Last day in Lost Wages

The Experience

By this time, we were homesick and ready to leave Lost Wages. Our flight was around midnight. We negotiated a checkout time of 1 pm instead of 11 am because there’s nothing much one could do outdoors during the day.

After we left the hotel, we drove to Chinatown. Since we were hungry and the temperature was 107ºF, it didn’t take us long to agree on a restaurant for lunch.

We passed the Pyramid

We passed the Pyramid

After lunch, we took a quick look of Chinatown and went into a Chinese bakery. There, we bought a big honey cake for tomorrow’s breakfast at the airport. It seemed that Chinatown was in every major city.

View of Stratosphere and the Strip seen from Chinatown

View of Stratosphere and the Strip seen from Chinatown

Then we drove to Palms Casino for a movie. But we couldn’t agree on what movie to see. Finally, Adventurer Jr. decided to see “Alice Through the Looking Glass”. Adventurer Jr. II and III decided to sit at a food court outside the movie theater and play iPad games while Mr. Adventurer read free newspaper and I was people-watching.

The ceiling outside of the Brenden Theater in Palms Casino

The ceiling outside of the Brenden Theater in Palms Casino

The free Wi-Fi was fast per Adventurer Jr. II and III. The air-conditioned building was comfortable. And we had seats and a table to ourselves and no one was bothering us.

A lady stopped and sat next to our table. She looked at Adventurer Jr. III and said that newer generations were using electronics at an early age. She also said that her three-year old grandson was so great at it too. After learning she was a local, I seized this opportunity to strike a conversation with her and learn more about Lost Wages.

We didn’t ask each other’s names as we never thought it had any significance or relevancy, but I would call her Ms. C here just because I met her in the casino. We had a great conversation and enjoyed each other’s company.

As soon as she left, Adventurer Jr. got out of the theater. I didn’t realize we had been talking for that long. Time flew by when you were engaged. Adventurer Jr. said there were only two other people in the theater with him for the two-hour long movie. That’s like having a private showing!

We then walked to the west side building of the Palms Casino plaza for dinner. The restaurant was lavishly decorated to appear high-end.

Restaurant lounge from casino side

Restaurant lounge from casino side

The side that faced street

The side that faced street

The food was O.K., but too spicy for Adventurer Jr. III.

After dinner, we were ready to go to the airport. But how could we not even gamble once when in Las Vegas? So we stopped at a slot machine and put $1 in. After four rounds, we cashed $1.75 out. That’s a quick little profit for less than 1 minute of effort. But we were not tempted for we know that the house would always win or it wouldn’t have been in business by now. We left without even looking back because we were proudly in charge of our own domain.

We drove to a gas station and filled our rental car up. Then headed to the car rental company. Since we couldn’t carry sunscreen into the airport, we gave the leftover to a clerk. We took our carry-on luggage and caught the shuttle followed by tram back to the airport. We still had about two hours before boarding time when we arrived at our gate. We got our electronics out, plugged them in, and played/surfed/reflected until boarding time.

Las Vegas airport

Las Vegas airport

After we boarded with United Airlines, we were tired but excited that we’d be home tomorrow. We got ourselves situated for a nap on the airplane. Bye-bye Las Vegas. You had been really good to us since we didn’t lose any wages!

Financial Implications: Actual Cost: $158.28

  • Lunch: A Chinese restaurant in Chinatown including tip: $46.45 + $5.55 tip = $52
  • A honey cake in Chinatown for tomorrow’s breakfast: $7.05
  • Adventurer Jr.’s Movie in Palms Casino: $8
  • Dinner at Lao Sze Chuan in Palms Casino: $57.94 (including $14.54 tip)
  • Gas: $33.29

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