Monday, December 21, 2009

Jonathan's Birthday: Atlantic City

so with Atlantic City being just 90 minutes or so away, Jonathan decided he'd like to go there for his birthday. It was just the two of us, and we only went for a day/night. It was fun, but since it's totally not season (we were there the day before the big snowstorm began), there were a lot of closed things and we didn't get a chance to see a whole lot. We stayed at the Trump Taj Mahal. We had a very spacious room (probably about the size of our Vegas room, actually). We went exploring and found all sorts of neat statues and lights. Here are a few of my favorites... Then we went looking for dinner... and it took quite a while. There are four fine dining restaurants and six casual restaurants, then a few fast food places. Private parties had all of the fine dining places booked, and half of the casual places. One casual place wasn't open. That left us two choices (we didn't really want Sbarro pizza or Mrs. Field's cookies for his birthday dinner, LoL!)... one had an $11 grilled cheese sandwich (just to give you an idea of the crazy item pricing), and the other was a burger joint. We chose the latter, simply named "Burger." I had a bacon and cheddar, he had a mushroom and swiss. Both were quite good, actually. The fries were tasty as well.

Then we went downstairs and signed up for the frequent gambler cards, LoL. We got these when we were in Vegas as well, and they ended up being a good idea, since we get offers all the time for rooms out there and stuff. Well, if you play the slots for like 20-30 minutes, you get $25 on your card to use, so we each put in $5 at the nickel slots and milked that long enough to get enough "tier points" to get the bonus money. We were playing "Wheel of Fortune" which was neat since there were bonus games if you got certain combinations and things. On that round I walked away with about $14, and Jonathan had about $23. We were doing quite well, and decided to try and win back enough to cover the hotel room and dinner. On $10 of the "fake money" dollars, I cashed out at $70, which was awesome. The rest of our fake money didn't do so well (and I tried a few other games), but Jonathan took some earnings to the blackjack tables for an hour or so. He won some more, and in the end we were $1 short of having won enough to cover food, drinks, tolls, and the hotel room, so we were pretty happy. We also kept a souvenir worth a nickel, haha.We had a nice view of the ocean and other hotels in the morning, so I got a few shots of those. We tried to have dim sum for breakfast, but both places we found were unexpectedly closed during their posted business hours. Needless to say, we were quite disappointed. Regardless, I think we'll return to Atlantic City again, especially to see some of the other big resorts, and, of course, the boardwalk. I also want to get some photos of the street signs (which are color-coded with the neighborhoods... how cool is that?!?), since they make me giggle and think of Monopoly.

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