So. I went to the bank and bought $2000 US to add to our ever dwindling LV funds. Do you know how much is cost me? $5770, possibly more. Seriously. Why? Cause someone JACKED my Vegas stash!!! I'm NOT impressed. I had thrown my leftover Vegas cash in a drawer with my gift cards I had brought back from Palazzo last trip and had some Canadian cash set aside for eventual exchange when needed in the future. I went to the bank last Friday and bought an extra 2k which cost $2700 Canadian, and threw it in with the rest. Upon further reflection, I decided to get some more $ to exchange so went into the drawer to get some Canadian. There was $100 missing. Then I look at my gift cards.....two of the $100 cards were gone! Then I look at my pile of US $......there was only $1400 in total!!!!! That's less than what I even had coming home from the last Vegas trip, never mind the 2k I had put in there! I KNOW the money went in there because the bank teller gave me two $50's which I almost refused due to superstition, but instead figured I'd keep them and use for things other than gambling. The 50's are still there- just LOTS of $100's are gone! Maybe $50's ARE toxic!? It appears that someone went in and skimmed my Vegas stash rather than just taking everything- perhaps thinking I just wouldn't notice. We've had sitters, kids friends over etc- but really only people that I would consider in my circle of trust, and this drawer was in a private area that neither sitters nor friends should be. More disappointed in the trust aspect than the lost money. In the process of trying to pin down exactly who it was- in any case- I'm pissed. Now I had to repurchase the 2K at another $2700 + the initial cost of 2700 + the 100 Canadian + the value of the gift cards converted $270= 5770. And, that only leaves me $3400, so still had to purchase more. I haven't even landed in Vegas and I'm down around 3k! Uh, not a good start! Well, let's hope that's where the bad mojo ends, and the Slot Gods reward my patience for not shaking down every person, and their residence, that entered our home over the 5 day period in question. Anyhoo- onto the good stuff. I'm heading to Vegas with my sis and BFF once again, staying at Palazzo. We're coming in on the Grazie GIfts Premiere event offer which gives us 3 nights comp, $700 in FP, $100 dining and an invite to the premiere night on the 20th. We will check it out on the 20th but will reserve using our points until the bulk of our play is done as I believe there is a double points earning period while we're there. We are starting off with 247,300 points so we will see where we end up. Last trip we hit Platinum level which gets us limo transport, VIP check-in, and use of the Platinum lounge until the end of next year- happy with those perks. We also have another $405 freeplay that we can use without a stay over at Cosmo, so will head over there as well! Otherwise, we are planning a no stress trip prior to the December chaos that always ensues with a house full of kiddo's. Gambling, dining, lots of shopping, and a few martini's thrown in for good measure is about our speed this time. Last trip I didn't do a speck of shopping in defiance of the crappy exchange rate. But somehow it just felt wrong declaring to the customs agent I was returning with zero spending after a three night trip. I'm sure the customs officer was looking at a screen with my past history where they always sent me to the cashier since I'm over my limit. I'm certain he was giving me a hairy eyeball trying to decide if I was lying about the zero spending. Most of our dining plans are with friends joining us- planning to hit up some restaurants we have enjoyed before like Tao, Lavo, and Jaleo, but also trying Sinatra's at the Wynn for the first time- looking forward to all of it! I think I could really use a Sinatra smash after all the drama this week......... For gaming, as we are big fans of Buffalo we will be hunting for some of the new versions to give them a go! This is a zero pressure trip since we've already hit our target tier last trip. I have no issue lowering bets if needed to make the BR last. Let's hope we hit some handpays so we don't have to resort to that Heading out Thursday a.m. Will we recoup our losses, or, could this be our most expensive trip yet between losses and shopping??!!?? I'm almost afraid to find out...... **Update** my son has a loose tooth. The tooth fairy brings our kids a collector coin, value between $20-30 each. I had 2 left in the general area where my Vegas Stash was stolen from. I just checked with the imminent need for them, and they are no longer there. Awesome. Wonder what else is gone. I think I need that martini NOW.