When
Nov. 10-11, 2007

GETAWAY TO THE PALMS
Hotel
Palms Casino
Restaurants
Social House, Trevi, Mesa Grill
Highlights / Notes
* Kristin in L.A. to hang with Adrian!?!?!? Paul and Jenn grab the first plane to Vegas!
* Check into Palms, cab it to Caesar's Palace for some shopping why we wait for the USC-Cal game to start. Get some goods at Kenneth Cole before peeking in the sports book to see Ohio State lose to Illinois.
* Returned to Palms to chill in our suite and watch the Cal-SC game.
* After the win, head to TI for dinner at Social House, a brief visit to Tangerine and a leisurely walk down the strip.
* Return to Caesar's Sunday for lunch at Mesa Grill then stroll to Imperial Palace and hit a nice hot streak. Also get to hang with the Dealertainers!!!.

* Venture to the Miracle Mile shops and the new Planet Hollywood casino before heading home.
When
Feb. 2-5, 2007

SUPER BOWL IN LAS VEGAS XI
Hotel
Fairfield Grand Desert
Restaurants
Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba, Pink Taco, Isla
Highlights / Notes
* Discovered Peter Lik at Caesar’s Palace before people arrived. Bought this:
* Went to Ultra Lounge at the Wynn after eating across the street at Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba.
* Saturday night group dinner at Isla, then hit Tangerine, where the girls got invited behind the velvet ropes buy some suckers with bottle service, while the guys had to fend for themselves. Some late night spots were hit late.
* Panda Express catered the Super Bowl festivities, attended by some 20 people in a dialed down version of Super Bowl X In Vegas. The evening was highlighted by a karaoke version of Come on Eileen and We are the World.
* Hit the road home early Monday morning. Had to leave our rental at the hotel because Mr. E drove back to L.A. with our car keys. Which explained why we were stuck in the C line for our Southwest flight. On the plus side, met Matthew Lillard, who was behind us in line. He was very impressed upon learning all that Jenn had planned for the trip.
When
Dec 10-12, 2004

LAST TRIP TO VEGAS BEFORE PARENTHOOD
Hotel
Green Valley Ranch
Restaurants
Pink Taco, Mon Ami Gabi, The Original Pancake House
Highlights / Notes
* The last trip to sin city without thinking any of the money we lost could've gone into our child's college fund.
* Chilled at Jenn's favorite resort, where we relaxed and watched Matt Leinart win USC's sixth Heisman Trophy.
* Had zero luck at the tables while the baby Adrian kicked inside of Jenn with every dealer blackjack.
When
July 2-5, 2004

THIRD ANNUAL JULY 4th IN VEGAS
Hotel
Venetian
Restaurants
Hash House, Lotus of Siam, Pink Taco, Grand Lux Cafe, Fado
Highlights / Notes
Viewed fireworks from Green Valley Ranch, overlooking the city.
* Didn't go totally broke.
When
May 7-9, 2004

NO PLANS? SPONTANEOUS TRIP TO VEGAS!
Hotel
Tropicana
Restaurants
PF Changs
Highlights / Notes
* Last minute trip. Decided to leave L.A. at 5:30 p.m. and booked our room at 5:35 p.m.
* By 12:45 a.m., saw the closing act of Purple Reign at Holiday Inn Boardwalk Casino. Highly recommended free show.
* Remembered why we never, ever play the $25 tables.
* Remembered why we love Vegas, winning back most of our losses in brilliant run at craps at the Hard Rock.
Left early in the morning on Sunday to make it back for Mother's Day.
When
March 19-21, 2004

JOY AND JENN'S TRIP TO VEGAS
Hotel
The Westin Las Vegas
Restaurants
Tsumani Asian Grill, 808, Le Village Buffet
Highlights / Notes
Joy and Jenn take a weekend getaway. Paul joins them for 12 hours on Sunday.
Kristin and Chris met the girls for a bit.
When
Jan. 30-Feb. 2, 2004

