We've been busy, busy, busy. Won quite a bit so far; put $50 bucks into a Double 7s quarter slot and played for nearly three hours on it (until I was staring at the word going "Doob-lee? What does that mean?"), and ended up taking $100 out at the end when we finally decided to call it quits.
We're going to see The Lion King tomorrow, and are dickering on whether to spend some of the winnings on either a) seeing Bette Midler again (Mom's choice) or b) seeing "Love" again (my choice). Or maybe going and seeing "Ka," which neither of us have seen yet.
The Bellagio's summer theme in the garden atrium is birds -- there are cages full of rainbow lorakeets and pretty crested parakeets, fountains and flowers of course, and a big ferris wheel. Very cool. Haven't done a lot of shopping yet, although kept going back to one shop on Fremont Street while Mom dickered on whether or not to buy the earrings that matched her fire topaz necklace (she ended up getting them). Found several presents for Barb, of all things. It POURED while we were in the Bellagio. Cleared up while we ate dinner at Ellis Island (if you like BBQ, and you're in Las Vegas, take a quick cab ride to a little dive out at the Motel 8 a few blocks from the Strip called Ellis Island. The menu has four choices: full slab, half slab, chicken, or sausage. The meat comes with beans, coleslaw, corn, and dense sourdough bread. It's the best meal and deal in town, and that counts the cab fare.
Everyone at home appears to be in a state of crisis. I'd comment on more friends journals but it's one in the morning and now I'm going to bed.