Good evening VMB, I’m taking a break from packing with Mrs Kachow to go ahead and get this report started. After our last trip in July, our next trip was originally scheduled to be for New Years as a birthday present to me as My birthday is Christmas. My wife asked as one of her birthday presents this year if we could go visit her parents where they winter in Gulf Shores Alabama for Christmas instead and of course I had to oblige. I actually really enjoy my in-laws I think more than most people do, but I did also bargain this trip to Vegas that we embark on tomorrow. Her birthday is in early October, so this trip isn’t actually on either of our birthdays but it sort of feels like a birthday trip anyways and besides, who needs an excuse to go to Vegas? I’ll lay out some preliminary ideas of what you can expect out of this trip below, and then we can get the trip started in earnest tomorrow. flights: nonstop OKC to LAS tomorrow at 1:20pm and returning Thursday 11/19. accommodations: First three nights @ Cosmopolitan, checking out Monday. We are staying on a comp offer that I generated from our last trip, but I also paid to upgrade to the wraparound suite which seemed a very reasonable price and it’s what we stayed in last round at Cosmo and we loved the room. Monday we check into a One Bedroom Lakeview Suite at Bellagio. Haven’t stayed in that room type before, but I snapped it up on a hell of a deal a month or two ago (about $3-400 a night cheaper than I have ever seen it before) and so we are excited to try that room type. Activities: tickets to Absinthe Sunday night. We’ve never seen it before and are very excited to try it. We are considering checking out one of the other recently opened shows as well. I really wish the Cirque shows had restarted or Le Reve was running as well but they are not yet. Mrs Kachow wants to do some shopping as well so probably hit up Fashion Show Mall and Forum Shops. Dining: I have reservations for several dinners and we are doing a fairly heavy Italian lineup this trip with a couple of our faves plus some we haven’t tried before. Reserved so far in no particular order are: Joe’s Steak & seafood at Forum shops (first time for us) Costa Di Mare at Wynn (my favorite) Lago (Mrs Kachow’s favorite) Carbone (first time for us) Jaleo (this one is a maybe for us but we have reservations, haven’t eaten here before and we generally cancel at least one reservation per trip and I would bet this would be the one) Brunch at Bardot Brasserie (new for us) Also if you read my last trip report you know I will eat Pok Pok wings at least twice while at Cosmo. Everything else dining wise is up in the air. gaming: We will probably mostly play Slots while at Cosmo, maybe some roulette. We will also be playing a good bit of blackjack, although last trip I didn’t like that you had to be playing $50 min at the lowest to get a decent game at either Cosmo or Bellagio so the blackjack is more likely to be played during the daytime at places like Caesars or possibly Cromwell. That’s all for now. I will do my best to update regularly, and will likely update you all tomorrow either from the airport or when we arrive in Vegas. Also, check out how mad Willy is that we are packing and he knows that means we are going on a trip. Miniature Schnauzers are extraordinarily skilled at the art of emotion blackmail. This one actually studied under his older brother, who is currently skulking on our bed.