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Old 12-27-2008, 08:57 AM   #1
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Hedy and Lexie Rock Vegas-A TR

Hello all! I’m Heather, AKA Hedy, a 24 year old vacation freak. I like cats, spending too much time on the Internet, and watch too much Food Network. I frequently travel solo, but this trip had a companion in the form of:
Lexie. Lexie is a grad student in physics. We met our first year of college. It was between semesters on a cold January day. I opened the door to my residence, decided it was too cold to go to my non-credit class, and closed the door. I then realized there was a girl I didn’t recognize on the front step. Lexie has no recollection of this. Lexie is my person, in the platonic Cristina Yang/Meredith Grey sense. Her grad program is in icy Chicago, and I miss her terribly.

What: A trip to Vegas. I’d been three times previously with my parents and grandmother in ’99, ’00, and ’01, staying at Luxor, Bally, and the hotel formerly known as the Aladdin, respectively. I’d been wanting to go to Vegas now that I was legal for a few years. However, I have a slight Planet Hollywood addiction, and wanted to wait until the hotel was open. I got an ad for it at the NYC one in August 07, and I planned to go in 08. When Lexie was visiting over Christmas, she mentioned wanting to go to Vegas. I suggested she join me.

Where: Where to stay..the key ingredient in many vacations, no? Inspired by Michelle/TheDISneyfamily’s TR from last year, I knew good buys were to be had in mid-December. After signing up for about every Vegas hotel’s e-mail list, and scoured Smartervegas.com, I ended up booking the Mirage.

When: After waiting for direction from Lexie (after all, I get vacation time while she gets school vacations), we decided on the second week of December. I had no difficulty getting the time off work, as it came after our busy season. (Hang onto that thought).

So we were planned-I continued to search for hotel deals. We decided to see a Cirque show-Lexie wanted to see either Mystere or Zumanity, Zumanity was dark so we got Mystere tickets. We also made reservations at Enoteca San Marco (Mario Batali) for dinner one night. Lexie does middle eastern dance, and she was able to arrange a class with a big name there (this lady danced at Celine Dion’s wedding).

Then in early November I got a new job (yay!) I was able to get my planned vacation off. On Friday (one week before we were going to go), I got an e-mail from Harrah’s, with a drop-dead awesome deal for Bally’s-I debated whether to suggest it to Lexie as it was so close, but then SHE was asking about a better deal, so we booked it the Sunday before we were leaving.

I woke up the day we were going to leave a bit worried-central MA had been hit by a nasty ice storm, and not only did I have to drive towards central MA for work, but I was worried my flight would be delayed or cancelled. I drove to work safely, but it was cancelled, so I drove home, to psychotically check my flight’s status on Jetblue.com every 15 seconds. We drove to Logan with no issues-traditionally either an exit is closed or we get lost whenever I’m going someplace alone from Logan. I got through security, grabbed dinner at Johnny Rocket’s. The JetBlue terminal has really been built up since I was there last December-I think it’s due to them working with Cape Air. I waited to be called. Meanwhile, I was texting Googletext like a high schooler checking on the status of Lexie’s flight. It was delayed about 15 minutes, which wasn’t horrible-I think it’s the law that every flight in or out of O’Hare must be delayed. As I was getting settled in the plane, my phone went off-Lexie had been told her flight was delayed an hour-which would get us in at the same time. Of course, this came right as they were having us turn off our cellphones, so I left her a quick message to text me once she got in. This was my first time getting the extra legroom seats-they were well worth the $40 round trip. Also, while I loved the prices I got on SWA this summer, and how easily I could change my Fay ticket, it was REALLY nice to be able to go to Ferdie’s concert at school 24 hours before my flight was to take off and not worry about check in.
I landed in Las Vegas, Lexie had arrived maybe 45 minutes ahead of me. I got my shuttle Bells trans-no complaints-I was the only one in the shuttle. I got out at Bally’s, and was pleasantly surprised to see we had been upgraded to the (renovated) North Tower. I let myself into our room, and Lexie and I caught up before we went to bed.

