April 2, 2012

The briefest of Las Vegas trip reports

Filed under: PolenPoker, PolenBabble — Twin C @ 12:31 pm

Saturday - arrive in Vegas with a monster headache. Do some work stuff. Take a lot of pain relievers that don’t do much good. Eventually give up and go to the MGM Grand to play poker, as there are supposed to be a ton of fish there. Apparently I am meant to be the fish food that night. I was probably not playing great, but I have never had a night where every time I had a good pocket pair, some one else has a better one. Dropped $400 at one point but managed to come back a little. I leave down $250 or so. The only redeeming part of the night - when my taxi driver asks me if I want to be brought to a massage parlor.

Sunday through Tuesday - lots and lots of work stuff. The meeting goes pretty well. My one presentation - “Welcome to Las Vegas” is a hit. Here’s why:


(Don’t ask me how hard it was to find an Elvis wig in Las Vegas.)

I also do some karaoke one night at our gala dinner, and everyone is impressed. :) There were caricature artists, and I got a caricature done. I will scan it later this week. I squeaked in a little gaming one night at the Las Vegas Hotel and Casino (formerly the Hilton), I break even or leave up a drop.

Wednesday: After getting my rear end handed to me at assorted games at the Wynn, I play poker at the Wynn and then when my table breaks, I walk to Planet Hollywood to play there. My evening goes much better - I get offered cocaine, a prostitute solicits me, and I win back most of what I’m down. I leave the casino at 8 am when the table breaks, and go back to my hotel, where my colleagues are having breakfast. They are astounded, amused, and a little impressed that I pulled the all-nighter.

Thursday: I sleep from 10 am - 3 pm or so, then head to the Pinball Hall of Fame for a few hours, then over to Firefly to meet up with a bunch of old high school friends - one lives in Vegas, one was in for a convention, and two came for the weekend. Dinner was fantastic and it was great to catch up with everyone. We head to the Aria to try and find a poker table but the wait line is ridiculously long. (I love how much Omaha they are offering over there though!). They give up and go home (they’re playing golf at 6 am the next morning), and I head back to Planet Hollywood, where I continue my winning streak and finally leave around 2 am, up $100 for the week. Victory!

Friday: I am really really tired. Flight home is uneventful.

We are hopefully back to Las Vegas in September when PSB has a radio conference. Twin A will already be out there on a big job. Twin D and family may come along too. Stay tuned. . .


  1. Don’t forget to post that caricature here and not just on Facebook. I know my pretend account accepted your friend request, but that doesn’t mean I’ll ever log in again. Also, I like these trip stories.

    Comment by nobody — April 5, 2012 @ 9:57 am

  2. I wish the Polenblog had a “like” button.

    I am going to try and post here more. I know I keep saying that, but now that this gigantic meeting is over for the year, I shouldn’t have any big projects again until we start working on it next November or so.

    The caricature will be posted here and there, next week - I didn’t get to bring it to work this week. . .

    Comment by Twin C — April 5, 2012 @ 12:07 pm

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