This is our second trip of the year so far. Starting out at MGM Grand for the first four days then moving over to Golden Nugget on Fremont for a change of scenery and to go in the shark tank water slide. The agenda includes Absinthe, Ka, Beer and Barrel festival at Mandalay Beach, some pool time, a few good restaurants and of course drunken gambling (hopefully sober gambling too). Had an overnight flight out of Honolulu just in time to escape the incoming possible hurricane. Been flooding and storming for days now. Heard the loudest thunder of my life an hour before the scheduled pickup from the apartment. Was getting worried flights would get cancelled , but all is well. Spent the morning shopping out running errands around town. Finally headed to the hotel a couple hours before checkin so went to kill some time at NYNY. Nine Fine Irishmen for Guinness and some beer and cheese dip. Always good. I like the sitting at the newer outside bar for the misters and the people watching. What is Dora doing here? She should be off exploring somewhere less debaucherous. Is that even a word? A tiny bit of slots before checkin and a much needed nap. I think I've gotten one hour of broken airplane sleep in the last 36 hours. Oh, and RIP Rainforest Cafe.