!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FAIR WARNING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This is a trip report.
I am NOT asking anyone to read it or AGREE with it,
and if you do not like me or my observations.........
PLEASE DO NOT READ ANY FURTHER!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FAIR WARNING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FAIR WARNING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Okay here we go-- and I WILL try to brief here.
Monday March 26 Woke at 2am--stayed in bed till 3 am --COULDNT SLEEP!! ( and that will be a RECURRING theme on this trip 8 hrs of total sleep for the trip!!).
did last minute stuff and getting aggrevated watching TWC--snow expected!!
445am > Mr B. picks me up and we stop for coffee and get to Bradley at 545 am for the 645 am flight ( he was just giving me a ride). flying Continental. Flight was delayed...(SUPRISE, SUPRISE, SUPRISE!!) the ******* pilots were LATE!! 1/2 hr.
Got into BEAUTIFUL Newark at 820am and the snow starts!. nothing too brutal. But when we all boarded, 10am departure the plane had to be DE ICED!! Little delay there. Few minutes later , the eternal taxing to the runway ( it seemed like forever!!). Then was informed be another delay, DEICING the plane AGAIN!! To be totally honest, it did not look THAT bad outside, but better be safe then sorry.
After about 20 minutes now behind schedule about 40 minutes!! we were clear and the CANDLE WAS LIT and AWAAAAAAAAAY we go!!!
Arrive in FANTASYLAND at 110 pm............40 min. behind schedule.
off to ALAMO TO PICK up the car. I get to Alamo, and the line was waiting for cars was clear into MEXICO!!!!!!! About 150 people in front of me and only 7 people taking customers. I figured it would be an hour. HOWEVER ITS TAKING EACH PERSON 10 MINUTES.........BEGINING TO REALIZE I MIGHT BE SLEEPING AT THE ALAMO SITE!!!!!!!!!
aFTER ABOUT 40 MINUTES, BEGINNING TO GET REEEEEEEEEAL AGITATED ( WHO ME???????? LOL) and the natives were getting REEEEAL testy along with the workers.
Some people heard the problem was that all the eastern flights were delayed and they got hit all at once! 2 women in front of me had called HERTZ or BUDGET, ( cant remember!) at the airport and reserved a car.
A brainstorm!!! I said i was going back to the airport and rent a car any car, even a GD tricycle, but i aint wasting %^$@#(()! hours waiting for a car that i had a reservation for.
So on the bus back to the airport, myself and the two women were talking and this other man joined the conversation, and GET THIS-- HE WAITED 3 1/2 hrs last week to rent a car!!!! and they told him the same line about the flights being delayed from back east!! BUT AS HE GOT TAKEN CARE OF THE ALAMO REP SAID IT IS ALWAYS LIKE THIS!!!! WITH DELAYS OF A FEW HOURS BEING COMMON!!!!
FOLKS ----TRUST ME HERE!! DO NOT DO NOT! DO NOT!!!!!!!! WASTE YOUR TIME AT ALAMO!!!---- unless that is you want to waste a good portion of YOUR VACATION TIME waiting in a never ending line!
Get to airport and the two gals go to get their car and i notice that there is a line of about 15 or so people BUT there are 5 workers taken care of people.
I then notice right next to this counter a SAVE MOR rental and no one in line........AHA! Gonna fry a few brain circuits here with a ANOTHER BRAINSTORM!!! and run over to SaveMor and see what they have. Yes there are cars. Bing bang boom 5 minutes later on the bus to pick up the car.
Paid double from the price would have paid at ALAMO but I LEARNED ANOTHER LESSON. SOMETIME YA GOTTA PAY A LITTLE MORE TO GET MORE......
Finally at about 230 ish of to the RIO!!!!!!!!!
More to follow................. (in Part 2)
Get to the RIO. The check in line is into MEXICO! At this point im beginning to think this a bad omen to what would later happen at the tables ( AND I WAS RIGHT to an extent!), but inoticed to my right there was a small check in counter and no one was there. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm......3 brainstorms in 1 day for me!!! Not only am i frying brain circuits here but smoke is coming out of my ears , because my brain working OVERTIME!!! LOL.
