I love to read TR's, they are always more interesting than my own. Writing them, especially when the trip is less than stellar makes it even harder to write. I will break this up for you so you can skip what you don't want to read about. It had been over two years since our last trip, so hubby and I were more than ready to head back to the city we love so much. Air- We flew out of Fargo’s Hector international, the flight left during the day this time and not in the evening like we had done before. I loved getting into Vegas during the day. The flight was uneventful, a fact that I am ever grateful for since I hate to fly. We got there about ten minutes early and had to wait on the tarmac while the other plane loaded up and took off. We didn’t have any checked bags to pick up but we did have a shuttle we needed to get to. Never, ever wait to use the restroom if your taking a shuttle downtown, I was floating by the time we arrived at the EL Co. For some reason I was not feeling the excitement on this trip that I have felt in the past, not sure if it was leaving the dog behind for the first time or that I knew we really shouldn’t be going on this trip, a feeling that unfortunately proved to be rather accurate. Hotel- We got in on a great deal from the EL Cortez, what we spent a night on a room was divided up into equal gaming and food comps. We stayed in a king room on the 14th floor and ended up with 75 dollars towards gaming and 75 towards food. The rooms are basic, with two beds, a couch, desk and chair, tv, coffee maker, tub shower combo with a window and a coffee pot. Bed bug check turned up nothing. Had a good south facing view. My only complaints were the construction noise, people next door and a backed up sink the night before we had to leave. I didn’t mind the location, an easy walk up to Fremont. The staff were mostly pleasant, had a hard time getting a drink but we bought a bottle of E&J for the room so it was not all bad. We would stay there again. Food- Café Cortez- We ate most of our compped meals here. Service was good and the portions are huge. I wish the rooms had mini fridges, that’s how much food we got and the prices are not bad either. The Flame steakhouse- Another great place to eat and another spot that made me wish I could take it with me. We each had a salad, onion rings and a side of Mac N Cheese. Hubby hates cheese so I had to try and stuff myself just to feel like I had touched it, and I absolutely love their garbage salad. Triple seven- I was so looking forward to going back to the seven. I love their craft beers but they didn’t have any good specials going. I opted for the ½ pound prime rib, asked for Med rare and got rare. I would hate to see what a rare steak would look like, would they bring me the cow? Don’t get me wrong, I love a rare steak but this was flipped seared, flipped and done. Hubby had a steak sandwich that he was not impressed with either. Mermaids- What can I say, it’s the place your afraid to touch anything without gloves on but they have the cheapest, tastiest, food downtown. Where else can you get two hot dogs and a fry for fewer than five dollars? We also stopped at the Asian express in Flamingo and got hot dogs from Oshea’s along with a trip to Mc D’s at the D. We hit the Mc D’s at the wrong time, getting a very surly order taker who didn’t give a crap about service. Now I work the service industry so it takes a lot for me to complain about someone else’s service in a fast food place, but this woman was not happy. Then again, who can blame her when it’s late and really busy? Entertainment- We didn’t do any shows this time, in fact we didn’t get to see much of anything except for the street performers. We had talked about going up the Paris tower but I forgot my coupons and didn’t want to pay the full price. We did manage to go to the Mob museum and had a really good time. The price is high but if they come out with coupons I think will be a good place to spend some time. The one thing I hate is how crowded Fremont feels with the addition of the zip line and the stage at the golden gate. It seems like more and more casinos are pushing into the street, forcing people to be closer together while walking. I also hated how loud the music was, in and out of the casinos. I know I sound old but I am not, I just get headaches if I have to hear loud noises for long periods. We also visited the Cosmo, bought a piece of art from the art vending machine and took pics of the furniture scattered around. We also went into the Flamingo’s garden to see the fish, turtles and birds. On my last night in town I spent my last five bucks on tips for photos. Not a whole lot people I wanted to get a pic with and of course the Jack Sparrow that I did have a pic with was high on something. Gambling- I don’t even want to go there…LOL It was a low roller trip to begin with. We each had two fifty in pocket money to play with and I went through it almost the first night. For the life of me I could not get any good bonus’s We stuck to slot’s and I did find a few that I loved, the day of the dead machine at NYNY was one of them. We also played coin in VP at Cal and video Roulette at Fremont, Fremont being one of the better places to get drinks. Spent some time at Oshea’s, playing bar-top VP and BJ. Hubby of corse was good with his money and walked away with over a hundred of his bankroll. I did manage to get one of those collector coins from a silver strike machine at the EL CO. It now sits among the other Vegas memento’s I have collected in the past. Transportation- We used showtime shuttles again to get to and from the hotel. I like them but would not mind getting a limo next time. Again, I highly recommend using the bathroom before boarding to head downtown. We used the duce as well and came to the realization that spending two hours a time on the bus at their crazy prices was not a good idea, and I hear they want to up the prices in the near future. I have read the negative comments on the duce and in the past was likely to disagree but somehow things seem to be worse instead of better every time we visit. So all in all it was a good trip, not a winning trip or crazy or anything really worth telling you about but I thought I should post. I got to do some things I have not done in the past, got to see an old friend for a few hours and enjoy some great weather. I don’t know, maybe after four trips the glitter is staring to rub off a little. I have lost that face pressed against the window, oh look at the sleeping bums, and make sure to get a photo of every building/sign/attraction you get the first couple of times. Of course I spent a lot of time looking at other people and wondering if maybe they are board members or would like to be. The dog was just fine by the way and no sooner had we landed back in Fargo that I wanted to turn around and head right back because even a less than stellar trip to Vegas is still time spent in the city that we love.