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February turned into a rather busy month for us, some cross-country travel and a number of stays in Las Vegas (more tier building bonus opportunities).
We started the month by saying goodbye to Karen Polywacz, Mary's brother Joe's companion for over 20 years. It was very sad to see her go but we know that she's no longer suffering and now thriving in a much better place. We Love you Karen.
This month we stayed at the Flamingo Las Vegas (this place is really in decline) and twice at the Paris Hotel/Casino, which is becoming our favorite in Las Vegas. While at the Flamingo we enjoyed appetizers at the Yard House (just out on Linq Lane) and the next night a spectacular dinner at Bobby Flay's Amalfi Restaurant (at Caesar's Palace). When we stayed at Paris, we had dinner at Gordon Ramsey's Steak House - since this was our second time there I didn't get the Beef Wellington but tried the Pan Seared Salmon - what a treat that was!
We flew to Florida the 3rd weekend of February to say goodbye to my mom, who passed away May 29, 2023. Her wishes were to have her ashes spread in the St. John's River near her home with her late husband Don (they both fished there quite often). We were very happy and honored to be there and engage in her last request - just sad that no one else from the family deemed it necessary to show up.
Yes, we stayed at Harrah's Laughlin once in February for another Tier Credit multiplier and I did exceptionally well, getting lots of credits and making money in the process. Mary just made her normal contributions to the fund. We did enjoy dinner at The Range Steak House at Harrah's but they are starting to lose their luster and the dinner isn't quite as high-end as it used to be (sad to see).
Once we came back from Florida we actually stayed at our house for a couple of weeks, what a treat.
Here it is, a New Year. Boy, did 2023 go by fast or what?!?
We ended the year by having a beautiful dinner at Garibaldi's (downtown Kingman) and then headed home to watch the ball drop in N.Y.
January was certainly a busy month. We continue to travel often and since we did so well last year at the casinos (winnings, tier status, comp earnings) I suspect there will be no slow down on that front.
Mary & I stayed at the casinos in Laughlin 3 times during the month of January. Lots of offers at the beginning of the year and they comp all our stays (including meals) so it's hard to turn them down.
We drove over to the Central Coast and stayed in Pismo Beach a couple of days, to attend the Celebration of Life for a good friend/co-worker and his wife.
We stayed near Sedona a couple of nights for our quarterly wine pickup at Page Springs Cellars and got to enjoy lunch at the new Merkin Hilltop Winery and Trattoria in Cottonwood (if you are ever in the area you MUST stop here) as well as dinner at Dahl and Diluca (a great Italian restaurant in Sedona).
We also stayed at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel and Casino for 2 nights and enjoyed a wonderful dinner at Capo's Speakeasy and Restaurant, which is quite the experience. Very authentic feel and the italian food was to die for.