"We are all of us living in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." ~Oscar Wilde
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February 22, 2008

Casinos and Canes

After my mother had surgery on one of her hips, she's had problems walking. Though she can still walk for short distances, she needs a cane and will wipe out physically after about a quarter-mile. She's also completely addicted to slot machines. She goes to the local casino, Mystic Lake, once or twice a week and blows a hundred dollars or so. She's friends with alot of the employees. She regularly gets comped with free dinners, hotel rooms, and concert tickets. She even recently got a casino host assigned to her. (Remember, this is a medium-sized casino on a reservation, not Atlantic City or Vegas.) What do these two things have to do with one another, you ask? When she's at the casino, all semblance of her physical disability disappears. She's whooshing around from slot machine to slot machine to the buffet to the cashier cage and back to the slot machine. Watching that little 63 year-old woman bounce around that (pretty big) casino exhausts me and I'm still relatively young and healthy.

On the bright side, her 12-hour gambling sessions have completely killed any chance I have of becoming addicted myself. I like blackjack. For an hour or two. Ever try to make $40 last in a casino for 10 hours? *twitch*

*Don't get me wrong. I feel for her. Becoming physically disabled is one of my worst nightmares and I doubt I could handle it with as much emotional strength as she has.


Zepplinlady said...

I haven't been to a casino in ages. I can't afford it. lol
I can see how it can be addictive. It's like an arcade for adults. At the casinos I used to frequent, they even had the convenience of child care. People would bring their children to be entertained by care givers while they gambled. Can you believe? Amazing... lol

Berryvox said...

I don't know how my parents afford it either actually. I'm pretty sure she spends at least $1000 a month there.

Oh, yeah! There's at least one casino north of Minneapolis that has an onsite drop-in daycare. Mystic has an offsite one very close to the casino too. I'm kinda neutral on that. I hope kids aren't getting dumped there regularly but once in awhile could be fun for the kid. Gets to meet kids close to their age.

Lucky Lady said...

let her have fun when i go to the casino my mind is clear and my pains are gone for a while if thats all it takes to help i say if you can afford it for for it

Berryvox said...

Oh, I figure it's her form of entertainment. I don't nag her about it. :)

FerdC ~ Crazy Medical Cases said...

I don't judge either. It sounds like she has been through a lot, and her addictive gambling (I'm assuming) is a sort of feel good. It's not the healthiest coping mechanism, but it seems to be helping for the time being. I hope someday she can feel well all the time, not just when she is at the casino.
It's probably good that you don't nag her. Just don't loan her any money! ; )

Berryvox said...

Yeah, I think it drives her stir-crazy being stuck in the house and the casino is where she feels most comfortable.

Actually, she's one of the best people about paying me back!