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Leaving On A Jet Plane 12/5-12/11

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by Sonya, Dec 6, 2018 at 10:24 AM.

  1. Sonya

    Sonya Queen of VMB

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    My Trip Report

    An impromptu December trip to Vegas to celebrate a birthday meant it would not be wise for me to drive mountain passes and high deserts. So, Hello, Alaska Air. I'd like to give you my money.

    I originally planned 5 nights, because that's how many free ones CET would give me. But I couldn't get a decent airfare home on Monday so I booked an extra night. :cool:

    After a battle of having not quite enough room in a carry on, and too much room in a checked bag, I decided to overpack (extra jackets!!) and check a bag.

    December 5th arrived and I found myself getting ready to fly to Vegas for the first time since 2004. :eek:

    Walked right on the ferry near home and headed for Seattle.

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    It looks like a gorgeous day to fly out of Seattle, so of course I have an aisle seat. :cry:

    Ferry ride was uneventful and then I ran the gauntlet of taxi drivers to find my Lyft driver.

    Arrived at the airport. Checked my bag quickly with their option to preprint the luggage tag. A brief wrangle of things into bags, slipping off shoes, the full scan and an extra pat down to be sure that bulk around my belly was actually fat, and I was through security with time to spare.

    Found a place to grab some lunch right next to my gate. Halfway through my sandwich they announced it would be a full flight. Oh joy.

    That's when I started thinking about how much I hate being on a plane. I dont hate flying so much, but being crammed I to those uncomfortable seats and getting jabbed and jostled by strangers. Ugh. But I'm here and they are boarding, so... on I went.

    After a delay of some sort on the tarmac, we were in the air. From what little I could see out the windows, the Cascades and Mt Rainier looked amazing. I live in a beautiful place.

    About 40 minutes before we were scheduled to land, the flight attendants scrambled through to pick up all our trash and get our tray tables put back up. Hmmm... I told the lady next to me that it might be a bumpy approach because they were getting ready so early. A couple minutes later the pilot came on to confirm that and sort of suggest that if you're going to get up to pee, you should do it now. :haha:

    After the roller coaster ride, we landed and I did the long walk to find baggage claim. My bag was already on the carousel. Grabbed it and headed for the ride share area.

    I was already getting text messages from @DeadManHand asking if I was here yet. :D We had planned to meet up as soon as I tossed my stuff in my room.

    Got to the hotel and waited in the line with hopes of getting some improvement on the base room I had been comped. I wasn't lucky enough for an upgrade, but I did avoid being assigned room 411. Managed to get a room without a connecting door, so that's good enough for me.

    Got to the room, threw my luggage down and looked around. My crappy room was not as crappy as I had feared. It's a little rough around the edges, but its clean and comfortable and quiet. I even managed to get some kind of view.

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    Meanwhile DeadMan Hand was waiting at MAG on the patio and I saw notifications a couple people from my group were having problems at the airports. One was stuck in Reno and another was staying the night in Philly. :mad:

    Ran down to Mon Ami Gabi and found DeadManHand. We had a great conversation and wonderful food. We were wrapping up over coffee when it started to rain. Well, Vegas' version of rain.

    I was watching the scramble of people off the patio as I finished my coffee. Then we went inside to pay the bill. Thank you, @DeadManHand! :nworthy:

    We said our goodbyes and I hit the casino. Checked in with my friends as a few were arriving. I had visions of a dealt Royal on Triple play, but the casino had other plans. ;) I hit a few things, but mostly just slowly bled out.

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    And this rat bastard!!

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    Screw you, Jack of Hearts!!! :haha:

    Came back to the room to clean up and get a little organized and check in here online.

    Then I went back down and bounced around the casino a bit. Up and down, but nothing of note. Came back up to the room a little after 12:30am.

    What kind of crazy is that for my first night? Does this mean I'm getting old?

    Hopefully today will be spent with friends. I haven't heard if the stragglers have made it in or not.
     
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  2. smerrian

    smerrian View from Bally's

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    Glad you arrived safe and sound. What's the deal with room 411 (Caesars? Tower?)
    Funny, you night people get pissed if you're not up after 12:30am. I'm a morning person and get pissed if I'm not getting out of bed by 4:00am. I rarely see midnight.
     
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  3. 93 Octane

    93 Octane Chief bottle washer

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    Call me crazy but I think that's a great view!
     
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  4. breanna61

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    Happy to hear you arrived safe and sound. I hate those jack off Royals :(
     
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  5. ardee

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    Glad you made it and got some rest before your friends show up.
    Now you can all partay!
    Best of luck @Sonya and to all VMBers in town right now. :beer:
     
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  6. Sonya

    Sonya Queen of VMB

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    4th floor at Paris isn't great. I'm not sure where 11 is on the floor plan, but it did not sound awesome.

    My last two trips here, I've had Red and Burgundy rooms with views of the Bellagio Fountains. This one doesn't compare to that. But I was pretty sure I was going to look at the parking garage or something, so I'm counting it as a win. :)

    Right? Don't they know who I am?! :haha:

    I hope so. We had tentative lunch and shenanigans planned today, but I haven't heard from anyone yet. I think we are waiting for SH0CK.
     
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  7. amk121

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    Enjoy your trip! Get some rest so you can get out and about with your friends!
     
  8. JSR1968

    JSR1968 Low-Roller

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    I’m in town on Saturday. Any group activities planned?
     
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    Looking forward to following your trip!! Wishing you lots of luck :beer:
     
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    Have a great time and win lots! :popcorn::headbang:
     
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    Have a great time!!:drunk:
     
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    Have a great trip. Hope to see you on Sunday.
     
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    Following along! I hope you have an amazing trip and eat some good food! :D
     
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    Astribling High-Roller

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    Have a fantastic trip with many, many big wins!!
     
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    gr8whitenorth Low-Roller

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    Have an AWESOME trip. Here's wishing you copious Royals.
     
  16. tdhoier

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    Glad you survived, not only air travel with those annoying patrons, but a meeting with @DeadManHand. The man is an animal & steals from inebriated, butterfly collar wearing 26 year olds in the poker rooms at 6 AM.

    Will you be going to the Palomino Club this trip, by chance?
     
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    Run good! Save some for me!
     
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  18. Texas Steph

    Texas Steph A Work in Progress...

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    Have a fun and lucky trip Sonya!
     
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  19. Sonya

    Sonya Queen of VMB

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    I think I'm on the schedule there for 6am Sunday.
     
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  20. Sonya

    Sonya Queen of VMB

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    I don't know what's happening, but we have a $200 comp to spend at happy hour at NYNY. It's about to get real! :drunk:
     
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