I got some mileage under me last week as my buddy and I made our annual summer pilgrimage to Biloxi from Sunday to Wednesday and then my wife and I drove up to Metropolis from Thursday to Saturday. Here's a few highlights: While no one likes to be stuck in the car for 5-6 hours, the drive from Atlanta to Biloxi is pretty close to ideal. I've done it enough to have my favorite exits (Newnan or Greenville), and got the timing between the major cities down flat. Of course, we did get the obligatory monsoon once we hit the bridges north of Mobile. (It never fails!) Checked in to the IP with no problem...standard room pictured below: We always like to stay at the IP on Sunday night because of the poker room. The Poker Squares promotion tends to attract some fun people and we typically end up playing til 5 or 6 that morning. My buddy hit a boat that qualified for a square and he won a decent pot as well. I flopped trip 8's one hand and checked them to the river where I caught the fourth 8. No callers....just a square. Unfortunately they never drew our square and the room was pretty stale this year so we called it an "early" night around 2 down a couple hundred. I didn't play too many slots but did notice IP had added a few since I was there last December: both Monty Python slots, Betty White, Walking Dead 2, Breaking Bad, World of Wonka, Jackpot Jump (I forget what it's actually called), and of course, both Buffalo Grand and Gold. Checked out the following afternoon (Monday) and moved to Harrah's where we would stay til Wednesday. Again, easy-breezy check-in for a nothing-special room: And our view: I had a couple comps to the Scarlet Pearl buffet, so we had lunch there. It wasn't great, but tough to complain when it's free. We mostly played Pai Gow, 3 Card, and High Card Flush with little success. The only hit worth posting was this Buffalo bonus my friend got: Next day we had lunch at the Blind Tiger, the new restaurant across the street from Harrah's Biloxi veterans would remember this spot as the Grand Casino. He got some chicken sandwich that he liked while I got the Royal Reds, which came with spicy sausage, corn, new potatoes, and melted butter. Everything was spot on! We went to the Blind Tiger just to eat and even tabbed out, but then decided we'd start a new tab. I always get the Lazy Magnolia Southern Pecan when in the area, so I downed six of those while my friend had about 9 Miller Lites. We tabbed out at 4 just in time for the Diamond Lounge to open. So we made a beeline to the bar and drank smart for the first couple hours...sticking to beer. Then we met this fun couple from Birmingham, started laughing it up and of course, some asshole (could've been me) mentioned shots. Before I know it, we downed 2 Vegas Bombs and 2 Red Snappers in the span of 30 minutes. It gets to be 7:45 and the Diamond Lounge is about to close so someone (definitely not me) brings four shots of tequila. The night gets kinda blurry after that, but I do remember leaving the DL and someone tapping me on the shoulder saying, "Check out ya boy!" I turn and my buddy's still on the couch with his head down and the DL host trying to wake him up. Although I told him I was fine and capable, the host insisted on escorting my buddy to the room himself. I apparently called a friend of ours after we got to the room and he later told me we were pretty destroyed. I woke up the next day with scratches on my arm that I'm still not clear on how they got there. At least we didn't gamble in that condition. It could've got real ugly! The drive back to Atlanta isn't quite as satisfying since we're usually broke, hungover, and always hit rush hour. This time was no different. I'll try to post the Metropolis trip tonight.