Viva Las Vegas!

So I”ll admit that this post is more for me than it might be for you, dear readers! I’m jonesin’ something FIERCE for Vegas. As you will recall, Jason and I podcast about our trip to Sin City back in September, for Jason’s “Half Way To 70” birthday! (You can listen to it here and here) Well, that September Vegas trip has been my last, and I”m dying to get back there in June!

I think part of the problem is that it’s been 7 months since my last trip and I usually max out around the six month marker…meaning, I get to Vegas every six months (or less). Daddy’s got an itch and it needs copious amount of alcohol, tobacco and gambling to scratch it! I know, I know, I’ll be back in June so relax–but it’s hard. You never realize how much you miss the camaraderie of cocktail waitresses, hotel check-in staff, player’s club boothlings and casino cage workers when you’re not there.

It doesn’t help, of course, that I read a LOT of blogs about Las Vegas. And I talk to Jason incessantly about it (poor Jason). My wife, God love her, has pretty much told me shut-up about it. But my folks are going, so my Mom is willing to indulge me with “Vegas Speak” because she’s just as excited to go.

I have put together my tentative itinerary for the “Tony’s Half Way To 70” birthday bash…with one sad exception…Imperial Palace karaoke. It’s closed down. Damn Linq. For those not sure what I’m talking about, Caesar’s Entertainment (owner, amongst other things, the IP) is building a ferris “observation” wheel and an open air mall shopping district between O’Shea’s and Flamingo. But part of that construction means the destruction of O’Shits-Shea’s and renovation to my beloved IP. But apparently that renovation comes at a cost, that being: The IP’s poker room is being moved from it’s current location to the upstairs area where the karaoke used to be. <Sigh> I know what you’re thinking, “Tony, you can karaoke all over the place”. Perhaps, but the IP was the first hotel-casino I ever stayed at in Vegas (hey, I didn’t know any better) and karaoke there was always a fantastic time.

That said, what do I think is on the “Tony Snyder Clip Board of Fun”? Probably a trip out to Red Rock. Yeah, yeah, am I half way to 70…or already 70? Weird, I concede, but surprisingly enough people who are going out wanted to partake, so I think it’s going to happen. What else? Food! Cosmopolitan’s buffet, as well as, Bellagio’s breakfast buffet are a gimmie. My wife would divorce me if I withheld those eateries. I think the Mob Museum, but that’s for downtown. Downtown, my wife and I are staying for 3 nights after everyone leaves. Jason too. My wife and I will be staying at the Golden Nugget and Gillikin will be at El Cortez! I have a bad feeling we’re going to love downtown more than the Strip. That might be a sign of getting old, or it means the Strip is getting old. 12+ times to Vegas since 2006 and I’ve never stayed off Strip.

I digress. Vegas in June. I’m on a weight loss challenge with myself. 40 pounds. I’m down 8. I’m not positive I’ll make it but I’ll be close, to be sure. I’ve decided that if I can trim down 4 pounds per week (I decided this two weeks ago) that would be 40 pounds in 10 weeks. So far so good. I’ve been to the gym 9 out of the past 14 days. I think going to the gym because I want to lose this weight for Vegas is part of the problem. I have to use Vegas as my motivation to lose the weight, hence, I’m keeping that “Vegas, Vegas, Vegas” mantra running through my head every day for 60-90 minutes each day.

But weight loss isn’t the only reason I’m obsessing over Vegas. I’m also excited that I”m going to have darn near 80% of those that came out to my wedding last year, here this time too! That’s pretty cool, considering darned near everyone we wanted in Vegas for the wedding, actually came out! I blogged about (here) how fun Vegas is, but it becomes a different kind of fun when you have a big group of people together out there.

One of the things that makes a group of people in Vegas so fun is there will always be something for someone to do. I haven’t decided whether or not my folks and I will take a tour of the Hoover Dam. My folks kinda want to do the tour, I kinda want to do the tour, but it’ll certainly be a half-day excursion and that’s time away from the casino, bars & restaurants. We’ll play that by ear.

My wife and I are staying in a penthouse at Bellagio. Not only will this be our first time in a penthouse suite, it’ll also be the first time staying at Bellagio. We booked our reservation and 24 hours later got an email from the resort asking for our flight itinerary so they could have a limo waiting for us to take us to the hotel. First time riding in a limo, too!

Can you see why I’m jonesin’ for this trip!?!? On the one hand, I’m elated that I still have 8 weeks until the trip so that my weight loss has plenty of time. On the other hand, 8 more weeks feels like forever! The cool thing about this anticipation is it makes me feel like a kid again getting excited for my birthday or Christmas. When’s the last time you’ve really been excited about something? Like truly, counting down the days until this exciting thing occurs?

I can tell you this month, much to my wife’s chagrin, I’m already planning a December, 2012 trip in anticipation of how much I’ll need my fix. My poor wife!

Sound off, what do you do to make the time pass by quicker/easier whilst awaiting your trip to the TRULY happiest place on Earth?

2 thoughts on “Viva Las Vegas!

  1. AccessVegas Reply

    Try to do Red Rock in the mid-morning when the sun is at the right angle to make the rocks really glow.

    The Hoover Dam “Hard Hat Tour” (the most complete tour) is awesome. Well worth the non-casino time. You go inside of the dam. However, keep in mind that the outdoor temps at the dam are 10 degrees warmer than Las Vegas. If summertime, do Hoover in the morning.

    My advice? Rent a car for the day. Hit Red Rock first, complete the Charleston Loop around to Blue Diamond, hit the 215 and keep going straight to Hoover Dam. With your own transportation, you’ll knock them out in no time.

    Grab a late lunch at Railroad Pass Hotel Casino on the way back from the dam. You’ve got to see this place. You’ll feel like you stepped back to Vegas of the 60’s.

    Staying downtown will hook you. More and more people are splitting their trips between downtown and The Strip. It is almost like two vacations in one when you do.

    • jason Reply

      Good points. When I was in Vegas last June, I had a car and drove to Hoover Dam for the Hard Hat tour. Worth it, just to see the majesty of it.  I like your suggestion for a round-robin visit to Red Rock/Hoover.  (JEG)

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