First, don't feel sorry for me, I chose this life. I always spend Christmas at the old homestead, which is now occupied since 2002 when my Mom died, by my sister. She claims she has no money for repairs. I have loaned her a considerable amount of money ($40K) over the years for various things and have never seen any of it back. Believe it or not, I even bought her a car. She is 51 and still working as a shoe clerk. In fairness, she does buy some nice gifts and is thoughtful. My old room was taken over by her 4 cats who use it as a piss and spray arena. I can no longer stay there because of the stench. She removed the beds from all of the other rooms, forcing me to sleep on the sofa in the living room. Now, look, I'm a tough guy who served in Vietnam and know about hard times of not having a job. I got my foot in the door with DOD because of my Veteran status and used every opportunity to make myself into the senior Planner and Estimator at a very large Naval Air Station. I'm now retired. I decided to stay in the Southern Maryland area, where I have lived for over 20 years now. I'm doing okay. Sleeping on the sofa for 4 or 5 days is no big deal, mostly because I am back in Philly and can walk to D'Alessandro's for the best cheesesteak in the world. Now, she has taken up with an Italian immigrant boyfriend who is 31 years old! I will say that the guy is very handy around the house and may fix a few things that need fixing. However, the guy is, shall we say, horny. My sister finds it necessary to fill in the details until I tell her to shut up. I am not spending my Christmas sleeping on the sofa while those two are playing Hide The Salami 25 feet away and then smirking at me and playing grab ass all day. Which all leads up to going to Vegas over Christmas solo. The rates that I have looked at seem too good to be true. I know this is a slow week for them. I'm thinking about doing this. Has anyone else made this sort of trip?