December 11th, 2015


The Road from SMOFCon, Day 5: Silverball Mania

This morning, Lisa and I tried the buffet in the Grand Lux Cafe in the Palazzo. It was acceptable, but not exciting, and we felt crowded in the restaurant. I don't think we'll be back. Going back to the room, I ended up spending several more hours in our luxury room, with me sweating out processing and uploading the rest of the Fannish Inquisition videos, about which more in a later post. About 2 PM, we finally could get out to visit an only-in-Las-Vegas site: the Pinball Hall of Fame

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By the time our legs expired (standing on a concrete floor for hours), it was after dark and we decided to go see the Fremont Street Experience, which we've never visited before, as we've always stayed in hotels along The Strip, which strictly speaking isn't actually in Las Vegas anyway.

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Lisa drove us back to the relative peace and quiet of the Palazzo and managed to also find a good parking space close to the garage elevators that will make it easier to move out in the morning. We then went to the adjacent Walgreens for drinks for Lisa and bit of food for breakfast in the room in the morning. I also bought my sister some Las Vegas chocolates. As we went back into the Palazzo-Venetian complex, we went into a pizza restaurant on the casino level and ordered a large pizza to go, then returned to the hotel room.

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Tomorrow we need to get off to a relatively early start because we're backtracking to Boulder City to ride the Nevada Southern Railway in Boulder City, and we'd prefer to take the first train, which is at 10 AM, to give us plenty of time to drive to Tonopah tomorrow. I'm glad we aren't going to try and drive all the way home tomorrow and that we aren't like the clerk at Walgreen's who thought that Reno was a 3 or 4-hour drive from Las Vegas, which only shows that she's never made the trip. Nevada's highways can be pretty fast, but not so fast that you can average 150 miles per hour driving between the state's two largest cities.