Journal: Las Vegas Trip Report
2006-03-03, Las Vegas Trip Report
WednesdayFlight in choppy...160 mph headwind slowed us down. If Mick was still flying his Skyhawk we'd have been hovering at full power.
Checked into one of the new "West Wing" rooms at the MGM...turns out the Magic fashion conference was over our anniversary, and Vegas was full. There were literally only two hotels with rooms available this day.
The West Wing rooms were very modern, with flat screen TV's in both the main room AND the mirror of the bathroom, plus luxurious linens. But they were tiny...no bathtub, just a glassed-in shower stall. The feeling was like being on a cruise ship (and not one of the higher decks).
We arranged to check into a grand tower room the next day.
ThursdayMick won $505 at BlackJack, then decided he wanted to go home a winner. The rest of the week he only played nickel BJ and Craps, and dropped a twenty in a slot machine and kept a little over $400. Basically we ate for free this trip.
Thursday was our wedding anniversary (you'll remember that last year we got matching his-n-hers tattoos to celebrate). This year we went to see "Tony n Tina's wedding". Without giving away too much of the surprise, we were basically part of the "Nunzio" family for a big Italian wedding for the evening, complete with Wedding ceremony, reception and an Italian dinner. It was a lot of fun, and was absolutely nothing like our own wedding alone on a Caribbean beach with just the officials.
FridayFriday was a slow day. Since Mick didn't want to gamble with his "winnings", we decided instead to walk the strip, from MGM north to the Venetian and back. This took all day. along the way we marvelled at the changes that HADN'T happened (the Aladdin was bought by Planet Hollywood, and we didn't think it would even be there, but it was).
Since we used to stay at Caesar's Palace a lot, it was fun to revisit Cleopatra's Barge. We have many fond memories of dancing on the floating dance floor while it rocked back in forth in its artificial harbor.
Friday night we stopped by the SinCityNetworkDS munch and said hello to friends new and old. It was lots of fun chatting, but the venue was a bit smoky for our taste. In fact, one thing we really DON'T like about Vegas is that unlike almost every other city in the country, there seems to be no move to restrict smoking, even outside of the casinos. Basically it's a tough town for any lifeform that breathes oxygen.
SaturdaySaturday we were very lazy. We woke up late, ate breakfast and them went back to the room to nap until it was time to catch a cab over the the Stratosphere for dinner. We had a wonderful surf-n-turf at the "Top of the World" where we ate while the whole city of lights rotated beneath us. Newton would tell you that it was really us who were turning, but Ernst Mach would insist that it didn't matter.
Our last show was "Bite", and it was really the capper to our long weekend. Aside from the topless showgirls, all of whom were good looking, there was a series of acts that reminded us very much of a week in the Caribbean with our Kinky friends. And the music was all rock-n-roll from the 70's to the 90's.
SundayWe had to check out before we ate, so we hopped in our rental car and headed north out of the city. After breakfast, we visited the "Valley of Fire State Park" in Nevada. It's basically a large collection of ancient red sandstone formations that have weathered into fantastic, alien shapes. We had to stop in three different places before we found a spot that was private enough and not crawling with other tourists. The first stop Dee was changing in the car when a stretch limo and two busses pulled up and parked in front of us. It's a pity that they'll never know just what show they missed.
Eventually we found our own spot, and by working between the cars we managed to take several hundred outdoor, topless bondage photos of Dee in a cave and doing some barefoot, topless bondage free climbing.
Then as the sun set over Las Vegas, we headed back to McCarren airport to catch the red-eye back home. Mick typed this journal entry while we waited to board our flight...
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