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Trip Report 4/20 - 4/25

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by joespoolhall, May 8, 2019.

  1. joespoolhall

    joespoolhall Low-Roller

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    My Trip Report

    Day One
    My brother dropped me curbside at about 10am for my 11:55 SW flight. About 3 min to get boarding pass and drop one bag. Now to try my new TSA Pre. About five min later I'm through the check point and on the way to my gate, which is a long ways off. TSA Pre was the best $85 travel money I've spent. I stop for a chick salad and a glass of wine since I've got lots of time. I leave about 11:15 to make the boarding start as I'm in the A group. I get to the gate and they're almost done! It's barely a half hour before departure, oh well. I still get an aisle seat, so it's fine. I figure we might leave early. Noooooooooo. We pull back on time at 11:55 and sit on the tarmac for about forty min waiting for our turn to take off. Flight goes fine with just a little turbulence landing. I get my back quickly, abnormal and catch a shuttle without waiting. Wait about five min or so in Avis line to find I get a Camry instead of a Chev Cruz, which is great. She asks if I want full coverage and I tell her I already have high liabilty limits, collision, along with collision waiver and loss of use on my Amex, so no thank you. No argument, just a couple of signatures and I'm gone. I check the car, load up and I'm gone. A quick stop at Smiths and I'm at Bob and Sues in about 15 min.

    After the prefunctory how are you and you look good, I take my bag upstairs and come down for some serious catching up. It's always so good to see them. When they were still in Seattle we caught up at least three times a week, so these times are great. They mapped out the weekend. Tonite we'd go to the M for dinner at Burger and brew. Tomorrow, Easter Sunday dinner would be Sue's Prime Rib along with a few other local friends, followed by what turned out to be dbl ot Knights game.

    Highly recommend Burger and Brew. They both had Cobb salad and I had a burger with carmelized mushroom and onions along with provelone. Best burger I've had in a long time. They got the check with points and I got the tip. Forgot to mention the restaurant overlooks the pool, nice atmosphere. Service was very good.

    After dinner we played a bit. Bob played his fav VP and I followed Sue to the Buffalo machines. Normally I play craps and VP, but with aching knees, craps was out tonite. Having been up for about fourteen hours my attention span wouldn't help VP play, so on to my guilty pleasure, Buffalo! I went up and down for an hour or hour and a half before hitting some good bonuses. Then the machine cooled off again. I found another of Buffalo elsewhere (seems like they have 5 or 6 types and sat down. Just before I thought I'd quit, the bonus round of the night hit. About 15 min later it ended and I was about $200-220 ahead. No complaints. In time we left for home. Forgot to mention earlier that the Camry was a little advanced for me. It was on fm radio when i got it. I went into menu to find am (I like LV sports channels in town) and lost the fm. So got the fm back but could locate am either. Oh well! Good car though with only 27,000 mi. Back home we all headed for bed. I noticed a new bed (much thicker than old one) and hoped for a good sleep.

    Day Two
    Next thing I know it's almost 5:30am. I get up for work at 2am at home and generally can't sleep much more than 3am no matter how tired I am. Great bed. I shower, get dressed etc and head down for coffee and my banana. We watch morning news, local KLAS which I like and then Sun Morn. At some point Sue decides to get busy on dinner while Bob and I head to the M for breakfast and to pick up a promo bag Sue had coming. Breakfast was once again at Burger and Brew. Very good breakfast menu for a burger joint. Bob had Eggs Benedict and I had an omlet. Both were good. I paid the check and we moved to the machines. Bob went to his usual Dbl Bonus and i went for plain Jane bonus poker. I spun my wheels for about an hour and wondered if Buffalo could strike again. I toyed with playing craps, but not much movement that early. I found a Buffalo machine where the seat vibrates (suprise, suprise) and played. About an hour in with limited success, bonuses started hitting. Not profound like last night but consistantly. By the time we picked up Sue's bag and left I was up about $180.

    We stopped by Vons for some misc items and headed home. After a bit Sue's sister and BIL came over. Nice to see them after a few years or more. A couple of invitees had to back out due to illness, but one of Sue's best friends made it she was funny. Bob flipped crap at her right and left, only to have thrown right back in his face. It was wonderful! In time we had that great prime rib and the Honey Baked Ham Roy brought along. Good food, good company and then what would be a frustrating Knights game. I'm no hockey expert, but less than 50% for on goal shots seemed pretty weak. After the nineteen or so OTs, the Knights lost. Good byes were said and I went up to bed way late!

    To be continued.....

    Good Luck!
    Ric at Joes
     
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  2. tringlomane

    tringlomane STP Addicted Beer Snob

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    Good start! And I think you lucked out with the Camry. That has been one of our favorite rental cars. The Cruze, one of the least favorite. The engine goes to a low power mode when idling it seems. So it takes a fraction of a second to move when you hit the gas. I don't want that when driving in Vegas!

    Factoring in "blocked shots", only 50% on goal is probably a bit below average. But it's close. The league average this year for missed and blocked shots looks to be about 45%. I say about because I'm not importing into a spreadsheet. Lol
     
  3. joespoolhall

    joespoolhall Low-Roller

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    Like I said, I know next to nothing about hockey. Just seemed like 59 shots on goal might yield more than one score.The Camry was a great upgrade. I had a Cruz a couple of years ago and don't recall any complaints. The only problem with the programming, which would have been ok if there had been an owners manual in the car. Alas there wasn't. Otherwise it was a good car with power and comfort.
    Thanks for the reply, I'll try to get day three in later today.