Figured if i played dumb--it aint that hard for me, TRUST ME THERE KIDDIES!, may get lucky. AND I GOT LUCKY!!----no not THAT kinda lucky!!-- a real sweetheart of a rep took care of me. She was soooo nice, and was a doll, i started giving here the whole story and maybe if she helped this poor fat b******* would be out of her hair. She looked and saw how long the line was and said even though the check in was for high rollers ( which i AINT) if the lines are busy they will take people who straggle over. 10 minutes later i am on my way to the room. She was tipped approriately for being SUCH a doll. Wish I got her name would have sent an accomodation to her supervisor an HR.
Room 1279 in the original building great view of the strip!!!
So i unapck and try to rest ---(Strike 1)-----ANOTHER stupid idea there!!
am WIRED!!!!!!!!! So at 445 leave the room to start the ONSLAUGHT! promised VIPER i would 5$ on 28 on the first roulette table...decided i was going to be a MANLY MAN and play 10$ on the 28........5 rolls later nothing...and tried some slots....STRIKE 2.went through 40 bucks INSTANTLY!!!.Went to the Voodoo lounge for a quick drink or 2 ---came with the package!!--
FOLKS the VOODOO LOUNGE IS A AN ABSOLUTE MUST!!!! Killer view!!. Of course i used all my brain cells for the day and forgot the camera ( Strike 3!!!).
So I had to get to VV for the ticket drawing and then to ACE for the 7pm dinner at the YUKON GRILLE. Get there at 550 and was told wait 10 minutes.. So i am walking around and see a dice table............BAAAAAAAAAD idea!! Got hammered!! 3 people at the table not 1 of us made a point and each of us had the dice twice!!
Go back to the where they are having the drawing....had to wait again.....for what i have no damn clue! At 620 pm.....FINALLY get to spin. Won 1 dollar after dropping a ton at the dice table....
Get to to ACE and go right to the Yukon grille......
FOLKS, THIS IS A MUST STOP!!! If ya can get there DO IT!!!!!!!!!
Had the shrimp scampi and the HE MAN prime rib portion.... with the LVA coupon it was 22$!! Food and service were impeccable.
Hit the dice table and won a bit and played slots and VP and broke even. REALLY LIKE AC( both of em..but east just a little more)...people there are great.
was about 845 and had a little time before my GRAND ENTRANCE AT OG's ( PS:Tom in IA.......your prediction was waaaaaaaaaaaaaay off!! hehehe!!) And decided to stop at the Castaways.. Would have been better off running into oncoming traffic because the results at the dice table and slots were pathetic at best!!
So of to Og's and yes i did make the grand entrance!! and .........well you can figure out the rest!!!!
Get back to the Rio around 130 am ish and hit the tables there ( remember i said i wouldnt play there much........ THAT theory was as useful as a bucket full of horse puckey, because i gave them a decent amount of play.....YA ALWAYS play where ya stay) and won a bit. Get to bed about 230am ish
Slept about 2 hrs but stayed in bed till 6 am ish and went to the paris buffet.
I WILL DUCK FOR COVER WHEN SAYING THIS...... i thought it was only average and did NOT justify the price......... Got back at 830 ish. Had a 930 message.
FOLKS , IF YA CAN DO IT, GET A MESSAGE, IT WAS FANTASTIC!!!! and well worth the $$$ spent. LOVE the whirlpool
Back at the room at 1115 am and figured would try to rest. YA DREAM on CHUBBY!!!
No luck there at noon i decided to go Silvertown. did decent on slots and the dice table. People there are real friendly. (There is a recurring theme here -----like the off strip and downtown properties more than the strip).
Get back to the around 130ish and got a drink at the IPANEMA BAR and wound up spending the afternoon getting baccala'ed at the bar with a retired NYFD battilion commander. Guy was a pisser and we were having a few pops... I wound up getting one of the bartenders specials and pounded those suckers and about3ish went back to the room to try to rest
More to follow ..........
(see Part 3)
As i left off last nigth/early this morning tried to rest with no luck.
Got up, freshened up and went downtown....Where to eat?? It was only 445, but was starving...Decided to get to Chicago Joes on 820 4th street.( been wanting to get there for a few years now and never seem to... not the best surronding area i have ever seen, but I am not worried bout that.
