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Trip Report 8/12 - 8/16; w/wife and kid

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by The Toddster, Nov 2, 2019.

  1. The Toddster

    The Toddster Don't be an egg-suckin' dawg!

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    My Trip Report

    This one is delayed because I was in a bad mood when I got back and never got around to posting it.

    This was the first time my daughter got to experience Vegas. She graduated in May of this year and has quite a bit of Sue Heck in her (along with Axl), so it was going to be... different.

    From my sparse notes and as best as I can remember...

    Monday, 8/12/19
    We got up bright and early and drove to my employer's location at BNA, which is where the old terminal was located. Uber showed up quickly and got us to the airport in a matter of minutes. We got through security in record time, and on a Monday morning at that. Seriously, from the time we entered the line at the 1st checkpoint until we'd made it through the thing that let's them look at you naked, 10 minutes.

    Flight was on time and uneventful, which is just how I like it.

    Landed and Mr. Uber arrived promptly and got us to Bally's quickly.

    Check-in didn't take long. I pulled out a 20 and asked Alexis if she had any complimentary upgrades. She replied that she did and got the sheet and read off the upgrades and their prices. COMPLIMENTARY. COMP. LI. MENT. ARY. It means something different to her than it does me. I declined and put my 20 back in my pocket. I don't remember what kind of room we had but it was nice and there were no issues. It was in the tower that runs parallel to the strip. The room could have been cooler but the temp was 110 degrees outside.

    My first meal each trip is at In-N-Out by The Linq. Loved it. Daughter wasn't as impressed, but what does she know, she's just a kid. We wandered around and they went into lots of shops to ooh and aah at stuff that was really expensive. I gambled and didn't do worth a crap.

    For dinner we went to that deep dish pizza place outside of Bally's. We ordered a small and it was plenty. It was much better than I expected and the girls liked it, so we all went to sleep full and happy.

    Tuesday, 8/13/19
    We ate the cheap $5 breakfast at the PBR place outside of Planet Hollywood. Food was fine, service was fine. Hard to mess up a cheap breakfast.

    The gals wanted some pool time so we rented a day bed at Bally's. They're slow there. We stood in line for nearly 20 minutes and there was only 1 person in front of us. Maybe it was 2. Anyway, they were either super slow or moderately slow, respectively. The kid who waited on us was really nice. And slow. He took us out to our spot and set up everything. I tipped him five bucks, which I hope was enough.

    They LOVED it. The music wasn't too wild or too loud. The people weren't too loud or too crazy. The rental came with two drinks. My wife rarely drinks and has a terribly low tolerance for booze. My daughter reported that "Mom got drunk from her two drinks," which I don't believe. She got drunk from THE FIRST ONE. They got a bunch of bottled water, too. It wasn't very "wild Vegas" and that suited them fine.

    I played bubble craps at Casino Royale and won a nice chunk of change.

    My wife (or my daughter, I forget) wasn't feeling well and we walked to Panda Express between Harrah's and Casino Royale. The food wasn't bad for fast food and the service... was service.

    We got Ben & Jerry's ice cream and everyone was happy again.

    Wednesday 8/14/19
    This was the day the girls were waiting for: SHOPPING. We hit PBR again, and it was fine again.

    The girls hit every mall/shopping thing on the strip. It was HOT and we were TIRED at the end of the day. They loved the shopping. I love that they loved the shopping. I hate the actual shopping.

    We hit the south end of the strip (shopping again) and tried the Shake Shack at NYNY. It became our new favorite burger restaurant and we all hit our phones to see if there's one near us. THERE IS! In Nashville, 68.1 miles from our door to theirs.

    Thursday 8/15/19
    This morning we ate at... La Salsa in the Miracle Mile shops. Food was fine; got the cheap-ass $5 meal.

    We played the Twilight Zone mini-golf at Bally's. It was fine. I liked the theme but indoor mini-golf, to me, seems so cheap and weak. I cut my teeth on big elaborate Myrtle Beach mini-golf courses in the 70s and 80s. The staff was very friendly. This one really friendly (and weird) lady who works there would come out while we were playing to take our picture in front of some of the props. I felt that she was just doing it to hustle tips and I think I was the only dummy who tipped her. To my credit, I didn't tip her much. The girls enjoyed the game and, most importantly, I won.

    The girls wanted to go to the north premium outlet shops. Unfortunately, they wanted me to go with them. THE THINGS YOU DO FOR LOVE. It would have been fine except they have no stores that sell anything I want and it was 110 degrees outside. There was no good place for all the men to hang out while the women shopped. After three forevers, they were ready to go.

    They also wanted to do the murder mystery, so it was off to Marriage Can Be Murder at The D. I didn't go because I hate that sort of thing. Twenty minutes into the show they sent me a text telling me that they were having a blast and that I would hate it. I ate the cheapo prime rib at Tony Roma's. Service was lightning fast and my cheap prime rib, potato, and Jolly Green Giant can of mixed veggies was well worth the $10.

