Fourth consecutive Chrismas for us in Vegas - empty nesters and we usually visit three or four times a year. It takes all kinds and I'll not attempt to compete with Mickey and the rest of the young crowd - we're old enough that the hookers don't bother to even try (the only blow is to my ego). Furthermore we don't drink much and limit ourselves to keno and the slots. Now, if you're not totally put off already - read on. Four nights at the Barbary Coast followed by two at Fitzgeralds. The good things: For a change we booked a late evening flight out of DTW and the drive from home to the airport went without a hitch despite some snow, multi road repairs underway on the I-94 etc - accomplished the ninety minute trip in just that. Breezed through ticketing and security, a forty-five minute wait, and aboard America West direct which put us smoothly into Vegas around 2230hrs. Luggage down the chute with the first lot and shuttle to Thrifty's was waiting. They were out of Economy models so we were upgraded to a Seibring. Room at BC was a single king-sized bed rather than the double beds requested but the bathroom was their geriatric model which turned out to be ideal. In bed by 0200hrs. Morning run to Suncoast for their breakfast specials (where we discover the ninety-nine cent specials and now a dollar ninety-five (progress I guess)and still a great bargain. Toodles around a couple of the shopping malls and some of the North Vegas casinos for the day. Supper at Victoria's in the BC. Excellent ! Madame retired early and I spent the evening giving financial support to various casinos on the Strip. Morning to to Silverton for their oatmeal/almond crusted french toast breakfast - a favourite of ours. Drove out Las Vegas Blvd to Jean and then on to Stateline to exercise some of the machines there and check out the shopping mall at Primm. Early supper at Ellis Island. I go for the usual $4.95 steak w/dark beer chaser while Madame, who is feeling a bit rocky settles for soup and a salad. Waiter is so concerned with how little she eats that he refuses to bill us for her meal. Back to the BC where Madame retires and I do quite well on the nickel and penny slots. This is the good stuff so we'll skip to Christmas Eve. Checked in around noon at the Fitz. Young lady at Reception asks our preference high or low. We both opt for high. Their West tower has 34 floors and we got room 3430 - tremendous view, especially at night. I 'did' the downtown casinos. Only the Fremont seemed willing to enrich me to any degree. We had a Red-Eye flight back and Madame was still wobbly so we checked with Terribles and booked a room for a fraction of the points I had accumulated there over previous visits. Madame was able to put her head down for four hours or so. Supper at Terribles - 2:1 Shrimp and Fries which I very much enjoyed. Madame returned hers to the kitchen untouched. Car return at Thrifty's quick and flawless as befits their Blue Chip service. America West ticket agent offered to switch our seating from window-middle to window-aisle so we had the flight back to DTW with room to spread out. Lots of beautiful snow and very light road traffic made the drive home easy and, as we turned to pull into our driveway (100 feet to the house)we discovered that our neighbours had had our diveway plowed for us as a welcome home gesture. Madame was very cheap to feed on this holiday - she actually ate no solid food for four days and lost about 15 pounds. I spent only the cash in my poke - never touched a travellers cheque (very inexpensive holiday all in all). The bad. At the end of the second day when I was ready for bed I wound up tossing my cookies, etc - very unusual for me as I usually have a cast-iron constitution. When I awoke (0500hrs local - three hour time difference) Madame was on her way back from the bathroom and in obvious distress - seems she had been up several times during the night and showed all symptoms of stomach flu (not bad food which would have caused tremendous stomach cramping). We jointly discovered that the bathroom design was such that one could not use the toilet bowl and the sink concurrently when the need arose (and it did, repeatedly). Madame was pretty well out of any of the touristy things for four days. I was back to whatever passes as normal (pun) within 48 hours. Our first trip to Vegas was in 1980 and on only one other occasion have we had sickness blight a stay so this was really an unusual situation. All in all, you will note that the good things outweigh the bad. We are returning in February with two adult daughters and wife's twin sister and husband - and a ready supply of Imodium !