    Good Luck!
    Ric at Joes
     
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  4. tringlomane

    tringlomane STP Addicted Beer Snob

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    Oh 59 shots on goal. I forgot that was double OT game. And I bet on it in Tunica and lost. Grrr.

    Yes, 1 goal on 59 shots on goal is pretty bad. Teams typically score on about 8%-10% of their shots on goal. But sometimes goalies just stand on their head and steal games.
     
  5. joespoolhall

    joespoolhall Low-Roller

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    Hope to finish the report after I get back from work. For now I'm going to list the basics of the trip I usually start with.
    AIR : SW is my airline of choice these days. One big reason is no charge for changes.
    I originally planned to go 4/13 thru 4/18, but my friends had something come, so I had to change. I had a RT for $225, which is great, but when I changed it came in $48 less. I couldn't believe it.
    CAR : I started checking two months in advance and everything was sky high. I finally resigned myself to $263/wk thru Costco.Two two weeks before I left I found a $178/wk rate for Avis thru Costco. Still the most I've paid, but much better.
    HOTEL : I hoped to try somewhere new this trip, but the comfort of MSS for me was too hard to pass up. I just like the combo that MSS and Cal provide. I missed out on a $30/nt for RF special, which I'm sure sold in no time, but still got a decent rate.
    Ok, those are the basics. Hopefully I'll be back a little later to trudge onward.

    Good Luck!
    Ric at Joes
     
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  6. joespoolhall

    joespoolhall Low-Roller

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    Day Three - The Big Move
    Sorry about the time lag, bit various sh#t and work happen.
    Anyway, I woke up after another great nights sleep. I'm not a great sleeper, so it's a big bonus. I intended to find out the brand of new bed they'd gotten. After showering etc. I tore the bed down as I always do, so Sue could wash the sheets, to find out they put on a gel foam topper. Sue had gotten it at Costco. The brand is Novafoam and is currently $140 at Costco. I bought one on return. Following morning coffee, we went to breakfast at the Cracked Egg. It's on the east side of Green Valley Parkway about a half mi north of GVR. Just a plain Jane breakfast/lunch place that serves really good food. Back at the house we talked a while and I called MSS to see about an early check in and was told no problem. After a bit I gathered my things, said goodbyes and headed out.
    First stop was Trader Joes on Green Valley for some booze and fruit for the room. Right next door is a Dollar Tree, which is handy. They have a lot of junk and a few things that are good values. I picked up a couple of snacks, water, a notebook for TR ideas, and a glass for the room.
    I took my time getting DT. I enjoy driving around town. Eventually I made it to MSS and dropped the car at valet. I planned to try self park this trip as my knees were starting to bother me and self park looked to be closer to hotel front end. I went to valet though not knowing the self procedure.
    Valet said hi and mentioned time since last trip. Pretty good memory since it's been a while. I'm a good tipper, but not that good! I moved on to check in with no line. I greeted the clerk and gave my confirmation # and asked for a renovated room if possible. She didn't really say yes or no. I didn't push as I didn't think it would change the outcome. I received 1107 and proceeded. Entering the room I noticed the old tub/shower combo, but the room looked great paint and wallpaper were new or very new, vanity area was more than ample and the shower head was taller than 4' so I thought it was renovated. I put everything away and headed downstairs. I headed to the Cal to make bets. On the way I grabbed a snack at Aloha Specialties on the way to the sports book. The finished renovations at the Cal look good although I think the escalators are the most narrow I've ever seen. On to the book.
    I think they did a very good job on the book. It's nothing like those in strip hotels or ever most off strip, but it's very comfortable. I made a number of bets and sat down to watch a little. After a while I moved back to MSS and played craps for about 45 min or so. When the table got down to three players, I colored up just shy of even, so no complaints. I just don't like playing at a light table. Next I played a Buffalo machine for about a half hour and hit a couple of decent bonus rounds. After the second, I played it down to about a $30 profit and cashed out. I stopped by the cashier with my chips on the way back to the room. I grabbed a paper on the way up. I turned on CNN and read the paper with a glass of sauv blanc, never a bad thing.
    Later I went down to the 777 for an early dinner as I was getting a little hungry. I got a scotch and tried to figure what I felt like. While perusing, the guy in the next barstool began telling me about all his medical treatment he was in town for! It didn't look like he was leaving anytime soon, so I just ordered some wings to go. I poured a scotch in room before having the wings. I dozed off on top of the bed for a few hours and then went back down. The craps tables going were packed so I sat at the bar for some VP. With no practice in a long time I decided to play at a slower than normal pace. When "in shape" I played at a pretty good clip, but since I only get down once or twice a year now I make some mistakes at that pace. I kept it slow for the whole session and it worked. I made no perceivable mistakes and ended the two hours or so down about $25. It's hard to make anything without quads. Guess that's why they call it gambling instead of sure thing! Time to finish the nights sleep. Day four to come.

    Good Luck!
    Ric at Joes
     
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  7. casinokid68

    casinokid68 VIP Whale

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  8. miss_sonja

    miss_sonja Low-Roller

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    I like to take my time with VP and double check my holds. No need to rush, I’m on vacation!
     
    Airfare booked-guess I’m going!
    First Comp, I couldn't NOT book it, could I?