I found this in my drafts folder. I think it's from last month sometime. Enjoy.
I'd never been in a casino before Las Vegas, and even then, most of the weekend was spent merely cutting through the rows of tables and slot machines just to get outside. It wasn't until the last morning that I decided to do at least SOME gambling, lest I waste a perfect opportunity. I shoved some money into a penny slot and just pushed buttons and pulled levers until it told me I won something and then I cashed out with about four dollars. Woo.
My sister lives pretty close to a casino, yet I've never gone to it. We always talk about it, but we just always find other things to do. This weekend though they were apparently giving away Snuggies (!) so we figured, what the hell?
In addition to scoring a free terry-cloth Snuggie (A BEACH TOWEL WITH SLEEVES! Yeah, I didn't know they made those either), I decided to cut my teeth on some low-pressure gambling, Iowa-style. My brother-in-law was kind enough to give me twenty bucks to play with, and so the three of us wandered to the slot machines. I... still don't understand them. I just pushed buttons until at one point I found myself up seventeen dollars and decided to cash out. My sister wandered off in search of the blackjack tables and I went to cash in my voucher.
We finally found her in the maze of machines and tables and the bored roulette dealer (are they called dealers in roulette? I don't know) indicated that we should come play. So my brother-in-law and I pulled up a chair and the dealer explained how it worked and the different ways you could place bets and what the payout was and so I figured I'd give it a shot. It was kind of fun, I stayed up the whole time (I could have really been up, as at one point my sister joined us and was all "TWO! PICK TWO!" and while I put the chip on the corner of the two... it actually LANDED on the damn two. Go figure) and was kind of getting a feel for it before we decided to peace out and go get lunch. I made $14 on the deal and was still able gave the BIL back his twenty. I think roulette is more fun because you have a little bit more control than the slot machines, plus it makes a hell of a lot more sense.
Anyway, it's kind of a relief, because now I don't have to eat Ramen all week off the two dollars I had left from my can deposit redemption. I only need to make it until Friday, which, with a short week, wasn't too bad of a prospect, but still. I hate having to get creative about such things.