Visitors

Updated to add: Why did I feel upon thinking about this post again, that I should have written that Ontario bans smoking indoors in public? Just so no one is thinking, she went into a casino pregnant?!

Even as I’ve complained about feeling lonely, ostracized and other unpleasant feelings on this blog, I haven’t really been literally alone very much. Our friends and family have been wonderful to us (with a few exceptions). Ugh, why do I have to include that qualifier? It’s just that the 2 or 3 jerks sometimes overwhelm my memory of the many others who’ve shown us so much love.

In any case, one of the latter is here visiting. My husband’s brother, T., has come to stay with us. He’s been one of the more pleasant surprises. I’ve always known he’s a good guy, but I can’t say I expected a shy college-student in his early twenties to be quite so supportive and considerate.

Last night we drove to Windsor, Ontario & I walked away with $100 Canadian in blackjack profits. I have a betting strategy & Josh and T. know a rough counting system, but I didn’t even really need to use them since I lost only 2 hands! It was quite a streak that I knew had to end so when I’d won 50% of what I came in with ($200), I walked away. Not the most responsible behavior since we’re currently broke, but I more often than not walk away with what I came in with at least, with an evening’s entertainment to show for it. T. wasn’t having such great luck, so when he got up to $45 Canadian in profits after a much longer playing time than me, he walked too. The dealer complimented us profusely on our restraint.

My parents are coming this weekend, so this post is really just a long-winded way of telling you all that I’m doing okay, but might not post again for awhile.

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8 responses to “Visitors

  1. Oh, oh, oh… One day you and I should meet up in Vegas and take down a few blackjack tables. πŸ™‚
    I am very much like you with that game– usually walk away even or up, and I do enjoy it, especially if we luck out with a good dealer and a nice table. Have you tried poker, btw? There are a few interesting poker shows on TV, too, and they are very good for when you are so wiped out by being pg that you are no good for anything else. πŸ™‚

    It’s good that you have so many supportive people around. We are in a very similar situation. Unfortunately, our bad apple is JD’s mother.

    And about Josh’s brother. As a friend of mine said when I expressed a similar sentiment about my sister, look, it’s not really that surprising– they grew up in the same family. πŸ™‚

    Glad you are having fun.

  2. I can’t believe you were in Canada! Geez you didn’t even stop by to visit me? It only would’be been a 4-5 hour drive. πŸ™‚

    Have a great visit, and a wonderful time with the family.

  3. It’s nice when people surprise us, not only because we value their support, but because we realize we learned something about them we wouldn’t have otherwise known.

    I hope you have a good visit with family, and I appreciate you letting us know in advance that you are ‘okay’.

  4. I am so glad that you were able to enjoy yourself in Canada. I am a big fan of “21”. My stepfather used to play it with us as kids. Way better than “war”.

  5. When most people are being warm, loving and supportive, I think the few exceptions tend to stand out more. By which I mean that, in a twisted way, it’s good that the jerks are the exceptions rather than the rule.

    Congratulations to you and T on your blackjack winnings, whether attributable to luck or skill. And have a good weekend with your parents.

  6. It is good to hear that you had a nice time and that you won some money on top of it.

    Enjoy the time with your family:)

  7. Glad to hear you’re having a good time with T. Congrats on your win AND being able to walk away ahead.

  8. LeRoy Dissing

    Sara…I am glad you are doing okay and that family is coming to visit. And it is good to hear that by and large, most everyone has been so supportive. We look forward to hearing how the visit goes. If I know anything about family visits, they are good to expect and can be a relief when they leave. Just extra people in the house for an extended time can be straining. Enjoy these moments as best you can.

    BTW: Congrats on your lucky streak! I never win when I gamble so I try to avoid it. I need lessons badly – lol.

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