Supermanâ€™s Balls Vegas 6/16/07-6/22/07 Chronological edged out topical in the poll, so here it is. You can rate whether you approve or not:evillaugh Not many photos, but posted here: http://travel.webshots.com/album/559630211GPmFzT The basics: Flights: Southwest, RDU-LAS non-stop Hotels: Golden Nugget, 2 nights free; Planet Hollywood, 4 nights Resort Vista $149 each (cnew7 promotion) Transportation: rental car (6 nights full-size Alamo, Chevy Impala, $146 taxes & fees included), taxis, walking Entertainment: Strip club, Rat Pack is Back, Spamalot, â€œOâ€, spa morning, pool time Gambling: Nickel slots, $5 & $10 minimum craps Food: mostly middle of the road this trip, Pullman Grill & Second Street downtown, Mon Ami Gabi, Palm for lunch, 1 breakfast and 1 dinner buffet at Planet Hollywood (2 for 1 coupons with our room rate) Saturday 6/16/07 Woke up early, too excited to sleep. Off to airport early, had some lunch there. Met a guy who gave us a booklet of Southwest drink coupons. CoasterKikky had already sent me some, so we were all set on the ride out! Of course, one of us (me) had to be sober enough to drive once we got to Vegas, since we rented a car this trip. I HATE planning to be sober in Vegas, which is why I donâ€™t like to rent a car, but we had some errands to run this trip and the cost-effectiveness analysis favored renting. Our flight was a half hour early, so we had to wait on the tarmac while the other plane finished loading and left our gate area. When we were on the tram over to the main terminal, we ran into the guy who gave us his drink coupons. He asked us if we had enjoyed them and gave us another booklet (theyâ€™re the old style that expire at the end of the month). Our first win in Vegas! Our luggage arrived quickly and we got on the shuttle to the car rental facility. Alamo has a kiosk so we didnâ€™t even have to wait in lineâ€”just scanned my driverâ€™s license and credit card, walked me through my reservation (I avoided the up-sell to an SUV and all the extra coverages, just barely) We were then directed up the escalator to the lot where we could pick whatever car we wanted out of the appropriate aisle. We didnâ€™t have a lot of options, but weâ€™ve rented the Impala before and liked it so we picked a silver one. We picked up a map and directions to the interstate from the person checking the cars at exit. It wasnâ€™t difficult to find our way thereâ€”we were doing a lot better (in terms of being in the proper lane) than half the other drivers around us. Hubby was driving so I was oohing and aahing over all the new constructions (thereâ€™s always new construction in Vegas, right?) and he was jealous because he had to pay attention to the road. We ended up at the Golden Nugget valet around 4:30. We checked in (sadly, not in the VIP room this time) and received a North Tower â€œdeluxeâ€, king nonsmoking (which is what Iâ€™d asked forâ€”the clerk couldnâ€™t tell me what tower it would be in though) Our room was on the 10th floor and we had a view overlooking the pool. Much time was spent with binoculars looking out over pools this trip. After we checked in we went to get a gallon of water at Walgreens, stopped for a couple of microbrews to go from Four Queens ($3 each), dropped our stuff in the room and gambled a bit. We had dinner reservations at 7:00 at Pullman Grill at Main Street Station so we headed over there a little early and were seated promptly. There was one large group in the restaurant (about 40 people?) and a couple other tablesâ€”otherwise the place was pretty empty. Especially for a Saturday night. Despite the seeming emptiness of the room, the large group screwed up our service and no one warned us our dinner salads/soup would be served before our appetizers were. A small detail, but still. We had a bottle of California zinfandel ($30 montevinaâ€”tasted like a chianti, nice), shared the seafood medley appetizer ($11), enjoyed the bread basket, and each had a version of surf & turf. I had steak and shrimp scampi ($28) and chose the seafood bisque as my starter (very rich, somewhat bland) The steak was good, shrimp slightly overcooked, but not oversauced, which was a nice change. Hubby had the petit filet & lobster ($45.95) and chose a salad starter. We enjoyed the meal (total $121.53 plus tip) but decided we donâ€™t need to go back there again. No desserts or coffeeâ€”we couldnâ€™t even finish our wine (which NEVER EVER happens to us). I had received a text message from CoasterKikky that she ate at California and was going to gamble there. We were about