Saturday in Aruba: I’m a Gamblin’ Fan

It was a beautiful day in Aruba.

i was standing ocean-side for this shot, looking up at the beach and the resort

I did not win at BINGO.

Saturday tends to be a bit quieter here because it is a travel cross-over day – lots of departures and check-ins. The BINGO pots were only in the $80 range today – I would not have complained, though, had I won!

I stayed by the pool this morning because I managed to score a prime piece of chickee real estate!

chair in the sun, water in the shade...

There’s even a nail so you can hang your bag!

is the number in case you forget where you are??! maybe that happens after a couple of mojitos n mudslides!

I changed the background for today’s tanning report:

i'll be able to squeeze out about 3+ hours tomorrow, still, before Project Black must come to an end!

I was a little knitting machine this morning. I am making great progress on A’s sweater:

the cable pattern is a mind-twister! i hope to get this front piece finished by the end of tomorrow - think i'll knit on the plane!

Sitting poolside in 98 degree weather, knitting, is a great conversation starter! I happily knit and socialized the morning away. And read:

i think the last "marie claire" mag i read was in aruba three years ago!

In chatting with My Moms earlier this week, it came out that they had played penny slots over at The Occidental the other night. Ginger won $600! Since my BINGO luck was non-existant this week, I decided to head over there, and see if I could make a little of Ginger’s magic happen myself.

Since I am secretly 88 years old, I went over at 3:30 in the afternoon. Not exactly a rockin’ time o’ day to go gambling.

casino at the occidental

Now. A couple years ago, we went over to The Holiday Inn down here and played slots. My mom and dad were down here at the time, too. Not being up on Casino Culture, we were snapping photos left, right and centre, when suddenly security came up and gave us a rather stern warning that no pictures were to be taken in the casino.

But…I really wanted some photos this aft of my slot machine adventure. So I turned off my flash on my camera, and stealthily snapped away…

i'm no cool hand luke

I forgot to ask Ginger exactly which machine she played.

which one is the lucky one??!

So I wandered around til I found “my machine.” It ended up being…

oh yea, party time!!!

I only brought $5 with me to play with. The Girls said you need to play the max number of lines possible. So 20 lines per hit it was.

I started off with a couple of good ding-dings!

at least we're heading in the right direction!

then i got to pick one of the presents on the screen to win extra credits!

Sadly, it was all down hill from there on out. Seven minutes after the Party started, I was outta credits. Game Over. Obviously, Ginger took all the luck back with her to New York.

Ah, well. To be honest, I had more fun playing James Bond with the secret photo-snapping than I did with the slots!

Tonight I need to pack up, check out, get my boarding pass organized, and knit. I won’t be going out drinkin’ and gamblin’ on my final night in Aruba – told you I was 88!


Remember to turn your clocks ahead one hour tonight – Daylight Saving Time begins! Hallellujah. This time adjustment works perfectly in my favour: since Aruba is already one hour ahead of the time zone at home, and they DON’T go ahead one hour tonight, I already made the change when I arrived!

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  • Amanda  On March 13, 2011 at 8:29 am

    hahaha, imagining the poolside knitting! That is funny.

    I am headed to the beach myself, hope I can get at least a little bit of a tan! Hope you had an amazing trip!

    • 1970kikiproject  On March 13, 2011 at 10:15 am

      yes, talk about feeling 80 years old, knitting away, there!… good luck with your tan – hope you get lots of sunshine, amanda!

  • Holly  On March 12, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    Cathy I am the worst gambler on earth — if I go to a casino with $20 I can play for less than 5 minutes and all of my money is gone 😦 I tend to do ok at Bingo sometimes…

    • 1970kikiproject  On March 13, 2011 at 4:09 am

      i think i would like to find out more about blackjack…the concept intrigues me. but i think i will likely stick with BINGO! guess they call it GAMBLING for a reason, right, holly?!

  • Zo  On March 12, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    I’m dreading the time change…lucky for you that it’s already taken care of!

    I’ve never really gambled and would probably do it the same way you do!

    Have a great night and safe trip!

    • 1970kikiproject  On March 12, 2011 at 7:41 pm

      good luck with the time change, zo! it’s easier to go back in the fall season than forward in the spring, don’t you find? bingo and slots and only in aruba – that’s my gambling story! enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  • Lisa  On March 12, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    Looks like a great day, lots of great sun….and wow on the tan!
    Also….wow on the sweater 🙂

    I’m not much of a gambler, but it is fun to throw in a little bit ($5 would probably be my limit too)!

    Enjoy your last few hours, and then travel safely!

    • 1970kikiproject  On March 12, 2011 at 7:39 pm

      thanks, lisa! total jinx on the sweater…i just now had to rip out 12 rows…so basically everything from 9 a.m. on today!! argh! yes, $5 is just a fun entertainment amount…i don’t know how people can play with hundreds/thousands of dollars!

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