I promised to file a trip report a couple weeks ago, which is the only reason I'm doing so now, having gotten back last night. With one exception, it wasn't a very exciting trip. For anyone who's followed my "less than wonderful life" posts during the past six months, at least this solo trip was much more enjoyable than the one in August after being been kicked to the curb by my girlfriend of 15 years. Nonetheless, staying in the same places, going to the same bars, and so on conjured up many ghosts, which was more than a little depressing at times. Fortunately, alcohol always solved the problem; but of course, created other problems. I did have a brief "meet for a drink" blind date at the Orleans on Wednesday and, I'm ashamed to admit, got talked into joining her the following evening at the Gold Coast for bingo. I always thought bingo was something I'd rather die than do ... and I was right! It makes slot machines (which I don't play either) a downright cerebral activity by comparison; or to quote the Raven, "Never more!" However, upon returning to the Orleans ... well, that's the "exciting exception" I alluded to earlier. Sorry, but it would be totally inappropriate (and probably unprintable) to elaborate, so let's just say I'm getting much closer to emulating Nicholas Cage in "Leaving Las Vegas" than I thought possible, including his "friends." I need to go to Vegas with someone, be it a significant other or just a chaperone to help keep me out of trouble. For the most part, I didn't stray from where I stayed (Orleans, Gold Coast, and MSS). The weather could have been worse, but it wasn't all that great either, and I just couldn't get motivated to do more than gambling and drinking. I had planned on visiting Ellis Island, but after getting comped for lunch at Gold Coast, I was no longer hungry and stayed put. Gambling wise - not so good. I played a lot of BJ, Three-Card Poker, Pai Gow, and even VP, but my biggest downfall was shooting craps at MSS on Monday. At least I brought my point level back up to Sapphire. Of particular note, I must have really gotten used to the perks provided by my ex significant other. It's depressing no longer having access to the Sky Club in Atlanta, Centurion Lounge in Vegas, etc. and one more reminder how my life has gone downhill. Therefore, I'll be looking into upgrading my Platinum Delta Amex in the coming days, though I know it's a horrible financial decision. It's like those "sucker" side bets at the tables, but I'd rather lose a little on most hands than miss out on a big payoff for not having made the bet. It's psychological - not statistical and not financial; and as bad as my finances are these days, my mental wellbeing is even more precarious. That being said, I'll be planning a return bout before long. Overall, I have mixed feelings now that I'm back. One on hand I feel like maybe I belong in that land of crazies and degenerates and should move there; but on the other hand, I know that my Vegas lifestyle is totally destructive. As I've said before ... maybe my next trip report will be more interesting.