Laughlin. A much less exciting place than Vegas, and even AC. A place for retirees, locals, smokers, old folks, and has-been artists like Frank Sinatra jr. We stayed at Edgewater, a nice hotel. The tables and shops were empty; but ifcourse as it goes in such "locals" places every vendor and table worker knew the players' names. Interestingly, the casinos had video slots could not find in Vegas. My fave game was the 1c 'The Twilight Zone' on which I won $12 on $1 bet. Unless there is a specific need to go to Laughlin I wont be back. Then drove to Vegas: Been there before, but only now drove down to the 'Welcome' sign at night. There are too many fancy shops in the center, no customers. Why anyone from LA or NYC or Miami would go to Vegas to shop at the same stores I dont know. The photog Peter Lik has no buyers in any city where I've seen his studio. Stayed in CC(dont ask). Not as bad as I expected. Broken door chain, and the shower cap was loose, but for the price it was ok. The buffet was ok, self-serve drinks(hooray!). Far from center, but I did walk, took bus back... which now costs $8 for 24hr pass. I checked the rate for MGM 5 nights from NYC is some $1240, so no need to save a few bucks to stay in a dead area. Tropicana was renovated, good. Saw the boring lazer show in Downtown, I say skip it. Spend 1 hour in that area and dont come back. I checked out Gordon Ramsay's place; too mucho denero for steak for my tastes, so no go. Went to see the Volcano show... cool, but they seem to change it. In the Winter the girls dont walk around with tops half open, but it beats the deathly heat of Summer. So, you either love Vegas, or you dont. Oddly I had a better time in just 2 days in Vegas now than in 5 days 4 years ago.