I usually take notes and write the trip report when I return home, but I will be updating this TR daily this time. Flew from College Station Texas via Houston and wasted three hours from the second we landed at LAS to the time we were dropped off at the Golden Nugget. I suggested a taxi ride as it would be quicker, but was out voted in order to save a few bucks. All I will say is there were alot of angry, rude, and petulant people who swore never to take the Executive shuttle again. I, being tired and cranky myself, stated that the time wasted had always been the same for me and the man driving the shuttle had no control over the number of stops he had to make and how long we had to wait at lights. I dislike the shuttles and always get out voted when trying to suggest a taxi, so we'll hope for better later in the year. Best friend and I walked around downtown, her first time in Vegas and many visits for me. She expected much worse from the Golden Nugget as her husband, excuse me, ALL KNOWING HUSBAND, warned her of the condition of the downtown casinos and hotels. I will only say that she was surprised and the hubby was informed of the superior condition of the Nugget. My friend had told me that this was merely a vacation for her, to read, relax, sight-see, and at most, she'd gamble $20. She knows I am a slot player and we agreed to do our own thing and meet up for meals. I really don't like this type of vacation, but my husband wasn't available to go with me and I DESPERATELY NEEDED a little slot-time, so she was chosen. I hit the Fremont, Four Queens, and a few slots at the Nugget to show my friend the different winning combinations, bets you could make, and the like. She had some free play with her new players card, lost $2.50 and immediately stopped playing. I went on my way, lost $185 over the course of the evening as is typical my first day back in Vegas, so I decided to look for particular machines that 'spoke to me' before I headed to the room. BTW - the $185 included the shuttle and return shuttle, a buffet, a new purse, Walgreen's shampoo, conditioner, water, toothpaste, soap and a few other items. While I walked around the Nugget on my 'First Night Massacre' I remembered that I won a good sized bankroll the last time I was in Vegas on some machines to the right side of the bar. So away I go to find the same bank of machines. Unfortunately, everything had been rearranged, as is typical in Vegas, so I decided to dump my remaining TITO into a random Monopoly machine. To the right of the bar, MONOPOLY the 4th machine from the left on the bank of machines against the wall - I put in the TITO, spun a few times, hit a great bonus round with a ton of free spins, choose this character and that character, and when it was all done, I had won $1281.00 on a PENNY MACHINE, at $3 a maxed out roll. I cashed out, grabbed the TITO, and immediately went upstairs to show the friend. :Ãž She crowed about it and wanted to know how much I had lost before I had won that... I hate to admit that that Kenny Rogers song started playing in my head... 'Don't count your money til the playin is done'. On the downside, on the phone call to her hubby, he suggested she take the winnings from me so that I wouldn't blow them. Well, THAT will not happen. Each of you should realize by now that taking non-gamblers on a Vegas vacation is a mistake, it's too bad that I have yet to realize this. Anyway, I will get the exact machine number tomorrow. Some people think slots are all random, but I like to play on winning machines, and I like to share, so it'll be posted tomorrow sometime. More to come as it happens.