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Solo Geezer Does Vegas Trip Report

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by K-9treatbaker, Oct 9, 2021.

  1. K-9treatbaker

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    My Trip Report

    First of all, let's talk about me getting to Vegas.

    I flew Flintstone Airways, otherwise known as United DBA as Communtair. Flew from Springfield, MO to Houston, then on to Las Vegas. Okay, that thing they all a plane, that I was on, has a lot to be desired. Hard cramped seats and the plane creaked and moaned the entire flight to Houston. I was not amused.

    I get to Houston and discover I have to go to another terminal to get my connecting flight. Walk at least 100 miles to find the tram, then walk another 200 miles to find the departing gate. Arrived at the gate in the knick of time. So much for me being calm.

    The good news, at least I was boarding a real plane. LOL The flight to Vegas is uneventful and we arrive on time. OH, here we go again. Since United uses terminal three, another 300 miles to get to baggage claim, where my carry-on bag was because Springfield insisted on checking it through to Las Vegas since the plane had no room for it in the overhead bin. If that is what you want to call it.

    Grab my bag, and head for the Taxis. I know it is a flat rate of $19.00 to MB, so after getting in a cab, I rummage through my purse, take out 23.00 for the driver. When we arrive at MB, he asks me how I'm paying, I tell him cash. He then tells me, the fare is $21. 39. I just look at him, hand him the $23.00 and tell him to figure it out. I grab my bag and I'm on my way.

    Even though there were front desk people at MB, they had people at the kiosk, pre-checking everyone in. They insisted. I did ask if a room was available, would it be possible for me to get into a room. I had arrived at 12:30 and check-in is at 3:00. Okay, from all the walking, the anxiety, and now my aching legs, I'm really not feeling great. I decide to grab a sandwich, chips, and water from the little 24/7 shop, right off the lobby. There went $22.00. Ouch. But, it did help. Since I have AFIB, I have to be somewhat careful about anxiety and overdoing the exercise. I sat in the lobby for an hour and decided, I would try again, to see if I could get a room. This time, the same lady that I asked before, told me to go to the front desk and they could probably help. That they did. I was given a room on the 58th floor. Thank the lord, I needed to lay down for a bit.

    The room was really nice. I mean NICE. Two queen beds, that were super comfortable, bed pillows that were so nice, I am buying them, from the website that MB sells them on. The bathroom was very spacious, with a separate soaking tub and a very nice shower. That soaking tub was a godsend for my creaky achy bones. LOL The room was super clean, came with all the usual bottles of shampoo, lotion, and soap. Even had a little bag with a hand sanitizer and a mask.

    All I'm going to say on the mask policy is, it is loosely enforced, if at all. At least where MB and the Luxor are concerned. Many security people, employees, walked right by people not wearing a mask and said nothing. This is strictly my observation and that was on a Sunday-Thursday stay.

    That evening, I met up with a girlfriend of mine, that lives in Vegas, and we had dinner at RIRA. That is the wisest choice I had made in a long time for a restaurant. Usually, when I recommend something, it is a bomb. I had the fish and chips, and they were by far the best fish and chips I have ever had. I mean, I could have licked the plate, like a dog, they were that good. So, go get some Fish and Chips. Arthur Treacher would be proud. LOL

    After my girlfriend and I caught up with our lives over the last 32 years, it was time to call it a night. We lost touch with each other when we worked together at Fredericks of Hollywood in Milwaukee, and I just found her on Facebook a couple of months before this trip. See, Facebook is good for some things. LOL

    The next morning I check out of MB and head over to Luxor. I'm comped there for the rest of my stay. I'm able to check-in at 1:30 at the Luxor. Another plus. I had a tower elite king room. Again, here comes the walking. My room is at the back of the pyramid, overlooking the tram rails. I did have a decent view of the pyramid though. This room was clean but dark. Poor lighting, in my opinion, but I like bright rooms. If my husband would have been with me, he would have loved the room, he is a mole, likes dark rooms. LOL The bathroom was really nice, with a very deep soaking tub, separate shower, and lots of room. Rainhead shower also. Now, I need to get one for my apt. at home.

