Monday, August 23, 2010


We slept in on Sunday (well, kinda) and went to the champagne brunch at the Main Street Station. My goal was to get Mike's sister Erin deucefaced, and in the process of doing that, I got TOTALLY deucefaced. I seriously don't drink that much. I have a beer at lunch with Mike once a week and that's about it, so it doesn't take much to get me deucefaced.

I had several mimosas with brunch, and I also had two champagne floats, which are exactly what you think they are: champagne and ice cream. DELICIOUS!

After we were done getting deucefaced on champagne served to us by a disapproving waitress, we headed over to the California where we commandeered a craps table. I lost $36 and only got one drink! We then went back to the Nugget where I used a drink coupon to get a beer from a rude bartender.

I insisted that our group go to the Atomic Liquors...Kim will take over from here...OK, Kim will not take over from here. She says she left, so she can't be responsible for it. Anyhoo, Atomic Liquors is an awesome local bar that I've wanted to go to for at least three years now and we finally went. They served Busch beer in cans for $1.25! Mark the bartender poured free shots for me and Mike, and we played pool and took over the jukebox. Mark did not like our song selections, though I did see him rocking out almost the entire time we were there. Half the group left to hit up the shark pool at the Nug and the rest of us stayed for a few more songs on the jukebox and bought tallboys to go (yes, the bar is that awesome!).

On the way Atomic Liquors, we passed the Western Hotel and Casino and said we wanted to go there later. It had a sign bragging about $1 craps and $2 blackjack. Needless to say, half of our group ended up at the Western playing blackjack for what seemed like forever. I was totally deucefaced and couldn't do any math, so Jose was telling me how to bet. I think I lost about $30 or $40, but we played for a long time and had fun.

We finally made our way back to the hotel and were like, "should we dress up?" Mike had gone to the strip with Erin and was apparently in his Mr. Furley outfit. We got dressed and made our way up and down Fremont Street, but no one really seemed to care that we were dressed up at all. We chalked it up to it being the summer of the 70s (there's a theme every year on Fremont Street and that was it). People probably thought we were dressed up for that.

We were pretty tired and a lot of us called it a night relatively early. We had started drinking (heavily) at 11am, so it was a miracle that we were standing upright at all.

I woke up at about 10 this morning to pack and felt pretty refreshed. No hangover, no nothin'. Mike went to McDonalds and got breakfast for us and we all sat and watched Maury give paternity test results.

All in all, we had a great weekend. I was worried about the large group, but it was a really good mix of people and we all had a lot of fun together. We're considering making Red hat Ladies a permanent theme because it was such a big hit.

Until next year, we're out!


I'll start with what I wrote fairly early on Sunday about Saturday's adventures, then I'll do a separate post for Sunday's shenanigans...Here we go!

Saturday was awesome. I went to the pool earlier with Kim and Claire and used the awesome waterslide that goes through a shark tank. We’re pretty sure there was a dead shark in the bottom of the tank. Anyhoo, while there, these two girls who are the spawn of the devil followed me around the pool splashing me. We moved to the other side of the pool and they followed! Finally, I yelled, “I will hit a child!” and splashed a large amount of water in their faces and left the pool.

Later on, we got ready for Mike’s fancy steak dinner at the Binion’s steakhouse. It was really nice up there, but the service was hella slow. It was super quiet in there, too, making our conversations especially inappropriate and out of place.
After dinner, we put on our red hat lady best and hit the town. We were famous! We posed for so many pictures, we decided that next year, we’re bringing business cards directing people to send pictures they take with us to a soon-to-be-created email address. I’ll post some pictures of our awesomeness so you can see what I’m talking about. We didn’t get invited up into any nightclubs, but we were clearly the main attraction on Fremont Street last night.

Kim says I need to mention that we were a walking dance party. Everywhere we went, we would end up dancing for a huge crowd of appreciative revelers. Seriously, in Vegas, you walk ten feet and a new song is playing, so it was a constant red hat lady dance party. I'll add some pictures to these posts later, because I have almost three hours until my plane takes off. I don't have too many action shots on my camera because Mike's mom was acting as our official photographer this weekend.

