Vegas

Two weekends ago a crowd of guys descended on Las Vegas to celebrate the end of bachelorhood status for Greg and Jeff. About a dozen of us flew in from east and west coasts. Tim organized pretty much the whole thing. We stayed at the Flamingo hotel/casino right in the middle of the strip. It certainly is not the snazziest place around, but the price was right and the location was good. They have a great pool area that winds among trees, artificial waterfalls and water slides.

I got in late Friday, just in time for dinner with everybody at one of those fancy chain steak houses. I hit the hay afterwards, but a few folks went out carousing that night. Saturday we wandered through several of the different casinos just sightseeing. We watched Smarty Jones lose Belmont Stakes from the sports book at the Venetian – that was a lot of fun, much excitement in the air as everybody was rooting for Smarty (if he had won it would have been the Triple Crown for him.) At some point in the day we feasted at one of the many buffets (I think at the MGM Grand.) That night we ended up at Olympic Gardens, but those stories won’t be repeated here in print :-)

Sunday we spent a few hours around the pool at the Flamingo. There was this silly bucking surfboard ride (think motorized bull) that some in the group felt compelled to try. (Tim’s right arm is sporting a bruise the size of a dinner plate as a trophy.) We dined at the buffet at Caesar’s (I think), which was smaller but much better quality than the one on Saturday. Good eats. Most of us had flights out late Sunday, so the evening was spent getting to airport, saying goodbyes and finding gates.

A very memorably trip, to be sure.

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