This trip started back in May when we decided that Vegas would be our vacation destination this year. Our last trip was in Nov 2011 for our anniversary. This year it would be a belated birthday trip for Hubby, whose birthday is Aug 23 and a birthday trip for me since my birthday is Sept. 5. Booked our flight on SW in June on sale for $99.00 each way. Booked rooms at The D on a Bogo offer, total for rooms was about $96.00 for the 4 nights. I was originally booked at a higher rate before the resort fee was instituted but when the rates went down I rebooked because it totaled out to less even paying the resort fees. I told that we would pay the resort fees for the 2 paid nights and that they would be waived for the comped nights. Upon check out, I was told that there were no resort fees for any of our nights. Nice as that saved us $40.00 plus taxes. However our friend who booked her room through Southwest when she purchased her airfare back in June was charged the new rate plus the resort fee even though her reservation was made BEFORE the fees went into effect. This resulted in about an $18.00 plus tax increase for her. The clerk said her stay was after they were instituted and she didn’t argue – I would have challenged it if it had been me. Overall impression of The D is mixed. Love the new ramp to the elevators and casino floor, new décor is nice, rooms are comfortable and the longest we ever waited for an elevator was about 2 minutes on Saturday morning around 11:30 (right about check out time). Our room was on the 18th floor near the elevator, it was not however the roll in shower room we requested but had a tub with hand rails. We decided to keep the room rather than change as the only roll in shower room available was on the 3rd floor – I would rather have a slight problem getting in and out of the tub than to lose sleep because of the loud music. And that is the downside of the new ownership. The music blares so loudly 24/7 that you cannot hear yourself think much less carry on a conversation at the tables. And some of the dealer/dancers barely move and are obviously bored being up on those stages in the pit. Cast: Me (BlackJack Lady aka BJL, Hubby, Best Friend Tammy now known as Sister Wife or SW(story in report), Friends from Phoenix include T her Hubby J and another friend R. Okay now for the day by day report Tues, Sept 3rd I am nudged awake by Hubby @ 3:45 am Texas time for our 6 am flight to Vegas. We are both ready to leave at 4:30 am on the dot. A short drive to the airport and we are quickly checked in and ready to board. The flight is packed so no empty seats anywhere, but we are boarded 1st and select the front row so Hubby as a bit more leg room. As we take off in the dark morning, our flight attendant starts humming a lullaby into the announcement mike. Most of the people on board slept and the flight was quiet and smooth. We arrive at McCarran about 15 minutes early, wait for my scooter to be brought up and get downstairs to find out bags arriving on the carousel. Grab the bags and out the door to catch a shuttle to the rental car facility. We walked up to the counter at EZ with no waiting and we are “upgraded” from a Monte Carlo to an Impala because they are out of the Monte Carlos. Okay by us. Salesman was a bit pushy with the add on insurance but we firmly told him no and after the 3rd no he got the message. Down to the parking lot to pick up our vehicle. The white Impala was not to my liking as it was banged up, had scratches on it, part of the grill missing, and front plate was bent. Hubby dutifully marked all of the damages and I insisted he take photos just to cover us. Then I noticed that the car next to us was a beautiful red Impala with not a scratch on it. I went back to the window and asked that we trade vehicles because of the damage on the white one. After a few minutes of clicking on the computer, keys to the red Impala were handed over. This one only had 6800 miles on it and was very clean. Rental for a week 98.00 plus taxes and less over 50 and Facebook discounts total $143.00 Off to the Peppermill for breakfast. Food and service were good as usual. We love eating here and try to do so at least once per trip. After breakfast we drove over to Sam’s Town so I could play my favorite slot “Triple Play” $1.00. Found the machine and it wouldn’t accept my money. Call an attendant and she can’t get the machine to work. Well POUT, POUT, I made a special trip just to play this machine. Look around for another one, no such luck, and head back to leave and they have techs working on the machine. They have to change out the bill acceptor with another machine and I get to play. Smile Smile. Put in $20.00 have a few small wins and cash out with $40.00. Put in another $20.00 and before I know it money is gone. Put the $40.00 ticket back in and my bank is slowly climbing. Then cha-ching a $300.00 win, bringing the total to $420.00. I should have cashed out then but played it down to $300.00 even and cashed out. Now it’s about noon so we decide to head on over to The D and see if we can check in. We get our room and after a few problems (roll in vs. step in tub, room location, no fridge) everything was resolved and we get settled in and unpacked. Off to Walgreens for Dr. Pepper. The Phoenix group won’t be arriving till later tonight and we need to kill some time so we change into our suits for some pool time. Spend about 10 minutes in the pool and then move to the spa for about 45 minutes or so, then sun goes behind the clouds and it is quickly cooling off. We head back to the room, shower and dress and decide we need food. We split a chicken sandwich, as we just need a snack to tide us over since we told the Phoenix group we would eat when they arrived. We still have some time to kill so it’s off to the BJ tables. We both bought in for $100.00 and walked away about even. Check the phone and the Phoenix group is in Vegas so we head to valet to call and get an ETA and they pull up as their phone is ringing. Get them checked in and head to Tony Roma’s for supper. Wanted to get the Steak and Lobster special for $11.99 but we are there at 8:15 pm and nobody wanted to wait till 9 pm for the special. Prices were a little high for the quality but the food was decent and we all ate well. After dinner, R decides he’s ready for bed, T & J decide to play some slots while hubby and I hit the BJ table. We buy in at $100 each around 11pm and play till 2 am up and down but the last couple of shoes hit us hard so we quit with me down $83.00 and hubby down $15.00 not counting our black jack silver. We tuck these back and “count coup” on each other for the number of black jacks we’ve been dealt during the session. Today’s score: BJL +13, Hubby +14. Over all not a bad day.