Places Merlina Never, Ever Wants To BeSubmitted by Merlina at 2009-04-02 16:38:55 EDT
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Now this thought came to me tonight. The Bloke was going to a staff leaving drinks thing in a pub in Stratford (London)and I was invited. I really hate going to bars... I’d much rather be an unsociable bitch in the garden with the gladioli and radishes – but I figure its all networking and it’s the rail trade (like me) so... I said sure...
I got ready to go – now I have to mention this even though it’s nothing to do with the story – I went on the Aitkins diet on the 1st February and have lost 28bs since I started. So in a knee high leather boots, a tweed mini skirt and this cute top I got from a boutique in Covent Garden yesterday and my perfectly recently cut bob – I headed off. Incidentally photos will follow – it’s impossible to get full body shots by yourself and is so indulgent to get someone to take one of you. But I will get some. Am so not the podge I was. And you won’t recognise me.
I got a taxi to the bar and on the way I passed a ‘William Hill’. Now our US guys won’t know this but they are places you go to, to bet on horses. I swear I have never seen what’s inside those places and am frankly curious. The same could be said for a ‘Carousel’ – which is a place that holds slot machines. Again I have never personally visited one but have an idea of what they look like inside as they always have the doors open..... Generally people who looked like they died about five years ago putting money in slots, in some belief that because ‘one day they won £40’ - that it might happen again. The irony of the fact that they probably put that same £40 BACK IN the machine is lost on them of course.
Basically my belief is that if the big shot companies LOST money on slot machines – they wouldn’t exist.
Another place I wouldn’t be seen in is a Bingo Hall.
Now I have no idea what it’s like in America but Bingo has been big in England for years and has generally been seen as a hobby for the elderly.... a kind of £1 a go, sociable night out for them.
But now because of the internet – we are flooded with internet bingo... with £10 free start....with a chatline.... to make friends.
This is not the same things as the old ladies - this is for poor fools who think they will win money.
And then I realised.
I appear to have a problem with gambling...? It must be that... why am I so disgusted by these places. It makes sense when they all do the same thing.
The only gambling thing I ever did was when I was about 9 years old – my father used to get us to pick a horses name for the Grand National and if we won we got money. I never won from what I can remember (but then again I always picked horses by names like ‘flower’ or ‘forest’...
Is gambling loved by most people? To be fair I don’t think I actually know anyone who is into gambling?
But I am curious.
Am I odd to be irritate by it?