I am a seasoned Vegas veteran, long-“suffering” from this wonderful addiction I pride myself on knowing the lay of the valley and consider myself “home” when I hit town. My three trips per year affords me some good times and great memories. That said, I also know that even Vegas veterans can learn new lessons. We know when it is time to move on from one thing to another, be it another slot club, another restaurant or another property. Most times, these moves are made because we want a better atmosphere, a smoother vibe, a tastier plate or just a change of scenery. The good thing about this is Vegas caters to all tastes and desires. That’s always been the beauty of this kooky town! So . . . . since I am home now from my most recent trip two weeks ago and I have gotten over my “back-from-Vegas-blues”, this old dog has found: 1. As much as I love the Orleans, I must bid it adieu. Orleans has been my home property since 2004, but I have been thinking about moving for the last couple years. The “element” has encroached on the property and I do not like it. I am not easily shaken, but I had an elevator moment one evening and it clinched my decision. I am currently looking at Suncoast to stay within Boyd or the Silverton, which I always visit. 2. I will continue to spend 90% of my time at properties in outlying areas of the valley because of incidents like the car chase/shooting on Flamingo Road. Yes, I was in town while that fiasco happened. Yet another indication of an influx of the “element” that comes to town. 3. I applaud the culinary cornucopia that can be found in most strip properties, but there are so many hidden-gem eateries in the outlying areas that please my palate. And the prices for these dishes are not neon-inflated. Renting a car opens up great options east and west of Las Vegas Boulevard. In conclusion, I have questions for you: the more seasoned you become with each Vegas trip, do you find your tastes change? Do you long for a better property? Do you get more adventurous to explore?