Ok, I have to make this fast, as Iâ€™ve been away from the office for a week, and Iâ€™m only here for two days this weekâ€¦Iâ€™ll apologize in advance for the briefness. The Situation: Taking my wife to Vegas for a much deserved vacation. The Plan: Anything she wanted to do, as I had been to Vegas not just once this year without her, but twice, and the time before that was the infamous MM trip, where she flew home after a couple of nights, leaving me to my buffoonery. So she was due. Big Time. The Entertainment: We finally saw O at Bellagio. It was pretty much what we had anticipatedâ€¦..the cool diving stuff made up for the clown/mimes, so it was ok. We would both rank Blue Man and Mama Mia above this show, but, everyone likes something different. It was an interesting way to spend some quality time in Vegas. Saw a new fountain show on our way to O, which was great. Walked through the Atrium in Bellagioâ€¦.part of the garden was a sunken walkway, with constant streams of water arcing from side to side. I saw a woman stick her hand in one, as if to see if it was â€œrealâ€ water, and was actually surprised when her hand made the water spray all over her face and top! Hahahaha! Now Thatâ€™s entertainment!! The Shopping: Stopped at the Outlet mall in Barstow, as well at the new one downtown. Also toured the Fashion Show Mall, Ceasarâ€™s Mall (the entrance to the new section is Very cool), and the Mall at Aladdin. Canabrothagetawagon?! The Dining: Ate at the new buffet at Mirage. I have to admit that when I first saw it, I didnâ€™t think I was going to like itâ€¦itâ€™s very modernâ€¦.but we ended up liking it a lotâ€¦they did a good job upgrading the old King of Buffets. For me, the best part was the make to order salad section, where a person mixes together your selections with the dressing, and then puts it in a bowlâ€¦.nice touch. We also ate at Mon Ami Gabi, and Cheesecake factory, both of which are kind of traditions for us, and they didnâ€™t disappoint. Tried a new place this time, that my wife had been to in San Jose. Itâ€™s an Italian place located at the end of the Fashion Show Mall, called Maggiano's Little Italy. What a gem! Really first class service, and the food was tremendousâ€¦ Really good. The view from our booth looked out at the Wynn, and the tree lined â€œmountainâ€ in front of it. They offered an option of â€œfamily styleâ€ dining (which we did not do), where you get to pick a couple different salads, different antrees, and desserts, and they bring all you can eat to the tableâ€¦.seems like it would be a really fun thing to do with a group of people in Vegasâ€¦I believe it was around $30 per person. I highly recommend this restaurant. The Gambling: letâ€™s seeâ€¦.played a Lot of poker, mostly $3/$6 holdâ€™em at the Mirage. Also played No Limit holdâ€™em at The Aladdin, but couldnâ€™t get any good starting hands (for me anywayâ€¦.maybe Iâ€™m just too tight for that game), so after only seeing three flops in an hour and a half, decided that was enough no limit for this trip. The $100 max buy-in greatly reduces the bullying, and I would recommend this game to first timers. Came out ahead in poker every day except the day I played at Aladdin. After having no luck at either the no limit or $2/$4 tables there, we went back to the Mirage, to our respective gamesâ€¦. Me to poker, my wife to Black Jack. I got immediate seating at a $3/$6 gameâ€¦. Right next to a guy with like $400 in front of himâ€¦.I soon found out whyâ€¦ the guy was on Fire. I played for about three hours, and I would say that, without too much exaggeration, that he won right around every third hand or soâ€¦never seen anything like it. He finally busted me out when he hit his third 4 on the river against my two pair (K, 10). At that point, I did not like poker very muchâ€¦.harsh day. The wife and I went to dinner, and afterwards, I still hated poker, so decided to play Black Jack with herâ€¦. I got on a run and finished up $250, which made for a nice ending to the day. The last night, after playing poker for many hours, I went to get the wife, and as I walked up behind her, I see her pushing a Huge stack of green chips toward the dealer! She had turned her $80 buy-in into $500! Nice!! Thatâ€™s why sheâ€™s the Queen. Thatâ€™s about itâ€¦.. just a nice, relaxing Vegas trip.