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Old 03-07-2009, 10:30 AM   #16
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Here we Go!

I got up early on Saturday morning to check us in for our flights. Apparently Judy beat me by about 5 minutes because she called me to tell me our boarding numbers as I was printing out boarding passes. I don't remember what the numbers were, but they were at the very end of the A boarding group.

Sunday morning Judy picked me up and we were on our way to the airport. It was kind of funny . . . Judy hasn't been to my apartment many times so when I walked out to meet her, she was sitting a block away in front of the wrong house . . . okay it was a pink house, but definitely NOT my pink house.

We parked at the airport and began the process of hauling Judy's luggage downstairs to be checked. That woman can pack. I don't know how she needed so much stuff for three nights! I had my one small carry on . . . she had the biggest zebra stripe check bag I've ever seen. You can't miss that one at the baggage claim!

Luggage checked in and on to the gate, we boarded almost as soon as we got through security. I like morning flights!


Our flight was completely full so we got settled with me in the middle and a stranger to my left in the aisle. Our lovely flight attendant took our order for bloody mary's as soon as we were airborne. The gentleman sitting next to me hooked up to watch a movie on his portable DVD player and that was the last we heard from him for the next 3hrs 45 minutes.

We landed early and headed down to the baggage claim, which is enormous! I stopped to buy a pair of sunglasses as I had realized leaving the house that I didn't have mine!

At the baggage claim Judy had a surprise for me! She had arranged for a car to pick us up at the airport! The driver was fantastic and got us to the Wynn in no time at all.

The bellman took care of our bags as soon as we arrived! Judy talked and talked and talked and talked some more to the girl who was checking her in. People in line behind us were starting to squirm, but we got an upgrade to a room in the Tower Suites for a very minimal cost.

Our room wasn't ready yet so we went to grab lunch at the Cafe next to the pool. I had the special . . . a Monte Cristo sandwich with sour cherry sauce for dipping. Judy had the lobster and crab salad. Both were yummy and both of us ordered white wine of some sort.

During lunch Judy's phone rang to let us know that our room was now available. Yea! Up next the room and the spa!
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