TR May 3rd-7th The Wedding Trip All Days Preface: My step dad (J) and I flew out of Columbus on Wednesday, May 3rd. I was on Southwest, he was on American. Flight was uneventful for both of us. I arrived first, so I used airport check-in for Harrahâ€™s, then got us some shuttle tokens. He arrived about 20 minutes later and we were on our way. Shuttle ride was uneventful (thank god, last time it was horrible). We got to Harrahâ€™s and went up to our roomâ€¦.Key didnâ€™t work. Hike back down to the front desk and they make me new keys. I go all the way back upstairs and these keys donâ€™t work eitherâ€¦. This time I used the house phone on our floor to call downstairs. The airport check-in had given me keys to the wrong tower. We were supposed to be in the Mardi gras tower, but I had keys to the Carnival tower. Got that all straightened out and finally got into our room. Nothing spectacular about the room, but hey, it was free so Iâ€™m not complaining. It faced the volcano at the Mirage, so that was kinda cool. Unpacked and changed clothes and headed to the Rio for dinner. This was the first time either of us had ever been out to the Rio. It seems like a fun place and weâ€™ll probably go back. Our main reason for going out there was for the free buffets I had accumulated on my Harrahâ€™s card. This buffet kicked a**! First of all, apparently Iâ€™m special because Iâ€™m a Platinum member and was told I needed to go to the â€œspecialâ€ entrance where there was no waiting. Then when we got up to the food, there were so many choices that I probably could have sat there all night eating except for the people beside us were totally gross. I can see getting excited about crab legs, but MY GOD, these people between the six of them probably ate 200 crab legs. They were slurping and just being totally gross. Then the waiter tried to take their plates out of the way and they got mad and made him bring them another empty plate for their shells. It was sick. Another interesting tidbit about our dinner was that we had a stripperâ€¦.I mean â€œdancerâ€ right outside of the buffet area (not 3 feet away) â€œentertainingâ€ the gentlemen hanging around. â€œJâ€ enjoyed it, but HELLO???? I was trying to eat!!! I donâ€™t need ass in my face while Iâ€™m eatingâ€¦..To each his own I guess. I was just waiting for the old fat guys to start stuffing dollar bills in her lack of pantsâ€¦.. Anyways, after we were done eating we got my â€œJâ€ signed up for a playerâ€™s club card. The guy at the counter was cool and knew right where my parents lived. He had just moved from Columbus to Vegas last August. Kind of neat. Played at the Rio for awhile just to get warmed up, watched the parade in the sky (totally cheesy) and then caught the shuttle back to Harrahâ€™s. Shuttle ride sucked. People are so freaking rude pushing and butting in lineâ€¦.. Back at Harrahâ€™s, we played a little and then crashed around 2. The tub was dripping and the air conditioner would not cool down the roomâ€¦oh well, like I said before, it was free. Daily total -$200 Thursday 5/4 Got up early enough to realize I needed to go back to bed for a couple of hours. Got up for a second time around 8:30 and got ready to go to breakfast. Went to Paris, my favorite breakfast spot and used my â€œspecialâ€ privileges to get into the Platinum/Diamond line. Entry again, with no waiting. Used a $10 off coupon for the breakfast. I donâ€™t know how much it cost, cause I didnâ€™t pay for it, â€œJâ€ did. Paris is my favorite breakfast buffet in Vegas. People have said how good it is a million times, so I wonâ€™t go into detail. â€œJâ€ was getting a kick out of our â€œspecialâ€ treatment though. After breakfast, we walked over to Ballyâ€™s where I needed to pickup our rental car and get the parents checked in. Got the car without hassle. Stupid PT cruiser. As we were walking through the garage, we couldnâ€™t find the car, and low and behold parked in itâ€™s spot was a convertible PT cruiser. That would have been ok. This POS was sitting two spots down as I found out when the key didnâ€™t work in the convertible. Checked into Ballyâ€™s via the â€œspecialâ€ line for the parents. $240 for 3 nights, not badâ€¦ Went back to Harrahâ€™s, got our luggage and checked out. Back to Ballyâ€™s to see the room. I helped him get his stuff upstairs and we get to the room. No problems with the key this time and we walk into a huge room. Must have been a suite, though the front desk didnâ€™t say anything about an upgrade or anything. King bed, separate living room area with executive desk, the works. The only thing it didnâ€™t have was a coffee maker. I called downstairs to get one and they said I needed to be Platinum or above. I said â€œjust so happens I amâ€ and they sent one right up. Today I was supposed to do