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BD50: Tom's Milestone Birthday!

I am overwhelmed and humbled that so many of you are interested in helping me celebrate my milestone birthday in Vegas this coming February.  It just so happens that my friend, Mary Duan, and my father-in-law, Ed Slivken are also celebrating milestone birthdays with us, so we're now going to have 3 times the fun!

We've done some planning and here are the details!



We still have a group room rate at Planet Hollywood, but many folks have made their own arrangements. Planet Hollywood is located at the Center Strip, and is connected to the Miracle Mile Shopping Center.  Nearby casino hotels include: Paris, The Cosmopolitan, Bellagio, Bally's, Aria, Vdara, Caesar's Palace, Flamingo, and The Cromwell. We also especially recommend The Linq, which was recently renovated, is very affordable, and is one of our favorite Casinos.

Please note that this weekend will be Super Bowl weekend, so while we're finding good rates at properties right now, as we get closer to the date, availability might tighten.  If and when you're ready to book the trip, give us a call at (646) 926-4087, or email us at, and we can price out an itinerary with different options for you to consider.


At this point, venues for most of our events are still TBD, based on how many of our "definite maybe" guests turn into "I'll see you there" guests.  Tom and David will be in Vegas beginning on Thursday the 1st and will depart on Monday the 5th. You can join us for as much or as little of the weekend as you like.  

Here's the run-down of the planned events (details still developing):

  • Friday evening:  Informal Happy Hour at the Elara. Meet up with the rest of the crowd, re-connect with old friends, meet a few new friends, and plot a plan for a fun evening!
  • Saturday a.m.:  Gaming Lessons. If you've always wanted to learn a table game, we recommend pai gow poker as a great way to lose your money sloooowly. Or, learn how to place a sports book bet, just in time for the Super Bowl.
  • Saturday evening: Birthday Cocktail Party followed by Birthday Dinner.  At this point, dinner will likely be at Rao's, which is at Caesar's Palace
  • Sunday a.m.: Buffet Brunch at The Wicked Spoon.
  • Sunday afternoon/evening:  Super Bowl Party! For those who are departing on Monday, what better place to watch the Super Bowl than in Las Vegas? 


Headliner Concerts. It looks like some folks are interested in seeing Donny and Marie. But Cher, Backstreet Boys and Van Morrisson are also performing that weekend.

Cirque du Soleil. There are about eleven thousand different Cirque du Soleil shows in Vegas, and each of them is different from the next. The one thing they have in common is that they're a lot of fun. Some folks have expressed an interest in that.

Drag Show. A couple of you have asked about drag shows, and I think there might be a group organizing to go to Frank Martino's Divas Las Vegas.

Tours in the Area. Some of the discounted hotels we can book for you are currently running a promotion with 2-for-1 Grand Canyon or Hoover Dam Bus tours, or 2-for-1 Vegas Strip Helicopter tours.  But we can also find day trips for you to Death Valley or Bryce Canyon, or, for an outdoor trip just outside the city, we can arrange a hiking or multi-sport trip to nearby Red Rock Canyon.

Other Attractions. We really loved the Neon Museum (sometimes called the Neon Graveyard), where old Las Vegas signage is on display at eye level. On our last trip, we did the Marvel Avengers Experience and toured Wayne Newton's estate.  Or, maybe ride a roller coaster or do a virtual reality ride. There's a lot to do on the strip that doesn't involve gambling in a casino.


We really need to get an accurate headcount for dinner. If you're joining us, please drop me a line at, so that we can add you to the email chain!

Thanks so much for joining us in Vegas. This is going to be the best birthday ever!