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GREGRIO Oct. 2-6

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by GREGRIO, Oct 8, 2005.

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    Oct 15, 2004
    Oakland, California

    My Trip Report

    WOW...I'm still tired, this tourist stuff is rough.
    This was a totally different kind of trip for me. It was a THANK YOU
    gift for my Brother and his wife who had to deal with 2 1/2 years
    of EL TORO CRAPO from a Washington State EL TORO CRAPO bank
    that had my Mom's house, personal effects, car...you name it, under
    their control until we met the terms of her Will. It's over now, WE WON.

    Jeff and DeAnna hadn't been to Vegas in yeeears. The big, green MGM
    was the new kid on the block last time they were in town and wanted
    me to set the week up for them. It was quite fun actually...I had to
    put to the test everything I preach...organize and plan out our days...
    leaving enough room for spur of the molment things...stick to our
    budget and bankroll...be on time...get all our show tickets in advance
    and...HAVE A BLAST!

    I split the STRIP into 2 sections for sightseeing, one day each.
    First day...Mandalay Bay to BELLAGIO, Second day...VENETIAN to
    the Stratosphere , catching other properties while visiting for Shows.

    TAXI UPDATE: In re. to the monthly Surcharge evaluation...I didn't
    notice much change. (this month) the Meter starts at $3.50.
    My average fare from RIO to anywhere on the STRIP was $9.00
    each way. I tip $3.00 on top of each fare, so my average ride each
    way was about twelve bucks.

    RIP-OFF-TIP: Make sure your driver always re-sets the Meter. We
    were going from RIO to BELLAGIO. Our driver had not re-set the
    Meter...it read $6.25. He 'blabed' something about starting the Meter
    from where it was..."it's a short ride"...meaning the total would come
    out the same when we got to BELLAGIO. We were talking...(not thinking)
    I said "sure" and off we went. Hop-Skip-andajump we were on top of the
    Flamingo/I-15 overpass...Meter read $7.75...arrived at BELLAGIO and the
    Meter was at $13.00...Oops, my fault. I gave him the $13.00 NO TIP and
    that won't happen again.
    Drivers pay (out of THEIR pocket) the re-set fee of $3.50 to the cab
    company. By not re-setting the Meter when he picked us up he saved himself $3.50 and ran the fare up more than it should have been,
    pocketing more money for himself.
    ALWAYS RE-SET THE METER...live and learn.

    SUN: I got in first. I was at the RIO by 8:30AM and set up my room
    requests. Two rooms, Ipanima Tower, one smoking, one non...both
    upper floors with pool/STRIP views.
    Their room was ready and I dropped my bag off. It was one of the
    newly remodeled Diamond Suites...sweet! It was an end room, close
    to Masquerade Tower side, with a great view of the pools below and
    the STRIP all out in front.

    My favorite room was ocupied but the guests were checking out that
    morning so I waited...and waited...and WAITED. By 1:00 they still
    hadn't shown so we had the Housekeeping Supervisor check the room.
    They had used the Express CheckOut and were gone but...
    there was a problem. Actually my registration friend called it a 'situation',
    and the room might not be available at all! Seems they had a
    little party and had totally trashed the place. I told them I'd wait and
    please get it ready...they did and I was in at 3:45.

    'J' and 'D' arrived at 4:30. They got their bags up and we were off.
    We ate at RIO's BOMBALEO, then to the MIRAGE where we took the
    'tram' to 't.i.' and MYSTERE.
    The tram works great for in 'n out and avoids all the traffic after
    the show at 't.i.' for cabs and valet.
    MYSTERE... to SIRENS, the VOLCANO, then back to RIO...enough for
    the first day...it was Midnight.

    MON: After a quick breakfast in the Cafe, we were out the door and at
    BELLAGIO by 9. FOUNTAINS were down due to wind...the CONSERVATORY
    OF FLOWERS was wonderful as usual, they went through the FINE ARTS
    GALLERY, I went through Gilatto out side (is that the way you spell it ?)
    in any event, I didn't care for 'Landscaped'.

    Next stop MON AMI GABI in PARIS. We had lunch on the terrace, then
    toured the hotel/casino. No, I didn't get them tickets for WWRY. They
    weren't even sure who QUEEN was...(I need new relitives)

    We cabbed to MANDALAY BAY, took in the sights, checked out
    THEhotel's Lobby, walked the Shopping Bridge and into the LUXOR.
    Snapped lots of pics, looked all around, and caught a cab to MGM.
    Lobby, casino, Lion Habitat, up the escalator...over the sky bridge
    to NYNY. Too windy for the MANHATTAN EXPRESS but walked all around
    the casino and got back to the RIO for the 4:00 SEAFOOD BUFFET.
    We went to the SCINTAS Show at 7:30, then up to VOODOO LOUNGE
    for drinks and the view from the terrace, then off to the 10:30 LA FEMME
    Show at MGM.

    TUE: We started at the FASHION SHOW MALL, then toured the VENETIAN
    and cabbed to the STRATOSPHERE for a 1:30 lunch reservation at
    TOP OF THE WORLD. We wouldn't have time for dinner, so chose the
    $30.00 three course lunch special which was a better deal than
    ordering alacart.

