so on wednesday i am up and at the video poker machines early at the hilton, playing with no luck while my bride gets ready, joins me downstairs about 7:45 and cab over to the Mandalay Bay for our other trade show. this cab ride, at that time of morning, cost twenty bucks with tip! made great time between stop lights, but sat at the lights forever. put an end to any thouhgts of mine of renting somewhere off strip for a couple of months in the winter, i can see no end or relief to the traffic problems las vegas has, only more problems coming with more growth? made our way through mandalay bay to the trade show area, we had been bumped to another floor by the architects convention, never even knew that floor was there, what a huge place. shopped hard until noon, wrote a few orders, good stuff is hard to find at this show, lots of cheap merchandise, but bargains on good quality can be found. went down to the food court where we usually eat during this show, it was swamped by the architects, so we went on down the hall and hit the mandalay bay buffet. WOW! i was impressed. for 33 dollars for the two of us for lunch, which would not have been hard to spend at the food court when you each also buy a beverage, we had great food. chinese dishes, a shrimp and scallop dish with huge scallops, barbecued brisket. carnivores delight, and my wife was equally impressed with the salads. i was proud of myself for behaving at a buffet for once, with that quality of food, along with the quantity, it would have been easy to do my usual overindulgence! highly recommend the buffet. back to the tradeshow, write a few more orders, know enough that going back through isnt going to find us any more gems. so we are out the door by about 3:30, grab an iced coffee drink on the way out. tram to the castle, across the street to mgm, and down the strip to the alladin. wanted to sign up for the players card, because of the offers i have heard about on this board. accomplished that, wife went on a whirlwind shoppping trip through desert passage, i sat down at a very friendly LOVE 4 POKER table. players were very helpful with the new game. lady to the left of me kept getting 3 of a kinds. guys to the right colored up for a 1000 and 400 respectively, though the guy with 400 had started with 200 down to 40 then back up. wish i could remember more details of the game, you have at least 15 and probably more like 25 on the table, at the minimums, each hand. there are some big swings, i started with a 100, went down to 40, and then back up over a 100, played one more hand and tipped the dealer, cashed out with97.50. so had a pretty cheap lesson in the game. on over to the paris, picked up our tickets to we will rock you at the box office. sat in the bar by the race book, split a turkey wrap and had a couple drinks. bet the horses with no luck, and played a few vp machines on the way to the theatre for the show. we will rock you was fun, even though i paid full price for the tickets, i know you can get them cheaper. not a bad view in the house, seats were nothing to brag about for comfort, but did have great leg room. the lighting, sound, and band for this show are all of las vegas showroom quality. the show itself is what you let it be, and we let it be fun. without giving away anything, i laughed until i cried over brittney spears. great show, go see it! back to the hilton after 16 hours away, quick check of the finances shows being about 635 dollars down, about a 100 of it on the races, the rest on video poker, except for the meals. this will turn around soon!