( Note a LOT of pictures). Ive lost count of how many March Madness trips I’ve made however since my discovery of the Hoops On The Strip parties that CET hosts ( thanks to Lisa from Phoenix who gave me my very first Hoops wrist band). Arrived a day early, Tuesday 3/13, since my daughter got me on a free flight through her employer (Southwest Air). As soon as i landed in Vegas, on the shuttle to McCarren car rental ( to see what kind of deal I could work out after arriving 30 hours earlier than my scheduled Wednesday evening arrival), I called SWA and cancelled my paid Wed flight . Boom saved $220.00 for my October vegas trip flight ! Got to car rental and went straight to Dollar Express booth in garage. Had a “Managers Special” weekly rental for $141.87 including taxes and fees ( that is correct, 141.87). Asked for a pro rated rate for Tuesday morning till next week Weds. got the 8 plus days for 187.65! Boom Boom. Picked out nice red car so wife, daughters and Kathiem can find me with no problem. Checked in to Orleans on my last min 3 day comp. First room, the key wouldn’t work. 2nd key ( for another room). Threw my bags on one bed and laid down on the other bed....for about 20. Then off to Orleans casino! Craps, VP and poker were the order of the day. Nothing special . Hit the sack around 9 pm in hopes of staying on East coast time!