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California Feb 3-4, Planet Hollywood Feb 5

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by mjames1229, Feb 10, 2018.

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  1. mjames1229

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    My Trip Report

    Such a weird trip for this year's Super Bowl. This was my fourth Super Bowl in Vegas, and each time has had a completely different cast of characters. This time, I was joined by two poker buddies (one I will call Ben, and the other will be Phil) for what was supposed to be a quick in-and-out trip.

    (Side note; if you follow my Poker Trip reports, you'll note that I like to time stamp them. This isn't a poker trip, so you get full paragraphs!)

    Saturday, February 3 - As I did three years ago, I scheduled an insanely cheap RT flight on Frontier from MKE to LAS for $78... with one catch being that it left after 9:00 PM. When I did that in 2015, earlier in the day I had bowled the Milwaukee city tournament, and my team ultimately won first place. With the same flight plan, I decided to bowl the city tournament again that day. As of the end of play last Sunday, I was still in first place in the 9-game All Events division. Not sure if it will hold for two more weekends, but we'll see. I do think that I have to plan on flying to Vegas after every tournament... seems to assure I bowl well.

    All week we had kept an eye on the weather forecast, as varying Scenarios of Doom were predicted to begin Saturday with snow continuing into Sunday. Considering that our schedule didn't allow for flight delays, this worried me a whole lot more than I had led on. However, the snow started a few hours later than originally was forecast, and the Flight Tracker had told me that the inbound plane had left Tampa on time, so I left for the airport that evening feeling confident about an on-time take-off.

    The three of us are all assigned seats in the same row, however after the doors close one of the flight attendants mentions to our general area that all of Row 9 was empty. After a moment's deliberation, I jump up and claim that row to myself. Takes the non-reclining Frontier seats out of play as I can lift the armrests, lean against the window and put my legs wherever they want to go.

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    Approaching Paradise.

    As we are waiting to deplane, I hear a distinctive foreign accent behind me. I turn around and see the owner of my barbershop had been in the row just behind me. He is happy to see a customer, I am happy that he recognizes me (the business name is Quick Cuts with $5 haircuts; and with 14 chairs it is run assembly-line style). We make small talk and wish each other well.

    Sunday, February 4 - We retrieve the rental car without issue and our first stop is one that had been on my personal Bucket List; the Fireside Lounge at the Peppermill.

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    No idea what this was, but it was my first drink.

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    Phil, that sexy lug, drinking his Bubble Bath.

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    Ben's Scoobie Snack.

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    For two drinks each, we were very surprised that the bill was only $56. I would have expected the drink prices to match the reputation of the Fireside Lounge. My wife would love the place... if she doesn't have to drink.

    So we've flown for four hours and have and a few drinks (including a round of Manhattans in the Milwaukee airport) so what else do you do at 1:00 AM? Right, the Market Street Cafe for Oxtail Soup!

    Except that for some reason, none of us actually had the Oxtail Soup.

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    Ol' Bubble Bath Phil had the Saimin.

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    Ben had the Island Short Ribs... and when he ordered that, I immediately was hit with a thunderbolt, which caused met to pivot away from the Oxtail Soup and towards...

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    The Korean Short Ribs appetizer, in which Royal Flusher had previously blogged about craving (especially after ordering the watery gravy Hoof Short Rib because he couldn't remember what they were called). Though a touch salty, I can certainly see the appeal in the Korean Short Ribs, and actually kinda wished I had a second helping of pasta salad to cleanse the palate.

    By this time, it was almost 2:00 AM and with the time difference that meant only one thing... time to start gambling!!!

    Phil went to bed, but Ben and I headed to the Boar's Head Bar for some Black Chip Porter and video poker. We played two beers worth of VP (well, I did... Ben couldn't get the bartender's attention for a second one) and stumbled up to bed, more tired than buzzed.

    Early morning came and morning followed, the first day.
     
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    Those drinks at Peppermill did indeed look
    good! Not bad prices too.
    Nice recap - thanks for sharing - waiting for the rest!!
     
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    Never actually sat in the Fireside Lounge...hmmm. Next trip maybe.
     