Get in Get CALAMARIA in RED SAUCE and VEAL ANGELO..... Food was ABSOLUTELY FANTASTC!!!!!!!! and a NEVER ending and i mean NEVER ENDING cup of COFFEE....Think the bill was 25$ !!! left a healthy tip because the service was GREAT....kept on bring/asking if i wanted bread, the coffee cup was constanly filled, and the staff was verrrrrrrrry friendly.
FOLKS YA MUST ADD THIS TO THE MUST GET TO PLACES.
Off to downtown . Stop first at MSS Hammered at the dice table--for some reason cannot win at their dice tables, but won back what i lost at the slots.
To the shoe i go. And did well on the dice table and slots.....Zingers were flying left and right at the two dice tables i played at..Nothing, and i mean NOTHING on God's green earth, INCLUDING, the green part, matches a well placed zinger from the dice tables at the shoe... cant remember the zingers flying because i was trying to win and fire away with a few zingees of my own ( remember for some of us this is SKILLED LABOR!!! LOL). But i was LMAO!!
FSE was just about ready to kickoff and when i went outside.....
THE STREET WAS MOBBED. More people than i have ever seen.....
Cannot descibe this show, was kinda weird ( new one--started off with frogs and vegataion and wound up in space) maybe with all the brain circuits that i used up just trying to get into LLV yesterday and just with the 1 0r 2 drinks..........like every 10 minutes!! i missed something but did not get it....
Went to fitzgeralds, had the card the card there and hit decent on the slots and dice.
saw the Legends of VEGAS FSE and that was more like it.... DINO, LOUIE, FRANKIE,!!! etc...( these are not only the ones shown on the show but are names of actual drinking buddies at my social club too!!!LOL!!)Then to the GN where i had valeted the car and hit for a little on dice and then guess where??????
(Ps Tom In IA-waaaaaaaaaaaay off on that count!!).
After spending a fair amount of Time and $$$$ THERE!! went back to the Rio and played and drank , and played and drank, and played and drank.......
Real honey of a waitress named TAYLOR who was taking care of me with the drinks real good!! at the dice table LIR and Carribean stud poker. Lost but was having a great time chatting with the dealers and that hot waitress TAYLOR...... she kinda looked like the LATINO girl on the cover of THIS weeks TV Guide ( Josie and the pussycats issue). Finally get back to the room about 4 am. Try to sleep....
430 i see the clock.....and at 5, 530, 600, 630!!! think ya get the picture!!
Finally at about 9am i just got sick and ******** tired of watch the clock rolling around and not sleeping at ALL got up. was going to parade up and down the strip......
More to follow..…...
So i get up , shower etc..... and leave the room and walk out to the parking lot (near the GC) and i cant find my keys *****!!!!!!
I check my my pack that i always wear and empty the whole thing out on the car. NADA.....
Checked the camera bag........NADA..... Starting to think i have left them in the room?? Trek back and talk to security, who will send someone "shortly".
Getting a bit agaitated and cursing my own stupidity........As i get to the floor noticed the cleaners were right near the room, and the girl was going to be cleaning my room shortly...Asked if she open the door and she did and i calledsecurity from my room to cancel the call..... I put the camera and the pack on the bed, and then .........YOU GUESSED IT...... Mamaluke here takes the ccar keys and leaves everything else behind. I only realize this when i am all the way back at the car!!! Trek all the way back and this time get everything!! And the cleaner had this strange look on her face when she saw me. JEEZ I WONDER WHY. LOL!!
Now its 11 am ish and want to eat before the meet and decide on something quick. Toscanos? deli at the Rio.....had a pastrami sandwich and it was good. CAN RECOMMEND TOSCANO's for a quick bite......
Soooooo i am ready for the strip!!!!! Off to CP a loong time lucky spot for me!! SHOULD HAVE RALIZED LOCKING THE KEYS IN THE ROOM MEANT SOMETHING.....
At least the losing on the dice table was fast and painless!!! EVRYONE made not one NUMBER, it was point established 7 OUCH line away.....Bet pass line 2, 12, 2, 3, shows. Go to the slots and BOY did those 1$ slots eat my $$ quickly.