    Monday afternoon I met up with fellow VMB @UnicornTX, at the Cosmolopitian for drinks. What a fun afternoon, we had. We went to the Chandelier Bar, had a couple of cocktails, and spent a fun afternoon, laughing and talking Vegas. I will say this @UnicornTX is so nice and easy to talk to. I hope to meet up with them again.

    The bed at the Luxor was not nearly as comfortable as at MB, but I really had no issue with it. Except, it was really low to the floor, and I found it a bit difficult to get out, and I'm 5'3". Anyone taller, night have to roll out of it. LOL I suspect it was a memory foam bed. Again, since beds are a very personal thing, I would have to say, most people would be fine with the comfort level.

    Other than the long hike to my room, and my room was right by the elevator, I enjoyed my stay at the Luxor. There is one odd thing, that happened in my room though, three nights in a row. When I was ready to go to sleep, I made sure all the lights were off, the door dead-bolted, etc. The first night, at 3:00 a.m. I wake up to the floor lamp being on. What the hell? Okay, I get up, look around, for what I do not know, turn off the lamp, and go back to bed. I chalk it up to a fluke of some sort. The next night, around 3:30 the same thing happens, I wake up and the lamp is on. This time, I make sure the deadbolt is on, and again, nothing in the room moved or anything. I check the outlet, the lamp switch, the bulb. Everything seems normal. I switch off the lamp, get back in bed, with the heebie-jeebies, and go back to sleep. The third night, the same thing happens, only around 2:00 a.m. this time. Now, I am irritated. I get up, yell into the thin air, "that I need to sleep and to knock off the shenanigans", I'm not scared. I turn the light off, go back to sleep. It does not happen again during my stay.

    It could have been an electrical issue, could have been a ghost, who knows? I do know though, if I had to go down 14 flights of stairs, due to fire, that would kill me, not the ghost. LOL

    Tuesday, I decided to take the Deuce and head to the center strip, and hang around. Again, here I go walking 800 miles to get to the bus stop. I must have rocks in my head. LOL Anyway, go to the Flamingo wildlife habitat, and talk to the nicest young man, waiting for his room. We ended up chatting for about two hours, and it was so nice to carry on a real conversation with a stranger. LOL At least now I don't think I am bat shit crazy. LOL

    I head over to Casino Royale, where I have to play my favorite Elvis machine. I actually played for about an hour on m $20.00 and then I qualified for their promotion of $20.00 so I played that as well for about 30 minutes. Ordered a beer, and the cocktail waitress brought me two. She said that is what they do if you are playing. Hey, who am I to argue? I did forgo their $2.49 foot-long hot dog. I may be a gambler, but I am not that much of a gambler anymore. LOL. In my younger days, that hot dog and the beer were lunch. And to think I am still on this earth to talk about it. LOL

    Now, let's move on to the food. I was anxious to go to Ellis Island and eat dinner. Arrive at EL, get seated right away and shortly thereafter, a food server takes my order. She recommended the Chicken Fried Chicken. They no longer have fried chicken on the menu. The chicken was overcooked and dry The green beans were lukewarm. The salad and the steak fries were good. The table next to me had steaks and the couple sent back both of their steaks. I do not know what the issue was, with the steaks. It clearly was an off day for the restaurant, or maybe their quality has gone downhill. Not sure. However, it may not be on my list of places I must go to, in the future. The good news, though, is I did win 80.00 on Quick Hits, and of course, I was a blur to the kiosk to cash out. LOL

    Now, another place I really have to brag about is Ocean One at the Miracle Mile shops in PH. I had breakfast there, biscuits and gravy, a side of bacon, and coffee, for 8.99. I was seated right away, ate at the bar, and the friendliest bartender took my order right away. Service was top-notch. Although, admittedly they weren't swamped or anything. But still busy. Definitely worth a visit or two.


