Monday, July 31, 2006

Vegas Recap

Well, you know what they say: What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas!

I won't tell any of the juicy bits, but here's the news that's fit to print! :-)

We went to the Pinball Hall of Fame on Friday night! The owner was there and was gracious enough to stay open late so I could try a pin called Goin' Nuts that was recommended by one of the regulars. Apparently, there were only 13 prototypes made and it was never released. The unusual thing about it was that every play starts out as multiball! It was fun! I only had a chance to play it once because he was already staying open later than usual to let me finish that game. One of my favorite pins (and the most popular ever) is Addam's Family and they have an excellent unit there. It's in great shape and the ramps and board look and feel fabulous. I played that a lot because it is so hard to find one in good shape.

We also went to the Bodies Exhibit at the Tropicana. It wasn't quite as exciting as I hoped it would be. I didn't really have an expectation necessarily, but it just seemed really dry. The audio tour was painfully boring. I always get the audio tour because I feel like it helps deepen my understanding of whatever I'm looking at. Not the case with this exhibit. It was oodles of info, just not very interesting.

We also went for dinner at L'Atelier, a Joel Robuchon restaurant. L'Atelier is located in the MGM Grand, where we stayed. That is a whole post unto itself because there are pictures, oh yes! There are pictures...

Other than that, the only things I'll mention are that while walking through the MGM Grand, I ran into a friend from high school that I haven't seen since our reunion three summers ago! I don't know what the odds of that were, but it was really cool to see him, especially since he lives in Canada now. He works for an online poker company, so he was there for the expo they were having in conjunction with the World Series of Poker.

Oh, and my friend Gary (the one in the WSOP) and I ran into Greg Raymer, the 2004 World Series of Poker champ! He was kind enough to take a picture with both of us.

Me and Greg Raymer

Greg Raymer and Gary

That's all folks! I'm working on a post about our dinner at L'Atelier! It should be ready soon!


David said...

That's so cool you ran across Gary, small world? Anyways, looks like you had a great trip, some day I'll get out to Vegas, everyone else seems to.

Also want to say your looking great, and I like how you got a shot of a corvette in the background of the welcome to vegas shot. Did I mention I love corvettes!

Stephanie said...

You should take a trip to Vegas! It's fun and there's so much to do!! I couldn't believe I ran into Gary. We had contemplated stopping for a pretzel and if we had, I would've missed him! Crazy!

Thanks for the compliment! I think not cooking every night has helped me lose a few pounds.

You'll get your Corvette! I have faith!

Pappy said...

Ah Vegas... land of all-you-can-eat (and not necessarily just the food!) :)

Happy to see Lana got to go with ya. Looks like ya'll had a blast!

Stephanie said...

Yeah, it was fun! We only hit one "all you can eat" place and it was Sweet Tomatoes (same as Souplantation).

Yes, Lana had a fabulous time too! I wish we had taken some pictures of when we went out dancing. Darn!