I decided to take CET up on a promo offer for the GGWUP, comped room, bonus gift wrap points and a 5X gift multiplier. I had plenty of airline credits coming to me, so the flights were essentially free. The impending Minnesota winter was staring a me (already had two snowfalls in October) so this looked like an opportune time to escape. My friend, Dave, from San Diego, had been sending me photos the previous week of him soaking up the rays poolside sucking down cocktails at the Aria with some very lovely cocktail waitresses attending to his every need. That's all the incentive that I required. Flights/Travel: I had a 0700 flight so driving up to MSP in the middle of the night, I encountered no traffic with the exception of watching for the wayward whitetail deer. I left my car at the EZ Airpark and they shuttled me to the Humphrey Terminal. Checking in at the Sun Country desk took a matter of minutes and with the TSA pre-check I was sitting at my Gate in a matter of 10 minutes after stepping off of the shuttle bus. The flight left on time with about 25% capacity. Sun Country had blocked out the middle seats going out and returning; don't know how long this will be the case, but I won't complain. I had no one sitting in my aisle seat, but the lady in the row behind me was coughing up a lung during the flight. There was no food or beverage service on either flight which is standard for this airline during this COVID time. I caught a few zzz's during the flight and could not believe the thick cloud cover over the Vegas area during our landing. I took a brief bathroom break at the baggage claim area and my suitcase was waiting for me when I came out of the restroom. When I walked outside I could not believe how cloudy and cold it was....what the hell happened to the sunshine and warm weather? I was almost warmer in Minnesota. There was a couple of clueless young girls at the Enterprise car rental desk, with an equally clueless person behind the counter. One of the women did not have her ID with her so she had to go outside to retrieve it. Instead of waiting on the next customer(that would be me) the boothling chatted with the other girl until her companion returned about 5 minutes later to complete their rental...come on dude, they were not that good looking. I ended up with a Nissan Ultima with 20,000 miles on it; a solid comfortable ride. I parked all week at the Cromwell parking ramp and walked across Flamingo to Bally's where I stayed all trip. You have to be on your toes crossing Flamingo as Vegas drivers have a tendency to run red lights. My flight home was uneventful; the airport was a ghost town, no TSA pre-check at Terminal three and most of the shops and eateries were closed after 5pm. My return flight was about a third full and I had no one else sitting in my row. Apparently it had rained then snowed the day before in Minneapolis so I spent about a good 15 minutes chiseling the snow and ice off of my car's windows. I'm glad that I had the foresight to leave a stocking cap and a pair of gloves in my car. I encountered exactly two cars driving the 75 minutes back home and the only deer I saw were only a few blocks from my house...oh how those critters love my backyard garden. Hotel: I stayed all trip at Bally's which has become my favorite Vegas hotel. The rooms have been recently remodeled in both towers, rooms are on the large size compared to other Las Vegas hotel rooms, the rooms are generally quiet unless you get a room facing Flamingo Rd (traffic noise). The staff is friendly and helpful, I know many of the bartenders(an added plus) and the casino suits my gaming needs. Also, location, location, location. They painlessly checked my temperature before check in, no questions asked about my health. I asked for an upgrade and the sweet young thing at the desk took my player's card, talked to someone on the phone and gave me an executive suite in the Jubilee tower. The suite was not the two room extravaganza I had back in September, but was a large room with a sunken whirlpool tub with a nice view of the Eiffel tower and most of the Bellagio fountains. I bought a bottle of wine and some bubble bath to use for the tub, but I was so tired at the end of each day that I did not avail myself of a whirlpool bath....much to my regret. I generally have trouble sleeping during my Vegas stays and this trip was the worst. The room was quiet and the king sized bed was comfortable, but I found myself retiring early each night, waking up frequently during the night and waking up around 0600 and not being able to fall back to sleep. Several places at Bally's are closed or open only certain hours/days. Nosh was closed during the weekdays, only open on weekends, the bar near the poker room was closed, the lobby bar was opened only from 4pm until midnight during my stay and my favorite bartenders were not working(oh, the horror). I had no problem getting a timely elevator. One night I did have three young women waiting for the elevator talking nonstop with their masks pulled down. When the elevator arrived, they got in but I stood back. They asked me if I was coming and I told them, "Not with you Chatty Cathys". I was talking a foreign language to these girls. For the younger viewers ,a Chatty Cathy refers to a talking doll back in my youth...quite the novelty back then. Dining: Generally, I eat once or twice a day in Vegas; this trip it was once a day....with plenty of liquid libations. Sunday night I had a large taco salad at Magnolia's at the Four Queens. food and service was good. Monday I just had a couple of appetizers at Vanderpumps at Caesars... bacon wrapped dates and chicken sliders which were tasty(along with some interesting cocktails). Tuesday evening I picked up a foot long Subway sandwich at the food court at Bally's. I decided to use my Diamond card privileges to grab a Heineken at the Lobby bar, but they were closed. I then retraced my steps to Sully's bar and waited a few minutes for the bartender. I flashed him my card and requested my beer but he said that I had to go to the TR desk to get my diamond drink vouchers. Ok, so with sandwich in hand, I wait at the TR desk for five minutes and get the vouchers. I then schlep back to Sully's and wait another good five minutes before the bartender takes my voucher and I finally get my Heineken...geesh.....my sandwich is cold when I get back to the room. I had learned that the Mesa Grill at Caesars Palace was closing soon. I have never dined there so I decided I would this trip. I started out with the tiger shrimp appetizer which was delicious. My opening margarita cocktail was one of the best that I have ever enjoyed. I opted for the steamed halibut which came in a sauce that was good but a little too spicy for my midwestern palate. When my friendly waiter came over to check on my entree, I commented that this fish selection likely does not appear on any Wisconsin Friday night fish fry menu which prompted a loud laugh from him. It turns out that he grew up on the shores of Lake Erie in Ohio and regularly fished for perch out on the Lake. I grew up fishing for perch on the Saginaw Bay(part of Lake Huron) so there was an instant bond between us...midwestern roots run deep....although Ohio State football..... I digress. I also enjoyed a delightful glass of a German reisling wine and finished the meal with a large slice of a coconut cake. Thursday I dined at an old standby, Battista's Hole in the Wall restaurant. The place has an old school ambience ( like the photo of Tracy and Hepburn on the wall by my table). It does not have gourmet Italian food but I enjoy their veal marsala. The carafe of wine is not Opus One, but it is entirely drinkable to this person. I mourn the retirement of Gordie, the accordion player as he is a delightful fellow and had been with the restaurant for decades. Battista's offers a quiet dinner venue, good service, good, but not great food and a great value for dining on the Strip. I'll be back. Friday I grabbed an order of fish and chips at Gordon Ramsey's at the Linq and had to eat it standing up outside...good fish.