Radiogurl a la Carte

Saturday, Apr. 16, 2005
The Gamblers

I pretty much haven't done a single constructive thing today, unless you count napping. There's a ton to do, of course, and I'm going to tackle some of it tonight; but for the moment I'm leaning back to let dinner settle.

I took 00 to the store earlier today, and we agreed that when Pipeboy got home from work, she and I were going to drive out to the Indian casino near here, which we did. Armed with $20 worth of quarters, we set off with a solemn vow. If either of us won anything, we'd take the other one out for dinner.

Obviously neither of us are big gamblers, but we both needed to get out of the house and as far out of town as I dared with the rust-ridden boat I'm driving. The casino is about five minutes out of town, give or take, and neither of us are typically big winners, so we always play based on the thought that we will play until our money's gone and that's that. If there's a stray quarter in the pocket, that's a freebie.

00 hit a mini jackpot of $20 early into her foray and cashed out right off the bat, getting a ticket to exchange at the desk. Then we both played out the remainder of our booty. I think the biggest thing I won was $3 on a hand of video poker. Either way, we both had fun, didn't lose a substantial amount of money, and as promised, we both had dinner on the break-even winnings.

Of course then I had to come home, but hey, you can't have everything.

I'm finally getting around to doing odds and ends tonight. Bought some masking tape to mark prices on a few goodies for the yard sale next week, like my microwave, food processor, etc. It's been a couple of weeks since we got any rain so I figured I'd better water the jasmine, shrubs, and plum trees. (Though why anyone would call those spindly little things "trees" is beyond me.)

It was an air-conditioning day weather-wise today, though I didn't turn on the cooling system. I took out the filters and washed them tonight. (Which is a nice option. Most places you have to buy replacement filters. These only require that you hose them off every few weeks.)

The mosquitoes are out, something I'm not accustomed to seeing. We do have them around here but you mainly see them around the lakes or where there are swimming pools. It's a testament to just how wet this winter HAS been that we're seeing them out already, particularly the monster ones I'm seeing lately. I killed one in my bedroom that was, by my measuring stick, about an inch long excluding legs.

When I came in a few minutes ago from turning the water off, I noticed a note on my front door, saying my friend Former Traffic Girl had stopped by. She told me she planned to do so but I decided she'd changed her mind. 00 and I didn't leave until after 4:30 this afternoon; Former Traffic Girl's note was marked 6:10.

It's been a day of near misses, apparently. Maybe I should go buy a lottery ticket so the person just after me can win the jackpot!

Going to sign off for now - I've been battling a headache for days and tonight it's winning. I'm going to lie down then try to get some more packing and sorting done.

Before - After

In the grander scheme of things, no soul can truly be replaced. Each one of us has a place in the universal tapestry. We each contribute our own color and texture. When one thread is snipped too soon, it distorts all the threads around it. Other lives can unravel and tear. If the wrong thread is ripped away, the whole fabric of life becomes dangerously fragile.
- LeiLani, aka Radiogurl aka Bright Opal (1957 - )