beat but walked over to say hi and thank her for the drink ticketsâ€”met outside Lapperts ice cream at California so I had to get some (single scoop, $2.50) After chatting a bit, we went to bed and CK went on to win a little money (if I recall the next text message correctly). Sunday morning I actually managed to stay asleep until 7 or so, very unusual for me in Vegas (2 benadryl tablets might have something to do with that!) Careful Kittyâ€™s at El Cortez was on the menu for breakfastâ€”the best biscuits & gravy Iâ€™ve found in Vegas, possibly anywhere. I ordered that and a side of hash browns. I think Dane had the egg/bacon/toast special. The total (including juice, coffee) was $17.76 plus tip. Iâ€™m looking at the receipt now, and they have their address spelled incorrectlyâ€”it says Freemont, with two â€œeâ€s. Thatâ€™s funny to me. But itâ€™s been a long day and Iâ€™m easily amused. Moving onâ€¦..They are widening the sidewalk and putting up some neon signs in the median on the stretch of road between the canopy and ElCo. I think it will look really nice. We gambled until it was time to go to the outlet mall (opens at 10am) and then we drove over. Hit the shops, bought a new knife, some clothing. Left right around noon as it was getting hot and crowded! Most of the rest of the day was spent gambling. Except for the time out to get the half-price tickets for the Rat Pack is Back at the kiosk in Four Queens. We did VERY well at the craps table, and I wasnâ€™t losing at nickel slots either. Additionally, cocktail service was very good! I think we snuck down to Golden Gate for a shrimp cocktail and beers at one point (I know we did while we were downtown) but I donâ€™t have a receipt and that day is pretty hazy in terms of a timeline. I know we showered at some point and headed out to dinner before the show. The original idea was to go to Triple George, because we had such a great meal there, but when we got there, we realized I hadnâ€™t done my homework thoroughly enough and theyâ€™re closed on Sunday. Some bikers were having a bbq sale on the sidewalk and invited us to join in but we declined and headed to Fremont to see if we could get into Second Street Grill. They were just opening their doors and sat us immediately. Dane had a glass of shiraz ($8) and I stuck with water, as the lingering effects of the yard of mudslide and afternoon of Coronas wouldnâ€™t wear off until Monday morning. I ordered the whole flash-fried snapper ($27.95) I had last timeâ€”again, one of the most perfectly prepared fish dishes Iâ€™ve ever had. Dane ordered blackened ahi ($26.45) that he said was delicious. Total $66.62 plus tip. We caught a cab over to Greek Isles and picked up our Rat Pack tickets at the box office and waited in line. So weâ€™re drunk & full at this point, and Iâ€™m standing on heels. Yeah, thatâ€™s a good feelingâ€¦..So I really enjoyed the show. It wasnâ€™t crowded (most of us moved seats after about 5 minutes) There is cocktail service during the show. I think it lasted an hour, hour and a half? I really liked Dean Martin, though I realize many think heâ€™s a weak link in the group. Thatâ€™s ok; I think heâ€™s cute! After the show, there arenâ€™t any cabs. Anywhere. People are just milling around clueless. Finally, we went to the street and tried hailing themâ€”they started coming in eventually. So we got back to the Nugget, I changed my shoes and we gambled a little moreâ€¦..Then we passed out. Monday morningâ€”hubby wanted Krispy Kreme. We went to Fitz and ordered a half dozen ($5.49) a coffee for him ($2) and water for me ($3) We sat outside in their little eating area because it wasnâ€™t nuclear hot yet. After breakfast we gambled a little then I said we had to try the pool before we left GN. So we changed, hit the water slide, looked at the shark tank, and exited. Very cool to look at but so many dang kids. Thatâ€™s the problem with the new pretty, fancy poolsâ€”too many kids! They donâ€™t want to hang out at a concrete hole filled with water, so thatâ€™s where Iâ€™d prefer to be. GN was packed all weekendâ€”good for themâ€”but lots of families. We checked out of the hotel (so sad, except it was lovely to have them say â€œyour balance is zeroâ€! We had errands to run so we headed southeast. Hubby got his stuff, we got provisions at Walmart, then made it to the airport just in time to get our friends. We took them to Leeâ€™s Discount Liquor to stock up. Then we drove over to Planet Hollywood, hoping it was late enough weâ€™d be able to check in. Gave the poor bellman all our bags (cooler, liquor bottles, and so on) and got in line. We lucked out and our room was readyâ€”a Resort Vista on the 17th floor (1779) Our friends room wasnâ€™t ready yet but it was on our floor so we all went to our room and had our bags delivered. We were all a little hungry so Heidi and I went to find some food in the mall. We picked up our coupon booklet and had a 2 for 1 at a place called Taconeâ€”lots of wraps (around $7 each?). So we did that and went back to the room. The boys set up the hospitality suite and were drinking while ogling girls in bikinis with binoculars. We had a great viewâ€”the pool directly below, Bellagio fountains to the right and City Center construction across the street. Heidi is an architect and my husband loves construction so they were in heavenâ€¦.Monday was the day we planned to go to a strip clubâ€”every time we go to Vegas with these friends, we say weâ€™re going to do it and then we run out of time. So Brian calls Scores, which was recommended to me by people on this board (happy hour, better looking women than some other places, a feeling Iâ€™d be more â€œcomfortableâ€ there, etc) So Brian asks about happy hour and then he asks about a cover chargeâ€”free if we drive ourselves but $30 (each) if we arrive in a taxi or limo. Iâ€™m too cheap for that (and thereâ€™s no way weâ€™re driving ourselvesâ€¦.) so we start to look for another club. Iâ€™m having a hard time remembering names so weâ€™re trying to look up stuff in the yellow pages and realize weâ€™re missing the entire â€œEâ€ section (we figure entertainment, could be â€œexoticâ€, not sure, but it was all missing) So then we call down to see if the other room is ready, and it is, so we send the boys down to get the key. While our room had not been renovated at all, theirs had some â€œHollywoodâ€ stuff on the walls, including a foam Conehead we had to cover with a towel because it was so disturbing and creepy. We find some other listings and call Cheetahs. Brian asks about a cover and they say there isnâ€™t one (before 9?) And Brian clarifiesâ€”even if we come in a taxi? And the guy says, hell, you can come on Supermanâ€™s balls, thereâ€™s still no cover. None of us are quite sure what that meant but it amused us highly all week. Lap dances were $10 before 7 too, so definitely a frugal strip club. Not the hottest girls but thatâ€™s ok, we were happy. We took a cab over, got a table by the main stage and ordered our drinks and let our eyes adjust to the darkness. Heidi ended up getting 3 lap dances while the rest of us were happy with a single lap dance each. They called a cab for us and we headed back out into the night, supremely happy weâ€™d finally made it to a strip club in Vegas. And, now I know what the stripper smell is that so many of you talk aboutâ€¦..Back at PH we roamed around and checked out the table limits ($10) and decided we wanted some food, but nothing much. We got a little pizza at a place in the mallâ€”Aromi dâ€™Italia cafÃ©, $15 for 2 pizzas. After dinner we gambled in the casino. I didnâ€™t stay longâ€”I was hot (the casino didnâ€™t have enough air flowâ€”not sure what they screwed upâ€”was almost like some of the air exchanges werenâ€™t working because not only was it really warm, it smelled smoky, which Aladdin never did) Everyone else played craps for a while but I fell asleep early. Tuesday morning we had breakfast at La Salsa Cantina. Dane had the $3.95 2 egg breakfast special and I had a breakfast quesadilla ($6.45) I called Wynn to see when we needed to pick up our Spamalot tickets for that night (9am to 1 hour before the show) and we decided weâ€™d drive over after breakfast. Our friends were in the casino and they decided to come with us, and we said weâ€™d take them to Golden Nugget to play some craps. Took about 40 minutes to get our car from valet. What a mess! Quick trip to Wynn, in and out just picked up the tickets, then down to Golden Nugget. Well, the craps table was NOT so nice to us that dayâ€”very sad. But our friends said that GN looked cool and they might consider staying there on our next trip. Yippee! Feeling hungry so we hopped over to Binions and grabbed a quick bite at the snack bar. I think my husband had nachos and Brian & Heidi shared a turkey sandwich (no clue how much the nachos cost but the turkey sandwich was about $6.75 and swear to god had about a pound of turkey on itâ€”I nibbled some turkey and some nachos but didnâ€™t eat a full meal myself) Got the car from GN valet (about 10 minutes) and headed back to PH to impound the car again. There was