I didn't do this live but now that I am changing hotels, I want to take a minute to update how it has been going. Arrival was really bad. That isn't the fault of Las Vegas but after being stuck on the runway for an hour with my initial flight and then again after racing through the terminal to board my second flight, my Vegas trip started off on the wrong foot! By the time I got to the Plaza to check in I was completely gassed. I tried to get the mojo going by heading down Fremont and grabbing some Pizza Rock but even that didn't get my gears going. I listed to Crush (that chick has Pipes!), ate some excellent pizza and meatballs, and called it a very early night. Pizza Rock didn't disappoint. The meatballs are always on point. Throw in some spicy pepper flakes and they are spot on. I gave the Detroit style pepperoni a try this time. It is square cut, lots of cheese and pepperoni, and the sauce is ladled on top. I'm not sure it is better than their traditional style but I suspect I'll try it again in the future because it was very satisfying. Check in at the Plaza was quick and easy. I ended up on the 20th floor all the way at the end. The room has a nice few of the Strip (really Rio and Strat) and was very quiet. The lay out of the room was really good. The couch was small but functional. The wet bar is a nice feature but there is some wasted space there that I'll touch on. Very nice large closet with an ironing board but my room didn't have an iron! I really like the work station and have put it to good use to start the week. The bed and pillows were comparable to what you would find at a Fairfield or Courtyard. The bathroom is small in some ways and large in others. The sink is large but flat and in a large space with plenty of room to move around. I know that flat sinks is a popular trend but I don't like them because they don't rinse clean easily when shaving. It looks good but isn't my preference. The shower and toilet are squeezed into a separate space together. It provides decent privacy but I think the space could be better utilized. The area that leads to behind the wet bar is also the entry to the bathroom. There is already a door separating this space from the bedroom, so if I was remodeling these rooms I would merge this with the bathroom. I would flip the wet bar so it is only accessible from the lounge area and not from both sides. I would then expand the bathroom into the space behind the newly walled off wet bar giving what is a decent bathroom a ton of additional space to create an amazing bathroom. I did eat at Hash House for happy hour. I went with the bucket of fries (a ton of fries) and the chicken wings. While it wasn't as good as the towering breakfast items I've enjoyed there in the past, it was a good deal for happy hour. I sat at the bar and the staff was friendly and responsive but left me alone to watch the Reds game when I was with drink and food. I finished up with a cold brew nitro coffee which was solid and mild. You won't need sugar or cream in this brew. Last night I had happy hour at Oscars. I had been heavily fed at lunch, so I wasn't looking for a big dinner. I had the Shrimp Cocktail, Meatballs (I now, twice in one trip), a gin and tonic, and finished with an Oban 14. The shrimp cocktail had two very large shrimps in a nice cocktail sauce with a wrapped lemon. It was very tasty and filled what feels like a mandatory box when in Vegas. The meatballs were large and flavorful. They are a firmer texture and have some real chew to them. I suspect this is the blend of meat doing it's thing. The sauce(s) were excellent. I would recommend them as a good buy in addition to being delicious if you are doing happy hour at Oscars. The Oban was very pleasant. I had not had it before and the bar keep was spot on in his description of it when we were discussing their selection. It was smokey.... like sipping whiskey while smoking a stogie without having to light up levels of smokey. Very easy to drink with only a minimal amount of water added. If you like peat, spice, fruit, or salt... this isn't your whiskey. If you like smokey and malty, give it a go. Gaming at the Plaza was a mixed bag this week. The dealers were friendly. Drink service was reasonable. The selection of Black Jack (standard, liberal, party pit, free bet) was good. I played liberal and standard. The tables were struggling to stay populated during the morning hours and evening hours when I tried to play. I say tried because this was the worst run of cards I can remember having. That is not the Plaza's fault nor was it a reflection of bad rules. At one point I bought back in last night with a small buy of 20 hands worth of chips just to see if I could shake the bad run and lost it all in 30 hands. I've never seen so many failed double downs or dealer 21 the long way in my life. It's the way the cards ran while I was here and from the guys I played with, I wasn't the only one feeling it. It is hard to get in the groove when it goes that way and I never did get to the point where I was feeling it and elevating my bets to better levels. I'm sure there would have been a lot more tips and money spread around had I felt good about the play. That said, I would try it here again as this was just a bad luck trip. Pictures are coming but internet has been spotty this morning. Hopefully it is stronger at Luxor and I'll be able to add them.