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Day 887 of 365 Again.

Steph finally got her luggage late last night, so we decided today would be our big experience Vegas day.

But first we sat through a timeshare presntation so that we could get breakfast, complimentary tickets to another show, and a free dinner at this nice buffet they have here. We didn’t buy a timeshare, but steph did decideshe wanted to sign up for their trial program. Which basically is their last ditch attempt to get us to buy a timeshare, by letting us use one in the next year for a week. Cost us a few hundred, but we’d easily spend that on a vacation somewhere anyway. Essentially we just made a open reservation at a resort somewhere.

After that, I went and played in a poker tournament. 19 players. I came in second, which is pretty good and I made a few hundred dollars out of my $80 buy-in, so not so bad. Might even play in one again tomorrow, just for kicks.

Then it was off to dinner, using our free reservations. Same buffet as yesterday, and I probably put on yet another 20 pounds. Dieting and exercise are definitely in my future.

After dinner, Steph wanted to try gambling. First we spent some time at the poker machines. Steph wanted to practice calculating odds, and nickel poker is as good a way to do that as any. I think she spent $2 in an hour and a half or so and got two free beers. I ended up I think $5 down and drank four beers. Good enough for me. I have the general opinion that the right way to play slots or video poker is to make sure that you drink more in complimentary beverages than you’d be able to buy for the same amount if you were paying for drinks. Four Newcastles probably would have run me $16 in a bar back home and maybe $24 here, so $5 is a pretty good deal.

After that it was off to the Pleasure Pit, which is really the theme of this photo. I swear I didn’t know about this when I booked the hotel. So the Aladdin was the first hotel I ever stayed in in Vegas, like 13 or 14 years ago. They knocked it down to rebuild it around the turn of the century, but I hadn’t had the chance to come back. They sold it to Planet Hollywood and renamed it. It’s gotten good reviews, so when Steph and I decided to come here, I decided to book it.

So the new Planet Hollywood is all about being hip and cool. Attracting the beautiful people. You know, like myself. What’s the best way to get someone like me to come to your casino? Why not hire a bunch of hot girls as dealers and make them wear lingerie and fishnets? And while you’re at it, put a couple stripper poles behind the tables and toss some go-go dancers up there for people to ogle while they bet.

*snif* It’s like being home.

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10 comments for “1-14-09

  1. avatar
    January 15, 2009 at 6:43 am

    No wonder it’s huge.

    ….Totally worth the double photoshop crash though.

  2. avatar
    January 15, 2009 at 6:44 am

    So….did they actually dance, or just pose by their poles?

  3. avatar
    January 15, 2009 at 6:46 am

    @SaylaMarz: they dance. Some of them are better than others. (just like any other club)

  4. avatar
    January 15, 2009 at 6:47 am


    I know I’m commenting over and over while IMing you and that’s dumb.


    I was thinking last night that we should really have a flickr meetup in Vegas.

    See why it belongs here rather than in IM?

    Vegas is like the cheapest destination, and we could coordinate a ton of rad people and just party it up.

  5. avatar
    January 15, 2009 at 6:58 am

    @SaylaMarz: actually, I think I might have even mentioned on the podcast that it was always my dream to actually have like a world 365 convention in vegas. The problem is, as yet I’ve failed to make any kind of money with 365 to where I could make such a thing possible. But yeah, it’d be awesome.

  6. avatar
    January 15, 2009 at 9:19 am

    I feel like I’m snooping in on the conversation. Vegas seems a perfect place to have a photography smorgasbord.

  7. avatar
    January 15, 2009 at 9:35 am

    Damn! This makes me homesick… sniff.

  8. avatar
    January 15, 2009 at 11:42 am

    I’d be down for a Vegas meetup. 😀

  9. avatar
    January 15, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    2 things:

    1st, when I saw that you were seeing "V", I wondered if you did the timeshare thing…cuz that’s how WE got our tickets to that show.

    2nd, I was under the impression for some reason that you couldn’t take pictures in casinos — not true? These are way fun.

  10. avatar
    January 16, 2009 at 1:16 am

    @d.rex: 1) yep. That’s how we got them. Did you see the rooms or did you do the tour before they had the sample ready. It really does look amazing. Not so amazing that I’d pay for one since I can’t afford it, but I’ll give it to them. They are nice.

    2) I didn’t think you could either, but I thought it’d be cool to do my shot that way, so I went to guest services and asked. They said it was fine, I just couldn’t take video. Dunno if that would hold for any casino, but the Planet Hollywood said I could.

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