Monday, March 06, 2006
Morning folks, he says, with the jingle of coin in his pocket. Last week I mentioned taking Boop to the casino and getting slapped down by "Diamond Lil" and her 2-cent machine while I blew the budget on the $1 machines. So, not being one to accept defeat gracefully, I suggested we try it again. Excuse me while I strut a bit here. YESSSSS!! Poor Boop could'nt win for losing, and I could'nt lose for winning. I won enough to recoup last week's losses, stick a little in her purse, have a great lunch, and tease her all the way home.
While that was a bit of fun, I think I'll quit while I'm ahead. It was nice to feel well enough to want to do something, but I'm not going to make a habit of the casinos. Once I was up a good bit I quit playing and spent the rest of the time there watching the people. It was so obvious that a lot of them were spending money they really could'nt afford when the ATM machines would'nt give them anymore. I watched people so desperate they were almost in tears going from machine to machine in hopes of winning something, anything.
My jury is still out on this type of "gambling". Because the government gets such a large take from it, along with those blasted lottery tickets, it's almost like a tax on the poor. You don't often see wealthy people lining up for lottery tickets or playing the nickel machines. If a person has a bit of willpower, as I think I have, that's one thing, but what about the person that is so desperate that they'll try anything? I know it sounds silly but you should almost have to pass a means test, preferably self-imposed, to go to those places.
Okay, off my high horse because, believe me, I am not holier than thou. If I find something that I think might amuse you I'll stick it up later, if not I'll probably see you tomorrow. Have a decent week guys.
Trucker Bob blogged at 5:28 AM