6 hours after I arrive home with the first carload from the Trivia weekend teardown, I awaken; to find out I had overslept. (Gosh, what are the odds of that, operating on 7 hours of sleep over the weekend!?) I rush to unload the front seat up to my apartment, drop off all 10 monitors at work and then head back up to Saint Cloud to collect everything else. When I pull in, everyone knew I was in a hurry to make the flight, so they all chipped in, helped load me up and within 15 minutes, I was leaving the PigPen again with a full car. I drop off a bunch of stuff at Kelly’s house, pick up her and her bags, then sprint back down to the cities. A quick repacking once I arrived home (less than 10 minutes) and my coworker, Theresa, picks us up and delivers us to the airport with almost exactly an hour to check-in, check our bags, pass security and rush down to the gate. Of course, one of our bags is overweight, so we had to move stuff around, only delaying our progress.
We make it to our gate with 15 minutes to spare. Luckily, during check-in, we score wonderful exit row seats. Plenty of room, no worries. I doze off a few times on the flight, but nothing substantial. We arrive in Las Vegas, grab our rental car, a Chevy HHR, and head over to our hotel, the Luxor, to check-in and get settled. The first room we get has a less than stellar view, but a quick trip to the front desk moves us up to the 17th floor with a beautiful view of the strip.
I not much of a gambler at all…my gambling consisted of some proxy gambling for coworkers of mine. Kelly is a very casual gambler; she maybe spent 2 hours or so playing the slots. Otherwise, we took in what is the Las Vegas strip. Lots of walking from place to place, watching the Bellagio fountains, going up in the Eiffel Tower at Paris. Art galleries, gondola rides, conservatories and more. We saw two shows. Jubilee is a classic Vegas showgirl show, at least a hundred women and men on stage, dancing around. We didn’t know it, but since we went to the later show, it was a topless revue as well, so now imagine 50 or more boobies all on stage, bouncing to the same beat! It was quite the sight. We also saw the Tony Award-winning show, Avenue Q. This was basically an adult-themed Sesame Street, puppets and actors interacting, as tho they were one and the same, living together on the same block in New York City, Avenue Q. It was a great show. Buffets at the MGM Grand, Rio, Bellagio and Paris, ranked in top to low order in terms of quality/variety.
Before I knew it, time to return home. Our flight home was uneventful, unlike the horribly frigid temperatures we came home to on Friday night. My parents picked us up, brought us each a spare heavy jacket, knowing we were returning with our light jackets, and boy, did we need ‘em! Rest and relax on Saturday, then it was back up to Saint Cloud again for a Minnesota Roller Girls exhibition, then back home to begin work.