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Ti & RB's 2012 Vega$ Saga...

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  1. flysrb

    flysrb Hey Now!

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    My Trip Report

    Ti & RB's 2012 Vega$ Saga...
    Thur. 08.30.2012
    Hey Now! Up at 3 a.m., we are ready! We leave our casa and menagerie behind, and make it as far as the hospital and I realize I left my phone at home. Quick turnaround, and in no time we are at the Park n Go for an eventual shuttle and TSA scan and we're on our way to Hot 'Lanta for a quick layover- or so we thought.
    Delay/plane switch/seat change! 45 minutes late we embark, only to find Barbie in our seat But she agrees to move, and we are finally in the air bound for Lost Wages!! Got in to LAS, went downstairs to grab Big Un (our checked bag) and find that the zipper on an outside pocket is ripped, but it turns out that the pocket was empty anyhow, so all is well. We walk to catch the shuttle and are blasted by the desert heat, but are soon on our way to the rental car joint. We grab a Pale Green Tucson who we name Paley (aka)
    Time to head for Sam's Club (Town)
    Passing by the new Sky Vue wheel being built across from Mandalay Bay

    A right on Tropicana past the semi-caged kitty cat
    and in no time we are on Boulder Highway and find the fabled Self Park #2, the one with the alleviated walkway to the casino..

    We are famished, so we go to the food court and get some really bad fast food while I check out the vpfree2 cheat sheet..Time to check-in, I ask for the 9th floor facing east and the really nice girl tells us the floor is all booked up, and gives us room 871 facing southeast.. I ask about a host and she tells me to talk to Johnny D before we check-out , and gives us the phone number. More on that at a later date.. We go up the room and check it out, not huge, kind of dated.. think 1960's..but it will work!



    I make a couple of luggage runs to Paley (aka), and try to take advantage of the cut thru from the 2nd floor hallway elevator to the breezeway to the skywalk to the parking lot. Problem is that they are replacing the carpet in the 2nd floor hallway, which means you have to take the elevator down (or up) to the atrium and walk thru and take the excalator (past the Hooters) to the parking lot. Or you can skip the excalator routine and walk all the way up front to those elevators and then all the way back down the hallway to the room..a bitch either way.. On my way back up I run into our maid, Elisa, and ask her about the carpet. She thinks they will be done by the weekend.. Elisa takes really good care of us during our stay, and we return the favor by way of lots of $2 bills from our stash.. We decide to only partially unpack, as we will be moving to Orleans soon enough, and go down to take advantage of the Young at Heart promotion. 7x/5x. We find the silver strike slots and right Ti hits 2 coins right away! Both of them are classic cars, and neither of them are the 99.9% but.. it's fun to watch the machine churn one out.. On to the workhorse of our Video Poker here at Sam's Club, the upstairs 10/7 Double Bonus they have have stashed upstairs.. $2 in = 1 point, but it's 5x today on VP. So we go up, and pretty soon Ti is up to her old tricks and hits a 4OAK-
    I return in kind with a dealt one..
    And Sweet Ti ups the ante.... She remains the 4OAK Queen.
    But right now she is very tired, and I escort her upstairs to bed. I go back for another short session, and find a 9/6 DB progressive and hit the 4OAK progressive right away for exactly what it pays anyway..$62.50! I have a bit of a walkabout, and spot an ice cream stand, and decide to get my Sweet Ti a surprise sweet treat, and take her an ice cream sundae. She is still awake, and enjoys a late night dessert in bed. I'm good for one more session, and find a good old friend from AC- 8/5 Bonus Poker. In short order I am dealt this.....

    Looks like a fine way to end our first day. Remember: it's not a race- it's a marathon!


    A more complete report can be found here
    http://flysrb.com/Ti%20&%20RBs%202012%20Vega$%20Saga.html
     
    HEY NOW! NYE in AC!!!!!!!
    Hey Now! 6 days in Biloxi....plus early Mardi Gras Parades!!!
  2. acoluzzi

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    Great report so far. Thank you for the pictures!
     