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    Usually, it's just the opposite with Wisconsin people. I'm amazed at how many old farts up here think drinks are still $2.25 a crack. When they find out they are a whole $4.50, they expect the bartender to leave the bottle!
     
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    Before we left MKE, we had a round of Manhattans at an airport bar for $16 each. I had a little sticker shock with that, so $10 on the Vegas Strip was almost like getting them for free!
     
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    More of Sunday, February 4 - Sunday morning had me moving a little slowly due to a very long Saturday. I had downloaded the BConnected sports betting app, and I headed down around 9:00 AM to set up my account so that I could make my bets at my leisure during the day. The line at the California sport book was already 10-deep, and when I got to the front of the line the ticket writer scoffed at me about the set-up process taking too much time on Super Bowl Sunday. Though I sort of understood, they only had one writer working with two empty spots. Maybe if they had all the stations manned...

    I hustled back up to the room to do the studying that I had planned to do later in the day. I came back down and got my sports bets in at the California so that I could cash the winners some time on Monday, as opposed to waiting in line at South Point after the game. Once the bets were made, it was on our way to Eat for breakfast around 11:00 AM.

    There is only one item on the menu, I think...
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    If you follow my trip reports, you may think that this is the same photo, reused all the time. It isn't... it really is just the only thing I have at Eat. After breakfast, it was on our way to South Point to save seats and get ready for the Super Bowl.

    I was amazed again at the number of people at South Point for the game... the grand ballroom, the exhibit halls and the Showroom were all packed. At Noon, there were still plenty of seats to be had, but a haphazard way of saving seats meant that once again we had to go from table to table, asking if there were three seats. Not only did we find a decent table, the people there said that they were staying there until the game started, so that we wouldn't have to worry about some nogoodnik moving our stuff and taking over the table.

    Mind at ease, we headed to kill some time in the casino.

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    I must have taken this photo for a reason, but I'll be damned if I remember what it was. We played for a couple of hours, and after having a nice stack, once it whittled down to my buy-in, I colored up and headed to the craps table, and Phil decided to join me.

    I buy in for craps and though the table was about full, with a little squishing there was room for one more next to me. But Phil isn't quite that forward so he said that he'd walk around a bit. A couple minutes later he came back and said "I am going to make a stupid decision and play Mississippi Stud".

    Not more than 10 minutes later, he came back and said "I knew that was a bad decisi.... is THAT the same shooter?"

    Why, yes it was!

    The only thing I don't like about South Point is double odds on craps (though they allow three-times odds on the 6/8). So even though it was a great roll, I made $300 while thinking it could have been a couple hundred bucks more had I been pressing the come bets each time one hit.

    After giving over half of that back to the Buffalos, I found Ben and Phil and we decided to get into the hall to watch the game.

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    Question - What's worse than Budwiser products?

    Answer - Warm Budwiser. Ugh.

    The party was exactly like last year, with even the same food like $1 hot dogs, $5 pulled pork nachos, chicken tenders, Italian sausages and stuff like that.

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    I had a few dogs and some nachos, washed down by warm Bud that didn't get any colder while I tried to ignore it. Also the same as last year, I had the Patriots and the under, and the opposing team ran out to the lead.

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    (Photo caption - Two Benedict Arnolds that wouldn't help me root for the Patriots).

    Fast forward three hours... fuck the Super Bowl. Let's go to dinner.

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    Poker Side Bar... A couple of trips ago, the poker guys decided that we wanted a good steak dinner to be part of the trip; something to look forward to on the last night when we get tired of looking at 49offsuit. I immediately thought of Gordon Ramsay Steak, but one guy, I'll call him Pat, ardently refused, stating his dislike for Gordon Ramsay. I tried talking him off the ledge, saying that's just a character he plays. But Pat wouldn't budge so we instead went to THE Steakhouse at Circus Circus. However Ben was almost just as upset about the missed opportunity, so much so that when planning this trip, Ben said that he'd only come along of Gordon Ramsay Steak was a dinner after the Super Bowl. Done and done.

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    Three guys had no problem polishing off the bread course.

