[LMB] OT: Thought for the day.
mtraber251 at earthlink.net
Wed Sep 7 09:48:54 BST 2011
On 9/6/2011 9:36 PM, Meg Justus wrote:
> The only real reason to fly to Las Vegas is because it's convenient to
> Zion, Bryce Canyon, and Grand Canyon National Parks. Also Cedar
> Breaks National Monument. And not much farther from Capitol Reef,
> Canyonlands, Mesa Verde, and Arches National Parks.
> Gambling? Really? With all those riches? What a waste.
I tend to agree. I am actually very proficient at baccarat, 21 and
several forms of poker, I used to make spare cash gambling at family
reunions and in college. I just see no allure in gambling, I have better
things to waste money on if I have spare cash [books are never wasted
money, I refer to MMORPGs, gaming items in general - I just found a set
of steampunk gaming dice online I drool over, and occasional art - I saw
the absolutely cutest little My Lil Cyberman Pony bash that I would love
It is also the mindset of gamblers that annoys me. Once about 10 years
ago, my Mom in law Jane and bro in law Pat visited, and we went to
Mohegan Sun [mainly for fudz, they have very excellent nommage there.]
Rob and I each had $50 that we were willing to waste, so the 4 of us
stopped off at a 21 table. I was happily playing along, and pretty much
ignoring the classical 'official rules' and was doing crap like drawing
even if I had over 15, not splitting doubles and so forth. This butthead
in the classic gambler mode of polyester suit and gaudy nugget jewelry,
and a rolex[or perhaps rolox...] was getting more and more peeved with
me, and finally broke down when I told him outright when he was snarking
at me that I brought only the amount of money I was willing to lose and
was having fun playing the way I was playing. He bitched that he
couldn't play at the same table as a loser, and grabbed all his stuff
and stomped off. It didn't apparently matter that I hadn't lost a single
hand in almost an hour, and ended up a couple hundred up... Dude needed
to mellow out.
I would much prefer to sightsee, catch a show and enjoy good food and
company, gambling is boring, the people tend to be jackasses or
desperately trying to win their rent money back. I guess I would
consider going to a con, mainly for the people and conviviality and not
because of it being in a casino.
[I think the next trip we are going to see Boulder Dam, Robs grandfather
was a high scaler on that project ... as he said "Hoover didn't have
jack shit to do with it" and refused to call it Hoover Dam ; ) ]
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