It has been a while since I have written a Trip Report so hopefully I can still write something that is maybe a little entertaining and possibly informative. Maybe not so much on the informative part but we will see. The trip was a 4 night trip with my family for the superbowl. Unforunately my wife was not able to make it as she is prepping for some big stuff coming up at work for the next 2-3 months. I would be leaving from Houston – George Bush Intercontinental on Thursday at 10:20 PM on the spirit airlines flight, arriving in Vegas at 11:30 PM, my uncle and his wife would already be there on Wednesday, and then my mom, sister and my sister’s boyfriend would arrive Friday mid-morning. So, let’s get this TR started. My wife and I moved to Houston last year and my company that I was employed at in Memphis just lets me work remotely from Home which is an amazing perk, especially in a big city, but when you work from home and your leaving for Vegas that day, absolutely nothing gets done. Thankfully, no server’s went down, and the IT world was calm which allowed me a plethora of Vegas browsing time. I was already “leaving early” to pack my bags for the trip at 4:00 in the afternoon, and then headed to the gym for some Olympic lifting one last time before I murdered my body in vegas. I got back home from the gym at 6:15, downed one of my amazing chocolate protein, banana, peanut butter with a little honey shake, grabbed a shower and by 7:30 the car company was here to pick me up. Normally my wife would take me the airport, but she’s still working so it was just me and the driver. Somehow I even remembered to wear my wedding ring. I never wear it when I’m at home all day, so I usually end up forgetting it when I go out of the house, but I digress. I made it to the airport by 8:00, dropped my bag off at the spirit bag check and proceeded through the non-existent security lines. Through security in 5 minutes and I now have about 2 hours to do whatever I want to do, and I think we all know what that is for now. There is a Chillis right across from security, so I head there and over the next 1.5 hours down a couple beers, and a few jack and cokes. I also had a nice chat with a few people around me at the bar that are also on their way to Vegas. I finished my last jack and coke and headed to the gate only to find that the inbound flight from Vegas was delayed which also happens to be our outbound flight lol. However, not to worry there was another bar across from that gate where I proceeded to down 3 Jack n Pepsi’s (they were out of coke and I didn’t care). 45 minutes later it was time to board and we were on our way to vegas! About 30 minutes after we took off, one of the oxygen mask compartments over the galley area in the front of the plane popped open. The flight attendants were checking it out and I was starting to get worried that this was going to be an item on the MEL and we were going to have to turn around but thankfully it was not and the flight attendants even took a few pictures of it / with it which I thought was a little strange but whatever. A few minutes later they started serving drinks and I got their special for $13 which was 2 liquors of your choice and a mixer, I also realized I had consumed quite a bit of alcohol by this point and all I had in my stomach was a protein shake and booze so I got a bag of combos from them as well. I sat back with my rum and cokes that I ordered and started watching Last Vegas that I had downloaded to my phone the night before. Pretty decent movie, but I think Hangover is still my all time favorite. Another hour or so into the flight and I finished off my two rum and cokes and figured I might as well get another drink and maybe even an engery drink. I was starting to feel a little worn out and I wouldn’t stand for it! Unfortunately, apparently everyone on the plane drank all the booze. All they had left was 2 bottles of Dewar’s and a few bottles of Vodka. I don’t do Vodka due to an unfortunate 21’st birth party experience for me, so I chose the 2 dewars. I asked for a 5 hour engery which they said they had in their menu but they were out of that too. Oh well. 1.5 uneventful hours later and we are touching down in Vegas! Came down those sweet escalators to the site of baggage claim, grabbed my bag, out to the taxi line and Away to the Flamingo! Arrived at the flamingo at 12:40 AM, gave the taxi driver $20 for a $12 fare and proceeded to check in. I had a Fab Deluxe room on the 21’st floor (room 21127 to be exact) and it had a view of the Linq. The room was decent, remodled, but you could still tell it was old There was an electrical outlet in the floor by the window that was missing half of its cover, the sink in the bathroom was pretty low and it looked like they just put the sink countertop over the old one maybe. I’m a tall person (6’5”) and the bathroom just felt really small to me. The shower was fairly small as well, but overall, for free it was good. I left my bags in the room and headed down to the casino to get the party started. I started out at a $25 3:2 table ( be careful because they snuck 1-2 $15 or $25 6:5 tables in with the $25 and $50 3:2 tables). Bought in for $300 and basically lost that in a hour, I just couldn’t hit any breaks and really $300 was to low to buy into a $25 table with if you want to hang around a while, but I didn’t want to put that much money out just yet. Was waiting to do the gambling thing on Friday/Sat/Sunday. I had no remarkable hands to speak of at this blackjack table other than a few good saves with $75 out there but the dealer was just brutal. Everytime she had an ace she had a 10 underneath that. I had enough of that and headed over to Bugsy’s bar to play some DDB poker. Pay tables were 8/5, but I really just wanted some drinks and to people watch. I did get super close to a royal flush though..and sadly this would happen another 3-4 times on the trip..I would get 3 or 4 cards on the first draw needed for royal, and that last card would never come though. Oh well I played for a quite while but eventually decided to head back to the room..it was 3:30 AM vegas time, 5:30 Am my time, but I did make a quick stop at johnny rockets and devoured a bacon cheeseburger and chilli cheese fries before heading back to the room. Made it back to the room (thanks to me taking a picture of my room number) and quickly crashed, only to be waken up 45 minutes by this loud rumbling noise. Part 2 to follow.