High Roller

Amanda, Carol and I went on another road trip to Atlantic City, NJ and Philadelphia, PA for three days. Amanda has been a member at the Taj Mahal (Trump’s Casino) for several years and although not a high roller, she manages to get comps for a free night at the Taj. Carol was free from nanny duties (she has a niece and nephew whom she graciously babysits often). Prior to our trip I had a dream of winning big at the Wheel of Fortune slots. Going against the flow of traffic, we managed to get to our destination under 3 hours.

After checking in, we shopped until we dropped at the outlet malls nearby. Amanda scored a $2 black long sleeve top at the Gap outlet and a $75 Coach bag. After some disappointing finds, I decided to tail Amanda since she has a nose for bargains and found socks for $2.50 a pair. In a down economy any discounts is a big score. Tired and famished we headed back to our hotel to rest up and hunt for food. Apparently, since it was low season in Atlantic City most of the restaurants were closed by 8 pm. We wound up at the Sultan’s buffet at the Taj for about $20 per person. The food was mediocre but the flan and bread pudding they had in the dessert area was tasty.

Now we were all stuffed and ready to hit the machines. The most I would ever gamble would be $20. I guess… thats why I never get any comps. After going through a few machines and loosing $7, I started to hunt for the Wheel of Fortune Slots. Nestled near the bar were the Wheel of Fortune Penny slots. The quarter and nickle slots were too rich for my taste. After settling in front of one machine I started to play. All of a sudden, I hit a good combination and was ahead by $7.50. That was my cue to stop and take my winnings. After finding Amanda and Carol I told them my fortune. They were less fortunate and lost $60 and $80 respectively. I told them Pat and Vanna were still there giving money away.

The next day we headed out to Philadelphia; the city of Brotherly Love who welcomed our open arms and wallets. After checking into the Loews Hotel in Philadelphia, we ate and perused the Reading Market. The market was 2 blocks from our hotel as well as the Christmas shops at City Hall. Then we caught the light show, narrated by Julie Andrews, at Macy’s. I have to say the Loews hotel was one of the nicest hotel I have ever stayed at and they even allow dogs!

Our final day was filled with more food, breakfast at the Down Hown Diner in the Reading Market (highly recommended esp. the pancakes!) and Geno’s for cheesesteak during lunch. I have to say Jim’s on South Street was a much better cheese steak than Geno’s. What do I know, I’m a “New Yawker”. Before heading home, our final stop was the Franklin Mills Mall which was an ok mall with deceptive dollar stores (due to the size of the gift bag we have to charge you $1.50). I did manage to find a deal on a blue shirt at Banana Republic ($5!) and Lindt chocolate as a gift for someone. All in all, the trip was filled with good bargains, friends and fun so stay tunned for more future road trips….

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