The people are really nice here and made me feel very welcome. I got here yesterday, and was told by a woman in the parking lot in a golf cart (an employee) that I didn't have to check in, just park in this lot and security would be by to check me in.
They were having some promotions - one was Ghostbusters. Inside the casino they were giving away free drinks, and also gifts when you earned enough points at the slots.
No one ever came by, or at least they didn't knock on my door, so this afternoon I went to the security desk and checked in. I have a pass to stay here for four more days. That's five days total. Then if I still want to stay longer, I just have to go in and re-register for another few days. What a deal if you are killing time like I am, waiting for my solar install appointment on Wednesday.
The casino has a steak/prime rib restaurant, fast food windows, and buffets. I'll probably go over for breakfast or lunch one day, but so far I'm happy to stay in The Palms, because I'm pretty stocked up in the kitchen.
Katie has been doing well with the driving - she hasn't been sick for a long time. Here she is last night with her chew toy for those of you who need your Katie fix!
Yesterday on the way here, I saw a Best Buy from the freeway in Phoenix and decided to try again to get a Sirius/XM radio for The Palms. I've tried twice before, but the employees couldn't answer my questions, and the installation people weren't available to talk to me, so I was out of luck. This time they were knowledgeable and willing to answer questions and explain the radio to me.
I ended up getting the XMp3i, which is the Portable XM Radio + Home Kit. It's not wired to The Palms, it's like an MP3 with an antenna and ear buds. I can put it in it's cradle and plug in the cradle and then listen through ear buds OR plug it into the little iHome speakers I bought for my MP3, and it works great. I have no problem, at least in this location, getting a good signal from the satellite. Their home speaker set-up was pretty expensive, and I got my iHome speakers really cheap at Walmart. I'm really glad the iHome works so well.
If it's not plugged in, though, the battery only lasts about four hours, so that's limiting. I bought the full package, which means I can get their stations through the radio, my android phone, or my computer. I need the Internet active for the stations to work on the computer, of course, but I can listen to their radio stations while I surf the net or play games, anything I don't have to concentrate on. I can take it with the ear buds on our walks, and the attached antenna should pick up the radio stations, and it will also play music and audio books like an MP3. I have 30 days to decide if this is going to work for me, but so far I like it.
I was parked by the roadway coming into the parking lot last night, and it was still quiet during the night. There were trees around me, and they were full of birds this morning.
I don't remember a lot of pretty sunsets in San Diego, just beautiful rising moons, but maybe it's because of the way my condo was situated. I had a clear view of the moon rising over the mountains, but the sun set behind other condos and houses up the street, and I didn't have a good view in that direction, anyway.