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Saturday, May 2, 2009

Who Needs Vegas? I've got Casino Night!

WHOOOOP! So, last night was our annual Casino night we are invited to by the local Tractor Dealer and tractor maintenance company down here. They used to do some other stuff with food and games at the dealership/shop in the heat and all. Good food, door prizes and of course, beer. But, several years ago they tried a new thing. Casino night! Can you say, "Totally Up Farmer's Wife's alley?" TOTALLY... It included a great meal centered around a theme, then gambling to earn tickets to enter into the raffle drawing for PRIZES! Prizes? Who do we know who loves free stuff and winning prizes? Hmmmmm, would that be.....Meeeeeee? Oh yes, it's ME! Now I don't consider myself a lucky Gal. Luck is nice but it is also very random. Positivity? Now that isn't random. And, positivity brings with it positivity. I'm an optimist and I'm good at the Craps table. ;-) So, we start out with a plate overloaded with chicken and beef fajitas, flour tortillas, beans, spanish rice, TAMALES (los spicy), with a side of salad, guacamole, salsa and my all time favorite -- jalapenos. A meal fit for two kings their queens and scraps for the dogs. Also, there was -- beer! ;-) Gambling begins at 7:00 pm sharp. I saw my usual table man on the way in. We smile and say hello; he and the hubby talk some farm talk, I make sure he knows I'll be at his table -- as has been the norm the past four years or more. The game begins. A little slow at first. And, there was a pessimistic couple happily (though passive aggressively) bantering amongst each other and driving my "happy" out the window. PLUS, 'she' kept playing against the Pass line. For SHAME... I dislike people who play against everyone else in hopes of making a quick buck. Especially, when they don't really know that much about the game anyhow. Finally, they leave. Whooop! And, the table belongs to MEeeeeeee. We rocked it. We ruled it! Farmer K came over and joined in. I said, "welcome to my table - where happiness gets you everywhere." We shot the dice, we bought each other beer with the free pink tickets they give you for your free allotment, but I know who to ask for extras ;-) [I also know who to ask for extra 'green tickets' which are worth gambling chips and/or drawing entries.]  Farmer's Wife's in the know!  SIDE NOTE: No, I'm not a boozer. But, apparently, I do hold my own. I think it's the level of activity that is generally pulsating through my veins and brain. More my brain. My body wears tired easily but my brain has trouble shutting itself down. So, CCD Director is at this shindig. She pops over and I say, "Hey! Come play some craps with me and we'll drink a beer! Outside of CCD!" [Remember, I'm Catholic and we acknowledge the fact that Jesus drank wine in the Bible; so we don't have to hide or be deceitful when we partake. :-D]  Oh, and she's originally from New York so of course we talked about Root & Sprout and Lis and Gary and Ithica. She says, "Well I don't really know how," yada-yada, I've got her playing and we are all having fun. Whooop! High-Fives! I never even thought to pull out the video cam or I woulda'! She looks over at me as she's expressing what a light weight she is and she says, "How many have YOU had?" To which I respond, "Oh x#..." She replies, "Do you EVER slow down?" Who me? Not generally not until the battery runs out and then I just crash and burn where I'm standing. ;-) So, I end up with LOTTA tickets at the end of the evening and now it is time for the drawing. Peeps from our table win a set of tires, a jacket, a $50.00 gift certificate to dinner. Then, they call one of my numbers. And, I WIN!!!! Wanna' know what I won? Well, it wasn't the leather collapsable rocker I've always wanted from the King Ranch Store. And, it wasn't the John Deere bicycle my son would flip over. And, it wasn't the set of tires (I already have a new set of tires; they came with the car payment). I didn't win the Ice Cream maker (I already have two). I didn't win the edger -- I don't edge. And, I didn't win some of the other cool stuff had -- gotta' leave something for everyone else. So, I won THIS: Here are the DEETS on the little diddy I won! VW22L - 22" Class LCD HDTV VIZIO's VW22L adds a touch of class to High Definition performance in a smaller package. A perfect size for a perfect price, the VW22L will offer more than 16 Million colors of pure home entertainment! VW22LHDTV10T
So, it's going to be mounted in the office/treadmill/guest room.  We can watch and work out.  The kids can watch and computer.   The guest can watch PPV or movies on cable.  And, the TV/DVD combo that's been taking up most of the desk in the office will go to the playroom for video entertainment for children when we have parent/child playdates. :-D
I'm a lucky Gal!  Though, it ain't about the luck.  It's about the Optimism.
I will say that last year I didn't win a darned thing.  But, I will also admit that my mood going in was, well, annoyed.  And, when my happy kicked in it was convenient and unfair.
BUT, the year before I won a set of golf clubs valued at over $200.oo.  Sold 'em for $1oo.oo cash!  And, the year before that I won a portable DVD player that served us for several years till it finally died.  We've won other cool stuff too in the past.  Overall, this is my favorite event to attend each year.
Kids stayed with Sweet D and Uncle J and were spoiled to the hilt.  It was a Win-Win-Win and I WON!!!!
Happy Saturday Y'all!



Prohomemaker.Com said...

I just *had* to read about the night before I went night-nights. Congratulations on the great win. And I gotta tell you, you know how to work that night. I'm so happy for you!

Lis Garrett said...

I *love* this!! Congratulations!

Tricia said...

Congratulations. How cool!!!

Gary Rith Pottery Blog said...

you won that?????? wow!

Dianne said...

it's all about the optimism! I love that!!

you're so cool ;)

great win

Krishna said...

congrats. what a great prize. its been how long since we went to vegas together??????

Farmer*swife said...

Thanks y'all!

krishnaIt's been a million years. Seriously, about 15 years!!!

kcinnova said...

Congratulations!! That is a GREAT prize!!
I love the way you tell a story like this. :)

I'm of the Protestant variety, but the kind that imbibes just like my Catholic friends. So tell me, can you keep up with me for an evening? How many beers did you have? ;)
There's no doubt we could drink Gary under the table! LOL

queeensmama said...

WOW! how lucky are you?! I have a very small one in our very small house that we treasure. I;m sure the entire family will love it !
congrats and thanks for the comment.

Betty said...

OMG! Lucky Woman! Congrats! Sounds like you had a blast. The food sounded great too. Now I'm hungry. lol

Mama Nut said...

Wow, Congrats!!

Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting. I saw your name: Farmer's Wife and HAD to return the favor -- I wasn't disapointed either! My husband was raised on a farm, I on a ranch -- we are both from the same small town of 400 peeps. I love your opimisim! So country gal! I try to keep my blog uplifting and funny too -- I only laugh and joke about the downs, makes me feel better.

Once again, thanks for stopping by and I love your blog!

g-man said...

Wow! Congrats! That sounds like a totally rockin' night..