just "the guys!" Free air fair, free room and board, free Billy Idol concert! With all of the gambling, food and golf, I think the entire trip cost me about $300.00. Pretty darn good in my book. Now it's back to Vegas June 13th through the 17th. Me and the ex bachelor, but this time we are bringing our wives. Staying at the Aladdin. I'm definitely ready for some action!