Sunday, November 29, 2009

Not A Player

I did not inherit the gambling gene. I’m not complaining, just noting. We met down at Foxwoods Casino today for a second Thanksgiving of sorts; a brunch with my sister Gail up from Georgia as the guest of honor. It was a blast to do the Mimosa Brunch at David Burke’s with seven of us around the table, talking, laughing, inquiring after items on each other’s plates and occasionally eating off each other’s plates as well! But playing the slots? Not so much.

Years ago I won $75.00 at Mohegan Sun and needed Chuck to help me step away from the machine before I gave it back! As he stopped at a nearby machine just to see how it worked, I grabbed him by the elbow and hurried him away. Why? I was afraid I would see someone sit down at “MY winning machine” and win even more! Today I tried the penny, 2 cent and nickel slot machines. I fed a total of $35.00 into a few machines while we were there and was delighted that I left only $14.97 cents in the casino’s coffers. It’s not that I don’t get mesmerized by the bells, whistles and flashing lights of the slots. I do. And it’s not that I wouldn’t love to slip a $5.00 bill into a machine and win so much that the attendant has to come and I need a security escort to my car. I would. Really. But the bottom line is, for me, losing is just too darned stressful.

Now you know why it is highly unlikely I’ll ever visit Las Vegas or Atlantic City!


Sue said...

I am so with you on this one! My mom loves the odd trip to our local casino. Granted she never takes very much money with her and she will walk away after she's had her fix, but I just feel like I'd rather go our for a meal with friends. Or buy a dvd or shoes or save up for a holiday. I just can't justify shoving money into a box. The odd time that I have done so, I've always lost it anyway, which was enough to put me off all together...

dancingmorganmouse said...

I put $2 into one of those machines once, and won $2 back. I figured I'd quit then, while I was ahead. Never bothered againl

Pink Granite said...

Hi Sue & DMM -
I too would rather exchange the money for something both defined and tangible!
I'm so glad that we're (Chuck shares my feelings) not alone!
- Lee