So once again, we were determined to get up and at em’ on Friday. We had learned Thursday afternoon that the Grand Canyon was only 2 ½ hours away and we decided to map out our day as follows: Wake early Friday morning, eat light, get on the road to the Grand Canyon, be back by 3, go see the Best Man Holiday, then, hit the 7:30pm Boyz II Men concert at the Mirage.

Boy,  were we having delusions of grandeur…

Lucky for us, we found out that Best Man Holiday actually had a few showings Thursday night @ the Orleans Hotel/Casino and we were able to knock that off our Friday list of activities. Let me just digress for a moment, we were SOOOO NOT ready for that emotional rollercoaster of a movie. It was a great movie and a nice sequel and for those who have yet to see it I won’t spoil it, however, I will say this, our thug was tested MAJORLY. I was trying to hold it together but once I heard Michelle & Iesha sniffling…IT.  WAS. A. WRAP!!!  I believe Kisha was the only one that kept her gangsta intact and I blame the other two for my face being all scraped up by those hard a** movie theater napkins.

But back to Friday, as discussed the prior evening, we woke up early as planned but somewhere between getting the car from valet, going to the Peppermill Diner, hot wings, pancakes and mimosa being passed, it was noon and we never made it to the Grand Canyon…I know, we need to do better and we all may need new friends because we can’t seem to prosper.

Change in plans, we figured we’d hit up the casinos, drop a few coins but first, stopped by Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum located in the Venetian Hotel . It was pure comedy…Keep in mind it was Iesha’s birthday and we were in serious clown mode.

After the Museum we decided to stay in the Venetian Hotel, we felt lucky there. Ok , not really. That’s actually an AKA for we were tired of walking. Although, let me give a shout out to the Venetian, I stayed there when they first opened and the accommodations are absolutely gorgeous. If you decide to spend all your time in the hotel and not venture outside, all your needs would be met, they have everything. AND they hooked us up big time!

Anyhow, before we even came to Vegas, Michelle and Kisha kept talking about some Tim McGraw & Faith Hill concert they wanted to attend but being that the tickets started at $200 a piece, they were over it.  Iesha and I had NO clue about these people. I kept calling the man Tim Hill but let the other 2 tell it, this husband & wife country singing duo are big, bigger than Boyz II Men even (They are still getting the side eye for this, must be a south thing) but again, the tickets were more then they wanted to pay. While sitting in the Venetian, a hostess came up to me and asked if I had a player’s card, I explained to her that I did but left it at home. She offered to get me another one and I told her since I don’t gamble any way, it was OK, I didn’t need it. She insisted. OK, she comes back with the card and asks me do I want to attend Tim & Faith’s concert…Well I DIDN’T, but, I knew my friends did so I said, sure. Well, she gives me 4 tickets worth a total of $1270. The girls (Michelle & Kisha) were elated. Of course Iesha and I were not about that country music life, so, the group split up, they went country, we went to see Boyz II Men. We paid…My winning charm didn’t work over at the Mirage but, the tickets were reasonable and the seats we had were nice as it was an intimate venue.

Judging by the pics, Michelle and Kisha had pretty good seats too…

While Boyz II Men may not have had any huge hits in the last few years, they still SANG like no one’s business and it was a show well worth the $75 price tag. However, however, let me give you ONE caveat, if you are like us, “from day one” fans and expect them to perform any of their “from day one”, fresh out the hood in Philly, urban hits, don’t expect it, because they don’t. You will be mad, talking under your breath for the whole show and ready to cuss them like Iesha was.

They do a lot of talking, storytelling, covers and tributes. It was great, just not what we expected. They walk out in the crowd, hug, take pics, give out roses, again just didn’t do the songs WE wanted them to sing and clearly, it was all about what we wanted. It’s a really different type of crowd too. Coming from NYC we were amazed that there was NO security, NO ONE stood or sang along unless asked. It was so, It was so… civilized

We also went to eat…again. We said we were going to eat light but I really think we have no clue of how this concept works. BLT Burger…

Stay tuned for our next trip…

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