    After the show we wandered around the FSE and my daughter hated it so we went back to the room. The gambling forces hadn't been good to me throughout the trip (bubble craps at CR aside) so I went down in a late night session to recoup some losses. It started off bad, quickly got worse, I realized that this wasn't going to be the trip where I won a bunch of money, and I called it a night.

    Friday 8/15/19
    We go home today. Breakfast at PBR... wasn't good. Food was decent, but out server was awful. She kept trying to sing and she sucked. Rarely saw her, waited forever for the check, and she wasn't that nice. Good thing she has that singing career!

    We tried the RTC's version of Uber and it was quick, the driver was friendly, and it was cheap. No issues at the airport aside from a 30 minute flight delay. Arrived in BNA, quick Uber back to the car, and we were back home an hour later.

    Overall
    My daughter's impression of Vegas was mixed. She loved the shopping and some of the weirdness. She isn't a fan of some of the wildness, such as semi-nude people parading around, and isn't crazy about crowds of drunks. She HATED FSE. Part of me was disappointed that I took her on a trip that she didn't enjoy as much as she could (though she liked it overall), but the other part of me was scared that she would see all the chaos and mayhem and make it her life's mission to go off the rails. She also said that she wanted to gamble and later remarked that she'd probably gamble too much and not know when to stop. That left me a little uneasy and I did very little gaming the rest of the trip.

    Busker update: they didn't seem as bad as they did when I went in September of 2018. I *did* attempt to intervene when a couple of them took advantage of naive tourists. Two muscled-up guys asked a passing gal, "Hey, how about taking a pic with us?" She and the two other people stopped, the pic was snapped, the gal said thanks and they went about their merry way. The muscleheads balked about not getting paid and "We're not out here for our health" as the trio looked confused. One of them said, "You didn't tell us it cost anything!" They argued for a moment, with the guys treading the fine line between telling the gal that she owed them money and telling her that they are working for gratuities. I butted in with "Hey pal, YOU asked HER for a pic." He told me to shut up :D I told the girl that she didn't owe them anything, but the guys are working for tips "and if they tell you that everyone else gives them $20, they're lying." I got told off with some colorful language, but I enjoy that kind of thing and will endure it whenever I see someone pull that carny BS to screw someone out of money. If you're charging, you tell them up front. Period.

    Vegas in August is HOT. The clichè is true that a dry heat isn't that bad. My summers are temps in the 90s with the humidity at 80% or better; you're sweating like a pig an breathing feels like you're inhaling syrup.

    In the end, we all enjoyed the trip.
     
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  2. M0rtyC

    M0rtyC TBD

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    Nice report. Thanks for taking the time.
     
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  3. emmas

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    Glad you enjoyed the trip with the family.
     
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  4. Richard Alpert

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    I have my own Sue, Axl, and Brick!

    Awesome TR, @The Toddster!
    Thank you! :D

    RICHARD
     
  5. 3OfDiamonds

    3OfDiamonds Low-Roller

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    Yes about the people expecting tips after people take their pictures... I have a “there should be a law” moment every time I think about it... expect $, show your prices first (also applies to drinks at too many restaurants) :nono:

    Glad you and your family enjoyed your trip overall :thumbsup:
     
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  6. Aplayer2

    Aplayer2 Low-Roller

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    There is a (law) regulation. The guidelines for street performers prohibits setting a price for there service or performance. They may except gratuities but you are under no obligation to give them anything.

    Personally I ignore them and try to remember freedom has a price.

    Toddster --WTG for speaking out against a wrong for someone else.
     
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  7. The Toddster

    The Toddster Don't be an egg-suckin' dawg!

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    I'm accused of being a mix of Axl and Mike, but the ratios vary. I'm also accused of being a mix of Raymond and Frank Barone, with the same ratio variance issue :) "You knew what you were getting into when you married me 24 years ago," I always say!
     
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  8. The Toddster

    The Toddster Don't be an egg-suckin' dawg!

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    I got ripped off at a carnival when I was 19 or 20 years old and too dumb to know any better. One of the carnies hands me a ball as I'm walking by and tells me to knock over the milk bottles. I hit one or two and the guy gives me another ball and tells me to try again. After a few tries I won something and he said "That'll be twenty bucks." WTF??? I only had ten. He gave me the third degree and yelled for the supervisor, who had about as many teeth as I had dollars, and they both demanded that I cough up the other ten dollars. Once they figured that I didn't have it, they chewed me out some more and told me they wouldn't call the cops "this time." Later that night I mentioned it to a cop that I sort of knew and he told me no way, they're full of crap. Went back the next night and mouthed off a little bit.

    I don't like to see people get ripped off like that.
     
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  9. Stillsober

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    Thanks for the write up, you got a nice style
     
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  10. jgates8

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    breathing in syrup.....Yeah I'm from Wisconsin - I so get that!
     
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    Glad you all has a good time!