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October 4th – Gambling in Deadwood

Before we moved to China, we went to Deadwood with Jon’s parents, brother and sister-in-law. We cashed in some hotel points for 3 king suites. We decided to do this again. Typically, I hate to gamble. I can’t even put in a whole roll of nickels before I get tired of throwing the money away. This time, I got lucky though!!

I’d put in just a few nickels when I hit it big! (OK, so it was about $40. But that’s a lot when you are betting 5 cents!) So, I cashed out just to hear the hundreds of nickels clinking out of the machine. The sound of winning!

This made me a bit braver to put in some more money. I still liked cashing out the best though. Jon also made some money playing black jack. Seriously, we came out over $100 ahead on gambling. That never happens. We decide how much money we are going to allow ourselves and when it’s gone, that’s the amount we traded for an evening of entertainment.

Whenever we go home, we buy a few dollars worth of scratch off lottery tickets. It helps pass the 6 hours it takes to drive from Jon’s parents house to my parent’s house. This time, we bought 6 tickets and 4 of those were winners! Most of them just covered the cost of the ticket, so nothing special. We really liked the design of the Crazy Cat tickets though – it reminded us of the paw-waving cat that you see in about every shop in China.

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