I had planned to show photos from the Pinball Hall of Fame, but…

…the Denny’s near our timeshare has Flickr.com blocked off.  I’ll have to wait until I find a Starbucks where I can upload the photos before I can post them here.  We did get one of those Clear wi-fi dongles, but it will only work with one computer and Steve installed it on his first.  I’m now stuck with Denny’s limited service or Starbucks later on when Steve’s up and around.  Las Vegas may have everything else, but it’s wi-fi services suck.  Even the ones you pay a hell of a lot of money for are slow and iffy.

We’ve played three rounds of the Maggi Video Poker Challenge (MVPC) and the score is 3-0 so far.  I promised to kick Steve’s ass and so far that’s exactly what I’m doing. For those unfamiliar with the MVPC, each round consists of $20 on side-by-side machines with Jacks or Better. Each player takes an alternating turn to facilitate cheering and/or gloating during the opponents play. The first one who runs out of money loses.  If anyone manages to double the original $20, they can stop and hope that their opponent is unable to match that amount (if they can beat that amount, they win).  Steve did that to me last year at the Orleans in the first few hands of play, but I still won the most rounds and won for 2010.  There is no limit to how many rounds there are, so it really depends on how much money we put away for gambling and how much is spent when we separate (I generally stick with video poker and roulette, while Steve prefers craps).

The resort is as awesome as ever, and we’re back to enjoying our morning hot tub before hitting the town.  We have a concert planned and tickets to a Vegas show.  We’ll probably hit the Pinball Hall of Fame one more time before we go as well.  Other than that, our trip will consist of wandering through casinos, eating out, taking naps, hanging out around the pool, and spending our gambling money in various fun ways. I love our Vegas vacations.

Vacation is Over

We returned to Austin last night and now I’m getting ready to head to work (there’s an important meeting this afternoon, so I’m getting ready to work a half day instead of relaxing at home). This was one of our best vacations, and that’s with most of our trips being great to begin with.

I can’t wait for next year’s trip back to Vegas.

And just a heads up – we’re planning to renew our vows in Vegas in 2013 for our 10th wedding anniversary.  I hope we see everyone out there with us (especially those who couldn’t make it the first time)!

Goodbye Vegas

Day 5: Cheap Trick’s Sgt. Pepper show

Our show for the 2010 Vegas trip was a last minute purchase of fourth row tickets to see Cheap Trick perform the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper album at the Paris casino.

SGT. Pepper Live - Cheap Trick

Since Steve’s the music expert, I’m going to link to his post for all the details of the show while I just put up a few additional photos of the concert. To be blunt, I wasn’t expecting to have as much fun at the show as I did. It was a great show and now I need to add this CD to my playlist.

Cheap Trick doing SGT. Pepper Live - Robin

Cheap Trick doing SGT. Pepper Live - Tom

Cheap Trick doing SGT. Pepper Live - Tom

Cheap Trick doing SGT. Pepper Live - Rick

Cheap Trick doing SGT. Pepper Live - Robin


There was a ton of heart-shaped confetti. After the show it looked like drifts of pink snow on the floor. We found pieces of it tracked throughout the Paris casino later that night… even all the way out in the parking garage. I snagged some for our concert scrapbook (along with two of Rick’s guitar picks).

Geoff Emerick

After the show we stopped to meet Geoff Emerick who ran the soundboard for the show.  If  you don’t know who he is, here’s Steve’s other post. Emerick had me take several photos because he wasn’t smiling for the first few. I think Steve was just as excited to meet him as he was to finally see Cheap Trick.

Day 5: At the gun range shooting zombies

My “there will be no guns in our house” husband wanted to go to the Gun Store to shoot a machine gun for one of our activities in Vegas this year (this is a perfect example of how well those brochures work – I discovered he had held on to the one for the Gun Store since our trip out in 2008). Since I enjoy going to the gun range, I encouraged this bizarre behavior.

We had originally planned on going with one of the shooting packages they offered on their website, such as the World War 2 package or the Coalition package; however, when we got there, we found out they also had a Zombies Package for $149.95.

There was no way I could pass that up.

The package included four zombie targets, a zombie hunter t-shirt, and the rental of a handgun (Springfield XD-9 with 20 rounds), a semi-automatic rifle (FS 2000 with 20 rounds), an automatic (Uzi 9mm with 50 rounds), and a shotgun (Benelli M4 12 Gauge with 5 rounds).

Uzi Target

50 rounds with an Uzi.  It was actually easier to aim once I stopped trying to use the sight.  I wouldn’t mind having one of these.

Shotgun Target

Everyone knows zombie clowns are the worst, that’s why I saved this target for the shotgun.  After taking out Uncle Huggz so easily, I decided the Benelli M4 12 Gauge is my new favorite gun.

Our Instructor at the Gun Store

I can’t remember if it was Chris’s first or second day working at the Gun Store, but he was a great instructor.  We’d like to go back next year, and if we do, we’re asking for him again.

What I’d really like to do is save up for the “Shoot the Wall” package.  I can’t wait to go back!

Day 3-4: Exploring the Strip

The next few days we spent alternating between running all over the Strip (and then arguing about it), gambling, and relaxing at our resort–either at the pool or reading in the room (I purchased two new books for the trip and then purchased two more with some of my winnings).

Tahiti Village Resort

Other than hitting all the regular casinos, we checked out the new City Center.  Or at least I think we did.  It got kinda confusing as everything in that part of the Strip is merging together. If you go by tram, you’ll arrive at the top of the mall and you have several levels to go before you get to the main floor.

Another Vegas Mall 03

This was taken only half way down.  You can see the tram station at the top of the above photo.

Another Vegas Mall 02

Another Vegas Mall 01

The art installations in the mall ranged from interesting to I’m-not-sure-it’s-art.

Tornado Tubes

There was a garden of tornado tubes, with some of them taller than Steve.  I have a movie of the tubes that I need to compress and post.  The kids watching them seemed to have fun, as did I when they started to flush.

Ice Art

There were about seven ice pillars that were bathed in colored light and allowed to melt.

Plant installation at the mall

And there were several areas with hundreds of tiny individually potted plants (many of them succulents) arranged by color into geometric patterns.  There was a spot where it looked like someone accidentally stepped into the plants and that’s where you could see that they were each still in a little pot.

At the casinos, Steve and I continued our Video Poker Challenge.  The first year it was unorganized, by 2008 we had some rules but they weren’t all worked out yet, so this year was the first Vegas trip where we had all the rules set up in advance.  By this time we had played three rounds with Steve winning the first one and me winning the other two… my second win was by a good margin.  Yea me!

The Strip