August 15 - Day 2
We went our separate ways for the first part of the day. Wife went shopping, I made my way to Brenden Theatres at The Palms. I've been dying to see The Dark Knight Rises in real IMAX, 15/70mm format. I was blown away by my experience, one of my favourite movie-going experiences of the last few years. There were only a handful of people in the theatre, it felt like a private screening.
We met back at the hotel room then went swimming for a couple of hours. At one point I got out of the MGM lazy river and lied down where we placed our stuff. It happened to be next to an enter/exit area for the pool. By pure accident I discovered a perv pro move, I glanced up to see a woman's ass while she was pulling up her bathing suit bottom. I noticed a few times the tiny current of the lazy river yanked their bathing suits down and while they got out they had to pull 'em up.
We made one last trip to the MGM Grand buffet, this time for dinner. Stuffed with incredible food we walked over to Ka Theatre for the show. This was my second viewing, her first. It's an amazing show, many wtf/jaw on the floor moments. The story is interesting, overall a great time. Doubt I'll see it again, two is plenty.
After Ka we decided to go to Peppermill Lounge. We went there during our first trip and loved how it feels like a 70s/80s time capsule. It's about as chill as it gets, it was a nice way to wind down at the end of the day. We reflected on our trip so far, caught our breath and talked about our plans for the next day. After another long day we stumbled home.
August 16 - Day 3
For breakfast we went to Hash House A Go Go at IP. What a great way to start the day! Tall glass of orange juice, cup of coffee and a huge serving of potatoes, chorizo, tomatoes, jalapeños, cheddar cheese, eggs and whatever else they threw in there! Hash House 1 - Me 2 (This was my third visit, first visit annihilated me)
Once again we parted ways because she wanted to go to Bonanza, the world's largest gift shop. I did not want to go there so I roamed around the strip for a while. Bad idea! That was probably the hottest day. I drank some water, had a drink or two and made my way to Aria to meet Dominic for lunch. I wandered through the pricey stores there and cooled off for a while. I stumbled upon a cool car so I snapped some pics
I walked to Lemongrass inside Aria, a Thai place recommended by Dominic. Moments later I was greeted by the man, the myth, the legend himself. He let me take a photo, apologize for the low res, you get the idea.
We had some delicious Thai while discussing films, life experiences etc. I highly recommend Lemongrass and drag Dominic along if you can! Dominic is a cool dude, guy's aces! (I say this while mimicking a pistol with my hand) After lunch it was time to meet up with my lady. On my way back, you guessed it, photo op! Lots of cool stuff outside Monte Carlo, this is my favourite shot.
We had some chill time back at the room so we took a quick nap before meeting up with another 2p2er, beermankirk (LV Lifestyle reg). I've heard all about the famous Ellis Island steak special so Kirk took us there. It was great to meet up with Kirk, we bumped into each other at a Canucks game once upon a time and spent a drunken night pissing away money at the nearest craps table. The Ellis Island steak special did not disappoint! Juicy delicious steak with veggies, side and a tall icy cold glass of beer. We spent a while catching up and once again it was time to part ways. ='(
We journeyed to The Mirage and joined the enormous line-up for The Beatles Love. Both of us love The Beatles and were glad to see it again. It's hard for me to pick a favourite moment, probably one of the following: I Want To Hold Your Hand, Help, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds..I could go on. The performance was outstanding and the crowd was a rowdy one! Everyone knew exactly when to cheer, you could feel the energy in the air. It felt like the performers were feeding off our enthusiastic cheers.
On our way back we stopped at this food court and had a snack. It did the job, by far the worst thing we ate the whole trip.
August 17 - Day 4
We slept in until around 1pm or so. We decided our last full day would day would be slower paced. We crawled out of bed and went to Hard Rock Cafe for lunch. I ordered a huge bacon cheeseburger. I couldn't finish the last 1/3 of the burger, that's a serious burger!! We picked up some stuff in the Hard Rock gift shop and went back to our room to drop off our stuff.
We spent a couple of hours relaxing at the pool (no perv move this time). All the while I'm shocked my wife didn't get a sun burn once, she's as white as they get!
After a relaxing day of swimming we got ready for our next stop. During our last trip we spent our last night downtown, decided to do the same this time around. I wore a tuxedo t-shirt, she wore a tiara that read, "Vegas Baby," combining for the ultimate combo which screams, "We just got married!" The whole night people kept shouting, "congratulations you two!!!!" This wasn't our intention but it was kinda cool all the same. We took in an overheard display show, Queen. Had a bunch of drinks, strolled through places like Golden Nugget and Binions.
We took a photo with $1,000,000 at Binions, pretty cool and free of charge. I made sure to check out the poker room and the Poker Hall of Fame. We got a bite to eat at Binion's Cafe, the club sandwich is tasty and filling. As soon as it started raining we decided to call it a night. Below is a thrilling picture of me browsing the menu.
Once we arrived in our room my wife packed within moments and was asleep before I knew it. I took my time packing while sorting pictures, deleting bad ones, etc. I decided to check in to our flight on the Alaska Airlines website. I noticed an "upgrade" option for $50. I threw down a hundred bucks so we could fly home first class, it was a relatively cheap upgrade. Alaska charges $20 per checked bag, but if you fly first class you get two checked bags free. When all was said and done the upgrade was $30 each and bloody worth it. Huge comfy seats, LEG SPACE and overall a much more comfortable ride home. The rest of the trip home was smooth and I can't tell you how relieved I was to come home.
Wait a minute, no poker? No gambling? This is VEGAS! I haven't been a winning poker player or gambooler for a long time. My previous few trips I have only donated to fellow tourists and decided not to gamble. Next time for sure! Playing ultra low stakes while drinking and chatting with a bunch of others in the same scenario is a great time. We're likely going to spend our first anniversary in Vegas. The price is right and we love it!! Until next time! Las Vegas 4 - Me 0