Greetings! This year we did Atlantic City a little differently. Usually it's myself, my sisters, and my parents. This year my parents didn't want to leave their new kittens so my sister hosted Thanksgiving and then just the sisters went to Atlantic City for a couple of nights. I'm actually surprised we made it. Cat drama! My other sister - her old lady cat lost her entire mind and regressed to a dangerously feral state on Thanksgiving. As of Friday my sister still could not get into her apartment. This is the aftermath of my sister, mmy other sister, and b-i-l trying to contain the cat. Unfortunately on Friday my sister had no choice but to call the city to come out, catch her, and take her. Soooo yeah we didn't end up leaving for Atlantic City until after 4 and my poor sister was alternately exhausted and crying at any given time. We left from my parents where I was staying and A drove us to AC. We opted for Resorts this year, in part because of its proximity to Hard Rock where we spent a lot of time last year. I'd booked a renovated regular room so we ended up in the Ocean Tower. Which was just fine for our purposes. Resorts isn't that big so not a whole lot of walking either way. The first thing we did was go get new cards and play a little. What we actually meant to do was find food. We eventually made our way to Hard Rock after unsuccessfully trying to remember how to get there from inside. We ended up grabbing dinner from the bar menu at Council Oak Fish. Surprisingly reasonable. I had Harvest Salad (or something having to do with fall), Manhattan, and after dinner Macallan 12. A had the crabcake (which she said was fabulous) and a Mule. C had the beet salad (also good), Manhattan, and an after dinner Glenfiddich 12. A headed back to Resorts to rest up while C and I stayed behind with our drinks and shared a key lime pie. Poor thing needed to decompress a bit, understandably. After dinner we got our new cards (one day we'll remember to actually bring them with us) and played for a while. We both came out about even and had some fun on the machines. There was a great group singing Motown type stuff, but too crowded to grab a seat and listen. Would've stayed a while, definitely. C and I ended the night with gelato before heading back to Resorts. From the inside this time . Next day we took a while getting out. C had been up at 4 watching her favorite K-pop group at an awards show. A headed to get breakfast and hit the pool. She has some mobility issues, so the pool/jacuzzi is good therapy. C and I finally made it out and went to find breakfast. We ran into A who apparently had played a while and was just eating. She had a great looking breakfast from Ruby's that we unfortunately couldn't get as they quit serving it at noon. We ended up at Hard Rock at...Hard Rock (heh) since they do all day breakfast. Mimosas, eggs, bacon, chicken, and waffles were quickly dispatched. C and I spent the rest of the day playing at Hard Rock. Then we headed to Ocean because I wanted to see something. A month or two ago, they sent an email that seemed to indicate I was going to be gold (2nd tier out of a billion) Oct 1. Which was odd because I knew I was blue (lowest) and hadn't played that much before. But I went to get a new card and yep it was gold. So was C's. OK then. If you say so. So since we were at Ocean we decided to play there and enjoy their spotty ass drink service (which was still better than Resorts where I NEVER got a drink). My tonic was tasty...I assume there was gin in there somewhere. I surely couldn't tell. The Bloody Mary (extra olives plz) was far better and the mix was unusual - I really liked it. By now we were hungry so arranged to meet A back at Resorts at Eastwinds. We went back to Resorts through Showboat/Hard Rock since it was all inside and we wanted to see how desolate Showboat was. It's pretty sad. We saw a grand total of 5 people though we only went as far as the boardwalk side which was minimally lit with a burger joint and a sad bar. They're not wasting electricity, that's for sure. Back at Resorts, dinner turned into an early birthday dinner for C. Her birthday is the 6th so it kind of gets lost in the holiday shuffle. Five spice beef belly, Tsingtao, and green tea tiramisu for me. Beef noodles, Tsingtao, and coconut pudding for C. And chicken pad thai, Miami Vice, and cheesecake for A. C was happy and it was really cute. C was tired from her 4 a.m. wake up so we all headed back to the room after getting water and candy. Plus it was our last night so everyone wanted to be well-rested for the drive back. So of course we stayed up til 2. Whatever. Next morning we did get moving in time for Ruby's. Worth it! Everyone had the corned beef hash. After that we checked out and said bye to AC for another year. We were back in Philly in 1.5 hr or so and I was dropped off at 30th Street to catch an Acela into DC instead of a regular train to New Carrollton. Damn things sell out fast for Thanksgiving travel. It was very people-y in that station. NBC 10 was there getting footage. Train came on time I squeezed into a table on the train with other people who clearly didn't know each other, either, made it to DC and Metro cooperated and got me home in a timely manner. Even so, thank goodness I work from home today.