some gambling, then some showering, and we took a cab back to Wynn around 5:15 or so. Decided to get a quick bite to eat at Zoozacrackers (though Red 8 was tempting!) I had a half-sandwich and soup ($10.50) Roast beef and chicken noodle soup. Hubby had latkes ($7) and he says mine and his are both much better. The chicken noodle soup was really good though. We still had some time before the show so we signed up for playerâ€™s cards and played some nickel slots, then headed over to the show. Seating at Spamalot was quick and painless, and our seats were amazing! We had the front row of the balcony, smack dab in the center. I tried not to sing along out loud (until the end, when they encouraged us to do so!) After the show we grabbed a cab back to PH and gambled with our friends on the mezzanine level for a whileâ€”great cocktail service because the slots there are right next to the high limit area and there arenâ€™t many people up on this level. Wednesday morning we had breakfast at the Spice Market buffet (we had 2-for-1 coupons with our room rate and our friends didnâ€™t want theirs, so we ended up with two coupons) Breakfast is $14 so it was around $15 with tax. It was very niceâ€”only thing I didnâ€™t like was the link sausage. But the apple bacon, smoked kielbasa, smoked salmon, and eggs benedict but with crab cake were all yummy. Their fruit selection is extensive and all so perfectly ripe. Joy! After breakfast I headed to the spa-I had a 9:00 am massage booked and wanted to exercise first. The gym opens at 6am but the spa doesnâ€™t open until 8am. I checked in and got my locker then went to exercise. 20 minutes of cardio, 25 minutes with the free weights on the stability ball, and I was ready for my massage! I showered off and waited for Sharon to pick me up. I got a lime & ginger salt scrub ($75) followed by a quick shower (in the treatment room) and then a 50 minute Swedish massage ($115) that included an extra 25 minute (not really!) foot massage (normally $25? But I had a coupon from the Miracle Mile shops coupon book) By the time she was done with me I could barely move and didnâ€™t want to! I headed for the steam room but that didnâ€™t last longâ€”I never can breathe in there. So I rinsed off and sat in the Jacuzzi for a while then lounged on a lounger in that room, reading, drinking teas & juices, until I had enough energy to go in the sauna for a while. By then it was almost noon so I figured I better clean up and head back to the roomâ€”Mikey was coming over around 1:00 for lunch & pool time. I got to the room a little bit before my husband and our friends, who had been down at the pool for a while. They continued to watch the bikini hotties with the binoculars through the window while I called in a to-go order to La Salsa Cantina (I donâ€™t remember all I ordered but the total was $51) I went down to pick the order up and didnâ€™t even have time to finish my beerâ€”the order was ready by the time I got there. Nice! Our friends were having lunch with some family who were in town so they were in and out of our room, trying to get ready in their room but each calling each other back to come look at a new bikini. Mikey showed up and we all had a few more cocktails (one of the nicest aspects of the Resort Vista is the LONG counter/vanity in one section of the bathroomâ€”that has always been our bar set up. We had a cooler and we also got a fridgeâ€”for â€œmedical reasonsâ€) ate some Mexican food, chatted about our lives, and watched hotties in bikinis some more (sadly we only had 2 pairs of binocularsâ€”wonder how many weâ€™ll have to bring next trip??) After we ate as much as we figured we could, we filled up our Go-Cups and headed to the pool, after making sure that my cue balls had sunscreen on! We immediately got in the poolâ€”thereâ€™s no way Iâ€™m sitting outside in 110 degree sunâ€”Iâ€™m not a slow-roasting pig! I prefer to marinate, thank you. We chatted with some people in the pool (sadly, the Wicked Weasel chick had left by the time we got down to the pool) and finished our drinksâ€¦..I couldnâ€™t stay too long without a drink, but I think we lasted an hour or two? Geez, time flies when youâ€™re drunkâ€¦..Back in the room we took turns showering and drinking some more and Scott came up in his slippers to say hi, have a drink & chat, and Mikeyâ€™s brother showed up too. Brian & Heidi might have come back at some point tooâ€¦.The wine-drinking group eventually headed out (Mikey stopped drinking at some point because they were going to move his truck to Mirage I think) and