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I feel like a DOG. I feel so guilty, so ashamed!

One of my friends, BB and I, drove all the way to New Mexico yesterday. The building was enormous and extravagantly beautiful. The buffet consisted of whatever your little heart desired. Delicious! and Inexpensive! We sat next to the window where you could see a huge lake and the race track. I ate whatever my grimy little fingers could grab and had lots of ice cold Pepsi. They also had a nice looking bar as you exited the dining area and a little further down was the gambling casino. It was packed. I had never in my life got to a gambling casino so I entered with my eyes popping out of their sockets. The noise was constant and the kind of sound I'd never heard before.

BB had been there before, so she knew all the ropes, so to speak. I saw oodles of machines going ding ding, constantly. The people, from very young to very old, seemed to be in a trance. They CONSTANTLY added money and constantly poked buttons with their fingers. They didn't seem to be enjoying themselves at all. Infact, their bodies seem tense, with a sinister look on their faces. They looked like little robots. I even saw many playing 2 machines at the same time!

BB tried to sit in one of the chairs, but this woman stood right in between the 2 machines as she played both. She wouldn't move, so BB gave her a little shove and sat me the chair. The rules are that you can only play one at a time. I'm glad the woman decided to stay in her own chair only, because I know she could of beaten the hell out of both of us. BB showed me how to play. I added a $20.00 bill and I started poking the silly little buttons and in about a minute or 2, my $20.00 bill was GONE forever. We then went to another little machine because BB said that maybe the other one didn't work right. We sat and again I added another $20.00 bill and it was GONE in an instant! By and by, BB was adding her money, also, and losing. Again, I added another $20.00 bill and POOF it was gone. I can't believe I added ANOTHER $20.00 bill and was about half way losing it, when I came to my senses and pushed a button to give me back the remainder of my money, which was $10.00. I got it all in QUARTERS!!

Finally, I told BB that I was not going to bet anymore money because I'd lost $70.00 in a twinkle of an eye and I hadn't even had fun at all. We both got up and started to walk around for about an hour, looking at everyone playing. Many of them played CONSTANTLY and at the $1.00 machines. They wouldn't stop and the look on their faces scared the hell out of me. THEY WERE ADDICTED!!!! I looked at the noisy little machines and suddenly they looked like DEMONS to me. All the gamblers were in a trance, they didn't know or could of cared less what was going on around them. Their obsession was with the machine. If I lost $70.00 in a few minutes, I hate to imagine how much these people lost.

We got the hell out of there and I know for a fact that I will NEVER bet not even a quarter in those horrible machines. I feel so badly, for throwing away $70.00 of my hard earned money. I could have used that money for so many other worthy things.

About 5 of us have already plans to go to Las Vegas in August. I've never been there before. I know one thing, I will not add even a quarter to any machine there. I'll just go to the shows.

I feel so ashamed that I lost that money in the way I did. NEVER again!

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playgirl
Jul. 26th, 2003 01:17 pm (UTC)
Penny machines
If I finally decide to go to Vegas, I may play the penny ones for a little while. The ones I played in New Mexico were the quarter ones and still I lost the twenty so fast!

I glad you and your mom had a great time!
pggmilltn
Jul. 25th, 2003 02:29 pm (UTC)
At least you learned your lesson after losing just 70.00 as opposed to 70 years
playgirl
Jul. 26th, 2003 12:56 pm (UTC)
lesson
I sure did!
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playgirl
Jul. 26th, 2003 12:57 pm (UTC)
$70.00 blown
I still haven't gotten over losing that money in such a foolish way.
demonicanevil
Jul. 25th, 2003 07:50 pm (UTC)
Now you know
why I don't gamble.

I never understand why people would want to waste their money on little "possiblity" machines when they already HAD money in their hands!

I'd rather have a sure thing than a less than 50% chance at having more.

At least you weren't taken over by the gambling devil!
playgirl
Jul. 26th, 2003 01:01 pm (UTC)
Re: Now you know
Now I have seen for myself how gambling ruins families! You are correct, thank God I wasn't taken in by the gambling devil!
demonicanevil
Jul. 26th, 2003 01:24 pm (UTC)
Re: Now you know
And let's not forget the lotery is gambling...

which, while it DOES contribute to the education funds in Georgia, isn't my cup of tea...
ceciley
Jul. 26th, 2003 02:27 am (UTC)
the only gambling i've ever played is poker, & that wasnt for money, thank god, because if it was i would have lost it all. i just need to get better at glowering over my cards at the other players with a look that says i have a really good hand,im so gonna win this, suckers. sadly the perception that youre gonna win doesnt go far when you have lost ALL your lil pebbly things. hmpt.
playgirl
Jul. 26th, 2003 01:12 pm (UTC)
poker
At least Poker takes some brain thought and can be fun, but those machines are only machines that take your money.
(Anonymous)
Jul. 28th, 2003 08:42 pm (UTC)
Feeling like a dog
Now Now, Playgirl my dear, Don't be too hard on yourself. I'm sure that "losing" seventy dollars is not the end of the world. You behave as if it is a tragedy. Can you not think of the valuable time you spent with your dear friend? Spending time with a dear friend is priceless. At least I believe this to be so. Some people blow more money than that in spirits, cigarettes or food. I believe money spent in any thing is money spent none the less. When we die, we will not take it with us. Enjoy and plow new ground or let the weeds grow. Also remember: If a man empties his purse into his head no one can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.
playgirl
Jul. 30th, 2003 08:56 pm (UTC)
Re: Feeling like a dog
It sure was just about the end of the world. The things I could have done with that money. BB and I could have gone to our favorite second hand store and shopped to our hearts content which would of been a priceless experience! Sure, should I die, I will never be able to take my EX-$70.00 with me, but if BB and I had gone shopping instead, I could have been buried in the clothes I could have bought. By and By, BB is also upset she lost her money, too. Why does "Gone With The Wind" come to my mind? Hmmm?
elkor
Jul. 31st, 2003 06:40 am (UTC)
Nickel Slots...
You should have played the nickel slots.

$20 will last about 20 minutes on nickel slots. The odds tend to be better (betting the maximum amoutn each time) that you will at least break even.

I went to Niagra Falls once. I lost $60 on quarter slot machines, and then won $70 on nickel slot machines using $20.

So all told, I was out $10, though I could have been up by $50 had I stuck to Nickel Slots.

hugofuchs
Nov. 18th, 2003 10:48 am (UTC)
Once while in the NAVY I tossed about $10 into a bunch of quarter slots and won about $50. I then celebrated my winnings by going to the bar and drinking them. Is it any wonder that I don't go drinking except on rare occasion now? If I had saved what I drank and smoked I could buy a house. Addictions, regardless of whether it is smoking, drinking or gambling cost a hell of a lot.
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