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My attempt at (Live) TR - 3/23-3/25

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by BostonJP, Mar 21, 2017.

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  1. BostonJP

    BostonJP Low-Roller

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    My Trip Report

    Hello! If you're reading this you've more than likely read and posted more trip reports than I, so bear with me. I really enjoy reading others' reports and while I don't think I am proficient enough a writer to provide the same level of detail as some others, I only hope that this report will be at least interesting if not captivating.

    So here's the plan
    My wife and I land in Las Vegas at 3:30 PM local time on Thursday and then depart just 46 short hours later. This will be my third trip to Las Vegas. I went when I was 19, so of course that trip sucked, and again last year for three days. My wife and I are in our mid- to late-30s and we decided that 2 days is perfect for us. We can't party like the rock stars we used to be!

    We also decided after our last trip that we were way too ambitious. We booked almost every meal in advance and ended up eating expensive food even when we weren't hungry. This time we have one dinner reservation booked (Stripsteak on Friday night) and one activity (Bootleg Canyon zip line early Friday morning). The rest of the trip will be spent filling in the blanks, though I did create a few spreadsheets with ideas such as happy hour options.

    We booked a suite at the Hard Rock after some careful review of different properties. The criteria was the nicest suite I could find for under $400 per night but the Hard Rock's pool was the big tie breaker. While I wasn't initially thrilled at the off-strip location, the necessity for a rental car and the cost savings forced me to rent a Camaro SS convertible from Hertz' Adrenaline Collection.

    They call it Sin City, but it would be a sin to fly all the way out there to drive a Prius.

    The countdown begins
    Although I'm not flying out until Thursday I will be driving to southwestern Connecticut to my parent's house tomorrow night. I spent the last couple days packing and doing the last minute shopping. A few noteworthy purchases include:

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    Today's lunchtime purchase: a Bluetooth keyboard. That's how dedicated I am to this whole Live Trip Report thing.

    Actually it's because the last few times I've attempted to vacation, the inevitable call from the office starts with "I'm sorry to bother you on your vacation but I don't know who else to ask about this." Three years ago I was in a cafeteria in a Disney World hotel at midnight drafting contracts. Even immediately prior to last year's Vegas trip, I spent the 4 hour drive to JFK Airport negotiating as a liaison between my office and 19 nursing homes. I expect nothing less this trip so at least it'll be easier to deal with the distraction without a bulky laptop.

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    My parents will be watching all three of my kids and my dog and refuse to take any money from me. So I told my mother that in lieu of forcing payment on her, there's a bottle of pinot with her name all over it. Literally.

    And, what trip report would be complete without my bank roll?
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    My wife and I are anything but high rollers. I know there are some on this site where $1,000 is a single hand of blackjack but it's an entire weekend for us. My wife plays the slots and I will probably play a couple hundred at roulette and/or the craps table.

    As tomorrow is simply "The night before...." I may not have anything interesting to post until Thursday (and even then, "interesting" is subjective). However I'm excited to hear feedback! What should I be posting? As a relative noob to Vegas, what do I absolutely need to do?
     
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  2. 93 Octane

    93 Octane Chief bottle washer

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    Most like food and chip porn... food before it's eaten... big slot machine hit porn..

    But most importantly if you're having a good time your TR will reflect that.

    Good luck and giddyup:usa:
     
  3. Richard Alpert

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    Well said! :biker:

    Nice purchase there! :thumbsup:

    Sounds like my mother, but my mom would take Jack Daniels instead! :drunk:

    Have a rockin' good time! :headbang: The rest is just details! :D
    Happy travels to the both of you!!!


    RICHARD
     
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  4. Royal Flusher

    Royal Flusher Savvy Gambler

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    Post anything and everything about your trip from what brand of floss you are using, to celebrities you almost saw. Gambling wins and losses, pictures of this, that, and everything.

    You are off to a great start! (Just get rid of those unlucky $50 bills!!!!)

    Looking forward to this. :)
     
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  5. Royal Flusher

    Royal Flusher Savvy Gambler

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    I laughed at the Prius thing, btw. :)
     
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    Royal Flusher Savvy Gambler

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    Yeah, that's what she said to me too.


    Heh.
     
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    Good luck! Hope you guys get some nice wins. Good call on not reserving too much. IMHO, one nice/upscale meal in a weekend is good. I'll still try to eat someplace I haven't been before for the other meals, just to experience something new and different, but maybe more casual.
     
  8. La$Vega$

    La$Vega$ What happens in Vegas is put on VMB forever

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    Love the disclaimer!
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    I can tell you what you can't do: sleep. Sleeping is not allowed in Vegas, lol.
    Have a wonderful time with your wife! The rest will take care of itself.

    @93 Octane
    Do you mean this?

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    Or this?

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    Lower pic!
     
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  11. BostonJP

    BostonJP Low-Roller

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    Hey, I just discovered that there's a Dunkin Donuts in my hotel. There's a Dunks on every street corner up here, it's my life fuel :cool:
    No sleep, no worries!
     
