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Mission:: VEGAS! A Group of Fanatics, a Week of (?!??!) 9/28-10/4

Discussion in 'Full Las Vegas Trip Reports' started by Texas Steph, Sep 25, 2019.

  1. Texas Steph

    Texas Steph I think I'm addicted to Vegas...
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    YESSSSSSSS!! Another Sin City report brought to you (in part) by little 'ole me, and a corny 'ole poem to start 'er off!
    (~does she really talk like that??)
    Ah, hell no... then again, a few martinis and mayyyybe...

    The clock is ticking,
    The hour is near,
    This group is ready,
    Our LIVE trip report is HERE!!!

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    The time is soooo close and this trip has been soooo anticipated, that it's a tingly...dare I say, EXCITED feeling (we get tingly in Texas) to be getting this Group TR started!!! Yes, yes, I may be an attention hog, and just maybe a little pushy, and perhaps just a tad on the nutty side, but it's VEGAS (wheeeeee!!!) and I get like this EVERY SINGLE TIME!!

    BUT! This ain't just MY trip report! This will be a group shindig with a bunch of other characters (~ok... who else, lady, WHO???) Patience, dear readers, patience....

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    "And is that @IrishDave as a young, impatient lad" you ask? Oh my, no, hahaha... but good guess!! Yes, he is part of the cast, and I'm sure he's just as eager as the rest of us are, to get on a damn plane already!!

    A good bunch of us have been talking about this trip for weeks, coordinating and hashing out ideas (but no talk of shoes...none, I swear!) We even threw around some TR title suggestions and thought you fine people might get a giggle or two from the list:

    "A Texan, An Irishman, A Canadian, and Many Others Walk Into a Bar..."

    "A Bunch of Thirsty VFers Walk Up to a Bar..."

    "Bacon or VFers... Which Will Be More Crispy By the End of This TR?"

    "So Many Bars, So Little Time..."

    "Poutine with Crispy Bacon, Whiskey, and Weed. An International Septober TR!"

    "Gambling, Booze, and Bad Dance Moves... A Group TR!"

    "The Untitled - An Indecisive Vegas Group Saga"

    "We'll Figure It Out When It's Over"

    ....And last but definitely not least,

    "Just Surprise Us Girl, I'm Easy!"

    (Which btw is an awesome TR title but we nixed it, as some of you peeps just mayyyy have thought this would be a different kind of thread altogether... )

    See how much fun we are already?? Just wait till we get this thing moving!!! Oh, right, the "WE":

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    C'MON DOWN!!!
    You're the next contestants on.... "Find That F*&#*$ Jackpot!!!"


    @Texas Steph and hubs(D)
    @IrishDave and @MrsIrishDave
    @momnkid and hubs(J)
    @bebe and mamacita
    @Mr2BOBCATS and @Mrs2BOBCATS
    @Anna T
    @SamIAm

    ***And any other VFers in town during our dates, jump on in!

    Here's a frowny face from all of us, for those VFers we missed by days/weeks, and the ones we're gonna miss by a hair!
    Wish you all could've joined us!!

    Most of us will be arriving on different days, with @Anna T getting in first (late the 25th), followed by me and D, @SamIAm, and @momnkid and J on the 28th. Then the rest. Everyone will post their own itineraries (and pics of their fur babies left behind, battered luggage, and airplane feet, if so desired) and boom.... it'll take off like this:

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    And of course there will be some (ok, a lot) of this:

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    If you haven't had a chance to check out the @aprilroncincy TR, or any of the other Trip Reports happening right now, then go for it! Happy Birthday, April!!!
    We will be right here to pick up where they leave off, and it's even possible a few of us may stumble across their path before they head home... and hopefully we get some residual Ron luck!!

    ....although yes, we know *sigh*,

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  2. TexasLady

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    Have a wonderful time and win win win! Big jackpot!
     
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    Good luck Steph and everyone. Hope to see lots of big wins posted!
     
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    The countdown is on 20 hours until takeoff for us
     
  5. tringlomane

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    Awesome intro! Really look forward to following along! Good luck to everyone!
     
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  6. Texas Steph

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    Hope to see you! Or read about you and your trip! Or both, Lol!!
     
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  7. Texas Steph

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    Thank you @Elf70 and @TexasLady!

    While we wait to hear from the other players, I'm gonna go ahead and give y'all some of the deets for me and D:

    Lodging:
    I originally booked 2 hotels for this trip... first 3 nights at Wynn (from the app game, zero cost) + last 4 nights at the California (zero cost, with a tiny bit of FP and FC). Then, a little birdie told me that someone had 2 Gold companion nights available during their stay at Cosmo...so we are now also (double) booked there for Sept 30 and Oct 1. Thank you Tracy!!!!!

    Meal Plans:
    We have a few ressies this trip, but the bulk of our eats will be on the fly, or at hubs request, haha
    28th, Ruth's Chris (CET diamond celebration dinner, seafood)
    29th, solo brunch at La Cave/Wynn
    30th, Cornerstone Steakhouse/ Gold Coast
    1st, Blue Ribbon/ Cosmo

    Miscellaneous:
    We will have a rental car to make hotel-hopping easier, to pick up room supplies, and just because we like having our own transportation.
    Hubs will be picking up a bike from EagleRider before our dinner on Saturday. He heads out at dawn on Sunday for an overnighter to Oatman, AZ and Laughlin, bunking at the Aquarius (hence the solo brunch for me that day). I told him to take lots of pics!! He will return the bike on Monday before our dinner ressie.
    Hmmm, what else... oh, right! VP, drinks, VP, hang out with as many VFers as I can find, drinks, VP, a few slots, drinks, unplanned eats, VP... you get the idea!!

    Saturday morning can't come soon enough!!!
     