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    An almost-automatic choice for me at a steakhouse is the ribeye. However I have never heard anyone say a bad thing about the American Wagyu Rib Cap. The waiter also sung the Rib Cap's praise so all three of us ordered it ($68/each). The waiter also offered "special" accompaniments, mentioning that steaks were offered Oscar-Style with crabmeat, asparagus and a bernaise sauce as well as with "Chef Ramsay's famous seared scallop at $18 each".

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    Phil did not have an accompaniment, but had a side of Brussel Sprouts ($13)

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    I decided to have a scallop. Scallops are not my most favorite shellfish, but the one I had was magnificent. Not rubbery or "rawr".

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    Ben had his rib cap Oscar-style. When we saw the size of the crab, and knowing that we were told the cost of the scallop was $18, we started guessing at the cost of Oscar. We'd have to wait for the bill.

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    On the left is Ben's baked potato ($13) that tasted like it had bacon-infused creme fraiche, and on the right is my creamed spinach ($13).

    The three of us worked very hard to finish our dinners, because as mama says, "No dessert until you finish what's on your plate". Not wanting to make mama cry, we dutifully finished our meals and ordered dessert.

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    Of course, everybody knows of the Sticky Toffee Pudding ($15), and that it is almost a requirement of dinner at Gordon Ramsay Steak. But an unknown treasure was...

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    The Banana Tart ($13) was almost better than the Sticky Toffee Pudding. Actually, Ben did like the Banana Tart better.

    During the meal, Phil (who fancies himself a foodie) kept mentioning that as good as the American Wagyu Rib Cap was, it didn't "explode" into his mouth like he would have expected. When Phil first tried the Sticky Toffee Pudding, though, his eyes lit up and said "THAT'S what the Rib Cap was supposed to do!" I think he liked it.

    Phil (single $7) and I (double $11) also had espresso, and he took an accidentally PR-quality photo of his...
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    So, how much was Ben's Oscar?
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    "Only" $54. But let me tell you just how wonderful this dinner was.

    It was really wonderful.

    But we could only spend so much time in our post-orgasmic state, as we had one more appointment.

    We arrived for our 11:15 PM appointment at The Laundry Room after me raving to the guys about how much fun the process is of working with the mixologist to come up with the perfect drink. My son, Aaron and I had a great experience before last year's Super Bowl, and my wife and bowling friends had an equally swell time this past April. Nothing prepared me for this, however.

    We were first asked to text from outside the Commonwealth as we arrive. We do so and the bouncer (think Huell from Breaking Bad) wouldn't let us in until we could show that The Laundry Room was ready for us. Seemed odd, but soon enough I got the confirmation text and we went into the completely empty Commonwealth, where we waited - unacknowledged - for about 20 minutes. The conversation finally included "This better be good" and I kind of knew it wouldn't be.

    Once we were shown into The Laundry Room, it was packed (which explained the wait) and we were shown to three tiny stools crammed against the wall. Each of my previous visits had very few people there, and I was taken back on how they had crammed at least 20 people in that tiny space (not including the piano player and singer). But the crowd also meant that the mixologist basically had no time for us. It took forever for Anthony to arrive, he kind of pointed at the menu for us to choose drinks (which defeats the purpose) and when Ben asked for something similar to an Old Fashioned (talk about a Wisconsin standard), Anthony tried telling him that it wasn't sugar, bitters, whiskey and fruit.

    After another forever-long wait, we finally got our drinks, and not only were they much smaller than my past visits, none of them were really good. Phil was again expecting "wow", and instead got "a'ight". Despite that, we were going to order a second drink, but Anthony never came back for us, so we ultimately went and got the hostess to get our check. Every bit of our experience was bass-ackward from my previous visits, and will make me think twice of making a future visit. Considering I had my reservation since last October, it wasn't our group that overcrowded the place.

    From there, we dropped off Grandpa Phil to bed, while Ben and I decided that free beer (at the Boar's Head) would be the perfect way to cap the night. After dropping too much in the casino in an hour or so (it was supposed to be our last night in Vegas, after all), we were too pooped to pop and headed off to bed.