  3. flysrb

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    Ti & RB's 2012 Vega$ Saga...Day 2

    Fri. 08.31.2012

    Up early to catch the full moon set I go across the street to Wally World for room supplies. Tired of leaky Styrofoam coolers that won't hold ice?? Try the new Rubbermaid© Wheelie Cooler! (Not a paid advertisement) Actually, I just grabbed a cheap Chinese knockoff of a nice cooler for like $25. But the wheels do come in handy. I get the rest of the usual suspects, fruit, snacks, cereal, yogurt, water, etc. Next stop is Lee's Discount Liquor for my requisite stash of Kaliber and a bottle of Moscato for the room. I also get a Lee's T-shirt for next to nada.. Back up Flamingo to Sam's I enjoy the craziness that is Clark Co.





    I load up Wheelie and make the long journey upstairs. I peak my head in to the 2nd floor hallway, but not much progress to report on the carpeting project. Ti is awake- we are still on EDT, so.. We eat and arrange the food pantry, and decide to go next door and check out Eastside Cannery.

    We enjoyed this property last trip, and Ti and I are off in search of a Monopoly Machine. We find a couple of Epic Monopoly Games, this and their Party Station (Tell 'em Lou!) would turn out to be our go-to games for the duration of our Saga. Ti scores a small bonus round hit, and we are soon off in search of the full pay VP. I consult my cheat sheet- I have printed out these for about 25 assorted casinos, always best to be prepared!! We are interested in the 99.66% Bonus Poker 1-2-3-4-5-35-35-35-800, which we find as advertised. No 4OAKs, but we enjoy talking grandkids with the waitress, Good beaverage service! Our Feather calls to say that they have left CA and are in NV, so we trek back to Sam's and have the first of many free buffets. 600 pts.= free din-din..()(2 sporks) On the way out, we notice that they are having 11x/7x points the next 3 days, so we decide to hit 'em hard, first to the Silver Strike where I score a Pileated woodpecker coin and then on to our 10/7 DB. Not much action. Now the L.A. couple are on Boulder Hiway, so we tell them we will meet them in the atrium. I stop by the front desk to get their room, 2 doors down from ours. We walk around the atrium and notice the upgrades to the animatronic zoo creatures, looks like they even re-upholstered the grizzly bear!



    Feather and Tim are here, so we have a meet and greet, including hugs all around. I have never met Tim up till now, and we escort them to their room. They want to get organized and we give them so time to accomplish this by going over to Terrible's to see our dear friend Ziggy. We embrace him warmly, and spend some time talking about life and catching each other up on the families. We haven't seen him and his wife Bo for 2 years, so we chat while we sit at the bar and play a bit of VP.. My 4OAK Queen lives up to her name and is dealt one in short order.... We ask Zig about the regulars, and about that time right on cue Lou walks in with his usual paperwork. We say "Hey Now!" and then he goes off on a Government conspiracy theory that has to do with what he calls the Obama Regime. We point out that we lean quite a bit to the left.....I excuse myself from the rant, and go over to the gift shop to see Tim and get some swag. Tim is there, and of course comments of my beads, he sez there are more somewhere in the back stockroom, I tell him we had this same conservation 3 times over the last 5 years.. By the time I get back to Ziggy's Bar, Tim has left for the other end of the bar, and we make our plans with Ziggy to go over to see them at home on either Mon. or Tues. He goes on break, so we hit the pit where our friend Ally is dealing at the Roulette table, and each play our $10 ACG MP coupons, but we both lose.. Time to trip on back out to Boulder Highway and catch up with the L.A. crew. We go over to their room, and talk while we watch the moonrise.

    Stretch guards the window.. Beautiful! They want to go downtown, but decide to wait as they are still a bit tired from their journey. Ti goes with them to Willie and Jose's Cantina, I'm not hungry so I go off the play. They enjoy their dinner, huge portions of the food AND the beverages! (3 sporks) I have a bit of a run on my 10/7 DB..

    and then spot a progressive machine with 9/6 JoB and 8/5 BP and try my best to get a Royal, but alas nothing but 4OAKS come my way......

    I phone my Sweet Ti, ans find them enjoying the Mystic Falls Park Sunset Stampede....playing nightly for your audio/visual pleasure.

