1. Welcome to VegasMessageBoard
    It appears you are visiting our community as a guest.
    In order to view full-size images, participate in discussions, vote in polls, etc, you will need to Log in or Register.

oct 20-24 NSF Weekend

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by chef, Oct 24, 2006.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. chef

    chef Resident Buffetologist

    Apr 20, 2002

    My Trip Report

    For those of you that may be not be the biggest drinkers and could be intimidated by the alcohol-fueled activities at T2V events, take heart - you can still have blast without even imbiding. As a non-drinker, I can attest to that.
    It's the people that make NSF and MM fun. The booze is just an enhancement to the entire experience.
    Another discovery is that the more of these you attend, the better it gets. This was my second sojourn into the reality world of T2V trips and it was like seeing long-last friends again.
    The beauty of this board is that we are like-minded in our appreciation of all things Vegas. Sure, there might be trepidation that first meeting, but that feeling quickly gives way to all of sudden being part of one big party.
    My only regret was I did not spend as much time with fellow T2Vers as I could have.
    Originally, I planned to fly in from Chicago on Wednesday on SWA, but jumped on a $21 one-way fare from Rockford, IL that departed Friday. I had intentions of heading to join the gang at Carnaval Court later that night, but with a 18-mile round trip hike up to Mt. Charleston the next day, I went to bed early. We (son and I) stayed at the Plaza (3 comped nights for previous craps play).
    I also made plans to see some other friends of mine from Vegas early that same morning. Actually, I was probably just getting up while some of the NSF attendees were getting to bed.
    After two previous failed attempts to get to the top of Mt. Charleston (11,920 ft), I finally made it this trip out. It couldn't have been a better day for hiking. There was not a cloud around and the weather was suitable for shorts.
    Halfway up, we ran into snow on the trail, but atleast it wasn't waist-deep like it was in March on the last try. The view at the top was phenomenal. We could see well into Area 51, Arizona, the mountain range surrounding Death Valley, Lake Mead and of course, Las Vegas. Visibility was probably 100-150 miles.
    It took 8 hours to go up and back. Next time, we will camp, as our favorite part is a meadow halfway up. And, you virtually have the whole mountain to yourself.
    That same night while soaking in the Plaza bathtub (I had to be sore to be using that tub as you know they never get cleaned) I got a call from Sin that everyone was meeting at Rio. I got cleaned up and hooked up with the crew (sin, patty, tonya, silversmith, becky, shock and hubby john). Later, mikey, stickyfingers briefly joined us, along with a surprise, good old angy. And, I can't forget marty, who looked very tired.
    As far as dining and drinking at the Bambalo (or whatever it's called) at the Rio, the conversation was the highlight. Poor service and mediocre food quality.
    Caesers Palace wasn't much of an improvement as it was too damn crowded. Plus, the traffic was a killer. Between going from the Rio to drop the crew off, taking a wrong turn, getting back on the Strip and finding a parking spot, it took nearly an hour.
    Traffic is getting worse and worse in this town, and not just Saturday night either. The sidewalks aren't much better either.
    Between the Rio and CP, we lost a lot of quality time that have been better spent.
    I'll tell you what, though - we made the best of it. Like I alluded to earlier, it's the people that make this fun.
    My personal chauffeur service took everyone downtown where I bid them goodnight.
    Sunday was a day of melancholy for me as I spent the last few hours of one of my favorite places ever - sitting besides the villa pool at the Stardust. In nine days, it would be off-limits forever.
    The villa pool is special to me because it is an old-fashioned rectangular-shaped pool with a deep end. There is real grass around the entire area and Mediterrean olive trees.
    Everytime I have been here, it has been quiet as most people hang out by the regular Stardust pool. The villa pool is one of the truly peaceful spots on the Strip, perhaps the most serene of all.
    It's a wonderful place to sit quietly, read a book, write letters, make phone calls, do a crossword or just enjoy the weather. It like's having your own little oasis amidst the glitter of Vegas.
    Man, I'm going to miss it.
    I also said goodbye to the godfather of Vegas sportsbooks - the one at Stardust. That place has character.
    Later that night, had a brief hook-up with the NSF crowd, including a first-time intro to sanosurfer (Larry), at the Vegas club. Another good egg (and I don't mean that because of your head Larry) like other T2Vers.
    sin had to get to the airport and I gave her a ride back to the Alladin. We had a lovely conversation. sin has good communication skills and I enjoyed bonding with her.
    Again, it the relationships that one develops that makes this special.
    I tried tracking down the gang when I got back downtown, but missed them. Dragging ass anyway, I called it a night as I had promised to meet a Vegas friend that next morning at 7:00 am.
    That same day (Monday) my son and I did a match-play run at the Cannery, Ramparts, EI, Palms and IP. Made about $70. We stayed at the Alladin that night for the $59 special.
    I am quite serious when I say this - it was much easier figuring the trail up Mt. Charleston than it was finding our way around the Alladin. The room was nice, but, the rest of the place was a navigational nightmare.
    My co-mod Don D checked into the Plaza that same Monday. I had planned to see him, but after driving in rush hour traffic to eat at GVR and having to get up at 6:00 am to fly out, I came back and crashed at the Alladin. Sorry Don.
    I didn't even have the energy to go back to the Stardust to cash in a winning game-two World Series ticket. I hope Boyd still honors winning tickets after Nov. 1.
    Flew back on SWA feeling quite refreshed. After a hectic Sept and Oct schedule, I needed this trip.
    In summary, the two highlights were seeing old and new T2V friends and the glorious weather.
  2. SH0CK

