As I sit here some 36000 feet above Chicago I find myself flush with cash and filled with anticipation for a trip long overdue. Between 2007 and 2014 I went to Vegas 6 times generally an annual pilgrimage during spring break to escape the doldrums of being a high school educator. However as my late 20s left me behind and my mid 30s weighed down on my shoulders I found myself vegasless for quite some time. Part of it was financial. Part just life. Normal travel companions have moved on to Disney vacations and short cruises. Etc So it is with great happiness that I write this intro to my seventh excursion to the valley of sin. My travel companion this trip is Ryan. We’ve been there together twice before but in our twenties. We are both a bit older and wiser but just as debauched as always. He too is a teacher, so this is our escape from 14 year olds Details are as follows: Southwest Norfolk to Baltimore to LAS Two nights at the golden nugget and three at NYNY. We are renting a car one day, a first. Picking up at Four Wueens and returning it to NYNY. It will serve as or cab for 80 bucks with an excursion to red rock canyon and resort, maybe m resort and boulder highway. We aren’t big food people. Correction I am a huge person at 320 pounds so I eat tons of food but not much of our trip is centered around it. We will be harnessing our inner carnivore at Gallagher’s at some point. My daily gambling budget is around 200 a day. I have additional funds if need be but we are low rollers when gambling for sure. Mostly craps and vp and degenerate slots when hammered Generally speaking this trip is much needed. I have had some mental health issues with anxiety (which doesn’t help with flying as I have found) so a week away from all of it should be fantastic. I will do my best to update. I’m sure this will be semi live and semi coherent. We land in just over 3 hours. I cannot fucking wait.