    A short rest back at the RIO and it was time to head for the COLOSSEUM...
    Rear Orchestra seats/center...F#$%@#$ AMAZING, it's such a cool Show!
    Up to the top of the EIFEL TOWER, then across to BELLAGIO for late
    night Spagheti.

    WED: A few of my local friends joined us at the RIO and we did the Breakfast Buffet. We found a nice secluded corner and ate and talked for 3 hours...
    interupted only by the damn BEVERTAINERS who's stand was just outside
    the buffet next to us.
    In a thank you email I sent MARILYN WINN the other day, I expresed my
    wish (again) that the BEVERTAINERS contract NOT be renewed.

    We walked to the GOLD COAST, across to PALMS and played a bit,
    took a nap, then changed cloths and headed to the Mirage
    for DANNY GANS.
    I usually hit the HARD ROCK on my last night, so after Danny we
    cabbed to the ROCK.
    I had (the always questionable) LVA-not on the menu STEAK and SHRIMP.
    It's always interesting to see just how much of the Steak you can actually
    cut with a knife and chew...LOL...but hey!, it's tradition.
    Back to VOODOO LOUNGE and last night pictures, got my SOUTHWEST 'A'
    Boarding Pass printed from the Registration counter, and hit the sack.

    THURS: Left the RIO at 12:00, flight at 2:30, home by 4:30, thought
    about the fantastic trip for a second, then Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
    The upcoming December trip is going to be so slooow, peeeaceful,
    niiice. I'm getting too old for this kindashit...it WAS a BLAST though!
  2. aggie182

    aggie182 Off Key and Out of Tune

    Mar 20, 2005
    Missouri City, TX
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    nice man..nice.
  3. Jacko

    Jacko Tourist

    Jun 16, 2004

    Wow, That's a great trip. Lots of fine dining and lots of shows. I would love to see Elton.

    One question though.....why Southwest? Seems like you had a big enough budget for the trip to use an airline that has reserved seats.
  4. Jack21

    Jack21 Guest

    Enjoyed your TR, Gregrio, thaks for posting it. You like to do things like me- plan out, but not so much as to stifle spontanaity. Also, thanks for the tip about the cabbies resetting the meters.

  5. Jimbucc

    Jimbucc VIP Whale

    Apr 1, 2003
    Cleveland, Ohio
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Sounds like you had your hands full this trip Greg. No WWRY must be a first for you. Did you have any time to gamble?


    Oct 15, 2004
    Oakland, California
    'Jacko'...SOUTHWEST is just one of my budget/compromise/choices.
    Yeah, their system is a pain in the ass, but I'd rather use the money
    I save on the flight for Show tickets. Their flight-time choices are better
    than other carriers here in Oakland, the flight is only 1hr. 15min., I print
    my 'A' Boarding Pass ahead of time, and just deal with the prograhm.
    ...pluss I like their naked/female/flight attendants!

    HEY JIM.....HI KATHY!, yeah, no WWRY this trip (the withdrawals will pass...)
    I'll make up for it in Dec. though...I get to meet AspenSCARAMOUCHEMiller
    after the show! LYNYRD SKYNYRD, the new BLUE MAN GROUP at VENETIAN, AVENURE 'Q' and FAB FOUR are set up for that trip also...
    There wasn't alot of time for gambling...I did some, but not like on solo trips.
    (saved lots of money though...)
  7. wizard950

    wizard950 High-Roller

    Apr 5, 2005
    Harleysville, Pennsylvania
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Enjoyed your TR Greg. Makes me want to get back there quick!
  8. duffelbag don

    duffelbag don Low-Roller

    Sep 24, 2003
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    EL TORO CRAPO!! I must be tired cause I didn't get it until the third time I read it.

    Seems like a lot of people, you know who you are, are hitting Bamboleo and VoodooLounge a bit lately.

    "I'm getting too old for this kindashit." Naw. Never.
  9. Jacko

    Jacko Tourist

    Jun 16, 2004

    Sounds like an OK compromise.
  10. rje

    rje High-Roller

    Jan 14, 2003
    It sounds like you had quite the whirlwind trip!

    I am glad to read you enjoyed Elton John. I will be seeing his show this Sunday, Oct 16th (Depart Sat the 15th, return Wed the 19th).
    For the price of the tickets, I am going in with high expections, It sounds as if I won't be disappointed.
  11. Beach Crazy

    Beach Crazy Hostess With the Mostess

    Jun 30, 2002
    Central Illinois
    As usual, nice report Greg. Now I'm thinking I should have listened to you about seeing Elton :cry: I'll do it another time.

    They weren't even sure who QUEEN was..... :eek:
  12. LearningVegas

    LearningVegas Tourist

    May 2, 2004
    Trips to Las Vegas:

    About those flight attendants...

  13. blackjack

    blackjack Monkey!!

    Mar 28, 2003
    North Coast
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Nice report Greg :thumbsup: . I should try your Vegas sometime - shows & eating... hmmmm :rolleyes: . "I need new relatives" - LMAO I say that just about every day. Thank god for good friends.
  14. Thekiller

    Thekiller Tourist

    Jan 6, 2004
    Thanks Greg, your trip reports always have good tips and info. Be careful at the Skynyrd show, last time I saw them my ears were ringing for two days.
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