A Meet, Puppet Sex, and Sumo Wrestlers. Just Your Typical Vegas Trip
If there is a better time than the 1st week of October to visit Las Vegas I have yet to find it, and believe me I have certainly tried.
Arrived Sunday around 10:30am, 20 minutes later checking into THEhotel. Pleasantly requested a room on a higher floor near the end of the hall, as I am a light sleeper. Was told by the clerk that he was going to upgrade us to an end suite with a strip view (you can draw your own conclusion whether the $20 tip had anything to do with it), was given room 28815.
This is the 2nd time we have been given a room xx815. These are the best regular suites at THEhotel. Because they are end suites they are larger, have an extra set of windows, and being on the corner have 3 separate views. The regular suites have basically the same view from both the living room and bedroom. While the different views are nice, it is the slightly larger bedroom that we like about these #815 rooms on each floor. If you can’t get #815, room #816 is the same size without the strip view.
After a short wait for the bags and fridge, change into pool wear and off to Border Grill for lunch. Chicken Quesadillas and the 1st Margarita of the trip, sitting with a view of the Mandalay Bay river -- life is wonderful.
First afternoon in Vegas spent by the MB river with Pina Coladas.
Met some interesting people at the pool. They drove to LV from Utah. The main purpose of their trip was to visit Trader Joe’s. In addition to a couple of cases of hard liquor, they are bringing home 5 cases of wine. To those not familiar with it, Trader Joe’s sells a brand of wine nicknamed “two buck Chuck”. They made a trip to Las Vegas just to buy some $2 wine. They can’t buy this wine in Utah.
God, I’m glad I live in California.
Back to the room so my wife can take a short nap. I have a horse I like in the 8th at Santa Anita, so it’s down to the racebook.
The horse wins BUT there is a Stewards Inquiry involving the 1st 4 finishers. I watch the tape and just know my horse is going to be disqualified.
I’ve been in Las Vegas for almost 6 hours, finally make a bet, WIN, and now they’re going to take it away from me. What kind of a bad luck sign is this? Will the whole trip be like this? It was only $82 but suddenly it took on great importance.
For some reason I will never understand the stewards make a mistake, decide my horse remains the winner, and my mood brightens considerably. At least I don’t feel the gambling gods are out to get me.
We decide on a light dinner so we go to one of our perennial favorites, the Noodle Shop at Mandalay Bay, always good food and reasonably priced.
Have an hour to kill, so we walk over to Luxor so my wife can play her nickel video WOF machines (Mandalay Bay doesn’t have any). Wife puts in $20 and gets very little play. I play 8/5 JOB, the best VP available at Luxor, and finish up $12.
First day gambling totals: VP +$12, Horse +$82, Wife -$20
Not exactly what you would call high rollers.
Our perks from THEhotel this trip included passes to the Foundation Room. Having never been there we decided to make this one of our “new things” this trip. We decided to go on Sunday because we know they are open to the public on Monday, and are always very crowded then. We went up a little after 9pm for a drink, only a few people were there at that time. It’s a very nice large lounge, much more comfortable and quiet than you would expect. The bartender suggested we check out the private rooms, especially the “Buddha Room”. Quite a place and well worth seeing.
But the real reason to visit the Foundation Room is the view. Because of the angle and location of MB this is the best view of the strip there is. It is truly spectacular from the outside patio, without glass to obscure your view.
As it got later the crowds got a little larger, everyone heading outside for the view.
Met a number of nice people and ended up spending almost 3 hours there.
If the opportunity ever presents itself, I strongly recommend a visit to the Foundation Room.
Interesting thing about our bill the 1st night. We had the following charges to our room: Border Grill $59.45, Pool Bar $27.00 & Noodle Shop $38.06. As part of our room offer we were to receive a $35 dining credit. It was applied this way:
Border Grill $59.45
Pool Bar $5.66
Noodle Shop $24.40
I have no idea why they didn’t deduct the $35 from Border Grill, or take it all from the Noodle Shop. I didn’t really care, but thought it was kind of strange.