Up next: Player’s Clubs, beware! We hit the strip.
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Old 12-27-2008, 09:59 AM   #2
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Did someone say Vegas, baby?!?!?! I can't wait to hear all about your trip. Sounds good to me so far. Looking forward to hearing about Enoteca San Marco. Tell me you took pics! I'm so glad you got to go, Hedy! I've gotta tell Jordan you started this TR. She is dying to go back to Vegas!!!

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OoooooH!! Vegas!!! I'm so glad you started this, I had seen your ticker and was wondering about.

I'm dying to go back too!
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Old 12-28-2008, 05:37 PM   #6
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Wooo Hoooo Vegas!!!!
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Old 02-03-2009, 07:33 AM   #7
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Anymore updates?
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Old 02-21-2009, 05:29 PM   #8
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Sorry this installment took so long. New job has kept me busy.
We woke up, and headed over to Paris. Harrah’s will swipe your Players Club card for points at their restaurants, so we each paid separately. Breakfast at the Village Buffet did not disappoint-it was excellent-with croissants, crepes, and cheese. Both Lexie and I are vegetarians who do not like eggs, but we each ate well. We then trekked back to the monorail. We rode to the Sahara. On the way, the monorail voice told us that monorail came from “mono, meaning one, and “rail,” meaning, well, rail.” Lexie thought this was stolen from the Simpsons. Lexie also said that my mother would be proud of us-the only gambling we’d done for far was my $1 at the MGM Grand, and we hadn’t had any alcohol yet. View from monorail. This poster was between the monorail and the Sahara. It was a lot funnier when we were there (about 6 weeks after the presidential election). We got off at the Saraha, and after getting directions, caught the bus to downtown. The bus was pretty much a locals bus, until all the tourists who weren’t us got on by the Stratosphere (while I had found the Stratosphere to be a total yawn on previous trips, I did have one of my cooler vacation experiences there-as I was browsing in their Bath and Body Works in ’99, a woman who was auditioning for roles in Vegas shows came in and gave the cashier the run down of the biz). We got out at the Fremont Street Experience.
Now, I was not a fan of Downtown Vegas in ’99, and generally requested to stay in an arcade or mall on the strip when my parents went there in following trips, but I was hoping that I might like it better. We started off going into Fitzgeralds, which I picked out purely because my parents got a free digital watch there in the mid-90’s and gave it to me. We got our player club cards, and set to playing. We played deal or no deal for a bit, Lexie did not win, I won around $5. We then started walking down the downtown areawhen I saw it-it being Mermaids, where I heard they had deep fried Twinkies.
“I’m getting a deep-fried twinkie. Want one?” Lexie declined. Mermaid’s deep-fried snack bar stood up to the descriptions I had read online-slightly dark, reeking of oil, and like something out of a 1950’s B movie. I ordered my Twinkie. Lexie went into the bathroom, perhaps to call my mother to assure her that she had tried to stop me, and to ensure that my cats would be taken care of in the event that this Twinkie did me in. My twinkie came out, covered in powdered sugar as all deep-fried sweets ought to be. I nibbled-it actually wasn’t half bad-the deep frying added a layer of crispy goodness. I had a few more bites, then we headed out of Mermaids.
Our next stop was the Golden Nugget, which, while pretty, was not terribly exciting. Lexie and I then mutually agreed that while we had seen downtown Vegas, we were ready to head back. The bus stop for our bus was next to the bus station, and showed a different side of Vegas. There were billboards for bailbondsmen (noteable as the OJ verdict had come down only weeks earlier) and a plethora of “no-tell motels,” of which it was hard to tell the abandoned ones from the active ones. We boarded the bus, and got off at the Sahara. As we were walking to the monorail, we directed a pair of women towards the Sahara-Lexie noted that a bag they were carrying was from a supermarket in Australia/New Zealand. We boarded the monorail, and headed back to Bally’s.
Lexie wanted to rest, as she was fighting a cold. “You can go gamble, and get a big drink to drink, or something.” She offered.
Would I take her advice?
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Why on earth would you go to freemont during the day?? It is soooo boring in the daytime, the night is when its much more fun! I had a deep fried twinkie too, it was decent, very sweet but edible. And yes the stand was gross where you buy it lol, but oh well.

