04/03/2011 - LV Speedway. On our way over to the track we visited our other next door neighbours to the left who didn't have any tickets for Friday - so they got lucky and got our tickets. We said to them that if they wanted any more for Saturday / Sunday to let us know and we would sell them ours, so that we could give Linda and Ray some money to give to their friends who unfortunately had to pull out at the last minute. We wandered over to the track to see the Kobalt Tools 400 qualifying. The new seats that we have are fantastic, they are up a lot higher so you can see the entire track and the noise isn't so deafening (although the Big Fella still had his ear plugs in). We were lucky enough to see Marcus Ambrose (from Tasmania) qualify 2nd on the Pole. His average speed was approx. 300km's per hour. Back in Stubbie that evening our two neighbours dropped by to thank us for the seats and then bought our tickets for Saturday and Sunday - so at least we can give Linda and Ray some money to give to their friends.
05/03/2011 - LV Speedway. Today the helicopters started flying in - it is $500 for a round trip from Las Vegas - it is amazing just how many people use this mode of transport. We wandered around the Track area etc. We have estimated that there would be close to 4000 RV's here - it really is amazing. We watched the Sam's Town 300 race. It is 300 miles, the track is 1.5 miles long so it was 200 laps. Dave and I where actually relieved when we found out it was 200 laps, being the novices that we are we thought it was 300 laps - it was going to be a long day. After about 50 laps we were starting to count down, but a nice cold Strawberry Margarita fixed that problem so we sat back and enjoyed the rest of the race before heading back to Stubbie. After a wee rest for the Big Fella we went and had a drink with our next door neighbours - who gave us some interesting facts. NASCAR racing started out in the deep south, when the moonshine runners started to suped up their cars to outrun the police. Then of course everyone was bragging that they had the fastest car, so of course they started to race around a dirt track - and that's where it all began. After dinner we then headed on over to Ray and Linda's place for yet another drink (so much for drying out), where they tried and enjoyed some of Dave's Bundy Rum, their enjoyment didn't last too long when the Big Fella bought out the Vegemite - I think Linda's comment was that she didn't really go for it.
08/03/2011 -10/03/2011. We arrive back into Vegas - and have decided that it is time to get our front TV fixed - so the Big Fella gets it out and takes it over to a repair shop. The TV intermittently goes all static - of course it doesn't always happen when you want it to. So after Dave drops it off at the shop - it sits there going for a day or two before it actual happens. We've had a couple of relaxing days and have decided that tomorrow we will head off to Death Valley and wait for the diagnosis on the TV.
12/03/2011 - Of course we are both up bright and early ready to hit the course. The Furnace Creek Golf course is 214 feet below sea level - the lowest golf course in the world. Well I don't want to brag - but hey it doesn't happen too often (okay never) after about 11 holes it was all over - I was 9 holes up on the Big Fella. I was still really nervous as I have never ever ever even come close to beating the Big Fella off the stick. I was two shots up after the first nine and coming into the 18th hole I only had to Bogey it to beat him - but yep you guessed it I choked - double Bogey - but still I'm so so happy we tied off the stick. Something that I will remember for a very long time - I'm sure the Big Fella will try to forget it and get his revenge today. By the way we both had an 86. One of the little quirks about this course is that when you need to go to the cafe / bar you just drive your cart right upto the window and order - you gotta love it.
Thursday, 17 March 2011
Saturday, 5 March 2011
02/02/2011 - Las Vegas - I didn't get a lot of sleep last night I was so excited that Simone and Heather were about to arrive - a bit like a little kid waiting for Christmas morning. We arrived at the airport early - not wanting to miss them coming down the escalator. Unfortunately, their flight had been changed - even though they were still arriving at the same time - their carrier and flight number had changed, we did not know this. So I was pacing up and down the arrival point - not so patiently. And then all of a sudden we could see this big black boot coming down the escalators and I knew they had arrived. It was so great to see them, I was so excited - they looked fantastic, perhaps a bit tired. We all piled into Shooter and headed off to the RV Park at Circus Circus. The girls unpacked had a shower, and the first of many many many many wines to come before we headed out to Circus Circus for dinner, drinks and a bit of a gamble. I knew after our first pitcher of Margarita's at dinner that it was only going to get ugly from here - 21 days to go...
03/02/2011 - Today the girls and I headed off to do a bit of shopping at the Outlets - a few bargains were found before we headed back home to Stubbie to have a bite to eat before going out to the Bellagio and Caesars Palace. The big fella was good enough to be our driver and dropped us off outside the Bellagio - Simmy's foot has come in handy. We had a great night out and all arrived home safely - even though H had a bit of trouble negotiating the stairs into Stubbie.