    Evening came and morning followed, the second day.
     
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    Ah yes, Eat. Gotta get there!!!!

    Enjoying the report and looking forward to more. :)
     
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    There is no reason you couldn't put your extra money on place bets to offset the odds you couldn't take.
     
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    Enjoying the read and pictures!
     
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    sounds like a great time with the buddies - I am enjoying your report and pics - thanks for taking the time.
     
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    Sure there is... a very good one.

    Since I don't play like that normally, I never thought of it!
     
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    Great read and pics once again! Glad Ben finally got to try "Steak". Loved the sticky toffee pudding. Glad I was talked into it!
     
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    Monday, February 5 - One of the weirdest, best Vegas days I've ever had.

    Because Sunday night got a little late on our first last night in Vegas (more later) we decided to skip a formal breakfast in favor of sleeping in. The plan had us using a MyVegas certificate for a Bellagio buffet on the way to the airport, so all we needed were some calories to get us there.

    Friends, meet calories...

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    From The Donut Bar, Red Velvet and Old Fashioned for me.

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    Creme Brulee and some appley thing for Ben.

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    Chocolate frosted and a bacon covered one for Phil.

    Excellent, full of sugar and reasonably priced, we were ready for our next adventure.

    Remember when I got that shave at The Barber Shop inside the El Cortez? (I certainly can't forget... I still have night terrors.) I had told that story to Phil, who said that it was too bad, because he loves the scene in Rounders where Matt Damon and Ed Norton play cards all night, then get shaves the next day. Before this trip, I decided that I'd give a straight razor shave a second chance, but I'd have to find a new butcher.

    When I came across Get a Haircut Las Vegas online, I was a little skeptical. Here is another sole proprietor / barber in downtown with shaves almost half the cost of Art of Shaving. Should I dare? Then I read this and saw photos, and suddenly I knew we had to go. If he were to slash my face, this would be a really good place to coagulate.

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    Yeah, I found a Rock and Roll barber shop!

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    The downside of Get a Haircut Las Vegas is that he only takes walk-ins, and you are at the mercy of how many are ahead of you. When we walked in around 11:00 AM, he had just started one guy and there were two others waiting. Silly us, we thought this would go quickly so we hung around.

    An hour later, he was ready for Phil.

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    See that hot towel? Ernesto from the El Cortez could learn a few things. 20 minutes after Phil, I was next.

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    This place is really cool.

    While JJ was shaving me, we discussed his history. He's been a barber for almost 20 years and has a place in California, too. He opened Get a Haircut Las Vegas in January of 2017, is open seven days a week, and he has not missed one day of work. He is even open on holidays, and Christmas Day was one of the busiest days of the year because he had customers that don't observe Christmas, and those that do who wanted a trim/shave before attending their events.

    Because we had been there over two hours, we were hoping Ben wouldn't want a shave, but he was ready, willing and able.

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    Ben only got a neck shave. We tried to get him to go all the way, but, well... Maybe it was too early in the day for him to let his hair down (Get it? Hair down? In a barber shop?)

    Full shaves were $20 (plus a $10 tip, which Phil said was appropriate... I am not so sure). Ben's neck-only shave was $15 + $5.

    Now for the review... I bled, and so did Ben. But it was way different than the El Cortez. When JJ noticed the places on my neck that were catching, he slowed down and tried to gently get through it. Think of it this way... you're brushing your daughter's long hair. You don't just start at the top and rip down, you start at the top and brush a few inches, and when the snarls catch, you back out and do a little more.

    JJ brushed my hair the right way, Ernesto was happy to yank it all out. Now, because parts did hurt and I did bleed, I may not be interested in a future shave... why pay $30 to bleed on purpose? But if I ever need a haircut while in Vegas, JJ is my guy.

    After a Rock and Roll barber, there really is only one activity that can follow that.

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    Of COURSE we went to the Rio to play KISS Monster Mini Golf. With the Total Rewards card, it cost $10 for 18 holes. Being in Vegas, Phil suggested $5 per guy to the low score. Being in Vegas, we certainly agreed to the wager. Being in Vegas, we threw caution to the wind and did not get this approved by Gaming Control.

