The plane ride there was pretty uneventful except for the people in front of us, had no common courtesy AT ALL! I was working on my laptop, and all of a sudden the seat comes back, throwing my computer into my lap. I was like, hey, ya know you could have made sure nothing was behind you when you did that! Then he played stupid, acting like he didn't understand English (he was Asian) when the attendant asked him nicely to sit the seat up a bit to allow my computer to sit on the tray at a reasonable angle. I heard him speaking English (pretty good actually) to another flight attendant earlier. Dick. I just put it away after about a 20 minute argument with the guy. Nice start to our trip... We went to the usual spots, Hoover Dam, the large luxury hotels and casinos, Fremont Street, etc. I have to say the Luxor is the most visually interesting both inside and out. I would love to stay there next time, though I heard its haunted or cursed because a woman killed herself by jumping off the balcony or something. Don't know if that's true. We stayed at the Stratosphere---very cool place. We went on the roller coaster there but I refused to go on the rides that hang you over the edge of the tower. We ate at the Top of the World restaurant, that rotates, giving a great view at sunset. Not cheap though--both of us, one meal each, and my salad cost $85, not including tip. Wolfgang Pucks restaurant was cheaper! We went on the Manhattan Express at NY NY---that is the wildest rollercoaster I have ever been on. Wild Thing here at Valleyfair didnt even unnerve me like that. Fremont street was pretty cool, all the old, original hotels, and the giant arched TV thing. We saw a couple shows, Dirk Arthur magic show, which was pretty cool for a low budget one. I liked his style. We also saw the Titanic Exhibition. It was slightly different than the first time we saw it here in St. Paul. At that time, they still had the hull piece in ionized water, and they blew the whistles that were recovered. The hull was out and hung upright at the Las Vegas one. The one here in St. Paul, you could touch one of the recovered davits. They didnt have that at the Las Vegas one. We drove to California, and spent most of the day in Santa Monica. I went boogie boarding for the first time. It was pretty fun, but ocean water is YUCKY! Driving to LA was not bad, but the drive back was SCARY! I thought the people in MN were horrible drivers. CA people, specifically the Los Angeles area ones, are crazy! No signals, changing lanes at a whim, no advance warning, speeds in excess of 80mph. My husband works is traffic control/road construction, and even he says the CA drivers are nuts compared to MN drivers. We got some great pics, well over 200, and I will post the link to them as soon as I get them into webshots.com. The plane trip home was more, um, interesting. We had a gay pilot and gay flight attendant, and the people sitting in front of us smelled like they had no idea what a shower or deodorant was. When the captain came on and said we were ready for departure, etc, I swear I heard half the people around us snort in hidden laughter, because his voice CLEARLY indicated he was gay, lisp and all. Not that it matters, but it just sounded funny. Then one of the flight attendants came by with the drink cart, with the obvious lisp and airy tone as well. Even the guy next to us, who looked about 50 or so, had to stifle his laughter until after the guy was out of earshot. Then there were the 3 stinky Germans, a man, woman, and their teenage son. I know they were at least German because thats what they were speaking, though they could have been Austrian (somewhere around there). Seriously. We just left the state where the average high last week was around 110 F. TheyALL 3 smelled as if they had walked around all week in LV, no shower, no deodorant, nothing. About half way through the flight, one of them farted. It was kind of loud, so I saw others looking around to see what the noise was. Then we smelled it. Then when it was time to get off the plane after landing, those nearby all looked at each other waiting to see what the Germans were going to do. We all waited for them to get off first (we were near the front anyway). After they did the rest of us looked at each other and were saying stuff like Do these people know what showers are? Or even a spot of deodorant? The guy that was next to us was in hysterics about the whole thing. I heard the little girl that was sitting across the aisle, who was about 6 or 7, said Those people need a bath mommy! loud enough, but I dont know if the Germans heard her or not. Anyway, again, I will get our pictures up on webshots soon, and I will post the link.