Day 1 My wife and I caught an uneventful Delta Airlines Flight from Atlanta at 9:35 AM on Thursday Morning and arrived in Las Vegas at 11:53 AM. I followed the advice of my fellow T2Vers and took a shuttle to the Mirage instead of a Taxi. We carried our bags to the Shuttle booth outside of the Airport and purchased 2 round trip tickets for about $11.00. We walked across the street and waited about 15 mins for a shuttle to arrive. The Shuttle driver was a nice guy who is originally from Memphis. He asked more questions about Atlanta than we asked about Vegas. There were 2 funny older ladies who shared the shuttle with us. They recognized us from the flight from Atlanta. They were traveling from North Carolina to see Celine Dion. They were in Vegas a few weeks ago to se Celine and the show was cancelled. Caesarâ€™s Palace compâ€™d them a suite and front row seats to Friday nightâ€™s show. The 2 ladies gave us a few Vegas pointers. They insisted we eat breakfast at The Village in Paris and go see the Fat Elvis. We arrived at the Mirage at about 12:45 PM. My first impressions as we drove by the Venetian and TI were I could not believe how huge the Hotels and Casinos are. Since we arrived at side entrance of the Mirage, I did not notice the Volcano fountain until we got into the room. We exited the Shuttle bus and the driver unloaded our baggage, I tipped him 4 bucks, which is a reasonable amount for 3 bags and a laptop. The Porter greeted us as we dismounted from the shuttle. He took our baggage and offered to store them until after we checked in and called for him. Again, I gave him the same 4 dollar tip. We entered the doors of the Mirage. I was blown away by the 20,000 gallon FOWLR (Fish Only with Live Rock) aquarium behind the check in counter, this was a special treat because I am really into Salt Water aquariums, and I have a 75 gallon reef tank. The aquarium contained the largest puffers, tangs, triggers and eels that I have ever seen. We walked up to the check in counter hoping that our room was ready even though it was only 12:50 PM. I contemplated on the $20.00 trick but I remember Pimpâ€™s advice and just asked if there were any upgrades or complementary upgrades available. The guy at the front desk stated we were already in a premium volcano view room, the next upgrade were mini suites and room on a higher floor, he gladly offered go upgrade us for $50.00 a night. We declined. He did throw in a complementary bottle of Champaign because it was our 10th wedding anniversary. We checked in without incident. We followed directions to our room, funny that we had to walk all the way through the casino to get to the guest elevators. The Casino was just the way in imagined it, large, full of life and the sounds of slot machines ringing in the air. I also noticed the wonderful smell of premium hand rolled Cigars. I was surprised to see allot of people in the Casino so early in the day. Any way, we caught the elevator to the 17th floor and arrived at our room. The room was not spectacular but not bad either. Iâ€™ve stayed in better rooms but in Vegas, I looked at the hotel room as a place to crash and spend a little â€œHoney Moonâ€ time if you know what I mean. Standard King Size bead, 27â€ TV, minibar, desk, small table and sitting chairs were all included. The Bathroom was a standard marble vanity with tub/shower combination, again nothing special. I was disappointed when I found out that internet access was 20 bucks a day. We unpacked our luggage and headed down to California Pizza Kitchen for lunch. I had my favorite, the Thai Chicken Pizza; my wife had the Peking Duck Pizza. We also had an Asian Chicken Dumpling appetizer and I had a Sam Adams for starters. I devoured my pizza and guzzled the Sam Adams. My wife barely touched hers as she was a little Nauseated from the flight we boxed up her pizza and took it back to the room. We were disappointed when we noticed the room did not contain a Refrigerator. We called the Front Desk and asked for a refrigerator and a microwave. Housekeeping sent up a Refrigerator, but they did not have microwaves. Again, I have stayed in much nicer hotel rooms. Since wife was not feeling well, she decided to take a little nap, and I joined her. We woke up at around 5:00 PM. Since the window was cracked, we heard the sounds of the strip coming to life. The first thing I noticed when I look out of the window was the bright of Harrahâ€™s Hotel and Casino. The sun was going down and the strip was beginning to light up. The Mirage Volcano erupted, the people along the strip stopped to stair and I knew we had finally arrived; we are in VEGAS BABY, VEGAS!!! I hopped out of bed, brushed my teeth, got dressed and headed down to the sports book to place a few bets for a few friends, they all like the Falcons -7. (I hate the Falcons BTW) After placing the bets, we ventured out onto the strip. I reached for my Cigar pouch and remembered leaving it on the bed at home. Now we were on a mission to find Cigars, not just any Cigars, but Ashton VSGâ€™s and Partagas Blacks. The first Casino we went into was Harrahâ€™s; I asked around for Cigars but no one knew where we could find them. We walked into the Venetian and we found Davidoffâ€™s. I could not believe the selection they had. Not large Humidor, but they had a really good selection and decent prices also. I purchased a handful of Ashton VSGâ€™s for $14.00 a piece and a few Partagas Blacks for $8.70. Back home in Atlanta, I could get these cigars for $12.00 and $6.00 respectively but you have to pay to play in Vegas. One of the most wonderful things about Vegas is you can smoke everywhere. I am not a true smoker; I do enjoy an occasional premium hand rolled Cigar. I do not and never will smoke Cigarettes. No offense to those who do. I really enjoyed walking through the Shoppes at the Venetian while smoking a fine cigar. I also purchased a few CAO Vanilla Cigars for my wife; I could usually get her to smoke about 2 cigars a year. We walked through the Venetian holding hands and marveling at the architecture, the canals along the Shoppes, and the Sistine Chappell Ceiling replica. We were in awe!! We could not wait until to visit the other Hotels and see what they had to offer. After leaving the Venetian, we walked along the strip