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Carolineno's blurry pics extravaganza, Aria and Flamingo 2/22-2/26 2018!

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  1. carolineno

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    My Trip Report

    I'm a bit early, but phoning it in here at work, so pre-trip report it is! I am off again to Vegas to meet up with my brother and 2 of his friends from Texas for pai gow poker, food, blackjack and general city-wide foolishness. This is becoming an annual trip for me. It's an easy way for my brother and me to get together. They go every year to celebrate a birthday. Naturally, I started inviting myself along. Gotta stay in touch with family, right? ;)

    I think I got some of my bad luck out of the way already. My hairdresser gave me an incredibly awful pre-trip haircut this weekend. Bring a picture they said. I always bring a picture but something got lost in translation. I was supposed to look Vanessa Hudgens-y, but I ended up looking (or feeling, anyway) more like this:



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    No bangs at least. Anyway, curlers, hats, hair combs, I'll figure out how to not look like Randy Quaid.


    This trip is gonna be pretty unstructured. I have no appointments, shows, or must-be-theres other than my groupon for Bacchanal Buffet on Monday morning. We're also gonna go to the Hard Rock to cash in my brother's bet from last February, Eagles to win the superbowl -woot! Never been to the Hard Rock, so I'm looking forward to that. It is SUCH a pleasure to ride around Vegas in a car with people who don't mind driving. Driving in Boston is awful, so much construction and congestion, so there is always a cloud of doom hanging over any car trip. With these guys it's just ride, valet, gambool, drink, winner picks up the valet tab, and repeat. So mellow.


    We're also almost certainly going to Frankies. They asked me last year if there was any place I really wanted to go. For once I was able to think on my feet and said Frankies. Everyone seemed to really like it, and we were able to score a limited edition tiki mug there, so back we go. One of the many good things about Frankies is that it's 24 hours, so no real planning needed there either.


    First night I am staying at Aria. Initially it was a free MyVegas night, but then they sent me an offer to upgrade to the tower suite. I have a sentimental attachment to those suites, had a great time there with my besties, so I bit, and now I'm paying considerably more for my "free" night. That's ok though, I plan on using a free MyVegas buffet there, sitting in the jetted tub, and crushing the tower suite lounge for free waters, fruit, and diet cokes, so I should get some value out of my money. Really hoping to hit the Aria poker room, finally. Probably gonna grab a pie from Five/50 too.

    After that I move to the Flamingo, week days comped, weekend not comped. I have a strip view room, and I opted in for a new Flamingo room upgrade, strip view, if available. It seems like people weren't having much luck with the $20 trick at Flamingo so I opted in for the upgrade. In the past I haven't actually been able to actually get the upgrades at check in, so, again, we shall see what I get. Possibly meeting up with a VMBer too when I'm in those parts, that will be fun!

    Oh yeah, as always, this is a low roller trip, so lady luck will need to cooperate a bit too!

    I'm flying there on Southwest, free with points, should arrive at the hotel by 7pm. Not crazy about a non-direct flight but hopefully the weather will cooperate. It hasn't been an awful winter back East, but I am hoping the chilly Vegas temps will lift and warm up! Do not dig 50 degree Vegas! Going home in the AM Tuesday, and not the red eye for once, on Jetblue, also free with points. Maybe if I am winning I will see if they have any MINT seat upgrades (for cheap of course).

    So that's it, let's go already! I feel like I am pretty good at live reporting, although I'm not so good at responding to every post, I will try. I know how it is to be stuck in not-in-Vegas land and needing a fix. So, if you don't mind blurry pictures, typos, indecipherable content, overpriced drinks, food porn with missing bites, and micro wins, then I'm your reporter! :blowkiss::woohoo:
     
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  2. amk121

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    I have always enjoyed following your last trip reports, so following along for this one- Safe travels and Have fun!!
     
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    Have a great time - hope I actually make it.
    It is completely iced over here and I am stuck
    at home from work. 13 degrees and solid ice.

    Hope, hope, hope it lets up before Friday so I can
    fly.
     
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  4. budroux2w

    budroux2w Low-Roller

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    This made me chuckle.
     
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    A WHAT? :eek:
     
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  6. Kobra2848

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    Best wishes for a great trip. We arrive Saturday but I haven't told my wife about the weather. She hates cold.

    Mark
     
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    Looking forward to following!
     
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    I trust you'll hit the Uber down to the 2000 block of S LV Blvd directly from McCarran to hit up: www.thehatco.com

    Please send pics (I didn't look up any wig or hair extension shops, but I suppose those are options, too).

    Looking forward to checking in on your Tom Foolery.

    Hit up some of those dive bars, now.

    Have a great trek.
     
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    Give me some cocktail porn, girl. ;)
    You know I'll be watching you. :beer:
     
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    Good luck!
     
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    Dammit, the dreaded craptastic vacation eve cut; been there :( I bravely (foolishly) booked an appointment for the morning we leave in March and I'm planning on adding some lavender colour to my hair that day as well. It's a crapshoot on loving it or hating it :)

    Looking forward to your updates and photos! Slap on a hat and go get 'em!!
     
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    Soooo much better than shoe porn!
     
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    I heard The Sinead is coming back into fashion.
    You know, if worse comes to worse... :D

    sinead.jpg

    Have a great trip, @carolineno! :wave: :beer:

    RICHARD
     
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    good luck!
     
  15. carolineno

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    goodbye 'hood. packed, clean, sober, going to Vegas. Crumbling transportation grid don't fail me now! [​IMG]
     
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    trust me the thought crossed my mind. Im a huge Amber Rose fangirl but I don't think i could pull it off
     
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    Just avoid the Red Line at all costs! What a mess yesterday.
     
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    i hope you can make it @Niteshade!
     
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    ok, now leaving the land of Gronk. This guy will sell anything! Wake me when we get to Vegas[​IMG]
     
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    spicole No shirt, no shoes... NO DICE!

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    No updates since this morning?!? WE DEMAND REPORTS OF BOOZE AND GAMBLING
     
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