April 8th, 2004

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Why We Play Cards...

Last night entirely defined it. Not just for me (again), but for Marilyn mistressmarilyn, too.

Sue and I went up late-afternoon-ish to play cards in La Center, Washington. The traffic was minimal considering heading the Washington direction (across the I-5 bridge), which can be brutal starting as early as 3:30 p.m. every day...

We got in the parking lot and she saw this Mike fellow and handed me money to go in and get her the spot she likes (on one) before he could. ROFL. Then she drove off to park!

That's never happened before, so I hurried in to find another man (who I didn't know) already had one. I set her up on seven (me beside her on six).

We ended up on the table with three men, all named Mike! It was a little weird...

There was a minor 'incident' at one point. Sue got bothered (not unreasonably so, really) by the way the guys were acting about 'men versus women'--and she spouted off! (It surprised me, but got the people to apologize to her and be a little more friendly.)

Another woman sat down next to me (Diana) and she was quite nice. Then one Mike went out and her husband joined--another Mike! (What are the odds on that? LOL.)

Sue eventually moved to one and I stayed on six.

I was phoning Marilyn on and off to see if she was planning to come up. She didn't get out of her meeting until 15 to 6:00, so she had me phone back (etc.). Eventually she did come--and Sue and I were delighted!

The Mike that had 'worried' Sue (that he'd get one before her) was drinking beer, but he was quite drunk. That's very unusual there, as the management will generally cut someone off before they allow them to get drunk that way (thankfully!). He was playing pretty slow, beating very high (the table is generally not like that) and staying on bad hands. When he finally left he dropped his chips on the floor! Then stumbled over to the cage to cash in and knocked down the candy bowl there. (They had to go and get him and take him aside to sober him up.)

We had two men join the table, Frank and George. Frank's a 'local' (lives in the Pacific Northwest), but his brother Frank was visiting from upstate New York.

What nice guys! So damned much fun to play with.

Marilyn would have gone home hours earlier if not for those two guys. They were just so terrific--so personable and fun.

That's what I like best about playing Let It Ride.

The game consists of each person being dealt (down) three cards. The dealer gets two of the final three cards.

Each player is trying to make a poker hand of a pair of tens (or better) from their own hand plus the dealer's hand.

No one is playing against anyone else at the table--including the dealer. So you can't throw the wrong card and have other players mad at you. It doesn't take any card smarts to play--you just have to understand poker hands. It's generally a very friendly game.

When we play it, it's a very friendly game! LOL. I'm usually the 'hostess,' introducing everyone to everyone else (getting everyone to tell us their first names). We almost always pull for everyone else at the table. (I've only known once or twice ever that we haven't done that!)

Frank and George were such fun--and so nice to us. Everybody was being nice to Marilyn and wishing her happy birthday and calling her the 'birthday girl' (and so on).

When it was time to head home, we all sang "Happy Birthday" to Marilyn--something I've never seen happen before! (Yes, I've seen other bdays being celebrated there many times.)

It's really not about the gambling, as much fun as that can be.

It's really not about the money (win or lose).

It is about the fun--and the friendliness that we experience.

That might surprise many, but that's why it's the only table game I personally like to play.

We've had people standing around the table many times wanting to play with us. We've had people tell us over and over again that they've come to play--or stayed longer than planned--because it's so much fun at our table.

We make racy jokes ('that sucks--not in a good way' and 'he was a jack off' and so on) and tease one another and visit back and forth and get very excited over even small wins. It's probably hard to imagine if you've never played, but it's really a load of fun...

And that's why we play cards!
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Warm Hands (...for a Warm Heart?)

I reset the sprinkler system to come on earlier today. It's really very easy to operate. So far I haven't even glanced at the manual.

In our yard we have three stations that each come on one after another (for those like me who've never been around a sprinkler system before). You set the time for the first one--and the duration--and then each station runs based on that starting time. (You can also run it manually, which I've done, too.)

Anyway, the sprinkler had finished up this time before I headed out. I went over and carried up the neighbor's recycling bins and garbage can and then brought in our own.

I got the hose on and started to water the boulevard...

Here's the problem right now. The hose isn't long enough, first off. The end was run over by a car at some point and is bent--so the nozzle doesn't fit decently.

I couldn't attach the really nice nozzle we have out back, so I had to use an old one that's broken. LOL. It's metal and one of those kinds you have to hold down the arm of to make it work. (The part that would keep it there without squeezing is broken. Sigh.)

Because it's metal, the cold water makes it very cold to hold. Because it's broken, you have to keep squeezing and getting a new grip on it (and it gets quite wet).

We have one of those really large boulevards. (Huge.) I did that and then went around to the side yard that we didn't include in the current sprinkler system. (We're set up to be able to add it later on if we can afford it. LOL.)

By the time I was done my hands were red and so cold. Brrrrr.

I came in and put them under cold water.

(That reminds me that the first time anyone ever told me to do that when I had cold hands was in the third grade at school! LOL. I remember a bunch of us kids in the back of the room sticking our hands under the faucet and the teacher telling us that cold water would actually warm our hands...)

Then I slowly warmed the water and just stood holding my hands under.


It's incredible how good that can feel! LOL.

I hadn't even noticed how wet my jeans were in light of my cold hands.

Then I realized I was pretty damp, so I stripped off the wet pants and laid them over a chair to dry. (That also felt great, by the way.)

It's funny, but it gives me a feeling of accomplishment to start out my day doing the watering...

According to Hector, we should have a pretty decent lawn in three to four weeks! I'm excited to see it.

Well, I got my first 'batch' of material for the Starlight Parade script, so I'm going to start in today! Hard to believe it's that time again...

Marilyn had a pretty busy day yesterday and has another busy one today. Loads of meetings again!

The people at work were so sweet to her on her birthday.

Usually she hates to work on her bday. She really doesn't like all the attention, to tell you the truth. Marilyn is very much a 'behind the scenes' Events person--even though she does do both radio and TV (and does them really well, too).

One of the women (Amy--whom I adore) arranged for 'Marilyn ring' cupcakes! She had taken Marilyn's picture and made color copies of it. She wanted to put them on these rings that Freddie's sticks in the cupcakes they make.

Usually the cupcakes come with the rings already in them, but Amy needed to get the rings separately so she could add the pictures. The only woman in the bakery didn't speak English--but did speak Spanish. Amy is fortunately fluent in Spanish, so I guess the woman was delighted and actually frosted an entire batch of new cupcakes to help out!

Several people gave Marilyn cards and gifts--and she got quite a few emails and ecards.

I'm really glad. It often seems to me that she doesn't get much attention on her bday--and I think we all like to be remembered! (I think she loved the singing last night, for example! LOL.)

Sister Sue was very generous! She gave her a Starbucks card for $50 and a book gift card for another $50! Marilyn was both surprised and delighted.

Well, time to get to work! I need another cup of coffee. (And some hand cream. LOL.)

I have a tutorial I really, really want to do, by the way... (For the Paint Shop Pro communities.) Maybe I can get to that later on...

Have a great Thursday, everyone!
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