Well, I guess it's officially started. I logged in to SWA and got my boarding pass. A33 another $15.00 saved. Now I'm on my way to pick up a rental car in order that I can do a drop (of junk out of my house) and pick-up (of my ex-wife) in Sacramento (120 miles away) who will be watching my son for the two days I'm gone. My missions: 1)Earn a 2500TC day 2)Avoid playing at CET all day Sunday. 3)Complete the 5th and final GGWU bonus event. For those of you who have never been 7*, it's hard to describe how "addicting" the treatment is, but I'm hooked for at least one more year. I need six 2500TC days between now and the end of the year to renew my 7* status. For those of you who track coin-in, that's $12,500 in slot action, or $25,000 in VP a day). I have the days booked, and the gambling money "reserved". Probably the only reason that I am able to do this is the fact that I consider myself fortunate that I am still "up" for the year. Two back to back trips of up over $5000 can do that. By my count, it will be 15 trips to Las Vegas or Reno/Tahoe this year, and I haven't paid for a room or a meal at a CET casino yet this year. However, this will all come to a big slowdown next year. My plan is that I will renew my 7* for 2018, and keep my 7* until it expires 1/31/2019, but next year I am going to "focus" on other things. The youngest of my "crew" (of 4. We've been friends since High School) turns 60 next year, and wants to celebrate his birthday in the Phillipines. I told the crew that would be the only way they'd get me to the PI (Philippine Islands). I plan to take a side trip before the PI to go to Sasebo, Japan, to stay two nights in the "robot hotel" http://www.h-n-h.jp/en/ It is a hotel (the first) almost completely staffed by robots!! It is adjacent to Huis Ten Bosch, which, according to the wikipedia article, is: "Huis Ten Bosch is a theme park in Sasebo, Nagasaki, Japan, which recreates the Netherlands by displaying life-sized copies of old Dutch buildings. The name Huis Ten Bosch translates into English as "House in the Woods/bush". http://english.huistenbosch.co.jp/ But, enough about that. That's next March. I still have the two 2017 7* trips to take and the renewal of 7* this year. This is the first of 6 trips scheduled through the rest of the year. The "gambling" will start in earnest at 6AM Monday morning, that is the start of the GGWU bonus event. Sunday will be spent "farting around" and doing some "obligation gaming" to keep my comp privileges in order at mLife (start of their new Year) QQQQ ($350 in comp money there) , and Venetian/Palazzo (I have $400 in comps saved up there). Many of my trips are "solo", so the spend on my comps are minimal and I have "saved them up" over the years. I keep planning to use them when I travel with a NRF (non-related female), but who knows when that will happen. I haven't yet found one that I would like to entertain and that would want to go with me. Perhaps more the latter than the former.. Anyway, that's the prep. I will be publishing lots of photos. Meals Monday will be at mLife casinos, courtesy of myVegas. I also still have $200 in mLife gift cards and $300 in Mastercard gift cards from CET to spend on food, but I do have 5 or 6 trips left this year. Oh, and regarding myVegas. myVegas and mLife are NOT doing the HGS this year, so myVegas has been pretty much "off" my radar this year, sorry to say. I let my myVegas host know why. The $1800 a year in HGS points was the only thing that kept me interested. Now I just gotta figure out how to "spend" 5M myVegas lotalty points Anyway, sorry to drag on and on about the prep, but I just wanted to get you guys prepared for this trip. At the end of the year, I still plan to post a report on "what 7* cost me and what I got out of it". Thanks for reading. Hope you enjoy this TR.