Up and checked out of the Flamingo and headed to Fremont street. Had 3 night reservations at the Golden Nugget. Had a North tower room on the 14th floor. Much to our dismay, construction was occurring on floors 15, 16 and 17. Early morning wake up calls of power tools each morning at 7am, not off to a good start. We found the area boring. Not a lot going on during the day, and once you see the Fremont street experience there isn't much to see afterwards. Less crowded and quieter. No such thing as looser slots for us though, we did much better on the strip. Tuesday, 7/16. Up at 7:00 and out to the pool, only to find that it didn't open until 9:00am. Back to the pool, found chairs easily. Sunny and hot, stayed until noon, showered and took a cab to Treasure Island. Had a great time a Kahunaville, then onto to check out the Venetian and the shops and gondolas there. Onto Harrah's, went to the party pit area and had a blast playing Black Jack, won some too. Over the Imperial Palace. We were early for our reservations to the Luau, so we sat at the bar and played some VP and I won there too. The Luau was wonderful, great food and a good show. Decided to walk some more, so we checked out the Stardust, Frontier, Circus Circus, Riviera, and the Sahara . We stopped at the Stratosphere and took a cab back to the GN. Wed 7/17 - it rained for the first time in 144 days! It figures. We stayed in and gambled, not winning a thing. The buffet at the GN was great. Thurs 7/18; flight out at 2:50 pm. We were waiting in line for the airport transportation bus to pick us up, an empty limo showed up, so we got to go to the airport in the limo for the same price - too cool. Very bumpy flight home, turbulance was bad. Home ohio time 10:50 Summary of my first (but not last) trip to VEgas: Loved the strip, thought Fremont area was boring, but tolerable; especially with the lower rates on lodging, food and drinks. Days were very long (a good thing) we didn't once say, boy this day has flown! Couldn't believe the price of bottled water - what a market they have there. What is with all the card flicking that is done on the strip at night; I can't believe they can get away with all the soliciting with those stupid cards, that got annoying every night. 7 days was too long, I would have been fine with 3-4, or planned other stuff to do (like Hoover or Grand Canyon), but it was awfully hot too. Thanks to all for this board, and input, it was amazing how much I was able to learn and take with me.