This trip started on Christmas Day, when I unwrapped three very special boxes. The first box had a certificate in it good for time-off work that had already been pre-approved by the boss. Second box had a certificate good for round-trip airfare to Vegas! And the third had a certificate good for 5 nights at the Encore!!!! And it was all for my 50th birthday which was fast approaching on January 21st. We were leaving on my birthday! Is that the best Christmas/birthday present ever??? Thank you my wonderful husband! It had been several years since weâ€™ve been to Vegas. The last time we stayed at Planet Hollywood when they were still turning it into Planet Hollywood. They had finished remodeling the casino, but our room was still Aladdin. The time before that was almost nine years ago when we stayed at the Venetian and got married at The Little Chapel Of the Flowers. In other words, trips to Vegas had been way too far apart and no where near as plentiful as they shouldâ€™ve been! Due to job situations, my husband & I are currently living in different cities, so this trip was even more special, we could spend five whole nights together! My husband had made our plane reservations such that we were each flying from our cities at 6am, meeting up in Detroit and flying together from there. â€œMeet Me In Detroitâ€â€¦.sounds like a romantic movie to me! First pleasant surprise of the trip was the Detroit airport. What a cool terminal! Guess Iâ€™ve never flown through Detroit before, because I wouldâ€™ve remembered that. Tried to figure out where husbandâ€™s flight was coming in, but it was confusing me, since his flight was supposed to be the same one we were taking to Vegas, yet it looked like he was coming in at the exact opposite end of the terminal that we were going out of? How could the same flight arrive and leave from two different gates? Uh, well, thatâ€™s how it turned out to be set up. Same flight number. Different planes. Which also meant that our together seat assignments that he had carefully selected when he made the reservation, no longer existed! Not a big deal, I know, but when time together is all-too-rare, every minute counts. Uh, Miss Airline Representative, is there any way you could find two seats anywhere on that big ole Airbus together for us? Please? Actually, weâ€™re overbooked, and looking for a volunteer to take the next flight in 3 hours for a $300 voucher. How about TWO volunteers? Sure, weâ€™ll put you both on the list, and letâ€™s make it $400 vouchers. Score! We were both starving anyway. Itâ€™s still early in the morning. Weâ€™re thinking, leisurely breakfast, maybe some exciting tram rides around the cool Detroit airport, and make $800 before we even get to Vegas? Sounds like a winning plan to us! We sit and wait, and wait, people keep getting on the crowded plane, fingers crossed. Then, wouldnâ€™t you know itâ€¦ last second, ON they tell us to go, and no we donâ€™t get to sit anywhere near each other either. Me, a middle seat in row 9. Poor husband stuck with the window seat in the very back row near the bathroom. And, we hadnâ€™t been able to grab something to eat before the long flight, since weâ€™d had to stay by the gate to see if we were getting bumped. Bye-bye $800 worth of vouchers that wouldâ€™ve come in really handy with us living in different cities right now, but, at least she tried for us, and we thanked her for it. Tried to tell myself we didnâ€™t want to use too much luck before we even got to Vegas! This must mean BIG things were going to happen IN Vegasâ€¦yeah, thatâ€™s it!