The night of gambling went great. I threw most of my profits in the safe and got some decent sleep. Mrs. B. and I were scheduled to meet Eric, Morgan and Lonny at the fitness center at 11am in the morning. Our intention was to shoot some video then actually work out. What actually happened was that we shot some over the top videos of me benching with one arm, doing bicep curls and reading the Wall Street Journal, and then both of us on the treadmill. Instead of finishing up a workout, we quickly went back to the room to change and get ready for our shopping spree. Here is the workout video:
The shopping spree was a trip. They made me try on 10 different shirts/outfits all with varying degrees of hilarity. There was one outfit in particular- the metro looking pea coat that was lined with a turtle-neck sweater that was so hot that I almost went grumpy diva on the crew. Then I reminded myself- THIS IS THE COOLEST TRIP EVER and I felt great again. It did take awhile to get all the shots though. I think it turned out pretty well, but it is too bad they didn't have a Dumb & Dumber powder blue suit. Here is my shopping video:
After I was done shooting, we went over to let Mrs. B. try on some clothes. Here is her video:
While we were in the women's clothing store (Bella Bottega) I actually met the GM of the Peppermill! I imagined he'd be intimidating like James Caan on "Las Vegas" but John was actually a very nice and down to earth guy. He complimented us and said that he felt like we were the perfect people for this promotion. It was quite a compliment and I enjoyed meeting him.
Once we completed taping, I went back over and bought the black shirt I wore later in the night and a navy Peppermill sweatshirt (as seen on the Sunday videos that are not up just yet.) Mrs. B. and I went back to Biscotti's for lunch, then back to the room for a nap. It was ridiculously necessary. I slept through my 4pm alarm and a call from John and Katrina (who were stuck in traffic.) I did wake up in time to meet the BTHR crew at Chi, the Peppermill's Chinese restaurant.
We've now reached the point in the story where I have run out of videos. I'm hoping that Eric, Morgan and Lonny have been able to relax and enjoy their loved ones. Each of them had important family events going on concurrently with this experience. Eric's wife is 7 months pregnant, Lonny and his girlfriend adopted a puppy (he literally got the call while we were in Bella Bottega), and Morgan's two boys are on football teams that are both doing great! They worked their asses off during the time we were there, so I truly hope they've been able to recharge their batteries.
My thoughts are that the blog will be of higher quality if I post in conjunction with the videos, so I'm going to stop here for today. Worst case scenario, I'll post no matter what tomorrow and maybe even finish up with a special edition Saturday post.
I'll also open things up for questions. Any questions coming up during the description of the trip? I'm not answering the exact amount of how much money I walked with, but I will answer questions as best as possible if there are any. If not, no big deal, but if you have one just post it in the comments. Catch you tomorrow!