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Mele Kalikimaka from Cosmo. (12/18-12/27) Live TR - Pics

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by MikeOPensacola, Dec 16, 2018.

  1. MikeOPensacola

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    My Trip Report

    I had such a fantastic time at The Cosmopolitan last year at Christmas I thought I'd give it another go this time around. I've got a Fountain View Terrace Studio room booked and hoping for the Boulevard Tower, but as long as its a high floor I'll be extremely pleased. I arrive in Vegas at about 11:00 am so I figure my odds are fairly good securing a nice view.

    This trip has been on the books since being home for all of about two days after my July Vegas trip. :eek: Nothing makes me more excited about planning a Vegas trip than returning from one.

    Quite a bit planned for this trip and I'm meeting up with some GREAT VMBers!!! Between @Retrobabble and the @ardee duo I've got five wonderful dinners all set up. On the docket are China Poblano, Momofuku, Delmonico, Morels and Bouchon. I think we might have set a VMB record for the longest PM thread planning and chatting about all things that go with Vegas during Yuletide.

    I'm also going to meet up with @Dutch34 and if all goes well I also hope to see @sam_marques. Meeting VMBers is always the highlight of my trip and I'm sure this trip will be no different. Looking forward to getting together with old friends and meeting new ones.

    I'll be in town for nine days and I'll be all over the strip and downtown. If this trip is like most of my others I'll visit every casino on the strip and downtown. This will definitely be a pic heavy TR and I'll definitely get some updates on Resorts World, Park MGM and 18 Fremont.

    Just like last Christmas, and this past July, I'll be doing a FaceTime slot pull with my GF's, now 11 year-old, son. We've settled on one of the Monopoly games but I'm sure it will change about a zillion times between now and Christmas Morning. The way we do it is I'll match him dollar for dollar with his Mom agreeing to let him give me $40. So on Christmas Morning he gets to play $80 via FaceTime video. He totally caught on to the free play thing (that's my boy!!!:clap:) and asked if he could cash out after a couple of spins. I told him, to his prepubescent dismay, that after we run $80 through the machine he can cash out whenever he likes. We've won a little bit for him the last two visits so hopefully we can keep the streak going for the little fella.

    A few nights ago I was showing the little guy my photos of my last trip and he was really intrigued by one of the Showgirl Bar at the Miracle Mile shops. He told me to be sure to take a couple of better pics of this for him. So, I've got my marching orders...... Ah, to be 11 years old again.....

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    There are so many things I hope to do but realize I'll only get to a few of them. On the list are Wicked Spoon, Hard Rock before the conversion to Virgin, Neon Boneyard, Sky Bar at the Waldorf Astoria (formally the Mandarin Oriental), Wynn Buffet, BJ at ElCo, a full day and evening downtown, a few of the new Block 16 restaurants at Cosmo and craps at Caesars & Flamingo (a 35+ year old tradition).

    Reportedly the new District Donuts at Cosmo has a Bananas Foster donut creation. I aim to find out. :feedme: If they do they may not have many left by the time I check out. :woohoo:

    Gambling wise this will be about a 50% slots and 50% BJ-Craps-Roulette-VP type of trip. Most, if not all, of my BJ will be at South Point and El Cortez. Slots wise I'll be mainly playing at Cosmo and a little at V/P where I only have to play a paltry amount to make the next tier level. As far as roulette and VP I'll be pinballing all over the place.

    I've definitely got a little shopping to do. I'm not taking anything heavier than a windbreaker with me so if it gets colder than usual, for this time of year, my big treat to myself for the trip will be something with leather. During my many visits to V/P this trip I also plan to stop off and see what I can find at Bauman Rare Books. If anything, I've gotten to know some of the sales people there and it will be nice to stop by and have a chat. There is also a chip, maybe two, waiting for me to pick up at Spinetti's. Then, there is my GF's Christmas present and I haven't a clue..... :eek::eek::eek:

    I'll be all over the place so if anyone wants me to find out anything or include a pic of something of interest just say the word and I'll do my best. VMB has been an utter treasure trove of info that has made my trips infinitely better - hopefully I'll be able to pass along a nugget, or at least an iota, of useful good-to-know information.

    Its going to be a great week and I can't wait to get it going. Thanks for following along and I hope you enjoy the report. In the meantime, wishing everyone here at VMB the happiest of holiday seasons!!!

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    Oh this is going to be good......I am looking forward to your trip report! Have a fabulous time :)
     
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    Good luck Mike
     
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    Good luck
     
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    Best of luck... sounds like you have a wonderful trip planned!
     
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    Can’t wait til this party is started - fun times will be had!!
    The facetime slot play tradition with the eleven year old is so cool :cool:. Sounds like a great relationship.
    The very best to you @MikeOPensacola and fellow VMB’ers!

    Feliz Navidad :santa:
     
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    @Geogran, I can’t do anything China Poblano related without thinking of you. :clap: Looking at menus, walking by it, making reservations etc. I know it’s one of your faves and from your posts on the subject I decided to spread my wings a little and give it a try. So happy I did. Hopefully we’ll have the opportunity to break bread together there at some point in the not to distant future. :feedme::feedme::feedme:
     
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    Good luck, will be following the adventure
     
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    Can’t wait. After a 4 hour delay and then 4 hour flight to San Fran, I’m anxious to get these days rolling and get there Wednesday! Best of luck to you. Looking forward to meeting you.
     
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    Yes yes yes:woohoo: Your TR is exactly what I need to get me through my final week at work!! Looking forward to all the wonderful photos!
    Especially the photos when you go shopping for your GF ;) I remember the beautiful Hermès Scarf!

    Looking forward to meeting up again :beer:

    I’m still trying to decide whether I’ll do a TR.
     
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    Best of luck, @MikeOPensacola ! :beer:

    Looks like I’ll be boarding my flight home about the same time you’re landing, dammit. Would love to have been able to meet up with you and the rest of the gang.

    Have a great trip. I’ll check back in as soon as I recover from the whoopin’ I took!
     
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    You too Dutch. Looking forward to meeting you as well. What ever schedule works for you is fine on my end. Shoot me a text when you have a general idea of when and where a I can fit my schedule to meet yours. :peace: :beer:
     
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    Damn, one of these times we’ll get it right. Hope your trip was fun. BTW, still a 42R?
     
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    Looking forward to it. Once you get all settled in shoot me a message on VMB and we can firm up our plans. Until then hope your last week flies by and you and your family have smooth sailing on the travel front.

    Your TRs and Vlogs are awesome!! I want to be a costar in one of your Vlogs at the slots.;) :woohoo:
     
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    Sounds like a great trip with lots of good food. Don't forget to sleep! I love South Point, one of these days I will finally see the Spazmatics there. Will be following along!
     
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    Enjoy man!
     
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    Looking forward to following, it sounds like you will have so much fun!
     
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    Mike good luck. Hopefully you win big cause your trip reports are entertaining as hell. Did i tell you i have $40.00 bucks to play on slots? Lol. Very cool that you do that for the little guy
     
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    Good luck....have a great trip
     
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    Following along! Anything to make the next 6 weeks go faster!!
     
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