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June 7 CC Reno / June 8-10 Harrahs Reno / June 11 Caesars Palace Vegas

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by mjames1229, Jun 14, 2018.

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  1. PrincessaMyron

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    Great TR! Loved the foodie pics too!
     
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  2. Kobra2848

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    Really enjoyed your report. I stopped worrying about the losses and just focus on all the fun I have with the wife. One of the days I will take Caesars up on a trip to Reno.

    Mark
     
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  3. ineedavegasfix

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    Love your sense of humor! Great report. Thank you!
     
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    I read through your whole trip report mainly because my husband and I will be going on a junket to Harrah's on July 3-7 from San Diego, where we live, and we haven't been there for a few years and loved the information I gathered from your report. One thing that I totally have to agree with you about is that the Circus Circus Reno is a much nicer place than the one in Las Vegas and I have been to both. I won't even set foot in the Las Vegas one anymore but will go to Reno's Circus when we are there in a little over a weeks time. Thank you for taking the time to make your report and I hope your wife's knee is feeling better.
     
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  5. mjames1229

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    My wife is so much better than I.


    She didn’t read my trip report as I was writing, instead waiting until it was complete. I asked her for her thoughts, and she said “I can’t believe you didn’t mention this or that." And I have no excuse.

    Actually, I do. I wrote every day’s entries as I was watching replays of that day’s World Cup matches.

    So here is an addendum of what I’ve missed. I had considered editing it into each day, but that wouldn’t be fair to make everyone re-read the whole thing and try to guess what was missed, so instead it will be contained here. There aren’t too many photos as most of those have already been posted.

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    Thursday, June 7 – On the flight to Vegas, then finishing on the flight to Reno, I completed watching Season 2 of Men of a Certain Age. I’ve said this on other trip reports in which I began watching the series, this may be one of my all-time favorite shows, and a shame that it lasted only two seasons and 22 episodes. This is a simple, coming of age drama, except that age is 50 as experienced by three life-long friends. Some critics have said that it’s a bit of a downer showing the lives of three guys and their families slogging through life’s struggles, but I see it as “Hey, that’s me!” It affirms that even though one character is a gambling addict (Ray Romano) going through a divorce with growing kids, and another character (Andre Braugher) has weight issues working a job he hates, my life ain’t too bad, and watching others just trying to live their life helps me think that I can get through it, too.

    And the episode where all three guys take a weekend out of town and treat themselves to a group colonoscopy was some brilliant TV.

    Anyway, the point is that I finished the last episode just as the plane touched down in Reno, and I got off the plane a teeny-tiny bummed that my time with that series is over. My annual poker trip is at the end of August, and I need to find another series to watch on my plane trips.

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    After lunch and checking into Circus Circus, I went down to the sportsbook to get some bets in on the Stanley Cup Game 5. I bet VGK to win and the OVER. The over won as the Knights lost the Cup and I basically got my money back. Who knew at the time that being even would be one of the high-water gambling marks of the trip?

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    Friday, June 8
    – The shower at Circus Circus was about seven feet above the tub and came out at rocket water pressure. There is a line between “invigorating massage” and being stabbed with water. This shower head and water pressure might have crossed it.

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    We arrived at Peg’s Glorified Ham and Eggs quite early (around 7:30 AM) as we’d heard that it sometimes is busy. It wasn’t too bad when we got there and we were done eating before 8:30. Since we didn’t have to be to the train depot in Virginia City until 10:30, we decided to gamble for a bit.

    We ended up at the Grand Sierra Reno (the new owners of the SLS in Las Vegas). I hadn’t been there for years, and it has gone through a significant remodel and looks very nice inside. In my effort to decrease my bankroll variance, I headed directly to the Pai Gow Poker table. However, the only game they offered was the commission-free, Face Up Pai Gow. I was by myself so the game went quickly, however the game as played is quite dull.

    After the cards are dealt, the dealer plays his hand face-up, then he handed the cards to me. There was no strategy, no thoughts about how to play two pair or other 50/50 decisions (“Do I play the straight with 89 on top, or do I play 99 in the big hand and A on top?”) When you see the dealer cards, you just work your hand to try to be higher. It was like playing a slow-action slot machine and removing all strategy from play takes away what I like about playing cards. I only played for a half hour before being too bored to continue, and deciding to get away from the dealer that was spending the entire half hour complaining didn’t help.

