Trip Report : I Met DonnyMac and Spyder and Lived

This Ain't Sunnyvale, Bubbles, This Is Vegas

Posted by Chuckmonster

Typically, traffic sucked on the drive out from L.A.. I managed to check my email, read some of the NYTimes, took a photo of a billboard that said "Life Is Fun" from the car and send status tweets via the iPhone. I've always had a real love hate relationship with cell/smart phones, mostly because the interfaces sucked, required a manual, weren't flexible enough and didn't sync with my Mac properly (I've been Mac user since 7th grade computer lab in '82 - way old school). The iPhone proved to be a dream device here... through it I managed to keep tabs on Don's whereabouts and provide somewhat entertaining nonsense to friends dialed into the Twitter feed (maybe).


After checking into the Golden Gate (which is quite a unique place) I headed over to Vegas club to see what was going on, plunk a $20 into a slot machine and get a stiff drink. Drink service at the Las Vegas Club apparently took the night off, but the slots didn't. The Double Red White and Blue machine in the north west corner (facing west) hit four or five 'Any7' across the board once or twice with a Double thrown in for good measure. I was up to about 850 credits at one point and played it down a bit before cashing out at 700 even - $175. If I left Vegas now, I'd be up.

A quick stop at Binions left me lighter by $20 but I got some pics of the carpet.

As I was leaving I saw a somewhat fresh email from DonnyMac saying that the crew was at Four Queens. I headed over, did a lap looking for people who I've never seen before (other than a pic of Spyder gnawing on a famously large BLT) and gave up. I called Don who answered "Chuck? We're at El Cortez, see ya soon. Ciao!" Ciao? I thought only Italians and movie producers said "Ciao!". I snickered then headed east to The New El Cortez.

How new it is. The El Cortez has gone through a definitive transformation from Fremont Street punchline to a clean, well lit, comfortable joint whose unpretentiousness reminds me of the laid back vibes of O'Shea's before Harrah's turned it into a college karaoke beer pong bar.

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Well, it would be amiss if I didn't make a few comments about the above "drink" report, since, well I was involved (a lot). Yes it was I who sent Chuck the email, after IMing (is that a word?) with Don one boring Sunday afternoon at work (while Don was indenting his couch with his posterior), but both of us felt it would be a good idea. I think it was, my liver still hurts, I am glad that it was only a coupla hours hanging out with the Chuckmonster not sure if our bodies could handle more, but more would also be good.

Now I know after all the platitudes about Canadian drunks that we get tagged with (and for good reason) this may seem like we were a little "slow" but there is a reason. This was the end of a good 5 day trip, I think I was only pulling about 5 hrs of sleep a day, and as you all read, the one nite was EPIC!!! I was texting with a friend back in Calgary after said nite, and his reply was something along the lines of "wow if liverboy calls it epic, I'm worried..." And that was only the first nite.

A coupla things that Chuck did miss tho, we were accosted by someone who kept calling us "famous" outside the El Craptez, but the security guys were all over him, in a polite fashion and they apologized profusely to us, as they rightly should. Do you not know who we are.... DonnyMac66! Chuckmonster! Spyder! (and the other two, they aren't on this board so they don't really count, until Tina - my much better half - reads this, then I'm in trouble), I mean really, we are FAMOUS, people should be asking for our autographs! And I'm wayyyyyy better lookin than Paris "Gawd I need to throw up I think I gained a half a pound" Hilton!!!

Also wandering around Freemont at about 2ish in the am is a site to be seen, the MUAF's were a small highlite, but shirtless guy!! Damn only in our world, really. I was a little miffed tho that the girls didn't take a run at Chuck and Don, really those two are good lookin men.... I know Chucks a happily married man, but damn! and Don's always been my heterosexual life mate (the lovely T doesn't mind sharing me) But this gaggle of women (and I use that term very loosely, kinda like them?!?!?) should of at least offered to buy the two big fellas a beer at H-n-H, I would have, but alas the two swarthy gentlemen just had to hang out with the rest of us little people at the Plaza.

Now if Chuck had worn his omelet hat, all would have been different I'm sure. The MUAF's woulda had HIS shirt off (a sight I'm not too sure about....) the drinks would have flown freely, the old broads at the El Craptez would have been all over us....... but I digress.

It was awesome finally meeting Chuck and tipping a few back, thank you to his fantastic wife (who is the next to meet, I guess) for making him join us, even if it was for only a coupla hours. And I can't wait for next November, when we can really ruin Vegas, and Chucks liver, and Don's reputation (too late), and my..... I don't think there is anything left on me to wreak. Oh well.

Wait wait wait, did that autographed picture of Wayne Newton come in your room?? Because if that's the case I would've stolen it. I want an autographed picture of Wayne Newton so bad.....

spyder, you're a nut.

rockchik, i brought the photo with me and posed it in the room at the golden gate. you can get autographed pix of wayne on his website. cheap.

I just want the public to know the true "DonnyMac / Spyder Experience". We are thinking of selling to the Hilton to pair up with The Star Trek Experience, really, can't ya just see it? Kirk, Spock, Don, Bones, Jon Luc (the assclown that he is) and me?!? It would be awesome, and this is the debut of my marketing scheme. Thanks Vegastripping, you rule!!!

Sounds like folks had a great time, but all that talk of scotch has me very thirsty all of sudden.

Is there some problem with 2 hetro men hugging????????????? I enjoyed it as well. The service at both the El Co and the Plaza was great. I sincerely hope we can meet up for beverages again before the big 4-0 celebration. Thanks to Chuck for making the long trek from Cali to have some laughs and booze with us. Lets do it again soon (i need a hug)

WHOA! That Wayne Newton photo is tops! I think all VTrippers should carry one to Vegas every time! Sounds like the get-together -- while brief -- was a lot of fun. Did anyone scarf down a deep fried twinkie at Mermaids while you were there?

Believe it or not, Mermaids (while I'm not sure I would actually walk in there) looked closed. But the sign for the deep-fried-crap looked tasty. I'll make sure and try one next time I'm down there

If you will eat the deep fried goo at Mermaids I will buy it for you. When is our next trip by the way?

Did you realize that the phrase "deep fried goo from Mermaids" doesn't really sound that appealing? But I will take you up on the offer, as fer the next trip..... the fall (I hope - you'll have to collect your stanley cup winnings)

By the way Chuck i totally dig the autographed W.F.N. pic and it will travel to Vegas with me.

I had to sign-up just to say that reading this post I feel like I should have been there to offer the chuckmonster alcoholic moral support. Great post and I hope to meet some of you guys sometime - I plan on being there for the 'Oh Lordy'.

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