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66 year-old Virgin & his Daughter - a Trip Report

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66 year-old Virgin & his Daughter - a Trip Report

It goes without saying that my father and I had a wonderful time. It was filled with lots of laughs and some memories that will last a lifetime. We're already planning to go back again next March or April. He's a late-blooming as Vegas addict in the making.

A little back-story here - I've been wanting to treat my Dad to a vacation for a long time. My mom is disabled and Dad has basically been her at-home nurse for the last 5 years of her immobility on top of working a full time job. He retired this past April and has still been working his tail off at home. He needed a break. So I invited him to join me in LV. I'll never forget that when I asked him he squealed like a little girl. Mom was actually quite glad for him to take some time off and we arranged with a family friend to look in on her once a day. We also talked to her every night and she was enjoying her time alone.

We decided to go in August because I wanted him to see the Star Trek Experience before it was demolished. Dad would also be celebrating his 66th birthday on August 28th while we were in town. I paid for his hotel rooms and his airfare. He paid for our meals and entertainment. We both had our own gambling money and were ready to hit the town.

TR will come below.

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1. Re: 66 year-old Virgin & his Daughter - a Trip Report

Night 1 – Tuesday August 26th

We flew out of Seattle at 5:30pm and landed in LV around 7pm. The sun had mostly set by that time and Dad got to see the Strip lit up as our flight made its descent to land. We made the (wrong) choice to take a shuttle to the hotel. I thought this would be a good alternative to a cab because I wanted Dad to see some of the Strip with all the pretty lights but without the price of a cab driving up LV Blvd. We mostly took back roads and got to see a lot of road and building construction. Oh well.

Our first two nights were spent at the Imperial Palace. I've stayed at this property before and find it perfectly acceptable for my simple needs. I had a comp for my room and only paid $40/night for Dad's room. We arrived at almost 8pm on Tuesday night so I knew we weren't going to get the best picks of the hotel. I only had two requests – I wanted both the rooms to be on the same floor and I didn't want either of us to be anywhere near the Carnival Court noise. We were given rooms on the 12th floor. Dad's room was conveniently right outside of the elevators and had a view of the IP pool. My room was down the north hallway and had a view of Harrah's pool. Unfortunately my room was quite near Carnival Court and I could hear the music until 3AM or later each night. I had earplugs so that wasn't a big deal. This property also allowed us to get around easily because of it's central-Strip location and the convenient monorail stop.

After dropping our bags in the room we left IP immediately and walked over to Bellagio, but not before getting Dad a nice stack of p0rn slapper cards. We had a nice laugh at those and continued on our way over the maze of escalators and walk-ways and finally in front of the fountains. We only had to wait about 10 minutes before a show started. It was This Kiss by Faith Hill. I took a video of it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mo4Ap-gTbXE

Dad loved the fountain show but was eager to start gambling so we made our way back to IP. We did stop to get some gellato from Bellagio which made the walk back much tastier.

The last time Dad played a slot machine was back in the 80's when we went to Reno during a business conference. He didn't fully understand all of the buttons and crazy stuff on these new slot machines at first. But by the end of the trip he was a pro. And he knew how to pick em! He had a magic touch and it seemed every machine he picked gladly spit out money for him. I did not have such luck.

I had been up since 4AM (because of work) so I was pretty pooped by the time Midnight rolled around. I called it a night and Dad kept playing until around 2AM. The addiction has begun...

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2. Re: 66 year-old Virgin & his Daughter - a Trip Report

So far so good keep it rolling.

"Dad liked the fountains but was eager to do some gambling" lol, welcome to Vegas.

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3. Re: 66 year-old Virgin & his Daughter - a Trip Report

BA..How wonderful and thoughtful of you. I can not wait to read the whole TR of your trip with your Dad.

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4. Re: 66 year-old Virgin & his Daughter - a Trip Report

Day 2 – Wednesday August 27th

I woke up around 8AM. I got myself ready for the day and went down to Dad's room. I knocked but there was no answer. I figured he was downstairs playing already so I went to look for him there. I didn't see him anywhere so I just played around a little bit and had some Irish crème and coffee. After losing more than I wanted to I went back up to Dad's room around 9AM. This time he was there and only opened the door a crack to say "I'm still changing. You can go sit on the bed and wait." He went into the bathroom to change and gave me the OK to come in. After a couple minutes he emerged from the bathroom saying he was ready to go down to the pool. THIS is what I see before me:

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I am NOT kidding when I say he had on a full bikini. Top and bottoms. It was hilarious and terrifying all at the same time. After I stopped laughing at the urge to throw up had settled down, I snapped a (modest) picture to preserve the horrifically crazy moment forever.