    Let me set the scene. Right when I sat down, I noticed that the physical table itself was quite new. Each seat has a small suction fan that works to remove smoke from a smoldering cigarette. I mentioned how great of an idea that was and asked if there was a USB port in the table so that I could plug in my phone. The dealer said that there wasn’t, because they don’t want phone use at the table. I mentioned that one could charge a phone without “using” it at the table, and he spent the next half our deriding cell phone use (he only has a flip phone and he doesn’t even bring it to work) and that he refuses to pay for television (streaming or cable) and went into extremely boring detail on his complaint with Major League Baseball and their blackout rules. I like carrying on a conversation with dealers. To a point. This was way past that point.

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    While in Virginia City, at the part of my trip report where I said “Finally it was on to lunch at the Bonanza Saloon. I had again given my wife her choice of dining and she chose this because, well, because I think she didn't care enough to take the responsibility seriously”, its clear that I forgot to complete that thought. What I meant was that she basically picked the first place we saw because she was hungry. However, I forgot Part B of that thought... the part that makes it funny. After lunch as we were window shopping up and down C Street, we passed a restaurant with a chalkboard sign that indicated the Burger of the Day was a Bison Burger. During our weight loss journey, we’ve consumed quite a bit of bison and now my wife actually prefers it to beef. As soon as we saw that sign, my wife gave a harrumph that she wishes she had known about it.

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    During the walk on C Street, to make sure her knee wasn’t too sore for bowling, we stopped at the Mark Twain casino… basically a couple dozen slots in a bar. We didn’t play there long, but I was able to book a $20 win, thanks to Kenny Rogers.

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    Upon return to Reno from Virginia City, my wife changed and headed right to the National Bowling Stadium and I mentioned that I took a nap. Her teammates had all wanted to arrive at 3:00, which was two hours before bowling was to begin. By 3, Melissa was already in the squad room, completely checked in for all of her side pots and stuff… and all by herself. After about a half hour, she decided to wander around and she found everybody outside of the squad room, looking for her.

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    However, my wife had given me one job… be there to take a video of her march to the lanes. Turns out I woke up 10 minutes before her starting time and I had to make a groggy dash to get there. I walked into the Stadium just as the music started playing. I ran up the escalator and turned on the video just in time to see her. She may have thought that I had walked to the entrance to get a better view, but in reality, I had just then gotten to that spot.



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    During the men’s tournament, all of the wives/girlfriends sit together and the stands and make conversation about whatever women folk talk about. There were three other husbands sitting with me while watching the ladies bowl their team event… and I don’t think 20 words were spoken in those two hours.

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    The Milwaukee Brewers are having a great season, and I had wanted to get some action in on them while they were in Philadelphia. However, I forgot about the time difference and I was sound asleep when the game started at 4:00 PM. “The next game for sure”, said I, as I saw the Brewers win by about 10 runs.

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    Saturday, June 9 – In stark contrast to the ultra-pressure shower heads at Circus Circus Reno, the shower head at Harrahs Reno came up to about my nipples, and only gravity managed to get the water onto my body. Harrahs Reno needs some renovation TLC.

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    While eating breakfast at Black Bear Diner, I start going through the MLB starting pitchers to see who I wanted to bet on besides just the Brewers. Unfortunately, I learn that they’d already started. Never even occurred to me that they’d start at 1:00 PM in Philadelphia, which equated to 10:00 AM in Reno. “The next game for sure”, said I, as I saw the Brewers win a second time by about 10 runs.

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    On the way to dinner after bowling, we had to go to the Silver Legacy to collect any of her side pot money (Silver Legacy pays USBC $$$ to require pick-up there… the benefit is so that bowlers lose their money there). “Ha!”, said we. My wife didn’t wager a nickel and I won about $30 on slots, making me think I had a shot at having a decent gambling day. That insta-loss waiting for dinner at Eldorado quashed that.

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    Gotta love my wife, though. Thursday (our first day) we did drive from Circus Circus to Harrahs to take it easy on her knee. But after bowling on Saturday, I had asked how her knee was, and if it would be OK for walking. She said that it was, so we kept the car parked. Two weeks later as I write this adder, she’s grumbling how I “forced her to walk all night Saturday after bowling 9 games in 24 hours”. Yeah. Forced…

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    Sunday, June 10
    – I kind of underreported my frustration on having to drive to Stateline to get that damned Hard Rock T-shirt, which was about 50 miles out of our way from our plans. But the wife is navigationally challenged... Just ask her some time about how I kicked her out of the car in El Paso, or how she got lost in Kissimmee while trying to get from one place in Orlando to another place in Orlando. When she agreed to buy the T-shirt, apparently she had no map app on her phone to be able to figure out how far Hard Rock was from Squaw Valley.

