Sunday, December 21, 2014: Day Six of Thirteen
I am growing more and more tired every day but still cannot sleep. Today’s excuse for getting up is that my room at Main Street Station came with a buffet offer that needs to be used before I check out. It actually came with two buffets, which worked out great because the credit was actually only good for two regularly priced breakfast buffets. Since I am here on a Sunday when there is no regular breakfast, only brunch, I would have had to pay the difference. But while brunch is more than a regular breakfast buffet, it is not more than two breakfast buffets, which is what my credit is for.
I am tempted to play after I eat. But again, since I paid for this room, I do not have to earn my keep. Any play I put through a machine is wasted since it will not be covering my room on this trip and I swear I am never coming back so I do not need to play for a future trip. This is the train of thought I need to keep me away from playing and I am happy to have it.
I go back to my room and pack as I am moving again today, this time to Cosmopolitan. I do not feel like dealing with trying to check in early (Cosmopolitan has a fee for that) so I leave my bags with the Bell Desk and hop on the free shuttle to Sam’s Town to use my $10 free play coupon from Las Vegas Advisor. The shuttle takes fifteen minutes.
Sam’s Town has an atrium that I just absolutely love. It looks like a beautiful European city and the animatronic animals are so cheesy that you just have to love them. Santa was there taking pictures with kids so I skedaddled out of there to get away.
I get some Dunkin Donuts iced coffee, walk next door to the gas station to buy cigarettes and water at off Strip prices and catch the shuttle back downtown. It stops at both Fremont and California. Fremont is first, California is second. I am going to California because it is attached to Main Street Station, where my luggage is. There is a fifteen minute wait before we leave Fremont. I could walk there in five minutes but I am so EXHAUSTED that I am fine with being a lazy slob and waiting out the fifteen minutes for a thirty second drive.
Get my bags, head for the bus to Cosmopolitan. I have a residental route pass, which is not good on the Deuce or SDX bus. I am taking the SDX bus anyway because you do not have to swipe your pass on the bus so no one knows you are an immoral piece of shit who is screwing the system. I was asked to show my pass while boarding and I showed the back of it, which looks like a Strip pass.
The SDX bus stops right outside Cosmopolitan, but the check in is about fifty miles away from the Strip entrance. I wish you could take a cab through the casino.
I am here on a comp for two nights. I do not deserve this comp. Cosmopolitan is known for sending out feeler offers to people who stopped by for an hour and drop some money. I am one of those people. I have a city room, which is a normal room, no terrace that Cosmopolitan is well known for. After I am handed my keys, I think to double check “It is a smoking room right?” and she says “Yes, you can smoke on your terrace.” I HAVE A TERRACE WHAT?!?
It took me forever to get to my room. So far from the check in, so many people to dodge through. I felt like I was in such a rush, DYING to see my terrace. I open the door and am floored. This room is enormous.
AND I HAVE A TERRACE!
How freaking exciting!
I dropped my stuff off and went downstairs to play. The casino was PACKED. I hate packed casinos. I played some quarter Double Double Bonus video poker and some Cleopatra Keno. Neither were kind to me.
I went back up to my room and considered spending the night in it, since really, why not? But I decided I would go back out and do the free play day that I was supposed to do about a week ago and never did.
I walked past the Bellagio to get to Flamingo to catch the bus to Gold Coast. Again, isn’t Vegas supposed to be dead the week before Christmas? That walk was so painful with so many people doing that thing where they walk five people wide, holding hands as an entire family so no one can pass.
I got to the Gold Coast and used my play $10 and get $10 play on Keno. I got up to $20, which is a win. But I played down to zero, which is a loss.
I walked across the street to take the bus to Tuscany. Some man started talking to me, he was clearly not right in the head. He kept going on about “stupid cock sucking piece of shit, fuck this, fuck that, fucking idiot, fucking moron, fucking stupid” over and over and over. It was kind of like talking to myself. The only difference being if I were to have eaten half a pound of garlic before talking to me, I could do something to remedy that problem. With him though, I had no choice but to sit there smelling it. So gross.
The bus came and I silently begged him to not sit with me and continue our conversation. I scored big on this one because he did not follow me.
I got off at Tuscany and went inside to use my free play. The casino is under renovation and most of it was blocked off. This made it hard to find anything to play. Finally I settled on a nickel Triple Double Bonus video poker game and lost. I put in another $20 and lost that too.
Next stop is Ellis Island, with a stop at 7-11 for a coffee. 7-11 has a special where if you buy a coffee, you get a free muffin. I had to then carry around that muffin because I did not have my messenger bag with me so I had nowhere to stash it. Damned if I am going to leave behind a free muffin.
Ellis Island has new slot cards so you need to get one before playing. She could not find me for the longest time so I thought I was going to get a new sign up bonus but she finally did find me. I then had to go and play $20 to use both the American Casino Guide and Las Vegas Advisor coupons. I lost it on penny Ultimate X because I could not find any Cleopatra Keno games available.
I go and get my $20 free play and decide to do quarter Double Double Bonus. I hit sixes and cashed out at $70. This is the biggest win I have had in so many days. Pretty sad.
I walked back to Cosmopolitan from Ellis Island. I thought since I hit the elevators for my room before I near the danger zone, which is where the nickel Ultimate X, nickel SuperTimes Pay, Double Double Bonus quarters with a high progressive and Cleopatra Keno are, that I would be safe. I thought wrong. I somehow managed to only lose $20 though.
I do some laundry in the sink before going to bed. Then I lay down and turn the light off and this is when I notice that the room phone is blinking with a message. I push the “message” button and a computer tells me I have a written message. I get transferred to a human being who tells me I have a package at the front desk. Um, no I cannot possibly? She insists I do. I insist I do not. She tells me the message came at 7-ish AM, I tell her I was not even checked in yet. She tells me that they assigned my room once I got the package, so that they had a room number to assign it to.
Even though I am in bed and know for damn sure, there is no way I have a package, I decide to go down to the front desk, in my pajamas of course.
I go back and forth between the front desk and the bell desk and neither have a package for me, both keep sending me back to the other one.
While making my way back to my room, I actually spot someone I recognize but have never met. I do not stop because I am in my pajamas. When I get back to my room, I send him a message verifying it was him that I snubbed. The answer will come tomorrow.
Here is my itinerary. I did all of it except Gold Coast for dinner. My dinner ended up being my 7-11 muffin.
Sunday, December 21, 2014
Breakfast: Main Street Station free with offer 7-3
Check into Cosmopolitan
Lunch: Gold Coast ACG 200 points = free 8-3