    I join them after the finale, and accompany them upstairs where I put Sweet Ti to bed and I go down for a short albeit losing session. Time for some shut eye meself!


    complete report with pictures can be found:
    http://www.flysrb.com/Ti%20&%20RBs%202012%20Vega$%20Saga.html
     
    HEY NOW! NYE in AC!!!!!!!
    Hey Now! 6 days in Biloxi....plus early Mardi Gras Parades!!!
  4. flysrb

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    Day 3 and 4 ...

    enjoy another fine moonset on the way over...0901120607a.jpg (439930 bytes)

    The joint is a bit bigger than I expected, not a whole lot to talk about here, the player's club isn't open yet, so I hit up the cashier for a chip for my collection, and boogie to my next stop, Boulder Station..



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    Bigger is better is the reoccurring theme for Stations.. Certainly is here. These guys really believe in full pay VP- as you walk in the door you get bombarded by signs saying 100% or 99.57% payback! But I need to make like Mr. Natural and Keep on Truckin', so I grab a chip, and boogie on..

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    and am soon in North Las Vegas 0901120637.jpg (544892 bytes) and at Jerry's Nugget 0901120639.jpg (545245 bytes) I find my way to the gift shop/player's club, and sign-up using the ACG coupon for a free gift, which turns out to be a pretty sweet re-usable bag. And they give me $5 in slot play to boot, along with a sheet of coupons, none of which I use. I spot a Super Times Pay VP machine and use my free play, cash out $20 up and walk over to the tiny pit and decide to try my luck at a $5 BJ table. I buy in for my $20 profit, and it looks like a pretty good group of locals playing. We have a fine time giving the dealer shit... lots of pushes and I get 2 blackjacks.. I cash out for $35, color up and head to the cage to cash out and pocket a chip for my collection. All in all, this joint isn't too bad- friendly employees and customers, fairly clean too. I make a mental floss note to bring Ti here.

    Next stop is Bighorn- or more like Smallhorn.. 0901120755.jpg (630486 bytes) We hit up the Longhorn last trip and didn't like the place too much-dark and unfriendly. This place is also dark, but the dealer is a bit more friendly, I buy in for $20 and I pull out my ACG book and player's card, making sure she sees me take it out of the book, as I have been warned they can be tough here, but she doesn't seem to care one way or the other, and I win a couple of warm up hands, and play the $10 MP along with 2 red chips. I win, and cash out $15 ahead. Again, I pocket a chip, and split.. I wouldn't want to be anywhere around this joint after dark, that's for sure!

    Now I'm not too sure where to now. I've inputted just about all of the N. Las Vega$ casinos into Sue's Favorites, but I left Sam's Club without a specific game plan or a map! It's getting near 9 a.m. so I decide against Aliente Station. and try and figure out one more close store to hit. I am driving around kind of aimlessly, when I spot the Silver Nugget in the distance. Sue catches up with me, and guides me thru a rather iffy neighborhood and we are soon turning in.

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    From the looks of this place, it's a bowling alley- yepper, it's part bowling alley, part casino. Taste's great- and just look at that floor shine! I get my ACG MP ready, but the 3 table pit is closed.. They don't even have a player's club, and the cashier doesn't have and chips. He tells me to check with the slot attendant but she must be on break, so I play some crappy VP while I wait for her to show up. I hit a minor 4OAK as she makes an appearance, but she too has no chips. I cash out $10 ahead, and leave N. Las Vega$ to the locals...As I'm getting directions home from Sue, my phone rings,and it's Ron (turtleman) from the VMB and we make plans to meet at Gold Coast on Sunday morning. I grab the interstate, and I'm soon back at our crib. I call my Sweet Ti, she's up, and F&T are with her in our room. So I score Dunkin'Donut's coffee for all 3 of them, using points to pay. Gotta love 11x/7x!!

    The L.A. posse have brought Cuban delights East with them for us, and they go nicely with their caffine blasts. I pull out various coupon books and printouts, and share the ACG new member sign-up free drink ones for Sam's, along with a 2 for 1 to the Atomic Testing Museum, and they are soon on their way in search of Nuclear Memories... We played for a while, and then it's time for me to head towards the strip. I stopped by for a quick hello to Ziggy, and then head out Caesar's way to meet Carol (cinnamonstick) from the VMB at the Colisseum Box Office at 3 p.m. 0901121415.jpg (626221 bytes) Can you spot Yarma's sister?

