March 2010
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The Usual

Is there anything more awesome than being able to ask for “the usual” when booking a free stay in Las Vegas?

This is how Claire rolls.

(The times are misleading because of the different time zones; it took just 45 minutes for the reply!)

Tree night, I'm gonna have myself a real good time

Just one of a bunch of confusing things on offers from Terrible’s casino that came in the post today.  This typo was also the most amusing (to my infantile mind at least).

Then there’s this picture from the same tree-mendous mailer.  How many mistakes can you spot? :

I got four: (1) She’s young.  (2) She’s attractive.  (3) She’s smiling.  (4) She has $100 bills.

All pretty much unheard of at the casino in question.

Then I had to try to work out what this was about:

The deliberate mistake?  I’m nowhere near a gold card player.

As my mail gets batched up in a mailbox in California for weeks at a time, I can’t figure out what the date under the offer means.  Is there just the one day when I can go and claim this reward for my alleged second-to-top-tier loyalty?  Or if it’s the date they decided to upgrade me – more than two months after I last left town?

Sure, we play at Terrible’s quite a bit.  Sometimes we play together on the same card.  But we only just made Gold status on Claire’s card with a concerted effort during 5 weeks of summer; there’s no way it could have happened for me in 10 days.

They seem to have me confused with someone else.  My best guess is that they’ve mixed up my account with Claire’s.  And they’re running several months behind.

Apart from her card changing colour, there didn’t seem to be any difference in the offers she’s had since August.

The best part though was this offer, which is really quite superb.

3 nights in a suite, $100 gambling money and $100 eating money.  I have no idea how I could possibly use all of the latter.  It’s an awful lot of $9.99 theme buffets or T-bone steak dinners.

I don’t know yet if we’ll actually stay there, but I’ve already booked it.  It would have been rude not to.

There were apparently no suites available.  I’m not sure I believe they exist, but I’ve seen pictures so there might be one or two.

No shows for our dates either. We’re too late to see Neil Sedaka and too early for Smokey Robinson.  (These are the actual 70-something singers, no less, not tribute acts).

Still a great offer though.  I wonder whose it was meant to be.

They're all Caesars

Turns out the fact that the Caesars Palace iPhone app was only designed for one person to use at a time was only a minor design cock up, as the “send a postcard” feature doesn’t appear to get used very often at all.

Well, maybe more people than this try, but they actually give up and delete the app before they get anywhere.

This is pretty much all the activity there’s been over the past few weeks.  Some of these photos were up there for days.

These individuals are the elite few.  They should be considered ambassadors of one of the finest hotels in the world.





Breaking the silence

It’s been more than three weeks since I last wrote anything here.

That’s way too long.  I always said to myself if I couldn’t be bothered to update my blog at least once a week it wasn’t worth doing.  Pretty much I’ve managed to stick to that for the last four years. Which, to be honest, has impressed the heck out of me, so I guess there had to come a dry spell eventually.

It’s not that I haven’t had anything to write about.  I’ve actually had a few ideas, but for some reason I’ve ended up putting work first lately.

It’s a bizarre concept, but it seems to have potential.  I might try it for a little longer.

As for the blog, right now I’m putting myself on notice: post something regularly or give it up.

And I don’t want to do that, so if I stay busy it’ll be interesting to see just how I carry on treading water in between Vegas trip reports.

Right now it’s T-14.  So I don’t have to pad for long before the next one.

Here’s a preview: British Airways, Rio, Flamingo, Venetian Deep Stack Extravaganza and Matt Goss.  That’s a list I never would have predicted, but it’s about all I have planned so far!