Assignment – What I Did On My Summer Vacation
Thanks for the idea, sally!
Remember when we used to return back to school – when it was the Tuesday after the Monday Labor Day holiday – unlike today’s kids who already started on the first Monday in August. WWD!
But remember how one of our first assignments was to write a 1 page report on What I Did On My Summer Vacation? Well, sally suggested that we revisit that assignment – so you guys can thank sally for the assignment.
But since not everyone has a summer vacation – because, you know, we work – I thought I’d change the title to What I Did This Summer - in case you didn’t get to take vacation but had a super fun holiday/weekend. You get the idea, right? Just like in school.
What I Did This Summer
The highlight of my summer was a trip to The Happiest Place on Earth: Las Vegas! We left on a Wednesday night red-eye flight and got in early Thursday morning. I didn’t sleep too well on the flight over. The Melatonin didn’t help. Next time it’s antihistamine for me. So we got in to about 90° sunny weather. We got our car – a Dodge Avenger – and headed straight to IHOP as we always do whenever we arrive in the morning. See, IHOP leaves a carafe of coffee right on the table so we don’t have to keep asking or waiting for refills. After filling up on caffeine, we headed to Trader Joe’s to stock up on water and some snacks.
We take a chance and get lucky and check in early at The Cal. After a couple hour nap, it’s back out again. We went to the Downtown outlet mall. By now, the temperature was around 108°. I was still a bit tired but the heat just drained the energy out of me. I felt like a zombie walking around in that heat. We finally get back to the hotel and I catch a few more Z’s before we have dinner and did some gambling. Paula did real good that night. Real good. Me, I was up about $100 or so by the end of the night. Or should I say – early the next morning.
I can’t remember all the details but we did hit the usual malls: the Downtown Outlet mall, the old Belz Outlet mall, Meadows mall, Fashion Show mall, the Galleria mall, and a couple of Burlington stores.
As for food – we didn’t have meal coupons this trip – which was kinda nice as we went to try different places. For lunch, we hit Cici’s Pizza. $4.99 for all you can eat lunch buffet. Unfortunately, a team of high school softball players got there right before us – and there was already another team of high school softball players already in the restaurant. Needless to say, the pizzas were flying off the warmer. The pasta was gone and so was the salad. As soon as they filled it up, it was out again. But I did get my share of pizza and bread sticks with pasta sauce.
Of course – as required – we did the In N Out Burger visit. I had an animal-style Double-Double. No animal-style fries.
But get this – Saturday for lunch, we went to Applebee’s next to the Boulevard mall. It was the first time at an Applebee’s. I had a burger but our daughter ordered a garlic steak and it was, in her words, “The best steak I’ve ever eaten”. I did try a piece and I have to say that it was delicious. So on Sunday when we were in Henderson, and she’s still raving about the steak, we go to a different Applebee’s. She orders the garlic steak once again, and I too order one. But it wasn’t the same. Seemed like it had some Jamaican jerk spice on it, maybe we thought it was some residue left from the previous order that was cooked on the grill. We left somewhat disappointed.
So what do we do? Come dinner time, we head back to the first Applebee’s that we went to the day before and order the garlic steak. Better, but not quite as we remembered it from the day before.
The funny thing is that the waiter we had on Saturday for lunch was the same guy we got on Sunday for dinner. And when our daughter read their slogan on the bill “See you tomorrow”, she said that the waiter must’ve thought that we took it literally!
But we’re over Applebee’s for now.
One of the highlights of the trip was a lightning storm. On Friday night while we where having dinner at the Market Street restaurant, I did notice the lights flicker a few times but thought nothing of it. When we got out of the restaurant, one if the guests coming in from outside said that it was just pouring about 10 minutes prior. We head up to our room and see that lightning storm just off in the distance. We just missed it as it passed over us while we were dining. That’s why the lights flickered.
But on Saturday night we were prepared. Checking the local Doppler satellite maps, we saw the storm heading for Vegas. We sat in our room with take out dinner and the lights off as we watched the thunderstorm pass though Vegas once again. That was quite an adventure.
On the last day there, we did check out “the Strip” and visited a few hotels: Bellagio, Cosmopolitan, Aria, and Harrahs as we tried out this ice cream like dessert place that our friend had recommended. Meh.
But after all that shopping, the only thing I came home with was a new cap. No new shoes. No new cologne. No new shirt. Just one single cap. I take that back. I did come home with a free t-shirt from the Cal after I hit a Royal Flush on the 25¢ poker machine. I was down to my last 5 credits hoping just for a pair to play another game. I hold 2 pictures and watch as no matching pairs come up. Instead, it was a Royal Flush! So after the slot hostess pays me off, she tells me to play another game to clear off the Royal. But I had zero credits left on the machine! I could’ve dropped a quarter to clear off the machine but instead I put in a $20 bill to play a bit more. And try to get lucky again.
Overall it was a “productive” trip. Paula and I both came home “up”. We had a great time shopping, eating, gambling, and relaxing.
And that’s what I did this summer.
Okay, your turn. Complete your assignment of writing a post of What I Did This Summer. Your assignment will be due by Wednesday and if you don’t turn one in, I will report it to your parents during parent open-house/orientation. Extra credit for turning it in early.
Call Russell Shiroma @ 224-9224 to reserve your seats now! You snooze, you lose. I’m telling you, this will be one to remember.