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The Big 4-0. A Confessional.

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The Big 4-0. A Confessional.

This is going to be a little tricky writing this, hope all can follow, the alcohol and lack of sleep took a toll on my half way to dead memory. I've been back for two days and, quite honestly, I 'm still not right.

In this tangent-filled trip report, not only will I tell a tale of my 40th birthday celebration with friends and family, I will also try to put the pieces together of the puzzle of what exactyly happened myself. This should be therapeutic for myself, because it is always best when one confronts their sins head on with a confessional trip report. Hopefully, the truth shall set me free as I journal this alcoholic festival and shear disrespect of the american dollar for anyone that can bear to read it. It will be long. It will jump around. Please excuse any errors, I believe alcohol abuse robs one of their grammar skills.

All in good fun, the trip report will follow in reply.

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1. Re: The Big 4-0. A Confessional.

Can't wait! I spent my 40th in Vegas as well!

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Oooh, I'm looking forward to this!

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Sounds good. Cant wait to read it!

Cheers!

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I applaude you even before you've told it! ;-)

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Not to start out this trip report with a sob story, but, I think this info might be pertinant to the mood of the trip for me. You see, I began planning this trip (I think I have not mentioned yet it was Feb 9-Feb 14) back in November. My beloved Boston Terrier became ill last summer, and I spent the next several months seeing specialists and trying to get him well. This dog is my only child, I love him with all of my heart, I would do anything to make him well, which included driving hours back and forth to see internal medicine and board certified surgical veteranarians for months. By November, my specialist declared my dog must/might/should have a benign adrenal gland tumor as their has been no growth and his health had returned to normal if not much better. Let the planning begin!

About two weeks before our trip, Bailey became ill again. We were back at the vet trying this and that to make him better. He was not himself, I'll spare the details. I intended to cancel my trip. They should all go celebrate my birthday without me. About four days before he perked up and the medication seemed to be working. Although it was a difficult decision, my family members talked me into going, and I went. No change with Bailey while I was gone, not good or bad, but, my conscience was weighed the entire trip.

It is important to add that, I come by the love of gambling very honestly. My father is a gambler, my mother a gambler, and my step-father a gambler ,as well. All parental figures in my life have a love for gambling. So, it was not a difficult decision to make sin city the location of my introduction into the big 4-0 club. The trip consisted of myself, my boyfriend, mom, step-dad, sister, aunt, and two friends (a couple and vegas virgins), and another friend.

For the last several years I get out to Vegas about once a year. It is a long trip flying from Orlando, and because of my lack of will-power, it is usually a good idea so stay only four nights. This trip we stayed five. I chose The Paris even though I have never stayed there and we usually stay at PH, because now that I am a big girl, mommy and daddy don't have to get me comped rooms anymore. Actually, they had the best free nights and weekend rates for me and it is right next door anyway. Plus, my mom had mentioned the last few trips that the crowd is just not for her at PH anymore, they had been staying there since it was Alladin, but, they mix it up with other places often.

We flew out of Orlando on Southwest simply because they are the only non-stop airline. The flight was long, and I don't like flying very much, so I thought having two drinks would relax me even though it was 8:30 a.m., and it did. I only had two drinks because at this point I still was exhibiting self control.

We arrived at LAS early, got off the plane, collected luggage with the limo driver.

This would be when my mother realised her wallet was gone. Fantabulous mom. Where does she remember seeing it last? Starbuck's. In ORLANDO. We tell the rest of the gang to go in the limo and my mother and I go to Southwest baggage claim office as mom believes her wallet fell out of her purse when forced to stow her bag under the seat in front of her during the flight.

No luck at the Southwest office so we head to lost and found just in case to fill out more paperwork. Then we go to the cab line. It appears 200 other people as well need a cab somewhere. Did I mention I am impatient?

I forgot to mention a tad of positive news. You see, my mom had not left her big stach of cashola in the wallet, but, in the side pocket of her purse (which she had not lost). This was very important to my mother because although her credit cards and id were possibly on their way to Timbuktu, her gambling money was still intact.

I wondered was all of this going to set the tone for a bad trip?

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6. Re: The Big 4-0. A Confessional.

I'm heading to Vegas in a couple of weeks to celebrate my 40th so I'm looking forward to reading how you did it!

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7. Re: The Big 4-0. A Confessional.

Oh, oh, rough start, looking forward to the rest!

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8. Re: The Big 4-0. A Confessional.

Uh oh. Hope your mom's wallet was returned in one way or another!

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9. Re: The Big 4-0. A Confessional.

Love your writing style - looking forward to more!

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10. Re: The Big 4-0. A Confessional.

Looking forward to more, I feel the anxiety you guys must have been feeling, what a cruddy way to start your day in Vegas. Hope it gets better fast.