About 8:00 the next morning I was up and ready to go, but I knew wifey would want to sleep for the next few hours, so I quietly slipped out of the room and walked down to the ElCo. I love that place. I has a great feeling to it. I wandered past the blackjack down to roll the bones. I bought in and was able to play for the next couple of hours with only about $10-20 dollars on the table at a time. The table started to turn cold about the same time I figured Soni would be getting up. I cashed out at the cashier and had tripled my money, not bad. I walked back up Fremont to our hotel to find her still asleep. She woke up and we went over to the Orleans for lunch. I love the Orleans. I feel like they give you a lot for your monet there. Anyhow we decided to give Don Miguel's a try. This was a great restaurant with some great lunch deals. I knew I was gonna love this place when they brought out the chips. MOst Mexican place bring out some corn tortilla chips and salsa to get you full before the food comes, this place upped the standard rutine. They came out with a big bowl of yummy blue and white chips and then sat down some salsa, guacamole, and a super good bean dip. I ordered flautas and my wife got a chimichanga. Both were good, and the total bill with softdrinks was well below $20. After lunch we went over to the Belz outlets and shopped for a little bit. I got some new shoes from the Vans outlet for $20, not bad considering they were $60 last year. I forgot to mention we got sucked in by some timeshare people the night before at Binion's, so we went and checked out their deal, got $50 and then went back to the Hotel to get ready for the show. We went back to the Nugget and changed, Soni needed something to snack on so before leaving for the MGM Grand, she grabbed some chicken nuggets from the plaza. We left and headed for the Strip. I decided to Park at NYNY because that way I would be able to leave on Tropicana and not have to deal with the crazy traffic on the Saturdat Before New Years. Parking was a cinch and we walked over to the MGM to see Niel Diamond. Soni is a huge fan, and I think he's alright, so I got her tix as a Christmas present. We walked the 10 miles through the casino and finall got to the arena. The show was good, Soni loved it and I was stuck listening to his greatest hits for the rest of the trip. After the show got out we wanted to go to the Pasta Palace at Palace Station, but it was going to close just about the time we would have gotten there, so it was back to the Golden Nugget and out main staple, the Carson Street Cafe, and then off to bed. I slept in Sunday and to tell you the truth I don't remember much of this day. We went back to the outlets and picked up a couple of birthday gifts and then we looked at the houses in Southren Highlands. We've been toying with the idea of moving out there, Orange county where we live is way overpriced. We looked at beautiful 4,000 sq. foot houses for well under $400,000, while 1,500 sq. ft. houses here are going for $600,000 - $700,000 (rediculous). The rest of the day was spent relaxing with a little gambling that evening. A good relaxing day. The next morning we woke up early and stopped by the Orleans for breakfast and made it home in about 3 1/2 hours. Overall a fun trip, I didn't get to gamble as much as I would have liked, but that's probably better in the long run. Now I'm back home and can't wait until my next escape.