Wednesday, September 17, 2008

A walk on the sketch side

I work with a non-profit in Alberta which means that we are able to qualify to work for a casino every 12-18 months which brings in around $75,000 for two days of having volunteers staff a good chunk of the casino. I have incredibly mixed feelings about casinos and the social activist in me struggles significantly but... I thought I'd share with you some of the interesting things I encountered.

  1. The man who was upset that he had to sign for winning $10,000 as he was still down... don't you understand?
  2. The guy who offered to sell his body to the other cashier for more gambling money... hate to break it to you buddy but she'd rather invest $100,000 into a mortgage.
  3. I obviously do not have a lucky streak about me. The people who cashed out their chips with me ranged from $3.50 to small amounts (in comparison) with the other volunteer who would cash out $6,500 at the same way that I would cash out $100.
  4. Drinking alcohol, being with your drunk buddies and being up at 1:30 in the morning causes people to view their physical bodies as much more 'impressive' than they truly are.
  5. At 1:00 in the morning, you might be tempted to sing along with the music that is being pumped out of the stereo system in order to stay awake... and to not be frozen by the air conditioning in there. This might not be seen as impressive by your other rather tired volunteers serving with you.
  6. And finally, what we have always known... chocolate makes the world go round. After midnight and a chocolate bar enjoyed by all volunteer staff, everyone always gets happier.

Now if you'll excuse me, there are international students that have had any meals made for them for a few days and there is a bed calling my name.


Bargainista said...

Whew! Sounds like my prayers were answered, and that you don't plan to become a gambler anytime soon.
Glad that you made it through these last couple of days/nights of long, late hours for your profitable fundraiser.

happygeek said...

Oh come on, drunken gamblers are fun!
Aren't they?
Glad you don't have to do this every weekend.

Toothfairy Mom said...

I have to say, having recently gone to a Casino for the very first time - with my Mom and Sister!!! It was a big disappointment. All the smoke, and people just mesmerized by their slot machines. Not really how I want to spend my time or money!!!