Oh, I don't know how I forgot to mention the end of the night. When we got tired of being accosted by tourists for pictures, we ducked into different casinos and gambled for a bit. At one point, some of our group took over entire blackjack tables. Jose would just be walking around in his outfit and hit up a roulette table to make some bets like nothing strange was going on. At about 3:30, I called it a night and let the other red hat ladies finish gambling. I wanted to be rested up for my birthday because I planned on being hella deucefaced (and was I ever!).

Anyhoo, when I got back to my room, Gabe was in there along with Jessie and Mario. They were locked out of their room because Otto and Daisy locked the deadbolt. They called the front desk who informed them that security locked the door because it had been left unattended with the door wide open. They sent security up again, and the deadbolt was unlocked. Unfortunately, they had also put the chain on the door, so maintenance had to come and snap the chain. When the door was finally opened, we walked in and saw Otto passed the deuce out. Jessie and Mario had been screaming and yelling and calling his phone to no avail. He had gotten trashed earlier and went and called our favorite waitress at Mermaids "Kate Gosselin." Now, we call her that amongst ourselves because of her unfortunate haircut, we don't call her that to her face. When Otto ran up and yelled, "hey! It's Kate Gosselin, you guys! She's right here!" she did not look amused. We pretended we had no idea what he was talking about and excused ourselves from the establishment.

Anyhoo, back to the Otto story. When Jessie and Mario got in, they tried again to wake him up, even slapping him. He woke up briefly and spit on himself. We have no idea where Daisy was, which was fine. "She was trouble," to quote Ryan. I guess he ended up sleeping and peeing in the bathtub at some point that night. We're still deciding on his punishment. I think that's it. Kim will read these and edit as necessary.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Greetings, STBE X fans!!!

I refuse to pay for internet access, so I finally got myself over to the Krispy Kreme. Here's a wrapup of what happened yesterday (note: I wrote this and saved it to Word):

Vegas Day One:

I had to work today and booked my flight assuming my schedule would be the same as last session, but they gave me an extra class. As a result, I would not have as much time as I initially thought, so I had to make a super-secret deal with someone we’ll call K-Dawg to drop me off at the airport right after class got out.
I made it to the airport with just enough time to grab food and coffee before boarding the plane. When I landed, I lucked out and got a shuttle right away and it took less than an hour for me to get in, which is good for a shuttle. Upon arrival at the Nug’, I checked in and requested a room near Mario and Ryan, who had checked in a few hours before.
Mike, Stephen, Ryan and I gathered in our room to show off our fabulous theme night outfits before the boys took off to the pool. I stayed behind to wait for Mario and Otto to return from a booze run and am currently waiting for Kim to show up.
This is the most boring Vegas update ever for sure, but trust me, it’s about to get awesome! Now if only I had wifi…

Oh man. Snowbirds night was a HIT! We posed for pictures with so many people it was ridiculous! Toward the end of the night, some girl spotted us from the balcony of some club and sent her friend down to invite us up. Needless to say, once we determined it wouldn’t cost us any money, we went up and immediately became the main attraction. People were freak-dancing with us and everything. It was totally bizarre. All these people were hella dressed up trying to look all cool and we were dressed up like old people. I really don’t know what to say. It was hysterical. The exact words of the friends Susie (the girl who spotted us) were, “my friend likes the looks of you…and wants to know if you'll come and join her!” Man, we are so awesome!

I’ve had a long day, so I’m off to bed. More adventures await us tomorrow! If people thought Snowbird night was out of control, look out for Red Hat Lady night!!!

Kim here. I can't believe Ginger didn't mention Escape: The Journey Tribute Band, which was the start of our Fremont Street Experience, before our indecent proposal to join Susie. Fake Journey were committed to playing the entire Journey catalog, which meant that they were playing deep album cuts, and the "Grammy nominated in 1996, but I think it should have won" power ballad "When You Love a Woman." (Google it.) Also, Fake Steve Perry had a penchant for wearing shirts that were just not quite long enough for his torso. He needs to take care of that.

