1. Welcome to VegasMessageBoard
    It appears you are visiting our community as a guest.
    In order to view full-size images, participate in discussions, vote in polls, etc, you will need to Log in or Register.

He’ll Sleep When He’s Dead: A Live, Pictorial Journey Into The Madness

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by DockEllis, Aug 7, 2019.

  1. NittyOne

    NittyOne High-Roller

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2018
    Messages:
    545
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    8
    Did you walk to the Cosmo? My man! Stop Dino’s or anyplace along the way?
     
  2. fenway68

    fenway68 VIP Whale

    Joined:
    May 21, 2006
    Messages:
    1,386
    Location:
    Connecticut by way of Massachusetts
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    20
    @DockEllis Sony Rx-10! Nice. I almost owned one of those but went with the a6000. Should have stuck w the other. I steered a friend toward one and her pics blow mine out of the water. Love your shots. Now maybe I will bring mine in October!
     
    March Madness @ Palace Station
  3. DockEllis

    DockEllis Tourist

    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2019
    Messages:
    41
    Location:
    Inglewood, CA
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    2
    And the winner is... The Rusty Spur. This is the kind of joint I would be a regular at back home. A dive bar for alcoholics who have their shit together but just love wasting the day away with good tunes, excellent conversation, and all around positive vibes. I may have to stop my dive bar journey after this rough gem. Gives me butterflies in my gut spending time with these people. So much love and genuine happiness in what otherwise could could be considered a depressing place.

    We just cycled $60 thru the jukebox playing hard rock,
    country, 80s, and blues. There’s no where else I’d rather be right now. If you spend enough time at bars during the daytime hours you get to know the distributors who bring kegs and liquor orders. Today was no exception. I should get moving soon though. Sitting here watching these guys play keno on the bartops has instilled quite the itch in my head. As an added bonus a regular gave me a keno strategy based on patterns and quadrants with a max of 7 marked numbers. I will be giving it a go later.


    And now my head hurts, my feet stink, and I don't love Jesus (oh my lordy it's that...)
    It's that kinda mornin'
    Really was that kinda night
    Tryin' to tell myself that my condition is improvin'
    And if I don't die by Thursday I'll be roarin' Friday night

    Gotta get a little orange juice
    And a Darvon for my head
    I can't spend all day
    Baby layin' in the bed
    I'm goin' down to Fausto's get some chocolate milk
    Can't spend my life in yer sheets of silk

    I've got to find my way
    Crawl out and greet the day

    - Jimmy Buffett, “My Head Hurts, My Feet Stink, And I Don’t Love Jesus”

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
    • Like Like x 10
    • Love Love x 1
  4. Ventura_Highway

    Ventura_Highway Tourist

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2019
    Messages:
    20
    Location:
    Virgina
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    37
    Phenomenal pictures and tour of the dive bars! Great report, and the gambling hasn't even started yet!
     
    • Agree Agree x 2
  5. rooster42000

    rooster42000 Patriots #1

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2012
    Messages:
    2,500
    Location:
    Miramar , Florida
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    50
    Awesome pics , great report
     
  6. Brindle

    Brindle Tourist

    Joined:
    Jul 1, 2015
    Messages:
    39
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    70
    fun read. makes me want to get off the strip next trip.
     
    • Agree Agree x 1
  7. NittyOne

    NittyOne High-Roller

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2018
    Messages:
    545
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    8
    Dock, my man, you still breathing? Hopefully you didn’t fall off into Caveman Keno hell and are still out there walking the streets partaking in spirits at all the local dives. With that bad ass camera around your neck.
     
  8. UnicornTX

    UnicornTX Low-Roller

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2003
    Messages:
    340
    Location:
    Texas
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    20
    It was an early morning yesterday
    I was up before the dawn
    And I really have enjoyed my stay
    But I must be moving on

    Like a king without a castle
    Like a queen without a throne
    I'm an early morning lover
    And I must be moving on

    Loved the Supertramp post.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  9. Joe Strummer

    Joe Strummer VIP Whale

    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2006
    Messages:
    4,448
    Olympia ?
    I would have had quite a few of those !!!!!!!!
    That was my beer, while it was distributed here, on East Coast.
    Haven't seen Olympia for years.
     
  10. notfromconcentrate

    notfromconcentrate High-rolling diner. Low-rolling gambler.

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2015
    Messages:
    3,424
    Location:
    Toronto, Canada
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    13
    He’s good. He and I just got finished for the night. Just left about 20 minutes ago in a taxi back to Cosmo.
     
    • Like Like x 2
  11. Wallew

    Wallew High-Roller

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2018
    Messages:
    774
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    0
    Awesome journey told through mostly pictures.
     
  12. DockEllis

    DockEllis Tourist

    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2019
    Messages:
    41
    Location:
    Inglewood, CA
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    2
    After spending three hours at The Rusty Spur and witnessing a shift change and a dozen or so regulars passing thru, I needed to get back to Cosmo because @notfromconcetrate was about to be done at the pool there.

    I stop by Total Wine on S Las Vegas Blvd to talk to the wine specialist there about a couple bottles of red for a dinner I’m going to. I successfully picked a couple up that should fit the bill. Also got a rosé champagne.

