smoothgrh
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November 21st, 2022 at 11:17:37 AM permalink
Monday morning the daughter and I walked over to the Flamingo for their 8:30am flamingo habitat trainer talk. But no wildlife exhibition now because of avian influenza concerns! I also looked for the parrots along the shops like in 1996, but no parrots to be seen. Times must have changed.

We got a slice of $8.95 cake from the cake vending machine at the Flamingo check-in area, but those machines are all over: the airport, the Cromwell, Miracle Mile Shops.

Walked over to Caesars Palace and got some breakfast at Bobby Flay's at the food court. No wonder there was a long line at Starbucks but no wait at Flay's: I ordered a bacon, egg, and cheese breakfast sandwich ($15), orange juice and coffee and the total announced was $31! I was like what?! OJ and coffee each $7! I told the cashier "Welcome to Vegas."
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November 21st, 2022 at 11:34:02 AM permalink
Like the castle in its corner In a medieval game; I foresee terrible trouble And I stay here just the same
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November 21st, 2022 at 11:42:39 AM permalink
Or possibly.....

Like the castle in its corner In a medieval game; I foresee terrible trouble And I stay here just the same
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November 21st, 2022 at 12:11:15 PM permalink
Thanks for the suggestions. We'll probably Uber somewhere at some point. I noticed that I have been grousing a lot about costs for this trip. Usually the Mrs. and I look for deals and try to be economical to "beat" Vegas, but on this trip with the kids, I seem to be sparing no expense.

Notes from yesterday's Miracle Mile Shops: the rice on the Spam musubi from the ABC store was dry. Was hoping that wouldn't be the case, but store-bought rice always has the possibility. There's a carnival game-like shop where you pay $30 and try to collect replica bills in those wind booths over 45 seconds. If you can collect at least $5000 in fake cash, you get a prize. "Better" prizes if you can collect $10,000, $25,000 etc but they're all knockoffs of things like the mini-NES video game or Beats headphones. Definitely negative expectation game! we didn't partake, but watched one woman stuff a pretty good amount of bills in the box. We didn't stick around to see how much she "won." Real-life participants don't look as exciting as TV shows where they flail their arms around, and it helps to trap the bills if your body is a bit *ahem* bigger.
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November 21st, 2022 at 12:25:36 PM permalink
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Usually the Mrs. and I look for deals and try to be economical to "beat" Vegas, but on this trip with the kids, I seem to be sparing no expense.

Well, always an interesting balancing act, isn't it ? Been there myself on multiple trips to Vegas with the kids at various ages.

Depending on their ages, and especially IF the parents keep their interests in mind, I think Vegas can be a good vacation for a family.

Sometimes we went up to Circus Circus to play the midway games. Launching chickens into the rotating pots was always my favorite one to play. And some of the Circus acts up there were actually pretty decent ( some, not all ).

CC Midway Tip:

If you can find their poorly marked office door and have them give change for a 100 dollar bill, they give out a bunch of 2-for-1 game coupons. At least they used to. It's been a few years since we did that.
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November 21st, 2022 at 1:57:53 PM permalink
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OJ and coffee each $7! I told the cashier "Welcome to Vegas."



I recently ordered a large OJ at a local breakfast place and it was $8. This was not a tourist joint, apparently the small OJ is $5 and the large is $8. I just shook my head.
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November 21st, 2022 at 4:20:23 PM permalink
Smoothgrh:

Nice reporting ! Looking forward to your next one, as time permits.
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November 21st, 2022 at 4:20:38 PM permalink
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OJ and coffee each $7! I told the cashier "Welcome to Vegas."



I recently ordered a large OJ at a local breakfast place and it was $8. This was not a tourist joint, apparently the small OJ is $5 and the large is $8. I just shook my head.
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This is why poor people drink soda instead of juice.
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November 21st, 2022 at 4:22:13 PM permalink
After relaxing poolside for most of the morning, the Mrs.'s quick thinking not only got us lunch in a hurry, she also got a good value by Vegas standards. She ordered a family meal and a couple other dishes from Golden China restaurant through Uber Eats. With tax and tip, the meal for 4 was $70, with plenty of leftovers!

New pro tip for visiting Vegas with kids: bring paper plates for your hotel room food delivery!
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November 21st, 2022 at 6:21:51 PM permalink
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OJ and coffee each $7! I told the cashier "Welcome to Vegas."



I recently ordered a large OJ at a local breakfast place and it was $8. This was not a tourist joint, apparently the small OJ is $5 and the large is $8. I just shook my head.
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from what I have read,even the casino's in Florida have fairly elevated minimums. Everything has gone up since the pandemic.

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