ThIs may take a few days to finish, I don’t even attempt live reports anymore, but here goes my recap of the weekend. I have been waiting for this trip for a long time. One of my nieces and I have gone to Vegas mid May every year for 8 years, with the exception of last year. The last time I saw her was May 2019. This niece will follow me to any concert I want to see in Vegas as long as we can spend at least one day lounging by the pool drinking piña coladas. She’s been to magic shows, drag shows and all kinds of music, the last concert was Cheap Trick and Poison. I arrived at the airport to find it fairly crowded at 11:00 a.m. and I was extremely happy to see Vino Volo open for a pre flight flight of bubbly. I also got an extra flight pour for $2 for being a loyalty member. My temporary A List netted me an A36 boarding pass, thank goodness as I had totally forgotten to check in and remembered at 4 p.m. Thursday! Another on time departure and we arrived a few minutes early. I carried my bag on and was met in baggage claim by CET driver Robert. He picked me up a few months ago and remembered me and we chatted all the way to Bally’s. I went to check in at Diamond check in where a masked employee told me that masks were no longer mandatory if you were vaccinated. She said that they had removed all the plexiglass from all the gaming tables and as I walked out of the diamond checkin, thIngs were beginning to look like old times. As I made my way to my room in the resort tower I realized I was going to be in the same exact room I was in when I was there the first weekend of March. After unpacking I texted our host an head over to Planet Hollywood to see her, and hit up the ABC store for room mimosa fixings. Our hose found me losing money at a $1 top dollar machine and she visited with me for 20 minutes or so, we are fortunate to have a really nice host. We talked about traveling and she mentioned the mask update. She was masked but is vaccinated, I was masked because I am not. After she left I made my shopping run, went back to Bally’s and dumped the stuff in the room and went down to gamble and wait for my niece. When she arrived we went onto the room and visited for awhile and she told me her cab driver gave her what he was calling real time updates on masking requirements. She is vaccinated but this was her first trip in 2 years and was a little nervous. We had dinner reservations at StripHouse. The one thing I love on girls trips is splitting meals. We split a Caesar, FYI their dressing has horseradish in it and some bites can clear your sinuses! Main course was a 12 oz filet and we had Brussel sprouts and potato purée. Years ago on one of our first trips together we saved room for the 24 layer chocolate cake so we decided to do it again. It was huge and delicious. We had cut off chunks and maybe ate half of it and took the rest to go. Back to Paris for some HL top dollar, hubs had given me some $$ to play on the machine he won $5k on on February, we weren’t so lucky. We went back to Bally’s and stopped at the HL tables to say hi to my pit boss friend, he was about to go on break so I gave him the cake and said enjoy. He texted me a half hour later and said he decided to eat his dessert first! I went to play the new game that took the place of high card flush called I ❤️ suits. I noticed some dealers and some pit bosses without masks, I also noticed many bartenders without them. We slotted around after I played cards then called it a night. She has a 4 year old at home and the time difference from her house to Vegas is 3 hours so she was beat. Pocket dump when I got back to the room, down $1,000. That’s ok, I’ve been down worse on a first day!