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    So having to get an even earlier start than planned, the first trip was to the sports book to get a bet in on the Brewers, who again were starting at 10:00 AM. Unfortunately, Harrah’s sportsbook didn’t open until 9:30 and we didn’t have that hour to wait. Luckily for me, the Brewers lost that game.

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    As you may have seen from many of the photos, we encountered many people who brought their dogs with them. My wife enjoyed the many petting opportunities. Most pet owners (and pets) didn’t particularly mind. Only one wanted to eat her hand, however.

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    The Matrix had said that after our sailing cruise, we were supposed to go to the Sky Terrace Oyster Bar at the Atlantis for a Lobster Pan Roast. However, with the wake-up time to get to the airport the next morning and working back to bed time, it was clear that it was going to be too late. The audible to the horrible Joy Luck Club is an even bigger regret two weeks later.

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    This is the Lobster Pan Roast from the Sky Terrace Oyster Bar in 2016. Gonna have to wait two more years to have it again.

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    Monday, June 11 – While sitting on the plane and taxiing to the gate, I was looking up a rental car to rent instead of the Audi from Silvercar. The SUV from Alamo was the lowest priced car offered at $40 all-in. However when we got to the Rental Car Center, I asked at the check-in if we could downgrade to a smaller car. The agent politely said no. While walking through the garage, my wife found an entire line of Nissan Rogues (her favorite car). We asked Alamo’s garage attendant, and he insultingly snorted that nobody requests a downgrade. Well, we did.

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    I had mentioned that one of the few casualties of The Matrix a year ago was a visit to the aquarium at the Silverton. I had been there once, and though it was neat, I was concerned that my wife had visions of the Shark Reef exhibit so I’ve spent a year trying to, um, “manage her expectations”.

    I must have done a really, really great job of it, as she loved every moment of it.

    If you’ve seen it, it is very possible you spent about five minutes there and though “Huh. Cool”. My wife clearly thought that it was six times better than that as we were there at least a half hour.

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    When we toured our great room at Caesars Palace, the bathroom had a large tub and my when we killed the drive to Mt. Charleston, my wife decided that she was going to take a bath while reading a book then take a nap. She also decided that she wanted a bubble bath (while the romantic Me went and played poker, but I digress). Because of the heat and her knee, I dropped her off at the Walgreens near the Venetian (“The biggest one I’ve ever seen”) and then she walked back.

    Because I went to Harrahs to play cards, I assumed that she had procured bubbles, had a long, luxurious bath, and would be all ready for some romance. Sadly, when I got back to the room, she was tucked in bed in the same clothes she had been in and was wearing her CPAP (talk about romantic). I didn’t see any hint of bubbles, but I saw some dental floss sticks.

    After I fell asleep and we both woke up, she told me that she the bubbles were too expensive so she bought a bottle of soda and the floss sticks (“We can use them at home, too!”) and braved the heat to get to the Fashion Show Mall to cut through to our room at Caesars.

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    While at dinner at Hells Kitchen, I look out the window and see some guy taking a dip in the Caesars fountains. I took a picture to show my wife because she couldn’t see it from her angle. I then deleted the photo because, well, because even I didn’t care. But when I ran to the Total Rewards desk at Caesers to straighten out the snafu with my TR points, she snapped this.

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    Had I not deleted my photo, it would have made a nice Before-and-After set.

    There you go… Because I gave the trip report the short shrift as I was doing it while watching World Cup games, I type a 2500-word adder of shit I missed… all… while… watching… Mexico… beat… South Korea… and Germany… beat… Sweden.

    Look for the second adder sometime next week!
     
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  6. charlestfuller

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    Loved the report, and every bit of humor with it
     
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    :haha::haha::haha::haha::haha:
    This is awesome writing.
     
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    Great read! Hope the gambling goes a LOT better next time!
     
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  9. LindaP

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    Loved EVERY word!!! I have to go look at menus for Babystacks and Mr. Mama's now. Thanks for a very entertaining TR.

    - Linda in TX
     
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