Left Dayton March 20 on Southwest Airlines for my annual "March Madness Trip". Had a mechanical problem in Denver and had to change planes and we were off again after a 90 minute delay. Trip home on United went smooth as can be. Glad I left to come home Tuesday and missed all the snow in Ohio on Monday.

Stayed at the Quad for the first 2 nights. The Quad is the former Imperial Palace and they have really done a nice job of renovating the outside and casino area. The casino is much more open and brighter. They have not done anything to the rooms yet. You could at least expect them to put some new flat screen tv's in the rooms. The old ones must be at least 10-15 years old. Still you can't beat the price and location of the hotel. My other 4 nights were at the Orleans since I usually make this my home base. 2 nights on the Strip is enough. The Orleans has everything I want and if I do want to visit the strip, I take the shuttle.

I used an airport shuttle to my hotel for the first time. I was by myself and not in a hurry so I gave it a try. For 7.50 it is a bargain and I was the last stop and it only took 30 minutes to get to my hotel.

I also rode the monorail for the first time when I went from Bally's to Las Vegas Hilton to watch some March Madness games. Nice smooth ride and a good way to take in some nice scenery especially the golf course behind Wynn.

Nothing special to eat this trip. Best meals were breakfast at Hash House A Go Go at the Quad. Great breakfast (ham and egg scramble) for under $12.00, dinner at Big Al's Oyster bar at the Orleans (clam chowder one time and shrimp diablo linguine another time)and lunch at Fudruckers( salmon burger)and Ellis Island (steak special). Other meals were at Orleans Buffet, Courtyard Cafe at Orleans, Ginseng 3 at the the Quad, Sbarro, and LA subs.

The best place to watch March Madness is at the Mardi Gras Ballroom at the Orleans. I went over to LVH because I had heard so much about it but it does not compare to the Orleans which offers plenty of tables and chairs to sit at, large screen tv's, betting stations, drink and food specials, and just a good atmosphere to watch hours and hours of basketball.

The weather was perfect with temps in the upper 60's to upper 70's. I noticed the pool at the Orleans was open for business.

Gambling wise I spent 6-8 hours a day watching and betting on basketball and 3-4 hours a day playing poker. I did play blackjack a couple of times also. Overall it was a good trip and I made some $$$$.

Hope to get back to Vegas in the fall with my wife.