we Bellagio-bound people headed over around 7:00 to see â€œOâ€. As I expected, I didnâ€™t enjoy it. Iâ€™m amazed and interested for about a half hour, and then Iâ€™m ready to move on. I donâ€™t get it, I donâ€™t like it, and I donâ€™t want to pay that much money for any Cirque shows ever again (I fell asleep in Zumanity, which I had to be forced to see, and I was coerced into seeing â€œOâ€ too, but I put my foot down on the way out of the theater) We did have nice seatsâ€”loggia, just off to the rightâ€”so no one to block our line of vision, great view of the stage. Iâ€™d recommend the seats but I cannot recommend a Cirque show. Iâ€™m a Broadway chick. I need a plot, and preferably, good music & lyrics too! After the show we went to Mon Ami Gabi. Though it was 9:30 the wait for the patio was 45-60 minutes so we decided to sit inside and were seated immediately. The bread was amazing, butter nice, but we still havenâ€™t figured out the little couscous dish they brought with the baguette. We ate itâ€”it was goodâ€”but it just didnâ€™t seem to fit. Hubby had the steak Roquefort ($23.95) and I had 2 appetizersâ€”chicken pate ($9.95) and French onion soup ($7.95). Heidi had stead bÃ©arnaise ($23.95), and Brian left to gamble some more and ate leftovers later. Food was greatâ€”I couldnâ€™t eat all mine. After dinner we gambled more at Planet Hollywood then headed to bed. Thursday morning we had breakfast at Ocean One bar & grill in the miracle mall shops (formerly Maxâ€™s I think) I had the egg breakfast special ($5.99) and hubby had the French toast ($5.99). Ok, but the $3.95 breakfast special at La Salsa Cantina was tastier. We gambled after breakfast because I had to use the computer at 11 to check in for our Friday flights and we didnâ€™t want to leave the casino. We roamed between craps tables, slots, and our room for some drinks & binocular-voyeurism (Hubby counted 20 or so construction cranes outside the window and said the concrete plant for City Center is bigger than the concrete plant in our town) At 11 I ran down to the business center at PH and listened to some women bitching about having to pay to use the internet and why couldnâ€™t the hotel check into their flights for them and so on, mentally screaming â€œitâ€™s 11am and I need my â€œAâ€ boarding pass!! They finally left (never did pay the $5 to use the computers) and I hopped online and checked in--#21 & 22. Paid my $5 (no charge for printing the boarding passes) and went to the room, dropped them off and picked up hubby for some shopping at Caesars. He got some tennis shoes at Nike and lotion at Kiehls, I got a jacket at St John, then we were ready for lunch at the Palm Restaurant. We both had the businessmanâ€™s lunch--$19.50 each, choice of salad or soup, entrÃ©e, coffee/tea. We each had the fish of the day (Halibut with a brown butter & white wine sauce) and Caesar salads. I had a glass of pinot grigio and Dane had a pint of Fat Tire amber. Total was $59.53 before tip. The meal was great! Service a little slow at the beginning but it picked up. We had a couple more stores in the Miracle Mile shops to hit and then we dropped our stuff in the room and Iâ€™m pretty sure I fell asleep for a while. Afternoon a little hazy. We packed too. Iâ€™m sure eventually we woke and drank more. We had dinner in the buffet (using that last coupon, dinner was $25 or so) Played some more craps after dinner, and headed to bed not too too late. Friday morning we got ready, checked out, and waited for our car at the valet (about 25 minutes this time) We took the â€œscenicâ€ route (down Las Vegas Blvd) to the turn off for the rental car facility. Took us about 15 minutes to drive from PH to the rental car place. I paid the $20 to check our bags at the rental car placeâ€”I know how crazy long the Southwest line at McCarran can get, so by checking the bags all we had to do was wait in the security line (bad enough on its own!) We had plenty of time for breakfast in the Mexican placeâ€”jose cuervo tequileria, breakfast burrito ($7.99 each). Flight home mostly uneventful. Overall: *I came home with $400 more than I started with, in terms of gambling *Planet Hollywoodâ€”though the casino started to grow on me, itâ€™s no longer my happy place the way Aladdin was. Golden Nugget has taken the lead in that area. *We love to go to Vegas with Brian & Heidi and canâ€™t wait for the next trip with them. It was nice to see some friends IN Vegas and meet a couple more from the board too *Spamalot was great. Cirque to Soleil wonâ€™t get any more of my moneyâ€¦..