Bingo Is In Fact the First Ring of Hell

March 31, 2009 at 5:03 pm 6 comments

s5000288*Slot machines in Vegas Airport*

Even though I live in California, we still have access to casinos. At one particular casino on your birthday you can play Bingo free. You get the type of packet that makes hardcore Bingo goers drool, and as many as you can handle. So you play for free with the idea that maybe you can walk away with at least $50-$1,000. Sounds exciting to a noob like me.

Until I was there for four hours without realizing it. The games started at 6:30 and I didn’t leave the casino until 10:30. I didn’t win a dime, unfortunately. So I’m completely soured by this experience. Plus, I’m not a gambler. I figure every day I wake up I’m playing the odds against life. The next time I close my eyes and go to sleep I’m rolling the dice and my luck might change at any moment.

The high point: I got to see diehard gamblers in action. Talk about desperation. It’s thick in the air. Everytime someone called out Bingo the whole room seemed to moan. And, the atmosphere that this casino was another planet i.e. the first ring of hell, is that the moment you walk in your slapped with an invisible hand of cigarette smoke. To explain I live in California. In order to have a smoke you are confined to a small area where people get to stop by, point at you and laugh. Okay, not really, but it feels that way. So to go inside a building and smoke is apparent is a throw back to the days where Denny’s had a smoking section.

Once you are inside you can’t tell what time of day it is. Let me put it this way, if the world was to ever end I would go to a casino for shelter. They have their own economic system with food supplies.

At the same time it’s sad. Some people were there just to see if they could win. Other’s were hoping, praying to win. Their life, in those hours, depended on getting a Bingo.

Have you ever gone to a casino

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. coffeegirl88  |  March 31, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    Sorry (I think) that you didn’t win anything. Not much a gambler myself. But, you spent a couple hours in story research so all isn’t lost. Right?

    Oh, that’s right, you’re not old enough to remember when you could smoke, well, anywhere. When I was in college (yes it’s one of those stories) the only place you couldn’t smoke was the classroom. Ah, the good old days, when the government wasn’t such a nanny state. Okay, enough with the politics. Time to get back to that evil, evil, evil game Lani linked to via Twitter.

  • 2. Ames  |  March 31, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    *Howling* But yes. I am NOT a good gambler. I loser, I get mad, I keep going looking for that win to make up for losing.
    I do not gamble LOL

  • 3. matt  |  March 31, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    This blog’s great!! Thanks :).

  • 4. Melissa Blue  |  March 31, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    Actually, Cynthia, I do remember those times. They used to have a vending machine for smokes. BUT I don’t think I saw this in California. We lived in Texas and traveled from New Mexico, Arizona. You know, California likes to outlaw things first. *or be the first to approve for kicks and giggles.*

    Oh, and you are evil to even mention that game. I played one round and knew I would be doomed. So my treat when I get homework done is to lollygag over there.

  • 5. Melissa Blue  |  March 31, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    I am NOT a good gambler.

    True, it’s the losing that gets to me. I WANT TO WIN, dangit. But what stops me is that I’m a cheapsake. Why throw money down the drain? I mean I might as well set it on fire if I really want to do something useless with my money…..

    But I’m thinking I’ll go again next year. You know since it’s free.

  • 6. coffeegirl88  |  April 1, 2009 at 4:12 am

    I also keep forgetting that you live in CA. Did that insanity for a year and a half, never again. It’s a pretty place I’ll grant you but the people there are CRAZY. Okay so not everyone there is crazy and I did pick the craziest area (just north of Berkeley) to live in so my view is, well, tainted.

    Yeah “that” game I’ve been playing it all day long. Not sure I like the comments on my intelligence that come with my score thank you very much. Like bubble shooter I have a 2:1 ratio. I’ll have 2 great games, then bomb out on level 1 the next time. Oh and the numbers version . . ..OMG did it make me feel stupid.

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