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    Through 17 holes, Ben and I were dead even, and Phil was trying to hit the ball through the barriers. One last hole for $10.

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    The 18th hole was to get the ball up Gene Simmons' tongue. Ben stepped up first and coolly slotted it home. I was next, and coolly hit it too meekly and it never got in his mouth. Sigh. Phil, going next, tried to launch the ball and take out an eye. He was unsuccessful.

    At this time it was past 3:00 and the flight that Ben and I were taking was leaving at 5:40 (Phil was leaving the next morning to head to New Orleans to ride with the Druids in their Mardi Gras parade), so the Bellagio buffet was abandoned and instead we ate at Smashburger which was right by the mini golf.

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    I am not sure what I ordered, but cheeseburger good!!!

    While we were eating, we tried to check into our Frontier flight, and the app had an error that said that we'd need to check in at the airport. No biggie (we thought). After a quick lunch we dropped off Phil near Bally's where he was going to wander the Strip aimlessly, and I decided to take Paradise into the airport and back to the rental center. However at one point, the road narrows from three lanes to one, so we got caught up in that congestion. I looked at my watch and was a little worried about the time, but we were both TSA PreCheck, so we knew that security wouldn't be an issue.

    We returned the car and got to the airport at 4:30 PM for our 5:40 flight. I still say we got there in plenty of time.

    We tried to check in at the kiosk and again got the error message to see a ticket agent. The line was long, so we schlepped on over. The line seemed to move at a decent pace, and when we got to the front, the Frontier employee said that we didn't have to wait in the line, but we could go right to the ticket agent where there was one couple already there.

    We get to the counter and give up our IDs. The agent goes tap-tap-tappity-tap-tap into the computer and furrows his brow. "Hmm, that's not right" he said. More tapping, more furrowing. Then he says "the computer closes check in 45 minutes before the flight. You missed it by 5 minutes".

    (I'll pause here so that you can consider the range of emotions that went through us, but I'll give you a hint... WHY THE FUCK DID I NEED TO CHECK IN WITH A GATE AGENT IN THE FIRST PLACE, AND WHY DID THEY LET ME WASTE 20 MINUTES IN A LINE I DIDN'T NEED TO BE IN???? When you've considered the situation, please continue reading...)

    The agent did kinda-sorta admit that it looks like there was nothing within our reservation to flag it for airport check in, so he rebooked us on the next day's flight - and checked us in and upgraded us to stretch, exit row seating - at no extra charge. And with that, WE GET AN EXTRA DAY IN VEGAS, BABY!!!

    First, I found a rental car from Dollar for $33. Next I got on the phone with the California with the intent of begging for another comp night. My host was not available, so I sat on eternal hold for the host on duty. After a few minutes, it occurred to me... I bought the Diamond status at Caesars, why am I on hold with the California?

    I got on the Total Rewards app and reserved a room at Planet Hollywood on a comp. While doing so, I recalled the two free tickets benefit, so Ben and I decided to head right to Harrahs from the airport.

    The Tenors of Rock was what we chose to attend (in keeping with the Rock and Roll day, so far). The freebie tickets were for a table near the back, but considering two hours earlier I thought I'd be on an airplane, I wasn't going to complain. While we waited for the show, it was upstairs for my first ever Diamond Lounge visit.

    We had missed the hot food, but the drinks were strong and we munched on chips and guacamole for a half hour or so. I know people are complaining that in a couple of months it will cost 1000 RCs to enter the Diamond Lounge if your tier score isn't high enough, but in 30 minutes we sure got more than $10 in drinks, so its not really a hardship.

    When we got to the theater for the Tenors of Rock, we were shown our seats, but we hadn't even sat down before another guy in a tuxedo asked if we wanted better seats. The cynic in me worried that a time-share pitch was coming first, but instead...

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    Nope, he just walked us down to the fourth row, center. That's all. Not ever having had this happen before, I wasn't sure of the etiquette, but reached in my pocket. I had a couple $100 bills and a $5er. He got the fin, because really... how much should a free show cost? Ben had the same dilema and only had two singles for the guy. He didn't throw us out, so that was cool.

