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Wednesday 22nd Oct
I was awake around 2am and by 3 I'm sitting on the balcony sorting pics etc and typing up notes, around 6 I head out to Walgreens for more supplies that we may need in the next few days, on my return I get breakfast from the lobby, the hotel provides free of charge a selection of bagels, pastries,bread,cereals, boiled eggs, ham,strawberry yoghurt plus a selection of jams, butter and cream cheese, coffee, tea and fruit juices, milk etc all available as well, I should also point out that this is when I set fire to the toasting machine as well as my bagel got stuck in the toaster and it exploded in flames but in my defense, no forget it no defense just wasn't my fault, once the offending bagel was removed and said flames extinguished I tried again with a smaller bagel and it worked this time, I took some breakfast things back to the room for the family as it was now nearer 8am and they had rested enough.

Once we had all eaten and got sorted we left to explore the strip, we had our monorail passes and our power passes at the ready, Danny wanted to see Madame Tussuad's so we walked over to MGM Grand to get the monorail up to the Harrahs station, now because of our location we just had to go in through the valet entrance and up to the monorail just over 10 mins, at Harrahs I tried a few slots and got three red 7's flashing lights etc ensued for the grand total of $25 another 7 would have added a 0 to that and two more 00, once Jacquie dragged me away from the slots, we wandered up to the Venetian with Jacquie stopping in every fleamarket shop she passed and there where a lot but I dragged her away so there.

We arrived at the waxworks with about 10 mins to opening so we just admired the Venetian it really is a stunning building as are most of the lavish resorts, we used our power passes to gain entry tickets at opening time and we had a good time in here some waxworks where a lot better than some and I did trick Jacquie into speaking into the Jerry Springer microphone as I had told her you had to speak in and he would reply, Danny was peeing himself as we got her to try three times before she realized what we where doing, other visitors where giving her strange looks by now as well, she also donned a wedding dress to marry George Clooney in one exhibit see pics below

Danny really liked it in here as you could interact with the exhibits although he almost broke Shaquille O'Neal with a basketball he threw as it missed the basket and bounced off him, see Dannys pics below




They also had a fear zone set up for Halloween this was similar to a HHN house in Universal we all had to proceed in a line in near darkness and guess who was leading yep Big Stevie who needs glasses to see in Daylight, so imagine this I was leading my family plus a few others through here and I take a wrong turn smack into a wall while being chased by a chainsaw maniac at most turns it was actually pretty good fun and we all looked embarrassed on leaving the room as we had all screamed like a girl at some point, the only exhibit that confused me was Princess Diana in the American Spirit room very strange perhaps she was really a CIA spy after all
some of my pics looking very serious

We then headed over to the Mirage, where yet again I played the slots while Jacquie and Danny had a look in the shops, now here I was down $20 but just as I was leaving my last spin won we $80.76 no idea how but those free drinks do encourage you to gamble at least thats my excuse, our next stop after being dragged away again with my Bourbon and coke this time though was the Secret Garden and boy it is a secret as it took us nearly 20 mins to find it, as I told Jacquie perhaps its fate to stay in the casino unfortunately Jacquie isn't big on the fates, once we found the Garden we used our power pass to gain entry, now to be honest I wasn't really impressed by the Garden its a pretty small area, but Jacquie loves dolphins so she enjoyed it and the Tigers looked okay although the pics where poor due to the wire, not that complaining about the wire, they also had a baby dolphin (Bella) swimming with its family think it was only a month old so that was cute according to Jacquie, we had a drink here although no one was hungry think the heat had something to do with that, we did buy our Souvenir photo package with frame for $45 a good deal as the frame is a proper ceramic frame



It was now a little after 2pm so we called home to say Night to DD (by the way we had been doing this every day just didn't want to bore you with details), she was just back from seeing HSM3 with her boyfriend and we told her we had just met Zack and Danny had his pic taken with him, she really believed us and was really miffed, but we did tell her it was only a dummy before hanging up.

We then got the Monorail up to the Hilton to pick up our Barry Manilow tickets for this evening, Danny played in their video arcade while I won another $20 off the Star Wars slots and another drink here.
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