    Then it was up to my room at Cosmo for the first time. I unpacked, put on some tunes, cranked the A/C to a minimum, and relaxed on the terrace. Didn’t get a power nap in, but rested my feet and brain for a 15 minutes or so.

    At this point I couldn’t take it anymore and had to get downstairs to gamble fast. We took some photos of the view from the terrace, poured a drink, and decided to hit up the High Limit gaming area at Cosmo.

    We ordered two mojitos and played some $5 Double Double Bonus and watched $1300 disappear in 15 minutes. We switch machines to one the bartender says hits a lot. We load up another $1250 and start playing $25 credits or some other specialty games like caveman keno, Cleo keno, 10 times play, spin poker, TX tea 3x3, etc. Finally a hit pays $1250 so I’m up to $2000. Now I get up to $250 a spin and quickly hit for $6000. Wasn’t exactly that but I don’t remember right now. @notfromconcetrate should have the photos. I was enjoying the moment. We left that machine with $8K or so.

    Then we walked to the High Limit slot room and played a lock it link piggy bank game. After losing a few hundred betting $50 a spin, I up the bet to $100 and hit the three purple bank bonus. I choose the pig card flipping game and get a massive pig in the middle that spins for $8000. There was a minor for $13k on the wheel too. So now my initial $2550 is worth $15K. I play at $50 again and play the nudging wheel free games for another $2k win. We decide to play one last game and go to a $25 wheel of fortune with a $100,000 max prize and $10,000 maximum wheel hit. I think we lost a grand or so before hitting for $2k. So now my $2550 is nearly $17,000. We go back to thank the bartender in the high limit bar and tell him without his recommendation the sequence of events would have not been the same. For better or worse, but what a run. Great start to the gambling!

    Once again I didn’t take any photos but he did. We then started walking around Cosmo when he decides Greek sounds good. So we head upstairs to Estiatorio Milo’s. Essentially is seafood inspired with common Greek ingredients, you even get to pick out your own fish from a big ice wall, and you have four or five people making sure your experience is amazing. Everything was great The best items were the octopus that had great texture and flavor and the thick and very bright tatziki sauce the waiter wanted us to try as we were leaving. Their lunch menu is the way to do it, you sample a lot dishes that way.

    After dinner I decided to not gamble. I stopped at my high point for the trip and wanted to ride that wave for a while. We get in a town car and go down to Mirage to check into a room while the driver waits outside on the curb. We then go to Plaza for a bit and finally start barhopping downtown. Bunkhouse Saloon for a band that already finished and Oddfellows for a deep 80s video dance party. People there were loving it, it was interesting.

    Finally we went to Golden Nugget and played craps. Lost $3500 in 30 mins or so. Was a blast. Puts me up $11k for the night. Still too much left to do. Must keep moving.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]


    Searching under tables once the bars closed down
    Said somebody stole your phone
    Now there's no one to talk to but these trust fund drunks
    Should have brought a chaperon

    Kick you know this life is rich
    But pleasures not the same as happiness
    If you don't collide with the traffic in your mind
    I think you'll find your way out of this
    I hope you find your way out of this

    - Conor Oberst, “Kick”
     
    • Like Like x 10
    • Love Love x 1
    • Wow! Wow! x 1
  13. Uncle Bourbon

    Uncle Bourbon Tourist

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2019
    Messages:
    31
    Location:
    Washington DC
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    7
    Awesome report so far, amazing photos! I love seeing these parts of Vegas that I have never seen before.
     
    Family Trip!
  14. DockEllis

    DockEllis Tourist

    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2019
    Messages:
    41
    Location:
    Inglewood, CA
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    2
    “I always liked the idea that America is a big facade. We are all insects crawling across on the shiny hood of a Cadillac. We're all looking at the wrapping. But we won't tear the wrapping to see what lies beneath.”
    - Tom Waits

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
    • Like Like x 13
    • Love Love x 2
  15. Horseplayer1

    Horseplayer1 Low-Roller

    Joined:
    Mar 1, 2017
    Messages:
    393
    Location:
    West Coast
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    14
    Awesome pictures and great report. I'm exhausted reading it.
     
  16. NittyOne

    NittyOne High-Roller

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2018
    Messages:
    545
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    8
    Once again nice pics and nice run at the slots.
     
  17. Fafa2e

    Fafa2e Low-Roller

    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2011
    Messages:
    480
    Location:
    Florida
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    60
    Enjoying the report. Great photos.
     
  18. NittyOne

    NittyOne High-Roller

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2018
    Messages:
    545
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    8
    Just realized nice pics is a real understatement of what you are doing.

    Amazing photos! Thanks for posting them here.
     
    • Agree Agree x 3
  19. NittyOne

    NittyOne High-Roller

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2018
    Messages:
    545
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    8
    Also please keep the Tom Waits quotes coming. I can picture him on your balcony, smoking with his raspy voice saying this as you take photos.
     
    • Agree Agree x 1
  20. Chairman Meow

    Chairman Meow Tourist

    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2014
    Messages:
    79
    Location:
    United Kingdom
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    9
    I have read my fair share of reports on this forum, this one is next level! Thanks so much for taking us along.
     
    • Agree Agree x 3