    If you haven't seen the show, the best I can say is that it is a hybrid of Human Nature and Raiding the Rock Vault. For the most part, these are professional singers from the UK covering rock songs. However, they do some dancing and prancing during many of the songs. Also, they took some songs and slowed them down to a harmonious a capella (they did three or four songs that way, but the ones I remember were Sweet Child O' Mine and Living on a Prayer). The show was a little less than 90 minutes. Like just about every Vegas show I've seen, I don't think it is worth full, box-office price, but with some sort of discounted ticket, this is a very solid show. Others had recommended it to me, and I heartily pass along that recommendation.

    As Ben and I had been talking since the airport incident, and because our poker weekends are poker, poker, maybe eat, more poker, then go to bed and repeat, Ben had said that he's always wanted to do other "Vegasey" things. Well, he got a comp room, Diamond Lounge munchies and his first Las Vegas show, so the next thing is kinda obvious, no?

    VERBENA!!!

    We headed over to Cosmopolitan; the excuse was to have Ben experience the drink, but spending time ogling The Beautiful People was certainly on the agenda.

    We found our seat at the Chandelier lower level bar and ordered up (fill in the requisite first timer "Wow" on your own).

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    As we are losing our money and waiting for two tickets to spit out - I really love Becky with the Good Hair, but that costs two tickets - we made sure to stare at beautiful women.

    On my left was a 4'9" Asian sparkplug whose goal was to get men to buy her a round of three drinks (for her and two friends) and it was surprisingly successful. However as she would look at men down the bar, she was leaning on me while engaging with conversation with the potential drink-payer-forers. Just proved my point to Ben... we could stare and ogle these women all we wanted because to them, we didn't even exist. We may as well have been invisible.

    Case in point, Ben was quite attracted to a blonde lady a couple seats down from him (the one in the grey sweater above). Ben started to ignore me as they made smiley-eyes at each other. I started to make plans to make scarce in MY comped hotel room so that he could do his thang, but then it occurred to me; Cosmopolitan Women Looking for a Hookup don't want to go down the block and across the street. I told him to hit a big VP hand so that he could buy a room at the Cosmo for his vodeo-do-do.

    Downtrodden, he kinda stopped paying attention to the blonde when the Asian lady decided to try to get Ben to buy her drinks.

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    The blonde had to know what was going on, because I didn't notice her posing for this photo while Ben tried to ignore the Asian woman. I certainly got a chuckle out of it. I mean, I am happily married and wouldn't want any woman that would be looking for a Baby Daddy at the Cosmo.

    Well, mostly...

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    I could have taken pictures all night long. Remember? Invisible to them?

    (PS to that blonde in the photo with the grey sweater... if you're reading this, PM me. I can give you Ben's phone number.)

    Tuesday, February 6 - Eventually we decided to go back to Planet Hollywood and pay Mr. Caesar back for the generosity of the free room. We played Pai Gow Poker (Ben's favorite non-Hold 'em game) for awhile and I was getting killed... until I got a straight flush and won $250 on the Fortune bonus. I didn't seem to enjoy it much, though, as when I tipped the dealer, she kind of condescendingly said "Oh, $10 tip on a $250 win". So I threw her another $5 and she said "Oh, now $15 tip on a $250 win". Right after that, she was tapped out for break so we stayed there, but 20 minutes later she came back and I colored up. I didn't want to talk to that first dealer any more.

    After losing some money in the slots, we ended up at a bar and played a little video poker. I was feeling no pain (which is very unlike me) and I was still playing when Ben went to bed. At one point, I had two 4-of-a-kinds within about five hands to put me ahead and I decided to cash out. I remember that very clearly.

    What I don't remember is whatever I did to prompt this conversation with the bartender...

    "Hey, buddy, you need a bottle of water".

    "Nah, I'm good".

    "Guy, I wasn't asking"

    "A'ight".

    "Here, you're going to need a second one, too". I tipped him $5, drank them both in separate single swigs and went to bed.

