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Weekend Wrapup

So Thursday afternoon I leave work and I feel a familiar tickle at the back of my throat. I still prepare for heading out first thing Friday morning to meet Mom in Vegas. However, by evening it was clear I had a cold, and this cold was to follow me throughout the weekend. So thick with snot, I boarded the plane and hung out at the south end of the Strip while waiting for Mom's plane to land, had breakfast at Denny's and did a little shopping, mostly feeling draggy and not quite myself, so I didn't go at things with my usual zeal.

Met Mom around 11:30 and we got checked into the room. I managed to hang on for the rest of the day, we walked up the Strip and took some pictures, and I collapsed far too early but with hopes of being less sick on Saturday.

It worked; we had a great Saturday, starting with a light breakfast at the Studio Cafe at MGM and then gambling to build up Mom's comp points, then went to see:


We saw it the first year it opened, but had bad seats; this time AWESOME. It's an amazing show, really, and so intense I think you could watch it twenty times and see something new every time.

We did okay at the slots with Mom's surefire system, making a couple of decent hits:


That was $400 --


This one was $150.

We had some fun. I was pleased at the Bellagio was still done up for the Year of the Dragon (last year we missed the Year of the Rabbit by like one day):





I was deeply amused by this game:

It was actually fun to play, too. Lots of great stuff for "them of a certain age" -- although I did note that it was fairly obvious Signourney Weaver did not sign anything to allow her voice and likeness be used....

Same view from our room as last time, just from a higher floor:



They're redecorating the MGM Grand, apparently floor-by-floor; we stopped on Floor Four and saw some of it; looks to me like they're moving from the Classic Art-Deco of the 30's to Modern Hotel Bland. Oh, well, everything must be new. The Lion Habitat has been closed, too (sob, sob), they'll be taking it out and putting something else in. The one sure thing in Vegas is that nothing is permanent.

At the M&M's World store I saw they're making the brown candy into a character now, too -- the glasses-wearing sexy-smart gal, Ms. Brown. Hee.

I took some good shots from the airplane, too. Hoover Dam, coming in:


And the Strip, on the way out:


Now I'm thinking there are things I want to do as I watch some stuff on Tivo and catch up on ElJay. Still have the remnants of the cold, so I don't exactly feel like getting up and go-go-going, and of course I have to go to work tomorrow, but hey, there's still some of today.

Maybe now I can actually get focused on something... anything... losing weight or writing or something...


( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 20th, 2012 09:17 pm (UTC)
I want one of those dragons! Though the horse is pretty damn cool, too. I didn't even know you were going to Vegas, but I'm glad you had a good time despite being illish.
Feb. 20th, 2012 10:00 pm (UTC)
I was SO happy to see the decorations for the Year of the Dragon! It was gorgeous, as always; for some reason although I flipped some of the other dragon pictures they uploaded sideways, so I have to figure that out to post them, but there were some amazing decorations.

It was just a quick trip, so Mom could build up some points. I think she missed it, anyway. I haven't been very update-y lately! :)
Feb. 20th, 2012 11:11 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry you had to struggle with the cold. [hugs]
Feb. 21st, 2012 01:56 am (UTC)
It's getting better!

Here's to the rest of the week!
Feb. 21st, 2012 03:17 am (UTC)
Ghostbuster Slots! OMG I wanna play that. Yay to winning. The dragon and the horse are amazing.

sorry you were ill
Feb. 22nd, 2012 02:21 am (UTC)
Yes, they were a LOT of fun! We played them several times (no big wins, but FUN and very silly!).

Ah, well. At least it was just a cold, nothing worse!
Feb. 22nd, 2012 02:25 am (UTC)
here's hoping my casino gets them.

yeah cold's are just annoying but I've one friend whose pneumonia has taken a serious turn. geez
Feb. 21st, 2012 10:08 am (UTC)
I know this will probably sound silly, but I know you and your mom have been to Las Vegas alot. I was wondering if you ever got the chance to see the Silver and Gold Pawn store of the show Pawn Stars, or Rick's Restoration of American Restoration, or the Clark County Heritage Museum ?
Feb. 22nd, 2012 02:24 am (UTC)
Nope, alas, we tend to stick near the Strip -- we've never even been as far as the Hard Rock Hotel (although we did venture to the Rio once).

I did happen to fly over what I think was Siegfried & Roy's place -- big mansion on HUGE acreage! I should have taken a picture!
Mar. 18th, 2012 02:27 am (UTC)
Awesome pictures! I love seeing some of what you saw!

I feel somewhat sheepish, but I realized again, when I saw the images, that I have no idea how to play a slot machine.

Lovely aerial shots! Makes me long for the SW...
Mar. 18th, 2012 10:51 pm (UTC)
Slot machines are the gambling that requires no thought -- you put money in and spin the reels, and if the correct series of pictures hits the payline, you win! :)

The SW misses you, too!

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