Hello, and welcome to my first trip report! Well, I guess it's a pre-trip report, I don't leave until Dec 26, but I'm so excited, I had to write something now! This is a Six day/ Five night marathon trip thanks to a screw up with the travel agency! I love Vegas, but I’ve never been for more than 3 nights before, and, truth be told, after 4 days I’ve usually had enough, so this will be an experience for sure! Originally, this was slated to be a 4 night trip with one of my friends. I’m on a 5 month trip around the world and Vegas is my big splash back into the USA before returning to work (and bad accents) in the freeeeeeeeeeeeeeeezing Midwest. Yes, I’ve been hanging out on sunny beaches with cheap fruity drinks and beautiful people for a few months now. It’s a hard life. Anyway, now my friend can’t make it, so it’s a solo trip. I’ve been traveling solo for a while now, so I’m completely cool with this. In fact, I prefer it. I think we all know the cardinal rule of Vegas: be careful who you go to Vegas with. Don’t need any anonymous tips made to gamblers’ anonymous, pals hitting 13s against a 6, or annoying people begging to go to bed at 4 am when I’m in the middle of a hot shoe, now do I? The Plan: Flights: This is going to be H E L L. I leave Bangkok at 7pm on Sunday the 26. I arrive in LAX at 7:20. 20 minute supersonic flight! I wish…. After LAX, I’ve booked a SW flight to Vegas that lands around 10. I avoided booking the cheap SW ticket because I figured that I might arrive a little early or late and might have to change my flight, which SW apparently lets you do for free as long as you don’t book the “wanna get away” fare. I hate overpaying for airline tickets. If I sleep on the plane, I’ll be up and raring to go since it’ll be morning Thai time. If I don’t sleep on the plane, I’ll commit suicide in some ironic location like underneath the legs of that gigantic lingerie mannequin in the Flamingo. Of course, this is only ironic because I’m gay. No, I’m not one of those people who needs to scream to the world that he’s gay, and if you met me it might take you a while to figure it out. I thought I’d disclose it now so you wouldn’t think that I was a posterboy for the national strawberry pickers union because of the amount of strawberry daiquiris I plan on drinking this trip! You’ll also notice a dearth of references to boobs, lap dances, “talent,” and sex workers (the new PC term for prostitutes). Hotels: I’ll be at Planet Hollywood the first night, MGM the next three, (all comped) and ending my trip in style at the 4 Seasons. If you’ve ever stayed in guesthouses in the Nepali Himalayas or in Cambodia, you’ll understand just how deserved this night at the 4 Seasons is. I have literally slept in the same room as a wild tarantula: Gamblin’: 5 Nights. $5,000 bankroll. This is the most I’ve ever taken to Vegas, and hopefully it won’t all be gone at the end, but, like all smart gamblers, I’m only taking as much as I’ve convinced myself I can afford to lose. Does it say something that I have a line item in my personal budget for “gambling?” I play a lot of blackjack ($15-25/hand – not usually enough to get rated) and slots. Definitely not a high roller and I don’t aspire to be one. Take note, at one point during this trip, I will split 10s against a 6. I will win. Other than one night out at a club on the last night of my trip (where I’ll only go once I’ve consumed enough free drinks to not be annoyed by a 20 dollar cover change or Beyonce singing that remix of I Will Survive), I’ll be gambling pretty much the whole time. What can I say, it runs in the family. I’m super psyched to check out the Cosmopolitan. I’d also like to get to M Resort, but my strawberry daiquiris and I are not renting a car and their shuttle apparently is reserved for hotel guests only. I’m not a business man, but this just seems pretty damned stupid to me. I’m trying to picture the board meeting where some guy in an ill-fitting suit said “Let’s open a resort 10miles from the busiest tourist area in the country and not offer any transportation here other than 40 dollar cab rides!” If anyone knows where the Monopoly slot machines are at, any monopoly slot machine at all, let me know! I’m also looking to hit up a really good buffet. I’m hopeful that the reviews of the Cosmo buffet are good. So far I’ve had buffets at Rio, Flamingo, and the Mirage. None of them compared to the amazing buffet at the MGM Grand in Detroit. Seriously! So I think its between Wynn, Bellagio, and Cosmo. I’m thinking about the Buffet of Buffets from Harrah’s..err Caesar’s… since I think my platinum card lets me linehop at some places, but I’m staying at the wrong end of the strip for Harrahs properties and the thought of eating 3 or 4 buffets in a 24 hour period seems…vomitous. I think that’s it for now. I’ll keep updating once I arrive in Vegas . Hope you enjoy!