Monday, October 16, 2006

The Gambler

So, the casino.

I've never been to a casino before, for various reasons including, but not limited to
1) I was raised a hard core Southern Baptist
2) I am a goody goody two shoes and Brandon got addicted to gambling on 90210, so I knew that casinos were EVIL
And most importantly,
3) I'm a big fat tightwad.

So Saturday night I decided that it'd be fun to throw my conventional wisdom to the wind and go gambling with the girls. So I got some cash, bought a sugar free Red Bull and prepared to lose some cash. Which is cute, because I was totally playing the part of being a cool little laid back chick. But really, the entire way there, I kept convincing myself that I could afford to spend a little money and this was an experience! A new experience! With different people! Hooray! Despite all those exclamation points, I felt slightly nauseous the entire way and couldn't help thinking, TURN THE CAR AROUND AND INVEST THAT MONEY IN YOUR FUTURE CHILDREN'S COLLEGE FUND.

But it was too little too late and I got in there and put my first $20 in the slot machine and proceeded to lose. And lose. And lose. Fairly quickly. Ok, very, very quickly. Aren't the casino overlords aware that they're supposed to let you win your first time so you come with more money to feed into their hungry machines? Isn't that how it's supposed to work? Apparently not for me.

So after I lost my first $20, I ate a hot dog and followed the other girls around and cheered them on. Yes, my tightwad ways prevailed and I kept the rest of my cash safely in my pocket for the kids' college education. Or a new pea coat. I'd like to say that it was fun watching the other girls betting, but I'd be lying. I spent a lot of time watching people, avoiding smoke, and trying not to trip over wheelchairs. Because the amount of wheelchairs at the casino is amazing. I'm not sure if that commonplace or not, but it felt like a nursing home sometimes. Which is creepy because I'm used to nursings homes being sterile and smoke free and singing Amazing Grace there. And nobody seemed really happy. I did see a few people win and they seemed pleased to win, so I guess that's good? Maybe? Or empty. Whatever.

We left in record time because we all lost immediately and came home with smokey clothes, full bellies, and lighter pockets. I haven't decided if I'll go back, but if I do, I'll be sure to get another hot dog, because that thing was AMAZING.


Gina Marie said...

you didn't mention free alcohol??? don't they give you free drinks up there?? and playing the slot machine sucks... you have to go play blackjack or texas hold'em... that is when it starts being a little fun..

Leah said...

I love playing slots among the fogies. But yeah, I'm tight with money too and can usually stick to $20. That can last hours ifyou're just playing with nickels.

Cora said...

Gina, they did not serve alcoholic beverages for free. Otherwise, I would have had a much better time. I did have an amaretto sour, but it was a good $3.50.