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Post Posted: August 4th, 2013, 5:31 pm 
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^^^ More like old and fut. :icon_wink:

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Post Posted: August 5th, 2013, 11:19 pm 
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I don't mind admitting at all that the old and folksy types are more fun to gamble with than the younguns.

I just got back from my Reno trip, which was fairly uneventful, hanging out with an old friend there. The reason why the flights and hotel were expensive was speculated to be Hot August Nights, a Reno tradition, which is a classic car event. It's a kind of thing where classic car owners come and parade their vehicles in the parking lots of the various big hotels, and it finishes off (next week) with a convoy through downtown Reno. I could get interested in looking at classic cars .. but not in the 90F heat in Reno.

As an aside, I hung out with my friend and one of her close pals; they both have connections with the Reno police, so we got talking about their time in the department, and also about guns. I got to handle their personal weapons (safely free of live rounds of course). I've never handled a pistol before so it was interesting to see these - one a Colt automatic pistol, the other a S&W revolver. I got the cook's tour of both weapons and we had a great conversation about their uses (and their limitations in various scenarios). Next time I'm in the US we're going to try a shooting range.

I'm now checked into Paris, which was quick and efficient. Taxi was $15, much cheaper than the MC trip, which was weird. Tipped the guy $6.

This is my first stay in a Total Rewards property. The room is fine, not as nice a view that I had at Monte Carlo but I don't care. Separate shower and bathtub, and a funbook with vouchers that work at a few different Caesars properties but oddly no vouchers to use in Paris itself. Most of the vouchers seem to be at The Quad, they're clearly trying to push people to go there and check it out.

Thinking of heading to Le Burger Brasserie now for some grub. Will take an early night, I think, but thinking of shows to see this week. Penn and Teller may be on the agenda ..

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Post Posted: August 6th, 2013, 1:35 pm 
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The $15 taxi sounds right, I thought the $22 to MC was high. Not sure why it was so much since he didn't take the freeway.

What did you think of Le Burger?

The 2-1 happy hour at Le Central bar is worth a try, the cocktails are very good.

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Post Posted: August 6th, 2013, 3:56 pm 
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rog, yeah, I don't know what was going on with the MC taxi. It seemed to take a direct route. But traffic was busy and we were stopped at intersections quite a bit; nonetheless the gap is hard to explain.

Le Burger was very good, and of course highly compliant. One of the waitresses clearly works out with heavy weights, another working at the bar possessed an unusually generous rack which I admired at what I hope was respectful distance. I was there last year, so no change in that respect. Prices actually aren't too bad, I got a cheeseburger, fries, a couple of beers (there's an IPA they're doing which is quite nice), tiramisu (which was excellent !) and coffee, and it came to less than $40.

This morning I went for breakfast at the Sugar Factory. Very disappointing. The service is so-so and the food was rather bland. Obviously aiming for the younger silly crowd who like their bm-tiss music blasted quite loudly (rather louder than background level) in restaurants while they're eating. Needless to say I won't be back. I should have gone to MGA - I'll try that tomorrow morning.

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Post Posted: August 7th, 2013, 1:53 am 
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I've been wanting to stop by Sugar Factor because their turkey burger sliders looked good in one of those Vegas magazines. But everytime I have peeked in there, it's absolutely FREEZING!!! So I just move on. I think they have it set at 60 in there. Was it cold when you went?

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Post Posted: August 7th, 2013, 2:47 am 
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When you do decide to shoot use American Shooters off strip (not far) and class act. I NEVER have shot guns; they were amazingly professional.

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Post Posted: August 7th, 2013, 2:48 am 
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^^^ More like old and fut. :icon_wink:



Older than dirt; younger than stupid.

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Post Posted: August 7th, 2013, 5:00 pm 
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rog, it did not seem unusually cold when I was there. Just a bit meh on the whole, and noisy to boot.

hawaiianmark, it'll probably be near Reno where I go shooting next time (accompanied by some people who know how to shoot). Shooting ranges are not so easy to find there, apparently.

Last night (Tuesday) was very busy, very difficult to find a seat in any of the casual mid-strip restaurants. Vegas strikes me as the busiest I have seen it this year, certainly busier than the same time last year.

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Post Posted: August 8th, 2013, 8:35 pm 
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Lovin' all the updates

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Post Posted: August 9th, 2013, 2:14 am 
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A bit more relaxed for Wednesday and Thursday.

Went for breakfast at the Terrace Point Cafe in Wynn this morning. Pretty damn amazing. The food was the best breakfast I've had in Vegas, not a thing out of place, and they even give you a complimentary newspaper. Strongly recommended.

I spent the afternoon hanging out in Wynn and then downtown, which seemed a bit busier today. The D is fun - good drinks service while gambling, and a younger crowd than MSS, where I headed for a late lunch at the 777 brewpub which hit the spot as usual. $2.50 draft microbrews during happy hour - I'll have a few of those thank you very much.

Winding down now to get ready for my flight back home.

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Post Posted: August 9th, 2013, 5:42 pm 
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Interesting about Terrace Point Cafe. Looks like they may have stepped it up a bit.

I was poking around the Reno casino websites and say that Hussong's is now at Silver Legacy. I wonder where they are located, I don't recall them from last year. A much better option than Dos Geckos, which kinda sucked, especially in comparison to its predecessor.

I also noticed that at Circus Circus in Reno, weekday check-in is at 8am!!! Weekend at 1pm. I think the only way they can really pull that off, is if they consistently have a lot of unused rooms?

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Post Posted: August 11th, 2013, 6:24 pm 
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Breakfast at Mon Ami Gabi was quite good on Friday morning. The service was fine although the waitress was a little curt, and they don't leave you a pot of coffee (like they do at Terrace Pointe and a few other places). The inside room is beautiful. The only reason I've not tried there before it is always jam-packed. It must be a real money spinner for the property. The inside room has a lot of wood panelling and looks beautiful.

Uneventful ride home. Taxi fare to LAS terminal 3 from Paris was $13!!!. I gave the guy a $20 and told him to keep it, which going by his reaction seemed to pretty much make his day.

I did not have too much luck with gambling this trip, but I was probably doing too much of it. I always say that two weeks is too much but end up doing two weeks anyway; but I think I need to make more of an effort to have a shorter Vegas trip next time.

I think I preferred Monte Carlo to Paris. Paris' seems to be bigger and has more variety of restaurants etc, but the place seemed a little less friendly and less relaxed. The craps table rules in MGM properties (with the exception of Circus Circus) are more liberal and several, but not all, MGM properties now all seem to have free wifi which you can access in exchange for your email address which is presumably added onto a marketing mailing list somewhere.

I would love to justify the cost of staying at Wynn. It just about exceeds the Venetian. You can tell that their interior designers (I imagine, strongly influenced by Wynn himself) spend a lot of time and effort working on the feel and atmosphere of the place which just oozes class and attention to detail. On the other hand, I don't use any hotel services so in value terms I'd be considerably better off staying at the MSS and taking the bus to the Strip every day.

Traffic levels on the strip are unchanged; they're still insane at various times of the day and it's not always easy to predict when. Right now, LVB seems to be down to one lane at a pinch point right outside The Flamingo (due to Linq works I suspect) and this created real problems with traffic being backed up beyond Paris. Surely to God it would be trivial for them to install a couple of bus lanes and encourage people to use the bus service, which would be far superior and would help keep traffic levels down. In an ideal world we'd see the monorail or a light rail tram running right up the centre strip, but I doubt the town's various interest would allow this to be even contemplated, sadly.

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