I was in Las Vegas for a huge meeting. I was attending the meeting with 2 associates, whom I just happened to like a lot. This was fortunate, because we were shaing a room.

The first night, we stayed at Motel 6, because it was a Saturday and it was impossible to find a room anywhere else. They put us all the way in the back, which was a bummer. However, the room was clean and comfortable. We were only going to be staying for 1 night, so what the heck! This was my 5th trip to Vegas, but it was the first for my associates. We flew in at night and they were absolutely amazed at Vegas from the air. I think this is my favorite time to fly into or out of Vegas- it is really amazing to see all those lights. None of us slept particularly well because we were all so excited- not because the room was bad. I have stayed at the Motel 6 on Tropicana at Koval Lane on 3 different occasions, mostly because it was cheap. I have no complaints about this hotel. Great place to stay if you just want a place to crash.

We arrived on Saturday, but our meeting did not start until Monday, so Sunday was a day to play. We had breakfast at the Excalibur, which used to be an excellent breakfast buffet. I hear that it has really gone down hill as of late. We then visited the "4 corners"- Excalibur, NY NY, MGM Grand and Tropicana. Then back to the room to pack up and head over to the Hilton.

Of course, our room at the Hilton was not ready, but the happily stored our luggage for us. One of my associates is a big flirt, and I could take a few lessons from her. She absolutely charmed the receptionist at the desk, and before we knew it, we had a really great room and did not even have to use the $20 dollar trick. Our room had a wonderful view of the mountains and the Stratosphere. It was very roomy and had a huge closet. This was great for 3 people on a business trip for a week!

Quite by accident, we met a fellow pharmacist at one of our meetings. He was from Texas and was the greatest. Interestingly enough, we are still friends today (and I am writing this in 2005). He had a rental car, and he schlepped us all over.

We were meeting fiends by day, and even more fiendish with our sightseeing at night. We did all the touristy stuff- the boats at TI, the volcano at the Mirage, the shops at the Venetian and the Aladdin, ate at several buffets (including a great dinner at Harrah's), went to Fremont Street, shopped everywhere (including our favorite place- Caesar's) and did about a million other things during the week. We did not know the meaning of sleep.

All in all, a wonderfully exciting week. There is nothing like showing Vegas to friends who have never been there before. Always look forward to going there. Can't wait to go again!