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    La$Vega$ What happens in Vegas is put on VMB forever

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    When do you leave JP?
     
  13. BostonJP

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    Our flight is at 1:00 tomorrow afternoon. It's the only direct flight from Hartford to Las Vegas; while I would really love to get into town earlier, all the earlier flights have layovers which means much more travel time for only an extra hour or two in Vegas!
     
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    Looking forward to following. Make sure to take room pics - I've never stayed at Hard Rock and I'm nosy.
     
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    Good luck! Looking forward to the report.
     
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    Best of luck - should be fun, no matter what happens!
     
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    You absolutely need to enjoy your trip and have fun. Vegas trips are usually full of sensory overloads and surprising temptations.

    If your plans, including a live trip report, doesn't go to plan, don't stress it. You can always write an after action report.

    Don't let anything you committed to do in Vegas get in the way of you having fun.

    (Have fun, by the way!) :beer:
     
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    make some time and go Downtown and experience the Fremont walkway...sit and have a drink, people watch at all the craziness...and easy to walk and gamble to a lot of different casinos on Fremont street.
     
  19. BostonJP

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    First day down! It was an exhausting day with lots of travel but this trip has kicked off.

    We drove down to my parents' house late last night and spent the morning with them and our kids before driving to Hartford for our 1:00 PM flight. The flight was uneventful (for me, anyway. One passenger fell ill and had to get rushed out by paramedics at McCarran Airport). I was also in the row that doesn't have a window, which is a little disappointing because I like the scenery during the descent into Las Vegas.

    The last time I flew in and out of Vegas, it must have been the times of the flights because the airport was relatively slow. Today I was amazed though - it was PACKED. It took about 30 minutes to board the bus to get to the rental car center. After another 30 minutes of negotiating with the Hertz team, I drove off the lot with a fire engine red Camaro SS Convertible for roughly half the rate I originally reserved it for. I didn't get a chance to get a good picture today but will make sure to get one tomorrow.

    While we are staying at the Hard Rock, I wanted to take advantage of the amazing happy hours I've heard so much about so we headed toward the strip with the idea of hitting Cabo Wabo at PH.

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    The traffic was insane. I knew Las Vegas Blvd is a busy road, but holy gridlock! Due to the wait for the shuttle bus, the time I spent chewing down the price of the rental car, and the traffic, we didn't get near PH until after 5:00 and changed our mind last-minute to Stratosphere . That is, until we made it two more blocks and decided we're too hungry to sit in traffic any longer so we parked at the Flamingo. We were going to hit Margaritaville but saw smaller crowds at Carlos and Charlie's and decided to give it a shot.

    Just in time, too: they were still in happy hour so we got our margaritas and ordered some food. I had the spicy jalapeƱo margarita and it was outstanding.
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    Also, did somebody say food porn? Here's my dinner: the chicken fajita, which was slammin',

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    It was close to 7 by the time we left the restaurant and Mrs. JP wanted to play some slots. We thought it would be fun to go to Casino Royale but only made it half way there: once in Harrahs she saw some of the games she wanted to play, took $20 and started. Within 30 minutes she turned that $20 into $110!

    We realized that we still needed to check in so we started walking back to the car. Mrs. JP used some of her winnings to buy one of the super-alcoholic frozen beverages on our way out of Harrah's.

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    We sat in plenty more traffic on Flamingo on the way back to the Hard Rock. Getting a parking spot was super easy though, and check-in was a breeze. The property is much larger than I remember it from last year and I'm a big fan of the styling here.

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    I reserved a king suite in the HRH all-suites tower. At check-in they told me that they don't have any more king suites available, but put me in a double queen with a few of the pool (and thus Rehab if it's going on this weekend). The room is impressive.

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    Small kitchenette as you first walk in, which opens up into a large seating area with a large sectional and a big TV.

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    The bedroom is separated from the sitting area with a dividing wall. There are sliding doors on either side of the dividing wall.

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    Two queen beds and, though it's not visible here, another flat screen TV (around 42") mounted on the wall.

    The bathroom is adjacent to the bedroom via a tinted glass wall. It's nice and big too, with a large tub and shower. While the toilet is separated from the bathroom with a solid door, the glass wall means that anyboth in the bedroom can stare at the naked person taking a shower or bath.

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    By the time we got settled into the room and unpacked it was close to 9:00. Mrs. JP decided to call it quits: the travel and 3 hour time difference crept up on her so she went to sleep. I will be doing the same shortly but wanted to check out the casino real quick: the new oyster bar is very close to the HRH tower and, although it's a little small, still looks great:

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    The plan for tomorrow is to get breakfast (probably here, at Mr. Lucky's) and then get out to Boulder City for 9:30 for zip lining. But later in the day we will be sure to hit up the oyster bar. Tomorrow is our ONLY full day here in Las Vegas so we're going to make the best of it.
     
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