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aug 23-26 trip report

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by chef, Aug 26, 2004.

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  1. chef

    chef Resident Buffetologist

    Apr 20, 2002

    My Trip Report

    After having made Vegas trips in March, April, July and with two more on the docket in
    October and December, I wasn’t in the mood for this last jaunt. Never-the-less, I had
    made a commitment to take a friend in a wheelchair out, so away we went.
    Even though I would have rather been at home, it turned out to be a decent experience.
    The weather was fantastic, my only half-hour spent at the crap table covered most of
    expenses and I learned about the inner-workings of the escort service through my friend’s use of
    Day One:
    Flew SWA out of Midway at 5:15 p.m. and almost had to divert to Kansas City. A
    passenger suffered a minor heart attack after take-off and it was touch-and-go whether or
    not our non-stop flight would continue. I was sitting directly across from him and must
    commend the flight attendants for the wonderful job they did in handling this emergency.
    A paramedic was on board and also volunteered his services. Considering there was not a
    nurse or doctor on the flight, these folks deserve a lot of credit.
    Arrived on time to Vegas and proceeded to Bally’s, our home for next two nights. We
    stayed in the North Tower ($59) and it is much improved from two years ago when I
    stayed there last. I highly recomend it.
    I had a couple free tickets to “Spotlight†at Bourbon Street that night. Since it was across
    the street from Bally’s and free, it was worth going to. Like every other small-time act,
    these people are trying; and the intimate setting (only about 20 of us) made it feel like you
    were a part of the show.
    Day Two:
    Did the usual Strip sightseeing, eventually ending up at Mandalay Bay’s House of Blues
    for lunch. We used a 2-1 coupon, but even with that, not pleased with value. I was hoping
    there would be live blues music, but found out that only takes place Thru-Sun. This food
    is not authentic Southern-style, nor is it home-cooked. And it is over-priced. Enough said.
    As everyone who traverses the Strip knows, the call-girl card-distributing peddlers can be
    annoying. They hand those cards out to everybody, everybody except people in
    wheelchairs. My friend was complaining to me that 70-year old grandmothers were
    having them shoved in their face while he was being snubbed.
    That’s a big mistake. Guys like my buddy are potentially the best customers. By the time
    we got back to Bally’s he did end up with a couple of them, though. After much
    contemplating, he decided to make the plunge and call one of them.
    For $45, the card advertised a girl would come to his room and dance in a state of undress
    for an hour. The person on the other end of the phone asked what type he wanted, to
    which he replied “a nice-looking blondeâ€.
    They asked what room he was in and then called back to verify all was in order. The girl
    would be there in 20 minutes. I told him I would wait until she got there and then leave.
    About 19 minutes later, my friend had a problem. All of sudden, he had to use the toilet.
    His digestive system is such that he only needs to go every 2-3 days, but when nature
    calls, it’s hard to postpone it.
    Here’s the dilemna he faced: Should he risk being on the toilet when she arrives or should
    he try to hold it in. After a 30-second pow wow, we went with plan A (get him on the
    toilet). If she did show up while he was doing his thing, I had planned to keep her
    distracted outside the room until he was done.
    Fortunately, I didn’t need to do that. With the pressure on, he got the job done much
    quicker than he usually does. It still left an unpleasant odor, though. We couldn’t think of
    anything to use, so I sprayed his whole body with right guard deodrant.
    About a minute later, there’s a knock on the door. Even though I was not involved in the
    whole deal, I was very curious as to what she’d look like. She was blonde and I’ll just
    leave it at that.
    I left and here is what happened as related to me by my friend:
    The $45 is an upfront cost that basically gets the girl in the door. She explains the fee
    structure, which is nothing more than blatant prostitution. My friend knew that, but was
    surprised at the costs. From $200 to $700, he could have a variety of services provided.
    He had budgeted about $250 for this, but he thought that would have been enough for
    what the whole enchilada. It didn’t work out that way for him, so he settled for one of the
    “lower range servicesâ€.
    To add some humor to what transpired, she did not have condoms and nor did he. She
    wanted him to call room service and have them sent up. That was too embarassing for
    him to do, so they went down to Bally’s gift shop to get them.
    My friend has problems with his vocal cords and it can be difficult to understand him.
    The cashier at the gift shop had to ask him three different times what he wanted. The
    clerk still couldn’t make out what he wanted, so finally, “his girl†loudly made it known.
    My friend said you should have seen the look on the faces of three ladies buying tic-tacs.
    Later, I told him he should have taken the cost of the condoms off her charges since she
    should have been responsible for bringing them.
    The whole experience wasn’t at all what my friend had hoped for. He said the girl was
    somewhat cold and “got the hell out†as soon as she got her money. Plus, he said she sure
    didn’t look like the pictures on the cards.
    Afterwards, him and I went over to Ellis Island for that highly touted $4.95 steak dinner.
    Plus, I had a coupon for free unlimited drinks for two, of which he had one Budweiser
    and I had one orange juice. Wow, we really got our worth out of that.
    I did eat two of the steak dinners, though. And, they are an outstanding value.
    Day Three:
    As I mentioned earlier, the weather was great all week. So, we hung out at the pool most
    of the day, where my friend drank several $5 Budweisers, which bears the question: what
    was less cost-efficient - only drinking one beer the night before on a free unlimited
    coupon, or guzzling them at $5 a pop the next day.
    My friend’s answer was this: when you blow $250 on a disappointing sexual outing, what
    difference does it make. Good point.
    For lunch, I went to Paris to try their $17.95 lunch buffet. It’s not Bellagio or Alladin, or
    even Rio, but it was worth trying for me. I like French cuisine, but think that many folks
    don’t. All that stuff in sauces is not what people want to eat these days.
    The Paris buffet also didn’t have that attention to detail that the higher-ranking buffets
    have. There were a lot of little things in presention and employee performance that need
    improvement. However, I was satisfied with the food quality.
    At 3:00, we headed over Harrah’s for the Mac King Show. We got free tickets at the
    Rewards booth inside the casino. I see why this show is constantly ranked among the best
    values in all of Vegas. Very funny and all ages can enjoy it.
    We then picked up our bags at Bally’s and caught the 302 for a night’s stay at the Plaza.
    My friend, being a touristy type, wasn’t enthused about changing hotels and going
    downtown. He thinks Vegas is all about the Strip.
    I admit, I did not realize how hard it is for the disabled to make a move from one place to
    another. Next time, we’ll stay at Bally’s the whole time.
    The trip downtown turned out to be one of our highlights. As I had alluded to in the
    Entertainment thread, we stumbled upon a oustanding singer at the Plaza named Jeneane
    Marie. My friend does a fair amount of clubbing, and said she is right up there with the
    best singers of her genre that he has seen.
    I missed one of her sets while shooting craps and he said she did a Tina Turner song that
    if you didn’t know it was her, you would have sworn it was Tina Turner.
    Even though the Plaza crap tables have been refelted, they still worked well for me. An
    elderly man and his wife bet the dark side every time and it was a pleasure to make them
    pay. Since I hadn’t been in the shooting mood this trip, I just played a short while, enough
    to double my money plus a little extra. Why get greedy.
    For a nightcap, we ate at Golden Gate (using a 2-1) and had an very nice meal. Before
    retiring, I spent some time on FSE and my friend, yes you guessed it, explored Glitter
    I’ve never heard great things about Glitter Gulch, but he said there was one very nice,
    well-endowed dancer that was good to him. Otherwise, he said many looked like his call
    girl and that’s not a compliment.
    For about 20 percent of what he paid the call girl, he received one of his best career lap
    dances. Ironically, it was from a girl that grew up about 25 miles away from the town he
    lives in.
    Day Four: Get our asses out of bed at 5:00 a.m., catch the 108 (just like Andsen used to)
    and head to the airport.