    Even a lot of the food court restaurants either had limited hours or were still closed. Course, with me being there during the week, that may have been the reason.

    By the time, I got back to the Luxor, my dogs were really barking, so I called it a night, watched jeopardy, and just chilled.

    I spent Wednesday with my girlfriend, and we went out to Red Rock for lunch. We ate at Yard House. Lunch at Yard House was really good, if not expensive. I highly recommend their midnight sangria. So good. I had a prime burger and my girlfriend has lobster pasta. Red Rock casino is so beautiful. I would love to stay there, but they are a bit away from it all, and since I no longer drive in Vegas, probably will not be an option. But it sure is tempting.

    After lunch, Wesla, my girlfriend, and I went to the Water Street District in Henderson. This is something I highly recommend to anyone . Water Street has quaint mom-and-pop shops, many bars, with patios, so I'm sure this is the place to be on the weekends if you like that sort of thing. One of the coolest things was, I noticed that the Rainbow Club, was open. When my parents lived in Vegas, back in the '70s that was their favorite place, to go play slots. My parents have been dead several years now, but I just had to go in and play mom's favorite slot. I was so surprised, they actually had it. I was even more surprised, I won $50.00 on it, so again, I am a blur to the casino cage to cash out. My mom was with me, I just know it. LOL Rainbow Club also has a '50's diner with what looked like outstanding food. Prices to match as well.

    Since, this was our get-out of Vegas day, after Henderson, we headed to Boulder City. This is another very worthwhile side trip if anyone can do it. Such a quaint city, with lots of bars/restaurants with patios, an alien shop, and a cool Hotel, the Boulder City Hotel. The hotel boasts a free little museum that you can wander through, has a downstairs restaurant, and is reportedly haunted. So, of course, I like this place. LOL No ghost appeared, but the hotel sure took you back in time.

    I even found three vintage matchbook covers from the Las Vegas Club, the Mint, and the Showboat at one of the antique shops. I realize they must be reproductions, but still cool in my opinion. I would share my pictures if I knew how to put them on here. LOL

    I did venture downtown for one afternoon. Taking the Deuce there went without a hitch. Coming back, is another story. First of all, since there is tons of construction on LVB and Fremont, the bus stop had moved. I knew it had moved, but still thought it would be on LVB. Okay, it's true, I am a margarita short of a party, thinking it would still be on LVB. LOL Anyway walked to the Golden Nugget, asked a security guard, and he in fact told me, the bus stop was there, by the Heart Attack Grill. So, I trek back to LVB. NO, it is not there. So I walk about a block down LVB, see no bus stop. I go back to Fremont, ask another security guard, he tells me the same thing. Okay, at this point, I'm thinking I have lost my mind. Finally, I get to Carson street, see the Deuce at a bus stop, and the very nice driver tells me, this is where you catch the bus to go back to the strip, 4th, and Carson. It is the same place they drop you off. You can also catch it at the mob museum as well. Again, another 5 miles walked according to my pedometer. And I wonder why I'm limping like a zombie. I also wonder, how daft I really am, not using Uber. Again, I have rocks in my head, and that Vegas sun has melted my brain.

    I did have lunch at Magnoli's and it was very good. I had the chicken parmesan. I played a few slots at the Four Queens, but couldn't get anything going, so I headed down to the GG and placed my favorite slots, Frog Prince, Ancient Dragon, and Liger Loot. Yea, I like those old slots. LOL

    Downtown was not crowded, but again, I was there early afternoon. There were the normal buskers, and I have to say, it was pretty quiet. Although, the lady sitting in one of the circles, with her school-age son, making duct tape vases, kinda made me wonder why her son wasn't in school? Maybe there wasn't school that day?

