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Saturday, March 25, 2006

Better Lucky Than Good...

Yesterday was...eventful. We went out to eat at a new Mexican restaurant by our house, El Tequila. It was quite tasty. Mexican food is kind of hit and miss with me as I don’t like the frijoles, but this place was well worth the trip.

Afterwards, we slipped downtown and met up with a few friends at McNealy’s Pub. Libations were flowing and laughter filled the room. It’s good to blow off a little steam on a Friday. Exercise the demons of the workweek and prepare yourself for a relaxing weekend. After the roller coaster week I had at work…yeah, I definitely needed to blow off a little steam.

We decided to move the party out to Million Dollar Elm Casino. I love to play Black Jack. Unfortunately, last night was one of those times when I couldn’t buy a decent hand. So, I decided to play slots. I played some nickel slots with some moderate success. I played some quarter slots with even more success. Then I let my wife talk me into playing in the high stakes area. I tried my luck with a several $5 machines with varying degrees of success and failure. Then I saw it, the mac-daddy of all slot machines, the $25 Ruby Red and Money Bags. They only have four of these in the entire casino.

“Come on, baby.” My wife urged. “Just try it. What have you got to lose?”
“I’m thinking a hundred dollar bill, Yo. You only get four spins for that.”
“So? Come on…you only live once.”
“Fine, but don’t be upset when this turns into an early evening.”

So, I fed the machine, hit the button and a cherry rolled onto the payline, but wait…the little status screen above the reels goes beet red. Little numbers light up and the machine begins to spin of it’s own accord. I was still blinking rapidly when they brought out the paperwork for me to sign. I had won a number that was high enough I had to pay taxes on it.

I gathered up all my friends and we proceeded to the little blues bar that’s in the casino. “Drink up! I’m buying.” There was a band (which I never did catch the name of ) playing some damn good music up on a little stage in the corner. So, we hung for a while and did quite a bit of dancing. Then, we did the unthinkable and went back to gambling. Yes, fools are we. Everyone knows you should leave when you win like that. Well, we played and played and dwindled the winnings down to just about what we walked in with, winning enough to keep us playing, but losing more than we won. Dumbass…

“Oh well, at least we’re having fun,” my wife shrugged.
“What the hell…I’m going try the $25 machine again,” I laughed.

I fed the machine, hit the button…yep, it turned red and spun. Can you believe that I hit almost two and a half times the original win? I filled out the paper work for the taxes and sat there dumbfounded while we waited for them to bring me the money.

All I can say is…wow. So, how’s your weekend going?


At 8:30 AM, Blogger Bernita said...

James, you just can't lose...

At 9:47 AM, Anonymous Jerry said...

I went to the MDE Casino a few months ago on a Friday night. They did a good job with that casino, although it did make me a bit claustrophobic.

Good to hear that someone beat the system. Congratulations!

At 12:32 PM, Blogger James Goodman said...

Lol, if only that were true, Bernita.
Thanks, Jerry, they have those slot machines packed in like sardines, don't they? Except in the high stakes area. :D

At 2:19 PM, Blogger lime said...

no joke! that is just too wild!

At 2:43 PM, Blogger James Goodman said...

It was very exciting! :D


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