About time for the MEET!!!!!
Get to the Mirage about 1245 and see Dusty, then carole, and the rest of the crew showed thereafter....Had about 15 or so.( Meet picture is posted) HAD A GREAAAAAAAAT time but about 3pm starting to get beat, and everyone was starting to disperse.....
So i figured go to the spa, get a sauna and a whirlpool, garab a light dinner and will have catch a nappy poo!! The first 3 went as planned ( I did the All American Bar and Grille, wings and a burger--was okay) but i cannot sleep. Okay!!!!!!!!! lets push the envolope a bit.....Go back to the Voodoo lounge with the camera this time for pictures and the WITCH doctor drink......on my way up i stopped to make change with a slot attendant and as i was organizing my money...........
WAS APPROACHED BY A "WORKING GIRL!!!!!!!!" ASKED IF I WANTED A "DATE"!!! the reply was as followed: "TOOTS my $$$$ and my dream girls are at OG's" and you couldnt carry their panties!!" She was a bit taken back and i went prancing onto the Voodoo, had the drink, got pictures and went back to the room to try to rest............NOPE!!!........
well after watching the clock roll around to 830pm, freshened up, said hello to my $$$ at the dice table and got just a little back ( NO SLEEP!! WHAT A SUPRISE!!!!!!),
off to OG's for (there a SHOCKER)! and was getting hungry later on that evening, actually bout 2amish about and decided to to stop at the GC. The PALMS under construction looked more finished than the GC , guess they are doing construction and the place looked utterly ridiculous. Metal support beams everywhere ya went almost and the ceilings were removed. there were some drunken cowboys 1 of which almost walked head on to these suckers. After seeing this decided just to eat at the coffee shop and make another donation back at the RIO.
Had the steak and eggs at the GC. THE GOLD COAST COFFEE SHOP SHOULD BE CONSIDERED. AN VERRY REASONABLE SPOT FOR SOMETHING QUICK AND INEXPENSIVE AND THE FOOD IS GREAT!!
played at the Rio and decided to lose at dice LIR and CSP, could not get on a run. The dealer at CSP when qualifing had major hands, and would be killing us players. And when we would have a decent hand, she would not qualify. At about 430 am i decide to "RETIRE" .....Put out to pasture might have better!!! LOL
Actually fell asleep for about 2hrs and stayed in bed till about 830ish am. decided to get some shopping in and to Gamblers book club.
GBC IS AAN ABSOLUTE MUST STOP FOR ANY SERIOUS GAMBLER.
after doing shopping decide to mail stuff back so i stop at the Post office in back of the STARDUST on INDUSTRIAL. Usually figure on at least a 1/2hr wait, but only waited 5 minutes, and was taken. Hopeful of a change of luck????!! ONLY IN MY DREAMS!!! decide to go to Terribles. The name accurately describes the dice table there. Could also think of some flowery adjectives as well. But their staff is INCREDIBLY friendly.....was about 1230pm and getting hungry , and went to their coffee shop and had the prime rib special.
ANOTHER GREAT COFFEE SHOP. TRY TO GET THRERE as well.
After having lunch played a little slots won a bit and decide instead of leaving to compound my stupidity by going back to the dice table. Would have been better off jumping off the Eiffel tower at the Paris. But this was the slow type of losing, where you are almost right there, but anytime close you get clocked.
So i eventually leave, want to rest but figured get a sauna and a whirlpool and a quick drink(s) at the RIO. WRONG!! Got the sauna and whirlpool and acouple of drinks and NOT ABLE TO SLEEEP AT ALL!!
Do a little gambling and dinner at BUZIO's
BUZIO'S is a GREAT PLACE FOR SEAFOOD...AND DEPENDING ON WHAT YA GET IS NOT THAT PRICEY ALL THINGS CONSIDERED..........BUT INCREDIBLY NOISY, to the point that you cannot have a conversation.
After dinner off to Og's for the last blast...........BUT at about 1230am my body was giving out.....Actually starting to feel tired right after dinner.
Wound up leaving and going for a brief run at the tables back in the room at about 115 am.
