This morning I woke up at the Flamingo Hotel. I went to bed a winner, I woke up a winner, I am a winner!
Daytime room view, cock blocked by the Donny and Marie wrap.
I noticed there is a tiny bit of the Donny and Marie hotel wrap missing. I tried taking photos through the clear spot. It kind of worked if I stood on my tip toes and held the camera up as high as I could reach.
I really hope that ad brings in a fuckton of revenue for people flocking to see Donny and Marie. Because if not, you are ruining people’s Strip views for no real reason.
I got dressed and went outside to catch the Deuce bus. It is over 100 degrees outside. I had to walk all the way through Margaritaville and then cross the street to catch the bus outside, closer to The Forum Shops than to Casears. Then I stood there burning while waiting for the bus. There is no shade so it is pure burning death. I waited a very long time. I actually considered saying fuck it and forfeiting my MyVegas rewards to avoid dying. Finally the bus came and off to Excalibur it was!
I played some Buffalo both before and after eating. I could not get the bonus round to come up. Just like last night at the Flamingo. Is this how this trip is going to go? I love Buffalo dammit.
After eating, I went to the fancy store outside the Excalibur buffet to check on my Pug wallet that I have been gawking over since December. This time is a bit different though. Because my wallet is actually broken AND I have winnings inside my broken wallet. So look what I got!
I had planned to go to Wild Wild West. This should have been as simple as crossing the pedestrian bridge between Excalibur and New York, New York, taking the elevator or escalator down to the street and waiting for the 201 bus.
The staircase down to the sidewalk is blocked off. The elevator is out of order. I decide to walk into New York, New York (because I had no choice and) to go down the escalator at the MGM pedestrian bridge and walk around the corner from there. Nope, pedestrian bridge is completely closed for repairs. How the fuck do I get out of…oh hey, yes? Buffalo? I’m coming!
I am saved by a $100 bonus, after losing $100. Whew, I am out of here. I walk all the way to the back of the casino, intending to exit by the hotel entrance, to get to the bus. This was not the best idea. Not only is it still over a hundred degrees outside, but pedestrians are not intended to do this. I had to climb over a wood frame that was probably put up to keep pedestrians from walking on Tropicana. There is no sidewalk here. So after the wood frame, I was basically walking in traffic for a little bit on Tropicana. I didn’t get killed. I get to the bus stop and some guy is walking over from the Strip. How the fuck he got down there on that sidewalk, I am not sure. Maybe he exited New York, New York on The Strip because his Buffalo machine wasn’t screaming his name?
900 years later, the bus comes. I take it to Wild Wild West. I am so fucking HATE right now. The bus stop lets you off in the middle of In-N-Out and Wild Wild West. In front of a trunk parking lot. I am pretty damn sure that anyone taking the bus to this specific stop is either going to In-N-Out or Wild Wild West. So why not have the bus stop at either or both? Why does the Las Vegas bus system constantly have bus stops in front of NOTHING rather than in front of the things people are traveling to the bus stop for? Boulder Highway is the worst at this. Hey let’s put the bus stop half a mile from the crosswalk, in front of barren land, so people taking the bus now have to walk an extra half mile for NO FUCKING REASON.
Did I mention it was 105 degrees outside? Because it was.
I enter Wild Wild West, sweating. I sit down at a Buffalo machine. I am not winning but some guy at the bank in front of my machine keeps hitting the bonus. I give up. I buy cigarettes, and head out. Or I try to but then I see a different Buffalo machine, in a sea of about twenty Buffalo machines, and I just have to play it. I get a surprise bonus and win $75. Yay, I love surprises!
Again I thought I was going to leave. But on my way out, there was a machine begging me for attention. Normally I do not like attention whores, but this machine was as adorable as a puppy. So of course I went running over “HELLO! HOW ARE YOU?” It was a Cleopatra Keno / video poker combo machine. I went back and forth between Cleopatra Keno and Double Double Bonus video poker. Between the two, I turned a $20 into $160.
It was a very tough goodbye, but I had to go. I would have loved to stay here all day. But I will go degenerate so leave I must. Bye bye beautiful machine I am in love with!
I went back outside and took the 201 bus to Orleans to catch their free shuttle back to the Strip. I was so very cranky standing in the heat waiting for it.
We got let off back by the High Roller and I walked through The Linq Promenade. Guys, this opened back in 2014 and this is the first time I have been there. How is that even possible?
I stop at Starbucks and get my first Mint Mocha Frappucino. I then go inside and play some Buffalo. I lost. I try another Buffalo machine. I lost. I try a third. I lost. I probably would have kept going but I am all out of Frappucino and I am exhausted. To my room I go. It is 1:06. So all the above happened in one morning. I still have the entire night left after a nap. I love Las Vegas.