Its been almost a year since my last foray into the motherland. I want to apologize again for my epic failure to complete my last trip report. For those of you who were following along, I apologize for the week long build up that crashed head first into a wall the moment I landed at McCarran. I promise that this time will be different (said every degenerate gambler ever). Anyway, as I begin to lay plans for my next wonderful adventure, I've been contemplating an often overlooked step: Spousal Permission. A little bit about me: I'm a 29 year old male (30 in May, kill me now), happily married with a wife and two kids (a 3 year old and a four month old, both girls). For a living I save lives/flaunt my legal authority indiscriminately (depending on which side of the isle you fall on, I like to think I do more of the former than the later), which means I make a decent living that allows me to live a comfortable life (thank you tax payers). My wife is a champ, and was my ever-faithful Vegas partner until we decided to replicate our DNA into two living/breathing things. Since then we've tried our best to get away, but it happens less often then we'd like. My last trip was in January of 2015 (NFL Wildcard Weekend) at which point my lovely wife was 3 months pregnant. Before we go any further: Yes I'm a horrible person, yes I'm talking about leaving my wife at home with two small kids while I got to Vegas. I can’t help it. I have a problem. Luckily, I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one hear who has sacrificed precious time with family to blow the kid's college fund in a drunken stupor. Vegas calls to me. Its been almost 12 months and I can resist its tractor-beam no more. By the time January comes around my littlest will be 6 months old, and if you round up, that’s pretty much a year so I figure I’m good to leave town for a few days. But first I need permission. I can’t be the only one here who has to “persuade” their significant other that Vegas is a good idea. That said, I’ve been thinking a lot about the process and figured maybe you guys could help me out with my strategy. As of now, I’ve broken things down into three key steps: The Seed, The ASK, and ABC. Here is how I think they work: The Seed This step is subtle. You have to prepare your significant other for the big ASK. When I feel a trip coming, I automatically turn into a sweetheart. “Don’t worry hun, I’ll feed the baby in the middle of the night.” Trips to the spa also work wonders. When she asks why, I simply acknowledge how hard she’s been working and tell her I think she needs a break. I’m a treat-others-as-you’d-like-to-be-treated kinda guy. I know that when I first bring up Vegas she’s going to be hesitant, but after the knee jerk reaction, I need her to think “You know what, he’s been working hard too, maybe he deserves a break as well” This process begins a couple weeks before the ask. Its time consuming, and often expensive, but I’ve found that it’s a vital part of the process. The ASK “The Ask” is my biggest stumbling block. For some reason, I can never get the timing right. Patience is the key here. Yes I want to book the room and flight, yes it feels urgent, but WAIT until she is a receptive mood. Never rush the ask. Also remember that your spouse isn’t stupid. Once the ask comes out, they’re more than likely to put two and two together. By that I mean that your weeks of flattery will start to come into focus, and if she really knows you, she will realize that you had ulterior motives the entire time. This is unavoidable, as she/he will probably put things together on some level. The goal here is to not make it TOO obvious. Pro Tip: Do not, under any circumstance, reference the things you’ve done for her. Sentences like “well you went to Disneyland with Sarah the other day” will only hurt your chances. ABC: Always Be Closing Chances are she doesn’t come out and say YES right away. Best case scenario, she leaves the conversation open for further discussion. Remember: anything other than a no, is a yes. If she doesn’t say no, your well on your way to getting the okay. At this point its fair to being booking refundable hotels and airline reservations (thank you SWA). The sucker punch in closing the deal is your wingman. I’m not someone who goes to Vegas alone, so I always have a partner in crime. Once you’ve identified this key person, you can use his wife against yours. No one wants to be the lame duck. The minute you can say “Come on babe, Jeff’s wife already said yes” she’s screwed. As much as she doesn’t want you to leave her with two small children, her desire to not be “That wife” is stronger. Anyway, thats my two cents. What about you guys? Tell me I'm not the only ones who goes through a process like this.