Thanks, Kim! Expect more awesome updates as the weekend progresses! We were pretty subtle last night compared to our red hat lady outfits, so tonight is going to be out of control (tm Regis Philbin).

Sunday, August 1, 2010


I tweeted about our need for t-shirts on the cheap and Chris from Scrappy Music replied and gave us a great quote. We need to order 24 shirts in order to meet the minimum order number, so if I haven't heard from you, I assume you're too cheap to pay for a shirt.

As a result, we're opening up orders for people who can't make the trip. If you want a shirt, email me at with your size. The shirts will look like the royal blue shirt on the right of the page. Shirts will be about $16 each.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

30 days to go!!!

Just 30 more days until the biggest STBE yet! Ooooooooooow! Ain't no party like a mustache party!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

ugh, shirts

So Mike and I were dreaming big and thought t-shirts would be an awesome idea! A friend said his boyfriend does screenprinting for a living and would give me a deal. Hahahahahaha! He quoted me $15 per shirt plus a $150 screenprinting fee. Assuming we only end up needing 10 shirts, that's $30 a shirt! When I told him the quote was a bit out of our price range, he responded (I assume he was trying to be a dick) and said, "I've come up with a solution. Target sells these iron on transfers that you run through a printer. You can get some cheap shirts and do that." Ugh. So I'm exploring our other options, but the shirts aren't looking good right now.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

STBE X is just two months away!

Time sure flies, doesn't it? RSVP if you haven't already. We need to make sure everyone is able to arrange travel and accommodations, so don't wait until it's too late!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

t-shirt poll

Off to the right are two t-shirt designs. Vote in the poll at the top of the page.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

The Golden Nugget is the home of STBE X

Mike and I spent a lot of time jumping through hoops with Priceline trying to book a room at the Nug' on the cheap. We were able to book for $50 a night using a $10 per night credit (so our bid was technically $60). The Nug' must really be classy, because we were only able to get a 25% discount off the advertised rate, as our attempts to get 50%, 40%, and 35% discounts were turned down. Anyhoo, our persistence paid off and we secured a rate that we felt was pretty good for a classy (with a c!) hotel.

Since we are not rich and can't afford to book enough rooms for 13 people, we booked one room. The info is now here for you! Whatever the going rate is for a 4 star Vegas hotel in the Fremont Street area, bid 25-30% under that and you'll have yourself a room at the Nug'.

And now, for the reviews!!!

It looks like I'm gonna have to do some digging for some comically bad reviews since we're actually staying at a nice hotel. Let's see what I can find...

I have never written a review before. I am not that fussy and most places for me are acceptable. The Golden Nugget was simply terrible. We arrived at 2 a.m. and had to wait in line for 30 minutes. No non smoking rooms were available so we had to wait another half hour. We were than sent to a smoking room that had a very offensive odor . The whole floor and room were stained and VERY tired. We went back to the front desk and were sent to another room that was NOT a 4 star. the front dsek [sic] clerk said this is a real problem, too many smoking rooms and can't accommadate [sic] non smokers. Do not stay here.

This one isn't a bad review, but I do enjoy their random use of quotation marks:

My wife and I were in Las Vegas to see Garth Brooks and it happened to be Sprint Cup NASCAR weekend also. The best rates we could find online were at a "lower end" yet very famous strip hotel. From the time we arrived we were NOT happy with our accomidations. We did NOT get all we were promised on the phone, from 1600 miles away. They were unfriendly, dirty and not at all helpful with problems. We had called the Golden Nugget, but due to the NASCAR weekend, they were all booked up. On Monday after the race was over, we called The NUGGET, and they "bent over backwards" for us, and gave us a beautiful room, starting that morning, let us check in immediately, knowing we had to be out of our hotel, and the whole time we were there the staff, from check-in to housekeeping, treated us like "hi roller royalty" which we are a long way from.
The entire hotel complex is glamourous, friendly, and the pool is awesome, the casino is clean and modern and our whole trip (starting that Monday) was a very pleasant experience. We get several emails a week from Hotel/Casino complexes, with very reasonable rates, but I erase them as sonn [sic] as I get them as, when we go back to Las Vegas, and we do, at least two times a year, we will not stay ANYWHERE else but THE GOLDEN NUGGET, ever again.