    [ August 26, 2004, 07:43 PM: Message edited by: chef ]
  2. vikkign

    vikkign Tourist

    Apr 13, 2004
    Interesting trip report chef. I have always wondered if anyone really does call for "dances in their rooms" and what took place when the "dancer" arrives. Your report sure cleared that up. Sounds like you had a pretty good time. [​IMG]
  3. sin

    sin VIP Whale

    Jun 25, 2004
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Good report chef. Thanks for sharing the call-girl story, now I can fully inform my male friends what happens, what the asthetic level of the ladies tends to be, and hopefully they will shut up about it. Glad you won some at the table and generally had an enjoyable trip.
  4. Beach Crazy

    Beach Crazy Hostess With the Mostess

    Jun 30, 2002
    Central Illinois
    Really enjoyed that report Chef. I could almost picture you two with the can of right guard (good thinking) [​IMG]

    What a good guy…taking your buddy to Vegas and all when you didn't really feel like going. It's nice to know that some people still honor their commitments. But $250 [​IMG] and no condoms, I almost feel sorry for him. I hope he had a good time otherwise. Definitely makes those $5 Buds look like a bargain. [​IMG]

    You make a good point by reminding us all how difficult it is for the disabled to get around. [​IMG]
  5. dkbk

    dkbk High-Roller

    Jun 17, 2003
    Yardley, PA
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Great Report Chef. Hooker thing is too funny. Just walked in the house about 20 min ago from the airport. I'll get a TR up ASAP, but just wanted to agree on Mac King, he was great.

    Also, we only like the Paris Bkfast buffet.
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