    SH0CK Stylin' and Profilin' Quasi Tech Admin

    Nov 2, 2001
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    It was great meeting you chef, and I will remember the wise words that you passed onto me in the parking garage at the Plaza. I'm just sorry you didn't get to hang out with us Sunday night at the Plaza.

    And a big thank you for the chauffeur service you provided for us, as well as the offer to take me to the airport. I was barely moving around in the bed when you called Monday morning, and got so busy trying to get out the door and checked out that I forgot to call you back. My sincerest apologies.

    Looking forward to seeing you again, and hopefully we all can spend more time together. I know I'll never get that image of you tossing someone over your shoulder and carrying her down the stairs as the rest of us laughed our a$$es off! Good stuff my man... good stuff :thumbsup:
  3. Beach Crazy

    Beach Crazy Hostess With the Mostess

    Jun 30, 2002
    Central Illinois
    Hey Chef!!! So great to see you again. Sounds like you enjoyed your time in Vegas up to the very last minute...good for you!! Glad you could find some time to hang out with us, it was a great time as always. Your words about Stardust almost brought a tear to my eye, so glad you could say goodbye.

    Next time, leave the stinky boots up in the room. :wink
  4. StickyFingers007

    StickyFingers007 Namer of T2V Gatherings

    Aug 30, 2002
    Seattle (Formerly Edmonton, AB CANADA)
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Hey Chef,
    Good to see you although it was brief. Sounds like you had a fantastic time. I admire your sense of adventure and all the hiking you do down there. I consider the trek from the pai gow table to the room the ironman myself, but thats just me lol.

  5. sin

    sin VIP Whale

    Jun 25, 2004
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Chef, it was great to see you again, and I'm really glad you and I had the chance to hang out and have some quality conversation. I completely agree with you that the relationships are what make our meets so wonderful.

    I must thank you for driving us all over hell's half-acre this weekend and especially for the 2 rides down the stairs! I look forward to seeing you again in March, and maybe this time we can actually sit down and have a meal that isn't plagued by bad service and food or so rushed that we don't get to chat much.

    Unitl next time...there's always the chat room!
  6. doctor_al

    doctor_al VIP Whale

    Nov 25, 2002
    Twin Cities
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Great line, and so true. Very nice eulogy for the 'Dust, too.
    Good job getting to the top of Mt Charleston.

    March - be there!
  7. IllMarty

    IllMarty Orangutan

    Dec 7, 2004
    Will Co., IL
    Trips to Las Vegas:

    It was good seeing you again Andy. Wish i would have been better company. 2 nights with little or no sleep caught up with me. Thanks again for the ride to CP, it couldn't have been easy driving with a veritable 2 girl orgy going on next to you.:thumbsup: See ya next March.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.