#1.....I haven't been to VEGAS in the winter time in well over a decade. So, this was a weird trip just to start off. My packing was different....no golf shirts - only 1 pair of shorts / jeans ( long pants ?.....in VEGAS ? )....a jacket !???!...?:Ãž . #2......Flight from NYC -- from Pittsburgh to Kansas City.........oh god........TURBULENCE ! And more weird.....I was sober ! It was a morning fllight....so I was trying to arrive sober for a long afternoon of NFL playoff games......when I would erase any sobriety ! I am not an "easy" flyer......I do not "do" rollercoasters ! The jet took a dip + several screams were heard.....It wasn't me - but my knuckles were white ! We were in turbulence several times for 25 minute legs. Oddly....we arrived ONE hour EARLY !...??....how the hell did that happen ? . #3......After 3 days ( at MSS ) my wife turns to me, and says - " Geez, I feel like we've been here for a week, already ! " I was amazed cos I was feeling the same --- but I have no idea why ? Normally, the days FLY BY - way too fast. . #4.......And here's my WEIRDEST Vega experience ---- Yup....the dreaded FOOD POISONING ! Now, I have always had a "problem" w/ the Vegas tap water - It gives me a slight case of "the trots" - so I avoid drinking it. I did have a glass at breakfast ( on our 5th morning ) + very promptly had to hit the casino floor bathroom. My wife, too. I had a few stomach cramps....but then was fine the entire day. I forgot all about it.\ Got some Panda Express (chinese) at the food court - and we retired to our room for bed.My wife ate something else. Awoke in the middle of the nite - very uncomfortable at first --- Then.....all hell broke loose ! I wretched SO LOUD........I figured I had to wake our neighbors ! Next 4 hours were HELL I spent the ENTIRE 6th day of vacation lying in bed - watching the "Burn Notice" marathon on TV. I didn't eat for 24 hrs. Wow !.......thank god- it was not my last vacation day or travel day !!!!! . #5........SNOW !..........in VEGAS !.....????........this is CRAZY ! It rained all week long. We could not see The Strip from our Red Rock windows. Aiport delays.....thick clouds. Then, we had to turn the heat up in our room....a Vegas "First" for me. My wife says "Hey..it's snowing ! " I laughed + said "You are not gonna get me to look." Well.....there were photos in the next day's paper of a kid throwing snowballs in "the Red Rock recreation area." The Canyon Mt. peaks were beautiful + we were right there ! . So.....this is end of part I . Gambling....Jersey Boys....and more rain....to follow.