Wife and I are just back from a week in Vegas! Only home for a day and already miss Sin City. The weather was unseasonably warm all week. Everyday was sunny and low to mid 80s with very little wind allowing for lots of pool time in the mid afternoon. This time we stayed at the Wyndam Grand Desert Resort which is just off the strip, one big block east of Planet Hollywood on Harmon Ln. We rented a car from Dollar at the airport. Car rental prices seem higher than on previous trips. This time I booked a few months prior to our trip and got a base rate of $118 which becomes $194 once they add all the ridiculous taxes and multiple misc charges. Still works out to less than $30/day and makes for a much more flexible trip than relying on shuttles, taxis and walking. Once we started renting a car in Vegas it has become one of those luxuries we just don't want to give up. Instead of a day by day account. I will just mention a few highlights and observations on our trip. There is too much to put in one post, so I will start with this post and post again with a few more thoughts as my memory strikes me and I get time to post. * We tried the All-You-Can-Eat Chinese lunch special in the Victorian Room at Bill's. I think the special runs from 11am - 3pm. It costs $9.99 and you can choose from one of about 10 or 12 dishes. The meal includes rice and a fortune cookie plus refills of the particular dish you ordered. I ordered the Kung Poa chicken and wife had a Stir-fry Vegetable dish. Wife was full after the first helping. The initial portions were large, but I had a second helping of the tasty Kung Pao. We enjoy Chinese food and felt both dishes were excellent. We left full and satisfied from a very decent Chinese lunch. If you are looking for a substantial lunch on the strip and like Chinese, I think this is a great value. * This trip we spent some time at Hooters Casino. It's located just south of the Tropicana Hotel and across the street from MGM. It was an easy walk or drive from our timeshare at Koval and Harmon. The casino is small, decidedly not upscale and tends towards a younger rowdy crowd, which is fine with us. The overhead music is classic rock with lots of great oldies. We loved the tunes. Wife found a bank of 9/6 JOB machines and we had a great time and both played for hours. 9/6 JOB machines have virtually disappeared from Vegas casinos. Of course there are still 9/6 JOB machines at Palms (which we did visit). Wife hit four 4OAK during her Hooters session. Drink service from the Hooters girls was decent. We both walked away with JOB winnings in our pockets and smiles on our faces from the many comped rum & Cokes and Coronas. It is not Wynn, but it was a fun jeans and t-shirt time. * We went to see the Human Nature performance at the Imperial Palace. It was a fabulous show. One of the best shows we have seen in a long time. A must do for anyone heading to Vegas and looking for an evening show. The 4 mates from Down Under perform a Mowtown tribute that is high energy, engaging and just plain fun to watch (and participate). It is one of the shows where everyone leaves the theater with a smile and a spring in their step feeling better than they did 90 minutes before they stepped into the showroom. We hadn't been to the IP in a few years, but noticed it doesn't smell! Looks like they have refurbished the casino area a bit. The Dealtainers are still there and we watched "Jennifer Lopez" perform to great hoots and applause as we were leaving the IP after the show. Bottom line, Human Nature should be on everyone's Vegas to do list - 5 star rating. * We ate at Grand Lux 3 times during our week. Like our previous experience, the food and service was excellent. The portions are big and we think the prices are very reasonable. One evening we split the Fire-roasted Vegetarian Pizza. What a treat. Thankfully we did split it because it was more food than either of us would have like to consume at one sitting. If I recall right there were 10 vegetarian toppings and lots of melted cheeses without the oozing grease seen with other brands of pizza. On another day we stopped in for our usual plate of Asian Nachos - Yummy! In our books Grand Lux at Venetian and Palazzo are one of our favourite casual and reasonably priced eating spots on the strip. We never miss a meal or two there. More posts to come.