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    Sunday, January 28, 2007  
    Travel: Vegas
    We went to Las Vegas for an artifically long 4 day weekend. We stayed at the Venetian Resort and went to see the Cirque du Soleil show O (at the Bellagio) and the Blue Man Group. Both shows were great. We would have liked to have been able to pay to see the technical side of "O".

    The hotel room was really fine. The location is fairly central on LV Blvd. The attached casino big but mostly with $10+ minimum tables. Sadly, the pools were in the shade which meant not so great swimming opportunities. I would likely choose a different hotel -- pick the one with the show you are going to see.

    Note, the casinos will rob you with their ATMs; so watch the fees and additional percentage they extract. Take as much money as you plan to spend (and some little bills for tips). Bank of America ATMs: Forum Shops At Caesars and Ethel M Chocolates.

    Join a players club: the Mirage seems to include quite a few casinos. And then ask for comps (food or room discounts). We didn't this time but next time that will be my goal. For the simple...The drinks are free - tips expected. And remember to tip the dealers at table games; the slot machines don't need to be tipped. But tilting one may cause you to be removed from the casino.

    We went to see the Mirage's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat. Not good value for you money but a decent distraction. The most value for our money was likely playing Dance Dance Revolution at the Mirage Arcade -- $1. We missed the volcano; it supposedly happens every hour but it wasn't clear that this meant ON THE HOUR. I think we tried on the half-hour.

    Overall, it was a great trip, even if Sophia didn't get the cute shoes.

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