Well, first trip of the year, and as much as I had "planned" to cut back this year, hitting that $16,700 jackpot in Lake Tahoe in December kinda sidetracked any intentions of "cutting back. However, this year will be a year of calming down, playing smart(er), and emphasizing "value" over "fun" (fun being defined as wild and reckless gaming). So this trip is partially to celebrate my birthday, and partially to get $500 in Free Play that I won at the Asian Marketing banquet in October. That plus the $375 that I'm getting from CET should provide a nice "start" to the three days. My ex-wife and I have a new arrangement for handing off the car. I drive it and park it at the Amtrak Station and take the free bus to the airport. She picks it up and drives (to my) home where my son will be waiting for her. My son is now 17 but still not "equipped" to stay at home alone. I am meeting "A", a colleague from work, who's staying at Palazzo. I will pick her up at the airport at about 9:30PM and we will go over to Momofuku at Cosmpolitan for some Ramen "siu yeh" (a late night meal) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siu_yeh. Other meal plans are: Hobak Korean BBQ - lunch with two of my hosts from myVegas Rao's - dinner and trying their Osso Buco Mr. Chow's - I have invited my pool professional friend J to join A and me for Beijing Duck (carved tableside) This trip, I'm staying at the Cromwell just for a change of venue. Maybe I can break my "no hand pay" jinx there . . . . Other trips on the schedule include: late January - Silver Strike tournament downtown, staying at the D February - Harrahs Lake Tahoe for Chinese New Year. I'm taking my son to attempt to get him to embrace his "Chinese" heritage (he's bi-racial) Late February - first GGWU booster of the year in Las Vegas (a 36 hour whirlwind) March - junket to new Orleans, but this trip is now "iffy" because of so many other trips. April - comp trip to Aria Wish me luck, and I will make sure that A or J remind me to take pictures of all of the meals.