until we reached the Luxor. We did not go into any of the hotels; we just crossed the street back and Forth planning our next few days. After finally reaching the Luxor at about 9:00 PM, we walked back to the Mirage. We arrived at the Mirage after a brief stop at the Bellagio to watch the fountains. We had a late dinner at Samba Brazilian Steak House in the Mirage. Dinner was not as good as Fogo de Chao, but I enjoyed it. I had a huge Brazilian drink that gave me a pretty good buzz. Wife and I went back up to the room for a little private time. Wifey was tired and I was ready for more strip action. I hopped a quick shower and went down to the Casino this time with a Partagas Black in Hand. I slipped a $10.00 bill in a quarter slot machine and went to work. I won, I lost, I won, I lost, I won, I lost this went on for about an hour. I walked away with $25.00 and left the Casino, I walked along the strip and went in to the Harley Davidson CafÃ©, for a Drink, All of the outside bars seemed to sell Beer only; I Was not in the mood for a beer because it was a bit cold out. Cold beer + Cold Weather = Shrinking Bladder. The Harley Davidson CafÃ© had last call and I could not get a Drink, I walked down to Ballyâ€™s and ordered up a Grey Goose and Cranberry Juice and went back to the strip. Funny, but I had the best time walking up and down the strip by myself, drinking and smoking Cigars. I finally made my way back to the Mirage and retired for the night. Day 2 Friday Morning, Wifey had a little Spa Time scheduled for 9:00 AM. We had Breakfast at Cravings at the Mirage. Not the best Breakfast buffet, but it was pretty good. Hit the Omelets station a few times, had lots of coffee and some potatoes. After Breakfast, Wifey went to the spa and I walked around the Mirage again. I found a nice Cappuccino bar/pastry Shoppe and purchased a large Cappuccino. I made my way to the Sports Bar at the Mirage to have a Morning Cigar and watch Sports Center (Starting to see a trend here?) After watching Sports Center enjoying my Romeo y Juiletta Reserva Real, I walked around the Mirage again. This time I visited the pool. WOW, I cannot wait to visit the Mirage in the warmer months. The pool is awesome. The Water falls, the Slides, Really nice. The White Tiger exhibit and Dolphin Experience were not opened yet so I did not visit them. I made my way over to TI to have a look around. The Pirate ships were really neat. There was a really pushy guy outside of the Mirage that was trying to sell me a time share. After repeatedly telling this guy no I am not interested, I finally told him to get lost. I made my way into the TI to have a look around. The Casino was very busy. Not much to say about TI. My wife called me a little after Noon and we met outside of the Mirage. We walked to Fashion Square Mall. I purchased a few things and so did she. We had lunch at Ra Sushi bar, pretty good Sushi. I could not find a place in the mall that sold Cigars. I asked a security guard and he looked at me as if I was speaking Japatalian. He did not know what a humidor was. On the way back from the mall, I made my way back to the Venetian to purchase a few more Cigars from Davidoffâ€™s. We walked back to the room and put our bags up. I went down to the Danny Gans ticket office and purchased 2 tickets to the 7:30 PM Zumanity show at New York New York. Since it was only about 1:30 PM, we decided to try our hands at the Monorail. We walked over to the Imperial Palace Monorail station and purchased 2 24 hour tickets at 10 bucks a piece, a pretty good deal. We took the Monorail down to the MGM Grand to try to find a place to watch the NFL Playoffs on Saturday. We walked through the MGM Grand and discovered a Fat Tuesdayâ€™s Daiquiri Shop. Since I grew up in New Orleans, I love daiquiri shops. I ordered a 26 oz 190 Octane with an extra shot of Vodka. We walked around the MGM Grand, Paris and Aladdin. I was really impressed with the Shops inside of the Aladdin. We walked around the Aladdin and made our way into the ABC Store. Right away I recognized the workers in the store all spoke like they were form Hawaii. (I spent 4 Â½ years in Hawaii while in the military and college) I spoke my version of Hawaiian Pigeon to the cashier and she got a really good kick out of it. She asked where did I learn to speak pigeon and I explained to here I lived in Hawaii for a few years. I purchased a few decks of playing cards and few coffee mugs for souvenirs. We walked back to the Monorail and made our way back to the room to change/shower before Zumanity. We decided to take a taxi to Zumanity at 5:30 and try to find a place to have dinner. Gallagherâ€™s was booked solid until 10:00 PM so we went to the ESPN Zone for a drink or 2 and you guessed it, a Cigar. After the ESPN Zone, we went to 9 Fine Irishmen. I ordered the Fish and Chips and they were not very good. My wife ordered a combo that had Lamb Chops, and some kinds of Irish Sausages. The Lamb Chops were very good, but the Sausages were awful. After dinner it was time for Zumanity. We took a few pictures before the show then entered the auditorium. We had really good seats, Section 102, 3rd row. Shortly after arriving at our seats, a 300 lb white woman in a Thong made her way to our row. (If you ever go to see Zumanity, arrive early!!!)She was making fun of all of the guys in our row, then she placed her big @ss on my chest. Everyone got a really good laugh out of it. I thought it was really funny also, I am a really good sport. There were other entertainers from the show making their way trough the audience harassing the show goers. Let me begin by saying if you go to see Zumanity, you have to really put your inhibitions to rest. There are a few homosexual scenes in this show. After spending the first 8 years of my adult life in the Military, I used to be a homophobe. Since then I have matured and learned to accept people for who they are no matter how disgusting I think being gay is. The show was awesome. The acrobats were very skillful. The girl in the large glass tub of water was probably my favorite. The Girl with the Hula Hoops was pretty good also. The 2 guys kissing kind of grossed me out, but hay to each his own. After Zumanity we caught another Taxi back to the Mirage and went to bed Stay tuned for more.