SUPER BOWL IN LAS VEGAS VIII

Hotel
Fairfield Grand Desert
Restaurants
PF Changs, America, Mr. Lucky's
Highlights / Notes
* 30-plus at freaky-deaky Super Bowl Party.
* Had a couple G and T's before seeing Zumanity at New York, New York and had a blast.
* Great time at Voodoo Lounge Saturday night with some gin and tonics and a big erupting red drink called the Witch Doctor. Everyone enjoyed watching the a guy with the all-time best mullet dance to a great cover band and enjoyed 50-story view of the strip.
* Paul watches almost all of halftime show, but somehow misses Janet's "Nipplegate."
Found out brother David's wife Denise was about to give birth to baby Dakota early Monday morning, though Dakota kept Denise waiting 'til Tuesday! (and boy did her voice carry.)
When
Dec. 30-Jan. 1, 2004

NEW YEAR'S EVE
Hotel
Gold Coast
Restaurants
Little Buddha, Emeril's
Highlights / Notes
* Hit the Voodoo Lounge on Dec. 30.
* Dinner at Emeril's on New Year's Eve, saw cheesy-ass cabaret show La Femme before going out to the street to join the throngs counting down to midnight.
* Was tailgating at Rose Bowl before USC's win over Michigan 11 hours later.
The Goldbergs only on this jaunt.
When
Sept. 26-28, 2003

FROZEN FURY II
Hotel
Fairfield Grand Desert
Restaurants
Pink Taco, Mr. Lucky's
Highlights / Notes
* For the second year in a row, watched USC's only Pac-10 loss from the MGM sportsbook, again in triple OT. Vowed never to return.
* Watched the Avs beat the Kings at the Grand Garden Arena, sitting behind a row of drunk Elvises.
* Later, spent a drunken night (especially Jenn) at Tabu.
* Included on the trip were Kristin, J.W., Melissa, Kath and her Kentucky contingent, Amy and Moomaw and Kerry White and friends.
When
July 20ish, 2003

PAUL, JENN, JOY, CHRIS SEE DURAN DURAN
Hotel
Orleans
Restaurants
Orleans Courtyard Cafe and other unmentionables
Highlights / Notes
* Car trip to see Duran Duran reunion show at the The Joint at the Hard Rock in a ridiculously packed house.
* Played some hardcore $5 blackjack at the Sahara.
* Got to listen to Joy and Chris "discuss" the merits -- or the lackthereof --- of the U.S. involvement in Iraq. Got us all the way from Baker to Barstow.
When
July 4, 2003

SECOND ANNUAL JULY 4th IN VEGAS
Hotel
Treasure Island
Restaurants
Hash House, Little Buddha, Pink Taco
Highlights / Notes
* Breakthrough trip. Discovered the virtues of flying and renting a car.
* Ventured up to Lake Las Vegas in 115 degree heat, checking out the Ritz Carlton and Hyatt.
* Fell in love with Spring Mountain Rd.
* Got harassed at Alamo Rentals into attending a Fairfield time share presentation, but didn't bite and made 50 bucks.
* Hit the Gambler's General store.
* Saw
Poison at The Joint at the Hard Rock.
* Tipped enough to send the bouncer's kids through college to watch fireworks from the Palms' Ghost Bar. Corey Feldman and his fiancé Susiewere there -- and later wed on the Surreal Life by former Oakland A's ballboy and former rapper turned ordained minister MC Hammer).
When
June 16ish, 2003

JENN WITH MOM & KATH
PAUL WITH E & T
Hotel
Bellagio / El Cortez


Restaurants
Renoir, Chop Chop,
Highlights / Notes
* Paul goes ridiculously old-school w/ broke friends Terie and Erik. Meanwhile, Jenn's posse is kicking it at the Bellagio.
* Paul's hotel is in downtown (the bad part). While the room was actually spacious and fine, the casino's smokey stench rivals all strong odors on earth. Jenn's hotel has a lake in front with classical music playing and fountains dancing.
* Jenn's hotel featured a mammoth luxury pool w/ immaculately dressed attendants taking you to your lounges and beautiful people everywhere you looked. Paul's hotel had algae growing in it, but the guy peeing in it wasn't too shabby looking.
* Paul's group ate at an all-you-can-eat Chinese Buffet and and had lotsa of burgers and fries. Admitting that at Jenn's hotel would get you banned.
When
Feb. 7-9, 2003