some work for a remote salesperson we have in the area. He flaked out on me and ended up just bringing his computer to me instead of having me come to his house and fix it. We spent two hours looking for a US bank (which is two blocks away from Ballyâ€™s) to kill some timeâ€¦. Then I had to wait at Ballyâ€™s for him to drop the computer off, so I stayed for awhile and donated some more money to the Harrahâ€™s family. After I get the laptop, I go to check in at NYNY which will be my home for the next 3 days. Check in is smooth, they try to sell me an upgrade to a strip view room. I decline because Iâ€™m â€œtrying to save some money cause Iâ€™m getting married this weekendâ€ and he upgrades me to the strip view room anyway as a wedding gift. I have a casino host who knew we were getting married, he obviously did nothing special for usâ€¦. Anyways, I get up to the room and though itâ€™s nice, itâ€™s the smallest room Iâ€™ve ever stayed in. Not worth the â€œcasino rateâ€ of at least $200 per night that we were paying. And that strip view he wanted to charge $15 a night for, wasnâ€™t that great. The windows were tiny, letting me see the MGM and not much else. Glad I didnâ€™t pay for that! Side note: I would have never paid this much money for a room, but this is where we do virtually all our gambling and â€œhubbyâ€ really wanted to stay there. I booked it as his birthday present. Iâ€™m usually just looking for a place to lay my head, but since this was a special occasion, I paid for it. Anyways, back to the story. I start working, trying to get the computer setup before I have to go and pickup my mom at the airport and discover the internet connection in the room doesnâ€™t work. No good for the work I need to do. I call and they say a repair person will be up, but I donâ€™t have time to wait around. I have to get back to Ballyâ€™s to pickup â€œJâ€ so we can go to the airport and get the mom â€œMâ€. Somehow I ended up driving down the strip and got caught in the mess in front of Caesars where they had the road partially blocked with news trucks covering the Mike Metzger jump. There were people all over the place, climbing in the bushes and trying to get on top of the news trailers. It was stupid crazy. We go and pickup my mom at the airport. What a pain in the ass. We had to go to Terminal 2 for international arrivals (she was coming from a convention in Mexico), and it wasnâ€™t really well marked. There was NO sign at all for passenger pickup, just baggage drop off. It sucked, but we finally found her. She brought me cheap cigarettes from Mexico, so I was happy. We went and dropped her stuff off at her room and decided we were hungry. Went over to Margaritaville, but there was an hour and a half wait for a table. I donâ€™t wait that long for anything, let alone food. We kept walking and ended up at the Harrahâ€™s buffet. I couldnâ€™t find the â€œspecial peopleâ€ entrance, so we got in line with the common folk . It wasnâ€™t very long at this point in the evening, and the guy behind us gave us a bunch of 2 for 1 coupons, which made it a good deal. I was told where the â€œspecialâ€ line was for future reference. Again, I didnâ€™t pay, so I donâ€™t know how much it cost. Not a bad buffet, but the Rio and Paris were definitely better. I would eat there again, especially with a 2 for 1. After dinner, we settled into some slots for a little while. At 10pm I walked back down to NYNY, deciding to leave the car at Ballys since it was such a hassle. New hubby â€œAâ€ was to get in around 11, so I decided to go and finish the work I had to do before he got there. Internet was fixed when I got back so I was able to finish. â€œAâ€ didnâ€™t get to the hotel until around midnight. I had text messaged him to let him know to come to NYNY and he was surprised. He was also very ill and missing baggage when he got to the hotel. Luckily it wasnâ€™t his wedding attire. He doped himself up on cold medicine and we headed down to do a little gambling. I searched for my favorite slot machine. I think itâ€™s called Jackpot stampede, only to find it hidden in a far corner, not right next to the pit like it used to be. After a while I get bored because Iâ€™m down and not hitting any bonus rounds, so I wander over to the blackjack pit. We played blackjack for about 40 hours in two days of last trip without any loss, so I was hoping for more of the same after the beating I took at the slt machine. I accidentally sat down at a single deck game for $15 a hand. I was holding my own and getting pretty trashed when â€œAâ€ wandered over and ruined my luck. Last time he was my good luck charmâ€¦ This time not so muchâ€¦.. We lost our $300 buy-in in less than an hour and called it quits for the day. Daily total me: -$700â€¦.are you beginning to see my trend yet?