Sunday, February 21, 2010

Link: Las Vegas birthday deals

If you're planning a trip to Las Vegas to celebrate your birthday (or the birthday of a special someone), there's a great site you can check for birthday deals before you leave:
Happy birthday!

You can find some great freebies and money-saving deals to help you celebrate the special day. put them all together in an easy to navigate website, and wonderful Mr. Westie from LV4E found the site and shared it with his friends.

Be sure to take a look at the site before you leave for your trip so you can print out any coupons and complete your itinerary. The site is updated regularly, so the specials will not necessarily be the same from month-to-month or even day-to-day.

Either way, enjoy your trip!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Link to great website: Vegas history

A wonderful British friend of mine from LV4E, known as "JohnVegas" on the site, is an incredible photographer as well as a terrific website designer (in my opinion). He has arranged several interesting Vegas tributes in the past, including a fantastic montage set to Bon Jovi's "I Love This Town", and has now put together a great site that delves into the history of Las Vegas.

The site includes his own photos as well as some borrowed from other sources, and it is a grand accomplishment, indeed. This new endeavor of his takes 3-4 hours to peruse from beginning to end, but it's a great source of Vegas information for the newbie OR for the die-hard Vegas fan (like me) who can never get enough of that lovely city.

Enjoy the ride! Just make sure you get comfortable before you start. I would suggest taking a bathroom break and feeding your pets first.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Link to article: Saving a buck in Sin City recently added a page to their blog titled "Saving a buck in Sin City". The page contains links to quite a few money-saving ideas for Las Vegas visitors, including Deals (dining and other stuff), Bargain Hunting, Free Attractions and a list of 20 Deals under $20. Here's the link to check out THEIR links:
Save $$$

Six weeks until my next Vegas trip!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Tips for smart travel: A link and some personal thoughts

Blonde, web mistress and good friend from LV4E, found an article on titled "Tips For Smart Travel" and shared it with us recently. It's got some great ideas for making your packing work FOR you when you're headed through Security at the airport, as well as information on packing your suitcase in layers to make it easier and quicker for the TSA agents to view and handle. Here's a link to the article:

I have a few other ideas to add to the list that will help make your trip through Security a little quicker, less stressful, and easier on the TSA agents and other travellers around you:

Wait to put on jewelry until AFTER you're through the security checkpoint. You'll save time because you won't have to remove anything that causes the sensors to go off and be re-scanned, and keeping it secured in a bag or jewelry pouch will keep it all in one place safely.

Wear comfy clothes with easily removable shoes. Clothes that don't have a lot of belts, ties, or other accouterments are best. Also, shoes that don't have a lot of buckles or straps are best, and slip on shoes are ideal. I always carry a pair of socks to put on as I take off my shoes and head through the checkpoint because the thought of walking through there with nothing on my feet just doesn't sound very sanitary to me.

Put any items you think will alert the TSA agents in a separate container. Anything from round-tipped scissors to electrical cords for all of your personal devices should be placed where the TSA can readily identify them. If they have to repeatedly stop the belt to review something in your luggage, it holds up the line. I bundle my charger cords with a rubber band and place them in separate baggies; if they become unbundled somewhere along the way, they won't get tangled with everything else in my case.

Separate items like magnets and special soaps and advise the agent before you walk through. I sometimes pick up souvenir magnets for friends, and they could set off the alarm because of their density. I let the TSA agents know what I have and make sure I place it on the belt FIRST so that they can see the items I'm referring to.

Use a new 1-quart baggie for each trip to avoid contamination. If you travel frequently, changing out your previously used 1-quart bag for a new one will keep old contaminants out and get rid of any residue that may remain from previous TSA handling.

Link to article: Proper Table Games Ettiquette

My friend Westie found a great article on table game etiquette over at It's got some great tips for a first time player:

The thing I always find interesting is no matter how long it's been since I last played blackjack, I always feel nervous when I first walk up to a table. I feel like I'm going to do something wrong. I'm guessing that's just a personal thing. I'm too nervous to try anything like craps at this point, too. Maybe someday...