06/02/2011 - I spent nearly all the day and night nursing an awful hangover. The girls went and did a bit of souvenir shopping and then stayed in Stubbie and played some cards and yes drank some more wine. I couldn't even stand the smell of it.
07/02/2011 - Today we have decided to start the drive to San Francisco. I must admit I'm still recovering from my hangover. We drive for about an hour before we get to our first stop Buffalo Bills, Pimm Valley. Sim and H go and visit the Outlet Shops and then being real troopers decided to head on over to the casino, I'm staying in.
18/02/2011 - LV. Tonight we are going to see 'O' Cirque De Soleil at the Bellagio, the 9pm session. Whilst we were out doing a bit of shopping we all (the girls that is) purchased some false eyelashes, of course we walked out of the store without the glue, so back in H goes to buy some. I was the first person to get their eyelashes done, H was doing a great job until Simmy decided to help and put one of the eyelashes on upside down. Lets just say that the eyelashes were not that successful, I was the only one who ended up going out with them on. We went to the Cheesecake Factory for dinner prior to heading on
over to the Bellagio - we watched the show which was disappointing for a Cirque De Soleil, Not only was the show disappointing the gambling hasn't been going to well - and our funds are dwindling fast. But the drinking is still continuing - thank goodness we only need to tip a dollar or two for our drinks - otherwise our pockets would be empty.
19/02/2011 - LV. Tonight the girls and I were heading out to see some of the other Casino's, so the Big Fella (yet again) dropped us off at Excalibur, where we had a few drinks lost some more of our Kitty, so decided to go to the Luxor, were the pattern continued before we headed onto Mandalay Bay Casino for a taxi back to Circus Circus.
20/02/2011 - LV. Today we head on down to downtown Las Vegas. Dave and I really love the old downtown and I think so do Heather and Simmy now. The old downtown is a mall with more of the older type casinos on either side, it is great just to walk down and watch everything that is going on. Of course the girls still had to stop at every souvenir shop along the way of course as you can tell by the photo below Dave just loves his shopping. We decided to hang around until the night lights are turned on. So of course off to the Golden Nugget were we continued our down hill slide, the Kitty is now running low and needs a top up.
21/02/2011 - LV - More shopping today and then off to the Hypnotist show. Whilst we are waiting outside to go we get to meet the Hypnotist Michael John's. When they call for volunteers onto the stage H is up and running. There are10 people up on stage. Micheal John's tries to hypnotise them all - but only 8 go under - thank goodness H is one of them. One of the acts that the hypnotist gets them to do is to pretend they are smoking dope - he has told them that they will have no adverse effects and that for tonight it is totally legal. Watching H trying to smoke this was one of the funniest things I have ever seen (wish I had my Teena ladies on) nearly every time she tried to bring this imaginary smoke up to her mouth she missed, she was really giving herself a few upper cuts, sometimes the nose, the forehead or even the chin.
22/02/2011 - LV - Last minute shopping, then off to Circus Circus and Slots of Fun for the girls last night - I'm starting to get sad.. I'm sure that Dave is hiding is sadness.
23/02/2011 - LV - Time for the girls to pack their bags. After the girls have packed their bags we head off to an Olive Garden prior to dropping the girls off at the airport. I must admit I was very sad to see them go. I gave Simmy one last quick hug before saying good-bye. I had just turned around to start walking away when the tears came flowing fast.
A couple of little notes:
It took Sim 2 weeks before she asked how to turn the stove on so she could make her first cup of tea.
H really loves her Club sandwiches.
4 bottles of wine a night is not enough before going out.
We should of put a plastic cover under where Simmy slept - she really does dribble (with her mouthguard in).
Any spare time that we had was filled in with drinking and cards - oh how I miss my cards and beating Sim.
Sim can sleep anywhere at anytime - much like her husband.
My Liver has been drowned - I need some recovery time and some AFD's (Alcohol Free Days as H calls them). I don't need that last drink.
Sim shouldn't buy white...
A two day hangover, a lost leather jacket is way too high a price to pay for a night I can't even remember.
I learnt that I can make really good poached eggs - but make a woeful cup of tea.
I have some really wonderful memories and absolutely loved having them both here.
23/02/2010 - 02/03/2011 - LV. Dave and I are still in LV - getting a few things down to Stubbie. We now have new upholstery on our front chairs, new foam in our dinning seats, carpets have been shampooed plus many more little chores have been completed. Tomorrow we are heading over to the Las Vegas Speedway for the NASCAR races - apparently this is something that you must do - so more on that in the next Blog.
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