    I park around back in the Colisseum Self-Park,0901121424a.jpg (655649 bytes) 0901121425.jpg (631957 bytes) and slowly make my way down 2 different elevators and into Caesar's. I even take a picture of where I park so I won't forget, 0901121424.jpg (443679 bytes) AND I even enter the floors where I get off the elevators at. I'm not getting lost... This place is frillin' HUGE! TI & I have been here before, but never in this part of the joint. Soon enough Carol greets me smiling and gives me a big hug! We chat while waiting in line for her comp tickets. This is the first time either of us has met someone else from the Vegas Message Board. We get her tickets, and the one's that she got comped are closer to the stage than the one's she bought!. Here's what happened.. Carol was planning a trip here, and she was bringing her Father-in Law, and they wanted to see Tony Bennett, so she bought 3 tickets. Meanwhile, she took another trip here, and made Diamond while she was here. Way to go girl! One of the perks for being Diamond is comp show tickets, and sure enough she get 2 comped tickets to the show. She had bought insurance on the tickets, but they wouldn't honor it since it wasn't because of a medical emergency that she didn't need them. So she offered the comped ones on the VMB, and I asked for them. Hence, here we are. What a nice gift!

    Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Hoss has gotten himself in a pickle, and Pa and Hop-Sing have to....opps, I got caught up in TVLand ...I'll try again...

    Meanwhile, back at Sam's Club, Ti, Feather and Tim are enjoying a relaxing afternoon. Tim takes a siesta while the girls go for a soak in the Hot Tub, dodging Rat Rats the whole time.

    I have a couple of hours to kill before they come across to the strip to bring Ti to the show. No way I'm driving back against Labor Day weekend traffic. I stroll thru Caesar's on my way to my destination- Cosmo for another loss rebate offer..

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    I make my way amongst the throngs of touristlings towards Bellagio

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    The Bellagio is also mobbed, and I get to the Moving Sidewalk and enjoy the fountains and finally arrive at the Cosmo.. Inside I am a bit taken back by the opulence of the property.. The Aria is close, the Revel in AA.C. is closer, but this Virginia boy has never eyed a place quite like this! World's Largest Chandelier and everything...0901121607.jpg (701406 bytes) 0901121719.jpg (799970 bytes) Damn thing is too big to fit in the shot.. Average age of the crowd -about 23..maybe even 22..Seriously. I find the player's club to sign-up, and the dude explains the dealio with Zappos.com, and how dollars spent on anything count as points, and I ask if that's all the offers they have.He sez yes. I ask him about the $100. loss rebate offer.He sez you have to ASK for it. I say I'm ASKING for it. He finally offers it.. CRAZY!!! He shows me how to do it, and I head off in pursuit of a $1 VP, and put in a benny, and blow thru it in 5 minutes, and walk back to the PC, and the dude sez I'm back quick! I say it doesn't take long in this place.. Hw puts the $100. free play on my card, and I find a more reasonable .25 game to wager on. I can't access my play until I put some of my own money in...strange..I finally figure it out, and end up cashing out $85.Not bad... I walk around some and see the Big Fuzzy Craps game has a couple of open spots. I've been wanting to try it out, so I put a $20. in and bet $5. on the pass line. The girl next to me is rolling, and sevens out. My roll.... I put $5. on the pass line and the timer goes down, and a voice from somewhere inside this thing yells " HIT THE BUTTON!"...so I did. My point is 4. So I take the pass line odds for $10. and pretty soon the voice yells "HIT THE BUTTON!"..I seven out. So much for my Big Fuzzy Craps experience. I decide to try and find the super secret pizza place, so I ask the shoe-shine dude where it is. He directs me up the excalator (past the Hooters) to the 3rd floor. 0901121726.jpg (473120 bytes)There is a small non-descript hallway, no sign, and I get in line. I'm admiring the old LP albums all over the walls while I wait. I have no idea how long the hallway is- after 1/2 hour I see 2 pinball machines, another 15 minutes I spot the counter.0901121747.jpg (473922 bytes) Still 15 customers from ordering, I check the time and decide to abandon my quest. I make my way back downstairs. I go to the cage for my chip, and call my Sweet Ti. They are at the Mexican joint again, enjoying Bottomless Margaritas, and Endless tacos and enchiladas.( and a ). I leave the 20 somethings to their debauchery and take the Moving Sidewalk back to Bellagio. This crazy dude in huge sunglasses is walking in the wrong direction- only in Vega$ Baby!!! I follow a couple of newlyweds inside





