Monday, October 15, 2007

Las Vegas Makes Me Stupid!

Yes, its true. I've been known to become very stupid in Las Vegas. Maybe its the time change. Maybe its because I don't sleep very much. Maybe its the nonstop excitement. Maybe I've stepped one buffet over the line. Whatever it is, Las Vegas makes me stupid.

I hit the cash machine when I know I shouldn't because I'm sure I'm going to win a jackpot. Yes, I've actually hit jackpots. But most of the time the only jackpot is the payout at the cash machine.

I've been known to buy stuff that when I get home I wonder what I was thinking. It seemed like such a good idea at the time. I came home with three overpriced sparkly handbags. I LOVED them in LV. Back at the hometown grocery store, I get some strange looks.

I've bought makeup that looks ridiculous. Sephora is nirvana to me. Wall to wall cosmetics, I get stupid and fill up my basket. I'd never spend $50 on a lipstick at home, but in Vegas, I gotta have it. It made sense at the time. It was a good thing I had cash from a win, because if I had charged it, I would have been sick when the bill arrived. Another time my cousin who lives in LV convinced me I needed this thing that paints purple highlights in your hair. I've only used it on Halloween. At the time, it was wooo hoooo....purple highlights!

I've bought another suitcase in Vegas to haul home cheap junk that the casinos were handing out free and they sit in my basement. My husband went right along with it even though he knew I was toting home useless junk. Guess he figured it was easier than arguing with Stupid. But it was FREE!!

I went hiking in the desert. STUPID! It was nearly triple digits and I am deathly afraid of snakes. DUH.

I've gone to the pool without sunscreen. Dumb, stupid. I paid for it.

I let a hotel bartender mix me a special ladies drink at a slot tournament. I have very little alcohol tolerance, but this was so tropical and fruity. I ended up sitting in the elevator to go to my room. STUPID! I bet the people in the elevator thought I was a lush. I still had half of the drink in my hand.

I am the poster child for stupidity in Vegas. Don't be like me. Pack your brain when you travel. Oh, and by the way, I'm only stupid in Vegas. ;)

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Its Time For A Viva Las Vegas A-Thon

Its time to take a break. Its time for Viva Las Vegas. If this doesn't get you in the mood for a trip to Vegas, nothing will.

This is pretty cool, old Vegas, Elvis and Ann Margaret cut with today's Vegas.

ZZ Top's Version

Movie Title, very cool! Lots of old Vegas hotel shots.

Tix 4 Tonight, Discount Same Day Show Tickets

Located in 4 locations around Las Vegas, Tix 4 Tonight offers you same day show tickets and dining discounts. I've seen their booths and I've seen the long lines and I always figured the show were those second rate shows that couldn't get anyone to fill the showroom. Well, I was wrong. There I said it. I don't admit it very often.

A friend was telling me about all the shows they saw in Vegas. "You must have had to win a jackpot to be able to afford to see all those shows." That's when he told me about Tix 4 Tonight. They have a sneak peek of the day's shows on their web site. Today this is what I found today, they change daily:

David Copperfield 25% off!

Dirty 50% off!

Gordie Brown 40% off!

Harmik as Tom Jones 50% off!

Mamma Mia for Today or Tomorrow 50% off!

Menopause 40% off!

Stomp Out Loud 27% off!

"V" The Ultimate Variety Show 50% off!

These are all good shows. And there are a lot that aren't publicized online. You have to que up to see what's available. Check out their web site for locations.

And, here's a bonus. Las Vegas Leisure Guide will give you a dollar off the service charge and a front of the line pass that should save you 30 to 60 minutes in line. Only in Las Vegas, a line pass to bypass the line. Gotta love it, and I thought only the casinos issued line passes. See, I was wrong again! ;) Make sure if you are using the service, that you print out your line pass coupon. I hate waiting in line. The city loses money every time I'm in line, I'm not shopping, I'm not gambling, I'm not eating and I'm not spending money. Don't forget your coupon, I have mine!

More Reasons I Love Station Casinos

Station Casinos always have great promotions to get you in the door and they just keep getting better.

They have the Jumbo Jackpot promotion. The Jumbo Jackpot starts at $100,000.00 and has to hit by $150,000.00. All eight Station Casinos are linked together. The jackpot is random, it can hit any machine at any time and you don't have to win to win. All you have to do to win is to play at a Station Casino and use your slot card, called the Boarding Pass card. How cute is that? Train station, boarding pass?

But wait, if the Jumbo Jackpot hits and you are playing at that casino with your Boarding Pass, you win $50 in free play. So even if you lose, you win. You'll see signs all over the casino with the current jackpot.

Now they even have a Jumbo Penny Jackpots. Play specially marked Jumbo Penny Video Slots with your Boarding Pass card and the random jackpot can hit from $5 to $1000.00! Not bad for playing pennies. I was playing and all of a sudden the machine notified me that I had won $30. Woo Hoo! Hits are frequent. How fun is that?

Their newest promotion is Guaranteed Play for video poker players. You pay one price and get a guaranteed number of video poker hands. On quarters, you can get 75 hands for $20 or 200 hands for $40. Since you usually play $1.25 per hand, 75 hands would cost you $93.75. Thats a savings of $73.75. 200 hands at $1.25 per hand is $250.00. You save $210.00!!

The games are Jacks or Better, Bonus Poker, Bonus Deluxe, DOUBLE DOUBLE, Deuces Wild, Deuces Wild Bonus. If you play Bonus Poker or Jacks or Better, Bonus poker will give you an additional 50 free hands, so that on your $20, you'll get 125 games. $40 players will get an additional 200 free games, for a guarantee of 400 free games. Stop..I can't keep doing all the math, but it sounds like a good deal to me. I would definitely put in a $20 bill and test it out.

You get to keep what you win and you get full payout. You win, its payday. baby. They also have specials for dollar players and all the games are in specially marked Game Makers. Here is a link to their latest promotions: Station Casino promotions.

There are certain days that Station Casinos give out free gifts for earning 50 points on your Boarding Pass card on that day. (Tuesday?) Its fairly easy to do. Swipe your card, get your gift at the gift reward center. Gifts range from plastic storage bowls, glasses, Christmas coasters, mugs...just all sorts of things. But free is free and if I'm there, I'm hauling my gift home.