Thoughts from our recent trip to Vegas: Thanks to this board, we were better prepared to see, eat and gamble than we have ever been. My sincere appreciation goes to all of you!! I love E-check-in!! If you are going downtown from the airportâ€“take the shuttle. We were routed to a shuttle that was going only downtown, and reached our destination as fast as we would have if we had taken a cab!! Fitzgeraldâ€™s is a great low-end place to stay. We were given a corner roomâ€“bigger than the corridor rooms. Very clean. With wrap around windows facing the strip (of course it was mostly behind the bank building) We were on floor 25. The desk clerk apologized that he didnâ€™t have one available on a higher floor, I think the view would have been better up higher. But what do you wantâ€“the room ended up being completely comped for the whole week. My only complaint is that the air conditioners are still too loud!. I miss Mr Lucky! But Iâ€™m glad the Blarney Stone is still in place on the 2nd floor. Can never quite get up the courage to KISS it (have you seen some of the characters wandering around downtown?!) But rubbing it chastely has almost the same psychological edge. Iâ€™m a little worried about the stability of the 2nd floor at the Fitzâ€“it shudders when anyone walks by. Had a coupon for 2-4-1 Dirk Arthur at the Plazaâ€“not great, but not bad. Steak and lobster at the Plazaâ€“good steak, 2 bites of fishy lobsterâ€“and the waiter must have been chastised that night, because he apologized about having to give us french fries when we hadnâ€™t even asked! Funky band in the loungeâ€“It was so campy that I had to reassure myself that they were actually TRYING to be funny! Free Mac King showâ€“entirely under-ratedâ€“sooo funny! While we were waiting in line (and waiting and waiting) a group of people got in line complaining loudly about not being told where the line was, so they were now way at the end yadayada. Anyway, once we were seatedâ€“guess who they seated at our tableâ€“yepâ€“yadayada. Story of my life. Luckily, my husband is Mr.Niceguy, and defused the situation and we had a nice time. Iâ€™m glad the show is moving upstairs-I think this show will get more and more popular. Has anyone noticed a funny smell in Vegas? We smelled it while waiting for the shuttle at Harrahâ€™s, and alos crossing the street near MGM and again downtown. Could it be that Vegasâ€™s septic system needs an overhaul? Fremont Street is totally awesome!! Every year, the street gets more funky and cool. The canopy was almost completely working, although we were told that the new effects wouldnâ€™t be running til June 14. Wish I could have seen it. But the whole atmosphere is so charming. Rock bands on one corner, Jazz Sax on another, oldies to sing along with...all competing for attentionâ€“very cool! Walgreens saved my bankrollâ€“just steps from the hotel. Water, pop, munchies, even souvenirs (cheap) ! Also ABC storeâ€“excellent buys on candy souvenirs Dr Alâ€“thanks for the tip about the Golden Gateâ€“I love this place! The diner is cozy, has good old fashioned service and great food (everyone has GOT to try the beef stew) And I even won $300 on a nickle Family Feud Slot. Very funny storyâ€“it took 4 people (change attendant, slot host and 2 security guards) to pay me. No you didnâ€™t read it wrongâ€“it was only $300. Anyway it was fun to be the center of so much attention! Main Street Stationâ€“such a beautiful place. We had to go several places to find a brochure so we could find all the antiques, but it was worth it. MSS has a really good buffet, and a lovely setting. Two stories about people down on their luck: 1) Across the street from MSS, there was a poor man lying face down on the street. People just walked around him. I couldnâ€™t even interest a security guard to go investigate. When we left MSS, he was gone. I hope he is alright. 