..........just a short story about our trip in early April. Going & Coming: Our Southwest round trip, non-stop flights from St. Louis to/from Las Vegas were text book. No delays leaving, arrived on time, no passenger removals. We all behaved ourselves. We landed at 8:00am so we had a long first day. We took Airline Shuttle to The California. We kind of enjoy the shuttle ride, adding to the anticipation of what lies ahead. Our flight home left at 7:55pm, also giving us a leisurely last day. Airline Shuttle back to McCarran (the ride back is a downer because it's over). Time to fly back to reality. Accommodations - The Cal: Our host comped our 6 nights up front and provided us with an Aloha Meal Book. Our room was ready when we got there even though it was early. West Tower. This was our first time in the renovated rooms; very much improved, although we never saw a major problem with the old rooms. We turned our luggage over to a Bellman to deliver to our room. We were anxious to hit the casino! The Food: We appreciate the Aloha Meal Book, but the selections are limited if you stick to the coupon items. We don't care too much about where or what we eat. We usually eat "wherever & whenever" we feel like it. Most of our breakfasts were at the Market Street Cafe, traditional breakfast fare from the menu for my husband and a breakfast buffet or two for me. Our last morning there I had to have the Loco Moco at Aloha Specialties while my husband ate the free donuts that came with our coffee at Lappert's. I had received a birthday BOGO coupon from Hash House A Go-Go at the Plaza, which we used one night We both had chicken fried steak. The leftover steak, taters & biscuits were given to a "homeless & hungry" man sitting on a bench between the Plaza & Main Street Station (had to wake him up). Another place we ate that was new to us was the pizza place at El Cortez. I had played a silly slot machine on their website and won a free pizza plus two soft drinks. The leftover pizza was given to two homeless women with a dog on our walk back to The Cal. The Gambling: We play video poker. Quarters on single line VP; nickels on games such as Multi-Strike (my fave), Spin Poker, Ultimate X, etc. The majority of our gambling time is spent at MSS & The Cal. We went to El Cortez for part of a day. I had $75 FP, VPLarry had $25 FP. Elco sent me $50 for my birthday. We played okay there. I did eke out a $200 royal while playing Spin Poker. Overall, I think we came out ahead there. We went to the Plaza a few times. I like to play the old Joker Wild machines that the Plaza got from Vegas Club. Through the years I have gotten several royals on those machines. Not this trip ~ but I did get 2 5OAKs, rather unusual, for $250 each. At The Cal, I got a fun hit while playing the machines in the alcove. I put in $20 and cruised around all the different games, winning enough to keep playing. Eventually hit 4 aces for $500 (Ultra Plus, I think). My fun hit at MSS was getting quad deuces on a Loose Deuce machine, for a $625 hand pay. I love that those machines play music when they hit! Money-wise, this was a cheap trip for us. We don't keep bankroll separate from other money. We just take money and use it. But, from the time we pulled out of our garage until we pulled back in, we spent $300. That covered everything while we were gone, airport parking here, shuttles in LV, tips all over the place, gambling, drinks, food, etc., so I'm pretty sure we were winners or close to it. Not complaining. April 2017 Trip is now a memory. Time to start planning October 2017 Trip!