It was such a great feeling to be home last week, but yesterday it was time to get back on the road. Shannon and I landed in Los Angeles at 12:30 AM Pacific and retrieved the car and trailer. We arrived just in time for the trailer, security was posting a warning that it would be towed in the morning. Anxious to get to Las Vegas to meet up with friends, we figured maybe we should take advantage of the quiet night time highways to get clear of Los Angeles. Once on the road, we just kept driving and driving until 5 AM. Exhausted we pulled off the road at a TA truck stop and camped out in the back of the car along side the semis for the remainder of the night (or morning). After a couple hours, we met our very nice neighbor to the right, Dan, who we talked to for a bit and also kindly took some photos for us. Our neighbor to the left seems slightly more reclusive, maybe a welcome to the neighborhood basket would break the ice?
Just about lunch time we passed The Mad Greek where they claimed the best gyro. We’re both gyro lovers, so we couldn’t refuse the best. Seems as though the owners made that assumption without traveling too far…it was more in the range of festival food. Lately I’ve received a number of recommendations from friends and family encouraging me to change my diet suggesting that a healthier diet may improve my medical condition. I have been told by all of my doctors that this will not cure me, and have taken a stance that I am going to continue to eat the food that makes me happy while able. However, with another upset stomach after lunch, I decided maybe it is time to start taking baby steps toward a healthier diet. To start, I have decided to cut back and possibly eliminate sodas and fried foods…baby steps.
When we arrived in Las Vegas, we met up with Johnny Z, Brendon & Lysa and their three kids. They had already gotten us set up in a very nice condo. While we waited for the rest of the Ginna crew to arrive, we lounged around the pool and had a few drinks. As I stared up at the palm trees surrounded by a perfectly blue sky with the moon in the background, I reiterated to myself David’s phrase, “this does not suck.”
With everyone in town, Dan, Scott, Laurie, Johnny Z, Brendon, Lysa, Jarred, Benjamin, and Cadence, it was time to hit The South Point Casino directly next door. We started with their buffet. In an effort to follow my new dietary commitment, I had salmon, chicken, tortellini, and mashed potatoes in a very moderate proportion, and washed it down with cranberry juice. Not an easy task at an all you can eat buffet. Next it was time for some small stakes gambling. Brendon and I started at the blackjack tables where I set out $40 for the night. My problem in the past has always been not knowing when to walk, so I decided to try a new strategy, separate my winnings from my starting chips and when my starting chips are gone, I’m done. I had a very lucky night; at the blackjack table I won $35. Next, Dan introduced me to video poker where I won an additional $10. Now up by $45 and feeling very lucky, I took $15 to the roulette table and put it on red. Things were falling in my favor that night, we hit red, and I walked away from the night $60 richer. Maybe not that much money, but I had a great night with all of our friends.