A friend of mine brought her barely (last Saturday) 21 year old daughter for her "I'm legal" birthday present and I was thrilled to be able to show them the 3 day highlight reel. We managed to hit enough things on her list so she's happy, and we missed enough so that she must come back, especially now she knows how much fun Vegas is! And her mom had a lot to see too, since she hadn't been here since the 80's. They arrived on Monday just in front of 1pm. I had planned on getting them checked into Flamingo at the airport but found that is no longer possible. No biggie. I was concerned about the lines but had forgotten there was a special Diamond/Platinum line to use. I drove them up the Strip and they were taking pictures right and left, marvelling that they were really here and how cool is all this. Got checked into Flamingo and got a room on the 21st floor with a really nice Strip view, although it was Caesars and north, no Bellagio fountains (the front tower of the hotel blocked the south view). The room was fine, basic and clean, and not a huge hike from the elevators so it all worked out really well. Once they dropped their baggage in the room, I sliced up limes and we cracked the bottle of Cabo Wabo and each downed a shot in honor of the trip. Good stuff. Then they decided they were pretty hungry so we walked up to Venetian to the Grand Lux cafe. I introduced my friend to my favorite drink there, one I haven't found anywhere else. It's called a cosmojito and it's a perfect blend of mojito and cosmopolitan. She loved it. We had two each, and that combined with the tequila shot was bringing on a pleasant buzz. The birthday girl had a strawberry daquiri, and I snagged her a free 2nd one when the waiter screwed up her lunch order and she said she'd take it as he brought it. After lunch we stopped to drop a few dollars into machines at Venetian. Steph, the birthday girl, decided she wanted to buy a shot glass as a souvenir at each casino she gambled at. Knowing what was going to go down the next 3 days, I suggested she might consider a dollar checque from each place instead. It'd be a). much cheaper and b). way easier to pack to take home. They thought I was brilliant. I love when that happens. We decided to tour some casinos in the center Strip area with no specific goal in mind that day. I was hoping to end the day at Carnaval Court. I had warned them about the porn slappers - not that they'd be shocked but how to avoid them if they didn't want them. We passed a few of the slappers and then one of them took a handful out of curiosity. They decided that one of Steph's guy friends should be given a deck of cards made out of different porn cards. So everytime we passed one the next 3 days, we all stuck out our hands getting as many as we could so we could fill the deck of cards with 52 different ones. We decided that the aces would be called the "ass" of (hearts, spades, clubs, diamonds), the two's in the deck would all feature girl on girl, and the queens would be the ones who looked most like guys. I hope they're on the plane home picking out the ass of diamonds and the two of clubs right now. We went to Bill's and saw Big Elvis, then went across to Bellagio. It was too windy in the afternoon for the fountains but they were able to run in the evening and they loved them! Then we went through Paris, which they were remarking looked quite a bit like the real Paris, which they have been to. They also enjoyed Caesars. Since they were on a tight budget (and I am too), we went for cheap food. I took them to Ellis Island for the first night and they loved the value. We each had the steak special, with root beer. Around 9pm they were both showing signs of fatigue and I knew they were still on Eastern time. I had expected it, despite them trying to tell me they'd be good to stay up til all hours. I got them back to Flamingo and went home, and geared up for a long next couple of days.