Slept 4 solid hrs woke up at 545 am... organized everything...... checked out no line and got the RIO BUFFET.
REPORTS OF THE DEMISE OF THE RIO BUFFET ARE TOTALLY INCORRECT.... The buffetwas nothing short of SUPERB! and liked it better for the price than the PARIS!!
One more quick run at the tables, ya can figure out the results......
Got to the airport at 1015....1 1/2 hrs before liftoff......Flight to Houston and back to Bradley were uneventful and got in my door at 1255 am SATURDAY
FOR ALL CONCERNED SLEPT 5 SOLID ( STRAIGHT THROUGH!! --remarkable for me) on fri night/satmorning and 7 STRAIGHT HRS last night!!--never EVER DO THAT!!!! and still kinda zonked!!!
DID NOT GET TO BATTISTA'S AND DOUBLE DOWN SALOON, CASINO ROYALER,SUNSET STATION, OR MANDY BAY.
Really wanted to get to those places. Maybe in oct....
for those who have talked about the demise of the RIO, i frankly do not know what they are talking about. i found the RIO STAFF EVERYONE from top to bottom--( and yes those waitresses with those uniforms have great tops and esp. bottoms!). were nothing short of FANTASTIC. Every concern or questions was handled the best way possible (atleast in my mind) and the staff was very nice. YES GUYS ( and gals)I made sure to take care of the waitresses and ,aybe that had something to with it ... andthere was SERRRRIOUS eye candy there for both sexes.
Lots of Black being worn and a ton of STUCK up Californians. sorry folks just what i saw and dealt with on the tables.MOST OF THEM were VERRY full of themselves. There are also many midwesterners ( Chicago area) and some of the "BOYS" from NYC and NJ. Noticed a lot of "LINGO" and some "PINKY RINGS" and "STUFF" if ya understand my meaning.
Being that i had got a rio card figured i give them some play and see where it leads. BUT there are heavy duty players at the 5$ craps tables and also th the other games...NOT SURE WHY THEY did NOT play in the HIGH ROLLER AREA.
Slots were very tight.....figured as much....thats why i played mainly table games....
was disappointed with it frankly... Only 1 open and it was 80 ish all week and even if it was it looked like there was NO area for people who like me like to swim laps. Whirlpool area in the pool was TINY and because it was windy lots of leaves in the whirlpool. That is why i stuck with Michaels salon for the sauna and whirlpool. Liked the pool area at the Flamingo MUCH better.
Am, convinced know why people get messages. Will get at least 1 on the OCT trip. Not sure where maybe at the RIO. IF YOU HAVENT HAD THE CHANCE, GET A MESSAGE!!! Its worth the $$$$$ spent.
Didnt not have one bad meal. Only meal that would qualify as just average was the wings and burger at the All American grille. Everything was verry good otherwise.
WILL DEFINETLY CONSIDER STAYING AT THE RIO AGAIN (IN A SECOND)IF I CAN GET A GOOD DEAL. BE CURIOUS TO SEE WHAT OFFERS I GET BASED ON MY PLAY......
was only on the strip 3 hrs or so totally, so cannot comment there.
DOWNTOWN/OFF STRIP PROPERTIES:
THESE ARE THE VALUE PLAYS FOLKS. I mainly eat and play (except for the play i gave the RIO obviously) there and find the people to be very easygoing friendly and fun, and enjoy the relaxed cozy attitudes of the staffs.
did NOT do well . But thats the chance ya take. There is always OCT!!! LOL
WILL HAVE A REPORT ON THE ACTIVITIES ON THE LVSCRS (shortly) for those who care to read about that. Lets just say OG's is one of my MAIN REASONS to go to Las Vegas. Any additional info. please contact me......
GOTTA GO BACK TO WORK TOMORROW......YES KIDS I AM DEPRESSED. BUT ONLY 6 MONTHS MORE TO GO BEFORE THE WEEK LONG ONSLAUGHT THE 2ND WK OF OCT!!!
GOD I LOVE THAT TOWN!!!!!!
THANK YOU ALL FOR READING!!!!!
JOHN R. AKA jr-in-ct and the SARCASTIC WONDER!!