2)Hubby won $1600 on a keno machine at the Fitz. A man had been hanging around the keno lounge just drinking and smokingâ€“I never saw him place a bet. Hubby told me that he had asked him for some money shortly before I got there and before he won his jackpot. When hubby was paid, I was worried that the man would follow us, so I loudly announced that we would be going down to the hotel desk to put the money in the safe there. We didnâ€™t, but we werenâ€™t followed either. I thought we should have reported him, but we both felt sorry that we suspected himâ€“he was probably just down and out. Took a cab to MB. Walked the 17 miles to the shark encounter. Great displayâ€“Very well done, especially the sunken ship display. I had a couple of laughs about human nature. First, there was a guard stationed by the Pirana pool. I jokingly asked if she was there to keep people from puting their hands in the pool, and she said YES. Are there really people who would do that? Second, At the petting pond we were told repeatedly to put the guide wand on a table before bending over the water. So what did everyone do? You guessed itâ€“dropped the wand in the water DUH Took the tram from MB to Excaliberâ€“just us, 3000 of our closest friends, and a man who hadnâ€™t taken a shower since the ice age. Even the Excaliber smelled good after that ride. Then we walked across the strip to MGM (what did we ever do before the walkways) Dinner at Rainforestâ€“the best thing about it was the bird demonstration outside. There was a parrot that reminded me of my grandsonâ€“when he wasnâ€™t getting enough attention, he let out a screech that could be heard....well, Iâ€™m sure you heard it wherever you were on May 19th! Howie Mandelâ€”what can I say? I laughed so hard I thought I would be sick. My sides are still hurting. We were seated with a middle aged â€˜coupleâ€™(?) That really needed to stay in their hotel room. Found out that HE is from Baltimore and SHE is from Ft Lauderdale Hmmmmm The next night we took a cab to Bellagio. We were taken to a side entrance that was close to the theatre. Word of adviceâ€“do not go to that door after the showâ€“it is blocked off to traffic. We thought we would walk down to the bottom of the drive, to see if we could catch a cab thereâ€“nooooo- we ended up walking all the way around to the front (at least 10 miles!) And were almost at the end of the cab line. So much for shortcuts! O was even better than I remembered it. We sat in the front row of the 2nd sectionâ€“excellent seats! I think we enjoyed it even more, because last time we sat way up high and saw the underwater frogmen. I couldnâ€™t believe how many people were in line waiting for standby ticketsâ€“I bet there were 200 people. Many of them even got in. We got to see them planting the Conservatory with red white and blue flowers for the new summer exhibit. Very interesting. They were using a huge lifter to get the decorations up high in the dome. Sorry we missed the finished product, but fun to see the transformation! Muffalletta sandwich at Magnoliaâ€™s is awesome! The Fremont casino is dead, and I was disappointed in the breakfast buffet. We did get it comped, and itâ€™s nice to be able to use the VIP line, but the food was cold, and we didnâ€™t see our server after the initial coffee was served. The best thing about the restaurant is the omelet guy. Hit $550 our last day 250 on 2 different quarter slotsâ€“thatâ€™s the best time to hitâ€“when you have no time to lose it! Cocktail service story: I ordered a white russian, and complimented the server on her hair. I tipped $1. A little later, I ordered another, and engaged her in conversation for a few minutes. I tipped $1 again. I donâ€™t know if it was because I was pleasant to her, or if $1 tip was that appreciated, but a little later, she brought me another drink without my asking, then later she brought me a drink â€œjust to tryâ€â€“Kahlua and Butterscothâ€“sinfully good. Then a little later she brought me a bottled water. Again without my asking. Moral of the storyâ€“BE NICE! We were going to get a cab to the airport, but the bellman told us they had a company that would send a Lincoln Towncar for a flat fee around the same price as a cab. We said ok, and told him the time. When we were ready to go, there was no car. We waited about 10 minutes, and the bellman came over to us and said he just found out that the driver was sick. We said thatâ€™s ok weâ€™d take a cab. He said noâ€“he would get the hotel limo and take us in thatâ€“free, because he felt responsible, See why I like the Fitz? We had a great time, didnâ€™t come home with more than we went with, but didnâ€™t come back broke either. We canâ€™t wait til our next trip! Sorry this report is so longâ€“I thought by using this format it would be shorterâ€“oh well,, I hope you enjoyed it anyway!