Sunday, November 7, 2010

WPBT 2010 Is Officially Booked - Now we wait

I booked the hotel MONTHS ago. That MGM special was locked in back in June, but there was still a small chance that everything might get scuttled. It's be a busy world here. I figured eating the cost of the hotel reservation was worth locking it in, but locking a airfare, that's a little different. It's the scale.

But tonight, it got locked in. I'm financially commited to attending the WPBT Gathering December 9 to 13th. I leave the frozen tundra at 11:20 AM. This is going to be a big departure from last year. As of right now, I'm travelling alone. 2008 - OhCountess was with me. 2009 - Drizz shared the journey (and it was his birthday...cheers!). Ya, this year, I'll be going through checkpoints and killing time all by myself. OhCountess has had to make a change in plans. She was looking forward to returning, but alas, it's not in the cards.

So, back to the plans...

I'll arrive at McCarran around 1 PM, shuttle over to the MGM, check in, stretch out in the suite we reserved for two, wonder why I need this much, get thirsty/hungry and head to food and then the Imperial Palace (Geisha Bar) for extended drinking hours. If you are going to be around Vegas already, let me know. I really can't wait to see everyone again. Saying I'm looking forward to it is an enormous understatement.

Friday begins the official itinerary based travel period. I've scheduled a tour of The Neon Museum with Katitude and others for 2 PM Friday, December 10. This place is awesome. Last year's tour was definitely a highlight.

Last year, Yestbay and I headed over to the Pinball Hall of Fame in the lunchish period. This was before the Neon Museum tour. Anyone interested in going this year? I think the Gamblers Book Shop is still next door, but I'm not sure. Both places are great for the history/nostalgia buffs. Leave me a comment, send me an email or hit me up on Facebook or Twitter.

Now, there's something new I'm interested in doing but have no idea how to pull off. Most years, the weekend of the gather also falls on the same weekend as Bourbonators. I was kinda hoping to getting the whiskey drinkers among us to get together and sample a bottle of something tasty. Again, let me know if you are interested or have ideas about how to get our hands on something tasty.

Friday night. I'll probably shuffle chips for a few hours at the [insert poker room name] and trying to grind out of a hole a little spending money on the felt. Then off to Mandalay bay for Steel Panther. They are now playing Mandalay Bay so the travel should be WAY less complicated. Here's my write up from last year.

Saturday: tournament. Team Skol (Drizz, Matt and myself) will cleaning up at the Aria card room. Hopefully I don't mean working off debt by pushing vacuums around. Can't wait!

Sunday: open. This is typically they day I wonder around wearing out the shutter on my camera. I haven't heard if the sports book gatherings are organized. Since this is still open, that's a definite possibility.

Departing Monday morning. My flight departs at 9:18 AM. Much better then the usual 7 AM flight I've taken in the past. 5 AM shuttles suck.

I really can't believe it's only a month away. I'm also old enough to know that this will be the longest friggin' month of the year. Ugh. Waiting is tough.

So, I'm in.


Shrike said...

I'm not officially booked for the trip (yet), but if I sort that out in the next week or two, I'll definitely organize a pinball expedition.


DrChako said...

Count me in for Bourbonators: Vegas


Memphis MOJO said...

Sounds like it will be a terrific trip. Wish I were going.

Wolfshead said...

I'm booked, Wed arrival, Mon morning departure. Staying at Harrah's. Somehow I'm draging around a whole entourage but they'll disappear in to the great slot machine jungle once we get settled.

I'm up for a good bourbon but if my last experience buying a bottle in Vegas is standard it would be better for someone to bring something. Last time I bought a bottle in the land of free booze it cost me double what I would have paid at home, and I live in PA where the state has a monopoly on booze sales. Always carried my flask with me on subsequent trips.

See ya there

23skidoo said...

IN for good whiskey! FTrain might be a good connection for a local source, the man likes his fine liquor as well. Hit me up if you don't have or can't find his contact info.

I'm really excited as well!!!!

diverjoules said...

I just got back from Vegas. Had a blast. I am SURE you will too. Enjoy and best of luck to you.

Drizztdj said...

Birthday is on Wednesday this year.

If I'm up when you get there (I get in Wednesday night) and I'm still vertical, it was a failure or I have another prop bet with Otis and G-Rob.

The Wife said...

Can't wait to see you! If I don't have conference calls this year, can I join the Neon Museum tour?

OhCaptain said...

PL - dude. I'm bummed you aren't coming.

Doc - tipping a tasty beverage with you will be fun. You have a contact that can score us something tasty without the Strip markup?

Mojo - One of these days I will meet you in person.

Wolfshead - I'm working on finding something nice at off-Strip pricing. Doc!?

Ski - FTrain was my first thought, but I don't have contact information for him.

Diverjoules - you should join us in December some one of these years. Good times :)

Drizz - again, I'm flying 1500 miles to have a drink with you. We need to do the drivebys more often.

The Wife - Check your Facebook for details :) Can't wait to see you either!

Josie said...

I can't wait too! I will see you at the Geisha on Thurs!

yestbay said...

I don't arrive until Friday afternoon, so I will miss the Neon Boneyard, and the Pinball HOF if you do that before. Might have to talk the wife, who is coming along this year, into seeing Steel Panther.

Looking forward to seeing you in a few weeks!

Verification word: gugstfu. Who is "gug" and why should we want him or her to "stfu"?

Astin said...

Bourbonators - in. I can check out the duty free on the way to my flight on Wednesday and see if there's anything interesting. I don't know what Toronto's airport has (Vegas' sucks), but there could be something. Wish I was going out of Buffalo almost, as the Duty Free at the Niagara border has an awesome whisky selection.