Glad you updated! I miss Vegas!
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The Twinkie looked scary, I'm with Lexie. :P

Look at the cowboy guy! I remember him!

I hope you got to go back to Freemont at night.

Isn't there an M&M store in downtown Vegas?
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Old 03-22-2009, 06:50 PM   #11
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I had, in fact, been drooling over the large drinks which you can walk down the street holding (legally!). So I headed out of our room, and headed towards Paris. Can I tell you, I LOVED Paris and Bally’s being connected, it was like paying for one but getting the other. I looked at their massive logo drinks, but given that my Mythos glass is still sort of sitting in no-cups land in my kitchen, I opted out. So I decided to head down the strip. When I had gotten my PH A List Card, they had said I had $10 in free slot play on my card, and if I played $40, I would get an extra $15 in free slot play. So I headed into Planet Hollywood for that. I plopped myself at the first machine I saw with the red “use free slot play here” doo-dad, nickel video poker. I played until I had $5 left in my free sot play, and then I went looking for another machine. I stopped at one of the big eBay machines, as I heart eBay. I started playing and suddenly all heck broke loose. I looked up, and the lady next to me had triggered a bonus round, netting me more money. I kept on playing (plan had been to play until the free money ran out). A few more bonus rounds occurred, and I looked at my little player’s club ticker...I was reaching $40. I’m ashamed to admit that I had, until now, thought that the $40 in play was actually putting $40 into the machine. I popped in $3, played, and earned my $15 in free slot play, one more bonus round, and I was up by $40. So, I quit while I was ahead, and headed to a place where I knew exactly what was going to happen to my money-Sephora! I got perfume, lotion, and a deluxe sample of the Urban Decay primer potion. Yay me! I think I called my mom to report into her, then did a quick swing of the other shops. I then headed down the strip.
Did there used to be the zillions of random barkers, timeshare sales people, and other such lovelies on the strip? On this particular trek, I got in a gabbing fest with a wannabe songwriter. I popped into where the M&M store is, and stopped to check out Tix2Tonight, they didn’t have anything, but for dinner they had Del Bistro Enoteca…where we were going to eat the next night. Woohoo! 50% off coupon for $3. I called Lexie, and headed back to Bally’s. Enroute, I stopped at one of those souvenir stores. I picked up some Vegas mints with my mom’s name on them for her stocking (Santa and I are wicked tight-I’ll be calling him in the next chapter), a soda and water to take my pills with (for $1, score!), and a headed over to the booze cooler. I selected a massive can of Sapporo beer. I paid for my items, got a free bottle opener for getting my beer, and headed down the strip sipping my beer.
When I got back to the room, Lexie and I got ready for Stomp. As we had the 50% off coupons for the next night’s dinner, Lexie and I opted to eat at Planet Hollywood’s buffet. I had really liked it when I ate there in 2001. We had $5 coupons from our a-list club cards. I was not disappointed, they had great middle eastern, Asia, and Italian vegetarian options-they even had veggie sushi. As we ate, we noticed they were playing Ace of Cakes. I had recently learned one of the girls (Mary Smith-dark hair and cannot pronounce her g’s) is from the same city in PA as Lexie is, so I shared this information with her. See, Lexie used to not watch Food Network, then she lived with my mother I for 3 months-LOL. We then began discussing other Food Network people. At the next table, there were two little boys who had eaten the cotton candy available on the dessert bar, and had progressed onto swordfighting with them. Lexie asked if Mordie and Ferdie would do that.
We headed up to the theatre. In all honesty, we were both pretty underwhelmed with Stomp. I think Lexie put it best when she said that she could see people drumming on buckets on the street in Chicago for free. But it was free, so we’re not complaining. We headed back to our room-we had a big day tomorrow-I was off to the outlets and Lexie had a bellydancing class.
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