    0901121801a.jpg (719281 bytes) noice! 0901121801.jpg (773320 bytes) I go over to the "O" Theater, and score our tickets for the show on Wed. from will call, and go on back to Caesars..

    0901121815.jpg (543605 bytes) This guy has GOT to be chilly!! I find my back to the Colisseum, and there is a food court across from the theater. I decide to go back to Paley (aka) and change clothes before I grab a bite to eat. I take the elevator to the floor I have entered in my phone, and get out...I don't recognize where I am.. I try again, and am soon lost in the endless maze that is Caesar's Palace Colisseum Self- Park Universe...I finally find Paley (aka) by hitting the alarm button on the key fob. Resourceful! I change clothes in the passenger seat, and go back inside- well, at least I've got the route down pat! I go to the food court. 20 minutes ago the pizza place there was empty. Now it's mobbed! I choose instead to hit up the quick-rip kiosk I passed on the way in, for a soda and a bag of Chex Mix.

    By now, it's about 6 p.m.- 7:30 is showtime, doors at 6:30. Ti calls to tell me they are stuck in traffic, so I peolpe watch while I eat. Caesar's Guard Patrol makes an appearance. Ti calls again to say they are still stuck- and she is getting out at the corner of Flamingo and Las Vegas Blvd. She is walking across the skywalk as she calls.. "How do I get there from here???" I haven't a clue what to tell her, so I say just axe someone..I try to head her off at the pass. Problem is that there are just too damn many passes here, and she makes it to the Colosseum before I can de-pass.. We hug our hellos and make our way inside. Very nice theater, a bit bigger than I thought it would be. The show starts with Antonia Bennet opening. She sings a few standards. Pretty good voice, she's 38- a bit older than she looks.. The jazz Quartet is a great keyboardist, Count Bassie's favorite drummer, a stand up bassist, and a guitar player on an old hollow body Gibson. Tony comes out- he looked and sounded great. He's 86, hard to believe! He told stories, sang his old hits, and showcased each band member. He sang a duet with his daughter- end even danced a bit! He sang for over an hour, and did 3 encores. He's still a great showman and a real gentleman. He stayed onstage and shook hands and gave out hugs to the ladies. And Ti got to hear her favorite standard, "The Shadow of Your Smile"

    We left happy, and paused at a slot machine to make a contribution to the Evil CET Empire- our only CET play the whole trip, and cashed out a .04 ticket.. We decide to get the hell out of Rome, and find our way to Paley (aka) and thru the crazt strip Saturday night traffis and high-tail it back to Sam's. I put Ti to bed after she checked in with F&T-they are downtown. I played awhile chasing that ellusive Royal Flush Progressive but it wasn't in the cards.... Early bedtime crash for yours truly too!

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  5. jgates8

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    Very enjoyable - time to go look at the pictures!
     
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    HEY NOW! NYE in AC!!!!!!!
    Hey Now! 6 days in Biloxi....plus early Mardi Gras Parades!!!
  7. Fremontstreetbeers

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    Thanks for the report. That is a ton of detail and great pics.
     
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    Very interesting trip report, thanks for sharing. It sounds like you and your Sweet Ti really enjoy life! Kudos to Cinnamonstick for sharing her show tickets.
     
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    flysrb Hey Now!

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    HEY NOW! NYE in AC!!!!!!!
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  10. AliGee

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    What an epic, can't wait to read the last part. Cummon now, post it already!
     
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    Hey now! Awaiting the result of your fabulous trip...
     
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    HEY NOW! NYE in AC!!!!!!!
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    What an interesting report! It was worth the wait. Just one question though RB, when do you sleep?!
     
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    Hey Now!
    the latest I stayed up during the trip was about 11 p.m.
    I got about 6 hrs. per night..
     
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