That's my Dad. Gotta love him.

He changed into some normal clothing and then proceeded to start our day. He didn't really want to go to the pool so we went to breakfast at Harrah's buffet because we had a coupon. It was OK – not the best – but it did the trick.

After breakfast we jumped on the Monorail and headed down to MGM. Played around a while there with no luck. Went over to the Coke Bottle to get ½ price tickets to Folies Bergere which we would go see later that night. After running around on the South Strip for a while Dad was getting a little tired. We went back to IP. I played in the casino for a while and Dad relaxed in his room. Less than 1 hour later he was downstairs with me and ready to rock and roll. Time for Big Elvis!

Over at Bill's we got some great seats for Big Elvis. Big E was awesome and I was really impressed with how much weight he has lost. He also stood and danced almost the entire show, only sitting down for a couple of songs. And his singing was fantastic as always. Here are a couple of videos I captured – Unchained Melody and Love me:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_W7lLJs2Y-k

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxX61okjtLk

In case you missed my other post, I convinced my Dad to volunteer when Big E asked for a guy to come on stage. He had no idea what he was getting into. He was dressed up as "Little Elvis" and got to play an inflatable guitar and dance with the "Elvettes" for Viva Las Vegas. Here's the clip:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwkY-6XVDKI

By the way, my dad's name is not "Mark". It's Mike. The video is a little dark but it gets good near the end when Dad is really hamming it up and being a rock star.

After the show we got to take pics with Big E. Big E thanked Dad for volunteering and being a good sport and Dad said "Nice working with you, Elvis." We're going to have to get Dad an agent because he's clearly going to Hollywood after such a great performance.

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Later that night we headed to the Hilton. Dad decided he didn't want to do the full Star Trek Experience but we did want to hit Quark's. He loved it there because he's a big nerd. I'm a daughter of a big nerd so I love it too. We ate dinner at the bar and each had a yummy chicken sandwich and shared a mini-Warp Core.

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Dad is not a drinker so he was looped after about 4 sips. I did my best to try and finish the drink but I couldn't. It was kicking my a**. We took a few more pictures around the place and went through the sad, mostly empty gift shop. It was a sad goodbye for me. I love that stupid little bar and all the characters that work there. I'm going to miss it.

After dinner it was time to head to Tropicana for the "t!ts and feather's" show. We did opt for the 10PM topless show instead of the earlier covered show. Dad likes bewbs and they don't bother me at all so that's what we went for. We both thought the show was good. I could have done without the announcer guy and the singing woman who didn't show her bewbs. Dad really liked the comedian guy. The costumes and the dancing was great. Bewbs of all shapes and sizes. Mostly natural but there were a couple gals with obvious enhancements. After the show Dad and I compared notes about which bewbs were the best and we both agreed that the small natural ones were good.

When the show was over we went back to IP for the night. We both played some Rapid Roulette for a while with the Dealertainers. Marilyn was working the table and so was Blues Brother Belushi. Stevie Wonder, Alice Cooper and Janet Jackson performed songs and we had a really good time. I don't remember what time it was when I went to bed but I do remember that Dad stayed up later than me again. He's hard core.

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5. Re: 66 year-old Virgin & his Daughter - a Trip Report

I'm going to take a break from the typing for a while. Rest of the TR will come later.

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6. Re: 66 year-old Virgin & his Daughter - a Trip Report

I love your repost but the title is the best.

It's a real, "huh? what?" title.

"Virgin and his daughter". LOL

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7. Re: 66 year-old Virgin & his Daughter - a Trip Report

BA it justs keeps getting better. That picture of your dad in the bikini top, hillarious, cherished memories forever.

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8. Re: 66 year-old Virgin & his Daughter - a Trip Report

Alice

Great report, your Dad is a star.

Can't wait for the rest. If you ever want to hire him out as rent-a-dad can I please hire him.

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9. Re: 66 year-old Virgin & his Daughter - a Trip Report

really enjoying your TR! Keep it coming! Thanks.

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10. Re: 66 year-old Virgin & his Daughter - a Trip Report

i agree, title of post is best. how nice of you to realize that your dad needed a special break and to treat him. he has been a dedicated, devoted husband and deserves it. and his wife must love him so much, b/c she wanted him to go w/o her and have fun - true love! it makes me smile to know you have such a close relationship. welcome back.