April 4 â€“ 7. Couldnâ€™t get around to writing my TR. Tax timeâ€™s a bitch! Flew AW from MSP, arrived on time to a cold and rainy LV. Caught a shuttle to Harrahâ€™s and by the time we stepped on the the strip it was sunny and things began to heat up. All except the craps tables which pretty much remained cold and rainy (maybe those were my tears?) for the entire stay. The few warm and sunny moments were quickly wiped out by thunderstorms of sevens. We hit the strip and headed down to Paris. Had a nice lunch at Mon Ami Gabi, too windy for the patio though. French onion soup, salad and a few glasses of wine; a great start. Oh, and before I forget to mention it, Monday night karaoke at Barbary Coast has got to be the worst ever, and I HAVE been to Tequila Joeâ€™s. Hereâ€™s the run down: Hotel. Harrahâ€™s Mardi Gras tower, room 316. Canâ€™t beat the convenience of 2 floors up and 1st room off elevator lobby. Pretty basic, nothing special but clean and fresh. Small window overlooking a bunch of pipes and compressors. By straining a little we could see the top of the Mirage sign. Weirdest hotel room view ever. Forgot the digi bought took a snap with a disposable. Iâ€™ll have to post it when I get the photo. Harrahâ€™s pool is small for sure. It would only take two or three large families and it would be filled. I only looked it over quickly but itâ€™s hard to imagine it gets a lot of sun with the tall buildings surrounding it. The dueling piano guys must work 8 hour shifts, They were always playing! Gambling and Drinking. Stupid craps. Stupid blackjack. Stupid sports bets. Actually my three days were; Day 1: poor (one step forward, two steps back), Day 2: good (a few decent runs with the dice, card gods begin to take a little pity on me), Day 3: ugly, (typical roll craps, point set, seven, repeat). Video poker was a bright spot. No big payoffs but consistently left ahead. It was fun to watch the gf play. She attacks the machine like sheâ€™s typing 80 wpm! I had to constantly remind her that the real purpose here was to consume as many free drinks as possible. Speaking of free drinks, we had no hassle at all. Usually bought in with a 10 or 20, played one, two or three credits at a time, and the cocktails flowed freely. And I mean freely! The bartenders at the Venetian VP bar are the nicest, friendliest, most helpful group I have ever come across anywhere. This was completely unexpected. Playing VP and drinking for free sometimes they can make you feel like a mooch ( e.g Ballyâ€™s grrrrrr). Not with these guys, we were so welcomed and attended to it was awesome. They offered new drinks (tried the Bellini â€“ a good breakfast drink, not much kick), and others. It was hard to leave them. Shows. Havana Nights: Great show, very entertaining. This show goes 100mph from flag to flag â€“ super high energy. I was exhausted and all I did was watch! Picked it out of the list at 1/2 Price Shows thanks to the attendantâ€™s recommendation. I downloaded a coupon for $1 dollar off ( big deal!) but it also included a line pass. This was a good deal because the people working there mingled around before tickets went on sale and answered a lot of questions about what was available. This was helpful. Mystereâ€™: Wonderful show. Had 1st row seats and almost ruined my neck looking up at the aerial acts. Midway back would be better. I just read that they re-upped for five more years. Big Elvis: Who doesnâ€™t love him? The Big Manâ€™s the best. Eating. The highlight: Ordered my double cheeseburger â€œanimalâ€ style and fries well-done as I learned on this board â€“ Heaven! Been back a little over a week and I am ready to return. If I can get the RHCP/Weezer tickets, who knows??