Wednesday, April 29, 2009

How to have fun in Vegas on 25¢ --- simple, win $10,880.85

Now that I've got your attention, yep, that's ME in 2001 in Vegas. I was going for that Saturday Night Fever look. I think I accomplished the Fever part of it but that's about all. Oh come on, you KNOW you've got pictures of yourself that make you wonder, "What the hell was I thinking with THAT hair style?"

I was actually on the job, sort of, I'd just finished up working the floor of our company's show and was on the way back to my room to change clothes before going to another meeting, but decided to drop a few quarters in the slot in the lobby. I never made it to the other meeting. They forgave me.

BANG! $10,885!!! I hit the progressive. I had to listen to an electronic rendition of "We're in the Money" for an hour as they processed my win and took the photo you see above. I don't drink but they offered me a free drink. I got iced tea and tipped the woman $20 - yeah, I'm a Vegas whale.

This was years ago. So don't come try to rob my house, it's all gone. Hell it was gone in about 30 days. You don't really know how many debts you've accumulated until you win a chunk of change.

I've never won anything like that again. I DID, however, win my latest eBay bid for an Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds" Barbie Doll. (Thanks to Mandyland for letting me know that Bird Barbie was even out there! She's my treasure.)