    Now, normally I would sign off with "Early morning came and morning followed, the third day". However, we keep rolling...

    At some point in the middle of the night, I woke up to pee. One thing to note is I hate sharing a room with someone who is not named My Wife, and I had never shared a room in the 20+ trips I'd taken to Vegas (or the 10 to Reno) since 2005. So imagine my surprise when I get to the bathroom and the door is closed, and I smelled a deuce in mid-expulsion. I went back to bed and fell asleep, knowing I wouldn't get to go for another hour or so. I am more than a little surprised that I didn't pee the bed.

    When the sun came up, I tried to get up. I did manage to take a picture of the view...

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    But as soon as I opened the blinds, I knew I was in trouble. I expected a hangover, but the light really hit me hard. I decided to get some Gatorade, so I got dressed and went to an ABC Store in the Miracle Mile shops. I downed almost half the bottle in one gulp, then decided that I'd better get some food in me (having only had two donuts, one cheeseburger and a bunch of chips and guac the previous 24 hours) so I head towards Blondies. Ben texts me while I am walking and I tell him to meet me there.

    While waiting for him, I am sitting by the fountains when my stomach shifts. Oh, dear.

    I manage to quickly find a toilet and take care of business. I've got to get back to bed.

    When I come out of the restroom, Ben is already at a table at Blondies and says that the Buffalo Chicken omelette looks amazing. The though of food turns my stomach again, so I run out of there. This was not a hangover, it was a migraine.

    Any my wife's migraine shots were 1500 miles away. I was on my own.

    I got to my room, called the desk and was given a 2:00 PM checkout. Our flight was to leave at 6:00, I was going to be a few hours short, but I let Ben know and I went to bed. Ben "got it". He knew the room wasn't the place to be, so other than for a shower, he took the day to do Vegas by walking the Strip, taking photos, and smelling the roses along the way.

    At 2:00 came back to the room and he asked if I was ready to go, and all I did was run past him into the bathroom. He managed to bargain a 4:00 checkout, but at that point, he said, we were going to be on our way to the airport even if I had a towel over my head and a bucket in my arms.

    When I woke up at 3:45, I felt significantly better. I was weak and dizzy, but the headache - and most importantly the nausea - had subsided. Ben drove and we got the car back and to the airport gate without incident (though the 10 minutes on the rental shuttle packed to the gills caused some anxiety). Everything from there went smoothly. My wife (who doubts my entire story about the missed flight) wanted proof I was on the plane. I wasn't feeling photogenic, but managed a Migraine Selfie.

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    Believe me... I didn't feel as beautiful as I look in this photo.

    As the flight continued, I felt better, to the point that by the time we got home, I was ready to eat.

    And so concludes another wonderful, zany, improbable trip to Las Vegas. I lost about $900, which is a little high for three days, but then again, I can sneeze at my local casino and go through $500.

    But that $900 bought me a lot of good times and good memories. And isn't that what this Las Vegas obsession is all about?
     
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  14. Gmoney10

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    Great TR. Sorry you couldn’t enjoy your extra day in Vegas. I was out in Vegas too for Super Bowl and might do a quick trip report. We usually go to South Point viewing party, but we were staying up NW at Suncoast this year and stayed for their party. Missed the party atmosphere of true football fans at South Point and all the jerseys people wear.
    Your TR gave me some ideas for next year!
     
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    I was at the SouthPoint party, too. But, I'm not really into sports so I stood around for about 10 minutes and left...also, I had my bets on Philly so we were rooting against each other. I can't believe that kobe rib-cap dinner. Oscar style probably had enough cholesterol to stop a heart. Sounds like it was a great trip except day 3, but if that's how you roll, hope you enjoyed.
     
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    Wow, what a last night! I can't imagine that flight home though!
     
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    Ugh... I lived it and I can't imagine it.
     
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    I think I would have made that dealer who bitched about a $10 tip very uncomfortable somehow. Screw that bitch.
     
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    Great TR. Cheers
     
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    Great Report! Tell Ben we are all disappointed in him. She hardly looks like a working girl at all!
     
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