Note: This is an older Las Vegas trip report that was written back in 2008. Most of this information is now outdated and some places mentioned no longer exist.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008 – Day One of Eight
Today I worked and then went to the airport. I made it there rather quickly and ended up with only about five minutes to kill in the airport. Perfect. My flight leaves at 5:30, but it’s about fifteen minutes after that when the pilot announces he has good news and bad news. The bad news is that we are 21st in line to take off. The good news is that there are planes behind us with longer waits and we are not one of those planes. Oh yeah. Still though, this actually is much less of a wait than I am accustomed to. I am used to it being hours after we are supposed to take off before they tell us we are 92873498237489237478923473289th in line.
I have the whole row to myself by the way. This is my specialty.
Flight was 4 hours and 51 minutes. There was no Direct TV on this plane, although Delta does have Direct TV on some planes. This was just an older plane. There was however, the required screaming baby two rows ahead of me. The parents didn’t seem to do much about it other than coo over how cute it was. I imagine they were heavily medicated, or perhaps they were rendered deaf by the nonstop screams.
We landed at 8:15, early. Go us! I go outside and smoke and collect my luggage before getting in a shuttle to the Imperial Palace. I am in my room at 9:50. I had room # 1245, no Luv Tub like I had reserved, but I’m over it. I forgot I am here for their Summerfest slot tournament so now I need to get up early to do that tomorrow.
My budget for day one is always only $100. This is to prevent me from going nutso and staying out all night long and starting my trip off completely exhausted. I go downstairs with what is left of my budget and play some quarter bonus video poker, short pay. I turn a $20 back into a $20 and a $10 back into a $10. No four of a kinds.
I move to an All That Glitters slot machine and she is just so done with me and gave me nothing.
I play a Pyramid of Kings slot machine and turn a $10 into $50. I plan to bring this back to the room with me to add to tomorrows budget. But then I see a new Monopoly slot machine – Up and Away. I feed it the $50 and never get the bonus. I played this game before in Atlantic City and it did the same thing to me. You know how it goes.
And that’s the end of night one.