Day 1 – 1/29 – Las Vegas

It’s been ages since Alice and I have gone on a trip. No exotic location this time. Just a four day trip to Las Vegas. Although I’ve been to Las Vegas many times before with the guys, this time it’s going to be a different type of trip. This time we are doing a “couples” trip. Instead of focusing on gambling, we are going to catch a couple of shows and take a tour bus to the Grand Canyon.

We touched down in Vegas at 2:40PM and met up with Alice’s friend Winnie and her boyfriend Johnny. They flew in from Oakland and landed a few minutes after us. First on the agenda was checking in at Harrah’s. After that, we had to go the Venetian to pick up tickets for the night’s show, Wayne Brady’s Make %@it Up. Venetian was right next door, so we hoofed it over there.

After picking up our tickets, we headed over to the Wynn for dinner. That was two hotels away, so we continued our journey on foot. We got there at 5PM and built up an appetite. It was $50 per person at The Buffet. I don’t know if it was worth the $50, but we made sure that we got our money’s worth. For two hours we stuffed ourselves with prime rib, alaskan crab legs, and all sorts of dessert. We didn’t leave until we just couldn’t eat another bite. We were going to try and walk off the calories, but we ate so much that we couldn’t walk. So we took a cab back to Harrah’s.

Wayne Brady’s show started at 9PM, so we walked over half an hour before showtime. If you have ever watched “Who’s Line Is It Anyway?” then you’ll have an idea what his show was like. Wayne’s show is an improvisation based on audience participation. With the aid of his partner Jonathan, they took themes from the audience and made up stories to entertain us. It was quite impressive, since I could never think that fast on my feet. I could barely keep up just listening to them. Wayne finished the show with some song and dance numbers. He sang songs from Sam Cooke, Sammy Davis Jr., and James Brown. He even sang an original song.

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