USC v. UNLV
FREE (mainly) TRIP!
Hotel
Alexis Park
Restaurants
Simon
Highlights / Notes
* USC plays UNLV = all-expense paid trip to Vegas (though that includes stay in cheeseball hotel).
* Had a great meal at Hard Rock's Simon restaurant.
When
January 24-27, 2003

SUPER BOWL IN LAS VEGAS VII
Hotel
T.I. / Venetian


Restaurants
Samba Brazilian Steakhouse
Highlights / Notes
* Paul's first trip since Super Bowl Party II (after flying in from USC-Stanford game).
* Actual Super Bowl watching party at a suite in the Venetian, the first such event in a suite and a long way from the days of staking out seats in the Stardust Sportsbook.
* Fun couple hours at V Bar with some gin and tonics and cold medicine (actually had a cold). Our group ran up a $350 bar bill (seemed big then). If you're reading this, you probably still owe money.
* Trip noted for cab ride home with Miko stuffed in the hatch of the hatchback part.
* Waited 20 years for the Raiders to return to the Super Bowl only to see them get hammered.
When
Late December, 2002

CHEAP RATES TRIP
Hotel
Monte Carlo
Restaurants
Monte Carolo Pub & Brewery
Highlights / Notes
* Had so much fun two weeks earlier, couldn't stand not to return.
* Found Monte Carlo about as fun as waiting in line at the bank. Some interesting people to stare at, but not much else going on.
When
Mid-December, 2002

PAUL AND JENN WITH GREG AND MAUREEN
Hotel
Mandalay Bay
Restaurants
Red Square, House of Blues
Highlights / Notes
* Drove with Greg and Mo while Jenn flies. Her flight leaves three hours after we leave and arrives two hours ahead.
* Drove around Henderson for a few hours, briefly considering buying a 100k mansion and moving to the desert.
* Rented a Chrysler PT Cruiser for the ride home.
When
October 11-13, 2002

FROZEN FURY I
&
PAUL TURNS 30
Hotel
MGM
Restaurants
Peppermill's Fireside Lounge
Highlights / Notes
* For the first of two years in a row USC loses in triple OT to a Pac-10 foe. This one is to Washington State and watched from the MGM sportsbook. See above for what happened at Frozen Fury II.
* Watched the Avs lose to the Kings at the Grand Garden Arena.
* Great night walking the strip, starting god knows where but ending up at the Sahara via the Peppermill at about 3 a.m.
* Included on the trip were Chris, Melissa, Arnold and Ann, Kath and then-boyfriend Jason Amerine, Marc Ehrlich, Libby and John Roberts, Kerry White and friends.
When
August, 2002

STAYED IN HENDERSON (should this be on the list?)
Hotel
Green Valley Ranch
Restaurants
BullShrimp, Fatburger, The Pancake House
Highlights / Notes
* Paul's first exposure to the famous GVR.
* Had the traditional Fatburger meal and then saw Signs in the GVR's AMC theatre.
* Hung at the Whiskey Bar with all the beautiful people. Missed Brad and Jen by a weekend.
When
July, 2002

INAUGURAL JULY 4th IN LAS VEGAS
Hotel
Harrah's
Restaurants
We must have eaten somewhere, but for the life of us, we've got no clue.
Highlights / Notes
* Drove back on the 4th, watching fireworks the whole time driving down the 10.
And we must've done something, and I'm sure it involved drinking and gambling and other various vices, but this trip escapes us.
When
April, 2002

AMY'S FAREWELL BASH
Hotel
Mirage
Restaurants
Stage 16 (now gone), Mirage Buffet (since revamped)
Highlights / Notes
* Amy decides to leave L.A. and move to Sugar Land, Texas (has it already been that long). So we say goodbye in Vegas.
*Big contingent came to say goodbye, including Chris, Jen P, Sarah T, Vicky and Matt, Marc and a totally random contingent of Amy acquaitances.
(Amy would later return to L.A. in January of '05 to learn about this web site.)

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