Hard to believe these people are far from "hi roller royalty," isn't it?

The Horrible Grammar Award goes to...

This was my first trip to Vegas and I can't wait till next year to go again and we will stay at the Golden Nugget then also. Then hotel was beautiful and we were in the Rush Tower so there was no street noise whatsoever. The staff was wonderful and usually I have so much trouble sleeping when we travel because of the hard beds but this one was great. I wanted to go for the pool but coming from Texas the weather was a little on the first day and the rest of the week other issues had it closed but we did use the one in the Hideaway so that worked out ok. I would surely recommend this hotel to any one going out to Las Vegas. It was defintly worth the money and I would reccomend it to anyone the only thing is the bathrooms are to small.

Someone needs to tell that person about commas and spellcheck.

OK, I'm already tired of looking for comically bad reviews of this place. I think you all get the picture. The Sugar Twins have grown up, at least for this year's trip. The Nug' better live up to the hype!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

new logo - updates

As you can see, evan has designed a logo for the 10th annual STBE. What do you think? We're hoping to get t-shirts made with the design seen above as well as a smaller coordinating logo.

ETA: I have since updated the image with evan's high quality logo.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

theme night change

Sorry Gabe!

Jose pointed out some obvious flaws with our Old Timey Gangster theme a while ago. He doubts hotel security want a bunch of people walking around dressed like gangsters, especially since we'd want to carry fake Tommy Guns with us. Mike and I thought we could find a way around it, but his friend suggested we dress up as Snowbirds, and we liked the idea enough to switcheroo.

Snowbirds, in case you're wondering (I know I was), are old people who live in cold climates during the winter and warm climates during the summer. Or reverse. Something like that. Here, just read the wikipedia entry. As I described on the theme night page, you can find these people in RVs, winning shuffleboard tournaments, or shopping in the Chaps section at Kohl's.

Anyhoo, don't be too mad at us. I just told you where to shop. Alternately, I'm sure anything you ladies find at Chico's would be acceptable.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

possible room hookup

I got an email from someone representing the Hard Rock Hotel/Casino asking if I wouldn't mind putting info about that hotel on Because I'm me, I asked if we could get a hookup on rooms. I'll keep you posted.

I would normally be totally against staying as far off the strip as the Hard Rock is, but if we can finagle free/cheap ass rooms, my opinion might change.

STBE messageboard up and running for you to post comments or suggestions about where we should stay this year. Check it out here.

Where are we staying this year?

I want to stay Downtown at the only classy hotel there is: The Golden Nugget.

Mike is leaning toward the Striiiiiiiiiiiip.

Cast your votes in the poll at the top of the page!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

STBE hotel shopping

Feel free to start hunting for bargain basement hotel rates. Sign up for the Priceline rewards program (apparently, I did at some point) and maybe you'll get a $30 credit to be used on a 3 night stay. You get a $10 credit added to whatever you bid on a hotel room. It's good through May 23, so I was thinking I might use it to upgrade us to the Golden Nugget. It's easy to find on Priceline (which never lets you see which hotel you're bidding on until after you've successfully booked) because it's the only 4 star hotel downtown. I got shut down at a $34 bid (technically $44 with the $10 per night credit), so I'm gonna try again when the regular rates go down a bit.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010 is back up!

Hopefully for good this time! Shout out to Will for hooking me up with server space!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

STBE '10

Mike and I have already started planing STBE '10. As many of you know, this will be the 10th Anniversary of STBE! Currently, the server is down, so I think I'm going to switch to another host, because it's been down for a few days now with no sign of repair happening soon.

Anyhoo, I'll alert you all when it's back up and running...the theme nights have been chosen and will be posted.