    The couple of things that I did not experience, either downtown or on the strip was the weed smell. I did not once smell weed either on the strip or downtown, and I spent a whole lot of time outside, in both places. The other thing, I noticed, was the lack of homeless people, either on the walk over bridges on the strip, or downtown. Oh, sure, there were a smattering of homeless, but I sure didn't encounter the amount I had on previous trips to Vegas.

    This pretty much sums up my solo trip to Vegas. No, I did not do all the things I wanted, but I sure did a lot of stuff that I enjoyed, and I did do some of my "must-do" things, like play an Elvis Slot, go to Casino Royale, go the Wildlife Habitat, and have a couple of martini's while playing some video poker.

    It was so nice to see people, talk to strangers, be out and about, and just enjoy people in general after this long hiatus to Vegas. I am hoping hubby will be able to in Jan/Feb of next year.

    That's All Folks. This may not be the best trip report, but I hope it was entertaining, and if not, maybe you didn't have to take that sleeping pill after all. LOL

    Thanks for reading.... :)











     
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  2. clr

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    Very much enjoyed your report! As a female of a certain age I understand the trouble with Vegas and all the walking! It seems as though you took it all in stride and had a great teip!
     
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    Yes! It was entertaining. Love the hit on you mom's old slot.
     
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    It sounds like you had a nice time, especially catching up with your friend. This right here is classic, I love it, "by far the best fish and chips I have ever had. I mean, I could have licked the plate, like a dog, they were that good". I have to be honest, I hate to say it but I have reached an age where LV is no longer pedestrian friendly for me. Uber is my BFF.
     
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    Nice report. Sounds like a great trip. Strange on the taxi ride. The price has gone up $1, so it’s now $20 to MB.
     
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  6. vegas superfan

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    That's so creepy about the Luxor lamp!

    Sounds like you had a great time and got to catch up with an old friend.

    Thanks for sharing!
     
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    What a lovely report! I agree that Mandalay Bay has dreamy rooms and I love their soaking tub. Nothing like a nice soak for sore muscles!

    Great info on the double drinks at casino royale, and the Ocean One drink service!

    That’s cool the you used to work for Fredericks. I think they have superior products and they have survived so many years - hope they keep on keepin on!

    And so many friendly people during your trip! My next solo I swear I’m gonna socialize a bit more!
     
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  8. Mycatspot

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    Paranormal activity at the Luxor has been reported for years, more in the pyramid than the tower. Sounds like you told them who’s the boss! Thanks for sharing your trip report
     
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    Great report! Looks like you get around pretty well for a "geezer" -- You covered a lot of ground! Thanks for taking the time to write it up.
     
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    Nice read, good to know on the fish and chips!

    Was the plane back to Springfield as bad as the one to Houston?
     
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    Thanks for the report! Sounds like a great time and I really need to try RiRa.
     
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    Great report!
     
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    Great report. I especially value the bus information. And I like that this report is all in one piece. Thanks.
     
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    That was sure a treat to read!! Loved the story about your mom’s fave slot!

    I’ll be a first timer at Luxor next month; good to hear the recommendation for RiRa. I’ve walked by but never gone in.

    Fun trip! Hope your next one can be with Hubby.
     
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    Great report from one geezer to another.
    Thanks for a lot of info
     
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    Sounds like a great trip. Was the lamp at Luxor a touch lamp? They are notorious for turning on by themselves.
     
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    Yes, the plane ride from Houston to Springfield was actually worse, if you can imagine that. I was hoping I could turn myself into Endora on Bewitched and sit on the wing of the plane? Remember that episode where she did that. LOL
     
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    I don't think it was a touch lamp, but it could have been. I have never seen a floor lamp that was a touch lamp. But, who knows? LOL I always have odd things happen to me when I travel. LOL
     
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    how can it be a trip report if you don't bitch about the weed smell eveywhere, ;):p lol j/k.
    nice tr: "you ain't afraid of no ghost"
     
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    Thank you @Dewey089 Glad the bus info was helpful,