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Overall, a pretty good trip. We didn't win anything much, but had a good time (which is the important part, I expect).

I played the Monkees machine a few times. It was fun.



A screen full of Peters and guitars gave me 600 credits ($6.00), while a screen full of Mikes was $13.75 -- I never did get more than two Davys in a row. Micky never made an appearance at all. But I came away with around $20 more than I put in when we finished here.

I then later read the Nevada State Statute posted on the wall at New York New York while waiting for Mom outside a bathroom. Apparently it's illegal to take pictures within the casino. Oops.

I finally got Mom to go for the Blue Man Group -- seriously, there are not enough words to describe the awesomeness of this show!!! I could sit through it again and again (I expect it's one of those things that's a little different every night anyway). SO VERY COOL!!!

We ate good food, did some walking, looked at the Bellagio's "Year of the Snake" display:



Went to the Mandalay Bay aquarium; most of my pictures didn't turn out well (VERY low light in there -- I'd need to experiment), and it was very crowded since there were at least four schools there on field trips, but I always enjoy watching the sharks.



Walking up to the tram from the Excalibur to Mandalay Bay provided some good viewing; I was snapping shots up the Strip when I noticed the flag in juxtaposition to the little Statue of Liberty:



We enjoyed walking around and really exploring Mandalay Bay. It's one place we've never stayed, and so some of it was really new. We discovered the pool area (although closed this time of year) -- they have a BEACH (one of those wave pool things). Mom's thinking about us doing a week in August. There's some nifty fountains there.



I am, in general, not very happy with the "new, grander MGM Grand." Not only did they pull out the Lion Habitat (and haven't replaced it with anything), but the new rooms are so NOT green -- there are no towel bars in the bathrooms, so any used towel HAS to be dropped to the floor. Not even one for a washcloth in the shower/tub. No recycling bins around the casino. Not to mention the pillows are really uncomfortable. I'm looking forward to sleeping in my own bed tonight.

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cornerofmadness
Feb. 6th, 2013 03:55 am (UTC)
yes it's illegal on the casino floor (how they're going to patrol that in the cell phone age I have no idea) I have one of me in Deadwood (just as illegal). But HEY yay for the Monkees.

LOVE the aquarium and year of the snake photos.

and just ew to the MGM. I'd shoot them an email (mostly because I love to bitch)
wildrider
Feb. 9th, 2013 12:06 am (UTC)
I knew the Indian casinos were tough about it (they got really mad when a friend snapped a picture of me with the signed guitar I just won), but I'd never had any problems in Vegas, where I've taken shots of a lot of interesting machines (and wins).

I tweeted MGM... I know they have someone monitoring their tweets.

cornerofmadness
Feb. 9th, 2013 03:16 am (UTC)
man back in the 90's they wouldn't even let you have a pager or a cell phone in the Indian casinos. It was a real problem for me since I was on call as a practicing physician back then.

there you go.
wildrider
Feb. 9th, 2013 04:13 am (UTC)
Yikes. I've never seen anyone come down on picture-taking in Vegas; I've seen people with their iPhones taking pictures all over the place.
cornerofmadness
Feb. 9th, 2013 04:14 am (UTC)
I think it's a lost cause at this point
evil_little_dog
Feb. 6th, 2013 04:05 am (UTC)
Aieee! Monkees!! Monkees!!!
wildrider
Feb. 9th, 2013 12:06 am (UTC)
It was a fun game! I played for a while and came away with a few bucks more than I put in.
evil_little_dog
Feb. 9th, 2013 01:19 am (UTC)
I'd swear cornerofmadness played that game recently and was questioning some of the rules.

That's cool, that you walked away with more money.
wildrider
Feb. 9th, 2013 03:03 am (UTC)
It may have been me. I was talking early in my trip about how five Davys was 5,000, while five Mikes was 500, five Mickys 250, and five Peters only 200. Hardly fair. :)
evil_little_dog
Feb. 9th, 2013 03:06 am (UTC)
Ahh. XD That could be as well.
ljs
Feb. 6th, 2013 11:59 am (UTC)
Monkees!

Glad you're back, and hope you got some good sleep. :)

wildrider
Feb. 9th, 2013 12:07 am (UTC)
Thanks! I hope so, too! (At least this weekend!)

Happy Friday!
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