since it has been two weeks since we returned, i had finally better get with some semblance of a trip report. maybe only the highlights will be remembered and make it a little shorter than usual. purpose of the trip, a sunday through thursday in late august, was to buy at the clothing trade shows for our retail store, and the show that we always attend the first day, sunday, is at the venetian's sands expo center, so the very surprising postcard from the venetian offering two nights free, during our window of attendance, was snapped up fast. we usually do not stay at this level of hotel, and our gambling level, at the venetian, certainly does not warrant the free room, but we took it! arrived at the venetian by 10 am, of course no room available, so after storing the bags, and having been up 7 hours or more, it was time for breakfast before going spending money, so the grand lux was the easy choice. as much as i like the grand lux, there is only so much that can be done to make breakfast special, and it was perfectly average. oh well, i know how good other meals are there, so there will be a next time, and it was good just to decompress and plan the rest of our day. shopped until about 4, successfully, and then to the room, and called for the bags, took about an h our to arrive, but with our pool view, and a very comfy bed, that was ok. staying there where we had worked, and not having to find a cab for the night was really nice. the room was multi level, two steps down from the bed area down into the sitting area, with a nice view down to the pool, three televisions in the room, but not in the sitting area of the bathroom, which was actually crammed, a little too dark for reading, and had a doorknob that kept falling off. after putting the doorknob in the sink the next morning, we did come back to find that fixed, right, the next afternoon. no other issues with maintenance, which is one of the slams we had heard about the venetian before. down to get new players cards, some free play with them that my wife turned into about 80 dollars cach when hit a four of a kind while using the play, i did not do so well on my free play, but got a good hit on a multistrike poker machine and cashed out up. dinner was at delmonico, this was our fifth semiannual dinner there, and actually had the same head waiter that we had on the third visit, he remembered us, to the point that he made a big point of the amuse bouche they served, after i inquired why we had not gotten one, two trips back, apparently he made a note in their computer system! had the bone in ribeyes, perfectly cooked, and the garlic mushrooms, a tableside prepared caesar for two,(not that great) and a bottle of australian shiraz off the low end of the huge wine list. tab was 230, including a very nice tip on the food portion of the bill, and a standard tip on the wine, and the taxes. think we played a little more after dinner, but after a very long day, it was back to the room, had to be over at the rio at 8 am the next morning. the nice thing about the show we attend at the rio is that they feed you, knowing that if customers leave the trade show area for the casino or elsewhere in town, they may not come back! so we had a continental breakfast at the show, and at 9 am were sitting down at our first appointment. i helped with the selection and orders and while wife was making decisions, i would scout the next aisle, and we did find some new vendors, so that was successful. after getting her her lunch about 1 pm, and then getting mine, i was off to the casino, and spent about 3 and a half hours at the race book and poker machines, all the pai gow tables were full every time i went by. lost some, so about 5 ish i went back to t he trade show, it stays open until 8. but they serve wine and cheese at 6, and that is good for business. we usually spend a day and another morning at this show, but with starting early and going until 8, we got it all done in that day. after the wine and doing one order for my bride, i headed back to the casino, and with the paigow tables full, wound up at a CRAZY 4 poker table, had some luck right away, and when wife came and got me, i was up 180 at the table, and ahead for the day! walked out of the rio, boarded the shuttle to harrahs just on time, and when arriving at harrahs walked on down to margaritaville for dinner. cant remember what kind of chicken wife had, i had a bowl of soup and the volcano nachos, and between the two of us we must have put away a third of the nachos, that is how huge they are. we got to see the beauty slide out of the volcano into the margarita, and see a lot of brother jimmy on the video screens, it was fun. the band however, wasnt going to start for another hour, and we were packing a briefcase with a lot of papers, and it had been a long day, so off to the room at the venetian, without much play there again...there goes any more free offers. next morning was moving day, and since we had done so well yesterday, no need to go to a trade show today. we went down and had breakfast at wolfgang puck's REVA, maybe RIVA, poolside at the venetian. expensive, but we each had coffee (4 dollars), and a yogurt/granola parfait (9 dollars). with tax and tip, about 35, but just so relaxing and great service and refills on the coffee, i will do it again in a minute if staying there, and even if not staying if we dont want a full breakfast...sometimes we have breakfast at bouchon there in the venezia towers at the venetian. checkout, no charges, only thing that had even went on a credit card, for the trip, was that dinner at delmonico, and down to the golden nugget. on the agenda, play a while, then up to caesars for the cher show, with tickets we had already bought and paid for back in april. more on that later.