Well this was a bit of a different trip... ...I LOST most of my bankroll, lol! (surrrprise, surrprise) That hasn't happened in quite a while, but neither my slot or VP play were very entertaining. (3k down, four hundred home) I had my favorite little corner RIO room, ZUMANITY, FAB FOUR, STOMP, MAMMA MIA, and MYSTERE held their reputation for great evening entertainment, but the 'ol surgery' thing kept me on a slower pace...I took my time getting to the floor each morning. Had fun meeting Mr. and Mrs. 'Westie' and 'beach3993' along with my local Las Vegas friends. Meeting folks from the boards is alway a good time! (A TIPICAL MORNING) 5:30ish I'd call my 'Philipino Redneck' buddy Pat at room service and order a half carafe of coffee. (she usually sends up a full one)...then watch the morning news, make notes of the last evenings events, review the days activities and...count whats left of my money (one hundred...) I love my mornings in an upper, Strip view, RIO room! (three hundred...) You can keep all the hussle and bussle, sirens, horn honking, neon glare of the Bulivard. Watching Las Vegas wake up and the sunrise from off-Strip is more my kinda thang! From my 2 walls of windows, this is my view...(four hundred...) To the Left (North), you almost make out the glow of downtown. Clear as a bell are Stratosphere , TRUMP, the three towers of TURNBERRY, ENCORE, t.i. with WYNN's origional tower sticking up behind it and the new PALAZZO towering over all of 'em. (seven hundred...) MIRAGE seems closest in view...the VENETIAN in back of it. Poor little HARRAHS looks like an air vent grate and then the blue letters IMPERIAL PALACE next to and below it. The EMPIRE OF ROME fills up the rest of the skyline to Flamingo Road. Looking at it...it fills as much space as TREASURE ISLAND to the VENETIAN combined. Ballys (like Harrahs) looks so dated next to PARIS and BELLAGIO which fills my next line of view. Eleven cranes surround the skeleton of CITY CENTER...all lit up like daytime with its 24/7 construction schedual and then my view STOPS!...with the giant, glowing, blue and red wall of MASQUERADE TOWER. (...a thousand) Below are all the palm trees and pools of RIO, with the seemingly always vacant high roller casa...(I rarely see anyone in there these days) At this elevation, the morning news, weather and traffic take on additional 'visual aids'. "Southbound I-15 is at a crawl", (yep, I can see that...) "we have an accident (thousand one...) at the Flamingo on ramp" reports their Channel 8 helecopter...I could touch him, he's right outside my window! 6:35 was sunrise Las Vegas. The lower horizon is bright orange (partly due to our California wild fire smoke) Then powder blue, darkening to a clear, brilliant terquoise above. In the center over CAESARS...'Venus' in the morning sky. 8 lingering vapor trails from high flying Airforce jets break up the air like a multi payline slot machine...ITS ALL VERY COOL ACTUALLY!!! (one thousand four hundred...) Weather reports a great day with temps in the low 90s, 'OJ' is still in the clink, apartment tenants are singin' the blues because they all have to be OUT! by October so Harrahs can start building, and thank God...NO Britney updates! I swear...LVs early morning and late night TV commercials are gettin' really bad! They all seem to target the down and out, desperate victoms with that...'if it sounds too good to be true' come-on for EASY MONEY! work at home, CHEAP over night weight loss gimmicks, sleezy used-car-salesmen, discount burials and LAWERS, LAWERS, LAWERS!!! money, money, money... ...Las Vegas is always about da MONEY! DAMN...only eighteen hundred bucks left and its only Tuesday (see what I mean!, lol) 7am, coffees gone, time for a shower. I've got a HOT DATE waitin' for me downstairs in Masquerade Village with a Banana Nut Muffin at COFFEE BEAN. ...over and out, next trip December 16-20.