Our Thanksgiving trip SWA non-stop both ways out of Milwaukee. No problems either way except those cheapos at SWA have eliminated the free drinks on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Bastards! Limo driver was waiting and we got to Cal by 12:30pm and were at Boar’s Head by 1:30. Room 2135 in the West Tower. I think we have been in this room 2 or 3 trips now. It faces the parking structure. Thursday, the line for the Thanksgiving buffet was just like last year. Out of the room, down the length of the BHB to the valet door and then to the escalators. It stayed that way for hours. We waited for the 3rd NFL game to end and walked right into the 777 and ate at the bar. I will start with the good gambling. I hit this on Friday and then this on Monday Besides the getaway, our other goal was to make Emerald for one more year and we accomplished that by 238 points. We had a backup trip booked in 3 weeks for two nights in case we fell short. Since it’s SWA, I was able to move that trip to April. Otherwise, that would have been our 9th trip to Vegas in 2018. Too many even for us. The only drawback was my wife was still my Companion for 2018, so we lost that and her air costs $400 for the April trip. They did refund the $50 EB for her. No problem just moving mine. I started out decades ago as a craps player and now have migrated to VP. Because of the Emerald goal I did do 3 short, $5, slot sessions. Would you believe my first time playing a reel slot machine in Vegas in 40+ years, if you don’t count Powerball. Since the slots accumulate Tier Credits at a rate of 1 per $5, that helped get us over the 15,000 mark for Emerald. I actually came out ahead on the slot play. +300. Board member WWGB mailed me his card and $5 and I played one pull and his Tier Credit went up by 1 point, so he’s good for 6 more months. We’re back in Jan & Feb if anybody else wants that done, PM me. I’ll get back to the gory gambling details later. Here are just some miscellaneous notes. Friday, we had a delicious meal at Redwood as usual. Prime rib and mushrooms for me Lamb chops for my wife Saturday, we met board member @bubbakitty for another great dinner at Second Street inside the Fremont. He again also provided us with 3 large bags of pecans that he gets on his golf course back in TX. Thank you again! I forget which day, either Sat or Sun, one of the brand-new escalators at Cal was broken most of the day. That again complicated the elevator situation. Sunday, I think it was, we met VMB member @Ty and his wife. Very nice people. I was also supposed to meet @jimboguy at BHB, but we just missed each other. Sunday, we walked over to Chicago Brewing at 4Q and watched football in the morning since the Packers didn’t play until 5:30PST. We grazed there on a weekend football special platter. Wings, 2 sliders, 4 potato skins, cheese curds & 4 chicken strips all for $16. There are other choices, but that is what we chose. A bargain and very good. We could not finish it. MSS now has guard behind a podium at the elevators checking room keys. I didn’t walk all the way down there to see if he was actually swiping them, or people just flashed them. At Cal, there seemed to be a guard on the casino floor of the West elevators, but never saw one on the mezzanine level the entire 5 days. With Vegas Club gone, we heard some bass thumping late night, but not awful. Not nearly as annoying as a car alarm going off at 3 AM in the parking structure. Holiday weekend, so the only construction noise from 18 Fremont was on Monday. Nothing dramatic and I didn't take any pictures because it doesn't look much different then the last ones posted. Now for the gambling details. We were gambling from Thursday at 1:30 PM through Monday night. Except for food, mostly non-stop. I was either playing $1 DDB or 10 hand STP DDB (8/5) or 10 hand DDB (9/5). The 10 hands were quarters, so $12.50 per hand. My wife played quarter DDB and for the trip lost $700. Thursday, I had 6 scratch cards and not one premium hand. Friday, along with the Royal, 20 scratchers, but no premium ones. Saturday, 5 all day. Sunday, 15 cards Monday, the $1,000 Royal and 4 cards. I’m torn on how to report the results. Two Royals totaling $5,000, in house money and I came home with $1,000 less then I started with, plus, 30 scratch cards. Did I lose $6,500+ or $1,000+? What say you? If I was still working and my co-workers asked, I’d say I lost about $1,000. My wife says don't count the house money you gave back. I like her way of thinking. I honestly don’t know where it all went. Granted an extra day then normal and all those $12.50 vp hands, that’s also not normal. I did look at some of the "free" cruises as an Emerald member. Inner cabins and taxes and fees totalled over $100pp. Not bad for 7 days but I didn't get into more details. Food, drinks etc. I did ask how much for a 7 day out of Ft Lauderdale with a patio cabin. That totalled up to $640 pp for the upgrade. Of course we would have to pay our own airfare and probably a hotel on both ends. We have never been on a cruise and frankly not that interested, but If we did it, it would have to be in 2019 because we will never see Emerald again after that unless they change the Bconned rules again. I don't see that happening. If we do it next year, I will come back and tap into the cruise experts for opinions. Hope I didn't bore you.