  8. Texas Steph

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    Thanks, Doug!! I worked reallyyyy hard on that thing haha!!
     
  9. MNSlotLover

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    Fantastic intro, my friend!! I can't wait to follow this group TR on the lead-up to my Biloxi adventure next Thursday! Very excited to see and read about how this goes!! Y'all have a great time and be careful out there!!
     
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    I’ll be in town 9/29-10/2. First night at Bellagio last 2 at Wynn.
     
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  11. Texas Steph

    Texas Steph I think I'm addicted to Vegas...
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    Thanks @MNSlotLover!
    This trip is gonna be busy and I cannot wait!!!
    It will be fun to catch up on your Biloxi adventure when this gals trip is winding down... best of luck to all of us!!!
     
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    Thanks for starting this up @Texas Steph

    2nd trip of the year for my wife and I, made possible by a last-minute win by @Mrs2BOBCATS at McCarron in May to recover about half the bankroll.

    We usually visit in mid-September for our anniversary but had to delay a bit to better align with the child / house watchers’ plans. So now we are celebrating our 14th anniversary a couple weeks late and celebrating my 39th birthday a couple weeks early.

    (and yes, the plans for next year with the 15th anniversary, and maybe more importantly, the 40th birthday, have started)

    Flying Spirit out of Detroit late on Sunday Sep 29th and returning on the red-eye Saturday Oct 5th into the 6th. Took advantage of their bundle to get the checked bag, carry on, seat selection, etc for only a couple bucks more than what we’d normally get a-la-carte, which meant we had an extra checked bag to work with. We decided to use that extra bag to bring the golf clubs with us. Also booked a rental car for the whole trip through Spirit to be all-in at about $960.

    Comped at Wynn for Sunday and Monday night taking advantage of a $300 FP plus 2 free buffets per day offer for @Mrs2BOBCATS . Then moving to Cosmo on Tuesday for the rest of the trip comped in a Fountain View Terrace Studio with $125 FP and $100 RC.

    Golf will be Wolf Creek on Monday the 30th and Rio Secco on Thursday the 3rd. With Wolf Creek the last day of their summer rates (the lower rates) is on Monday so we’re teeing it up at $125pp. The next day would have been $190pp. Score! And Rio Secco has a discount for Diamond Caesars Rewards members (which we earned last year and won’t be re-earning this year) so instead of $179pp we’re on that course at $135pp.

    Entertainment planned so far is Aerosmith at Park Theater on Tuesday the 1st, and Christina Aguilera at Zappos Theater on Wednesday the 2nd. Other entertainment will be downtown at some point, pinball museum, Bellagio fountains, Carnival Court, and whatever else sounds like fun.

    Given that we have a car, we’re planning to head off-strip a few times to check out Red Rock, M Resort, Green Valley Ranch, and other places as suggested by fellow VFers.

    Couple of random things on the list at the moment include a trip to Freed’s Bakery and @Mrs2BOBCATS wants a panna cotta at some point. She also has a spa treatment booked for Wednesday morning, and if the weather cooperates we’ll hit up the pools at Wynn and Cosmo on a couple occasions.

    Most meals are TBD at this point, but a few are planned. The “anniversary dinner” will be at Herbs and Rye on Monday. We have a group dinner planned at Blue Ribbon on Tuesday. We’ve already bought a $800 Cosmo gift card so we’ll have Hostein’s milkshakes, Secret Pizza, Eggslut, The Henry, Wicked Spoon, etc on the list. Then a “birthday dinner” before our flight out on Saturday.

    Bankroll for the trip is pretty healthy (for us, anyway) and hopefully we can get in lots of entertainment and free drinks, meet up with fellow VFers, relax by the pool, and have an all-around great time!
     
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    Not ready to start reporting but did want to let everyone know Cirque will be performing with the Bellagio fountains this weekend, 3:30 pm. Didn't read details because I am late picking up my husband from his nail appointment.
     
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    Wow, so many members all in town at the same time!

    Really looking forward to reading what everyone else is doing - and it might just give me a few more ideas for my last few days.
     
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    Awesome intro Steph! Thanks for including me. I'll do my best to contribute and will hopefully have lots of winning slot porn to share. :D

    I arrive Saturday for a quick 3 day solo (ish) trip, as I'm leaving the husband at home and will be catching up with a good friend (and like minded Vegas lover). We will share a few meals together and see a couple of shows. I'm double booked at Palazzo and Cosmo (haven't stayed there in a few years). My friend is a die-hard Mlife player and she will be staying elsewhere. We have tickets to see Tony Bennett at Palazzo Saturday night (is he really 93?) and my friend has arranged to get tickets to Matt Goss on Sunday night. No big dinner plans. I, too, have plans to brunch at La Cave on Sunday. It's been on my bucket list for several years and after reading a TR on another Vegas board touting the merits of the brunch, it sealed the deal for me, so I'm going solo. Steph, my reservation is at 10:30. :)

    The weather is turning cooler for the weekend, but I do hope to get in a little pool time and will attempt to post pictures of the renovated Venetian pool deck.

    I think @Texaschameleon is also at Palazzo during this time so I'm hoping I see her in the casino so that I can introduce myself and say hi. Of course, once I get to Cosmo, I'm really looking forward to bumping into other Fanatics and saying hi.

    Sending lots of good luck and safe travel wishes to everyone! See you soon!
     
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    Thank you, and I'm glad you'll be posting here with us!!
    I would love to NOT be solo at Sunday brunch!! It's a date... if we can make it for 11:00 ?
     
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    Glad your hubs is getting himself all shined up but, um, when do YOU get "you" time??
     
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    This is the reason I am staying in this weekend - hoping for lots of luck for my fellow fanatics!!
     
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    Absolutely. Reservation changed. We'll figure out how to find each other later. LOL.
     
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