My 34th birthday was on Wednesday. On Monday Jesse had suggested going to Wendover to celebrate but we weren’t sure who we could get to watch Ezra. On Tuesday we asked Jesse’s folks and they agreed so we quickly got our stuff together and dropped off Ezra at their house. The drive to Wendover was pretty uneventful, it’s a fairly uneventful drive out past the salt flats. Wendover itself is a small gambling town on the border of Nevada and Utah and I love seeing the bright, twinkling lights when it comes into view. We stayed at the Montego Bay casino and after a brief mix up where our key cards didn’t work, we settled in. We went to the Italian restaurant on site and while the soup was awesome, the entrees left a lot to be desired. We gambled after dinner and I of course was tapped by the end of the night while Jesse still had some money to play around with.
I woke up the next morning to a phone call from some guy that our dogs had escaped our backyard and that he had them. He lives somewhere in the neighborhood, probably in our cul de sac area, but I never got his name. He said he’d just take the dogs home for us and lock them up again. I was thankful that they were both together and that they still both had on their tags (Luca tends to slip his collar, abetted by Benny).
Because I had lost all my money the night before, I took out some more money but after losing another $50 we decided to head over to the Nugget casino because we had some “free play” money available, and who doesn’t like free money? I totally lost that money, too, but then I saw a Willy Wonka slot machine and how neat is it there are Willy Wonka slot machines?! It was a two-seater design and there was a woman on one side so we went around the other side and started playing. After about four pulls at max bet the Oompa Loompas started singing so I had triggered a feature of some sort. I saw a couple wild card rows appear, and then the multiplier landed on 10x, so I thought that was neat. The bonus winnings started rolling up and it got to $100 and I thought, cool! Then it got to $200 and I thought, right on! And it just kept going up! It finally topped out at $1390 and we were SUPER excited! I could now pay my car registration! And get some other much needed items! Wahoo!
We had to wait for an attendant to notice us and then I had to fill out a bunch of tax paperwork because apparently if you win $1200 or more you have to report it on your taxes. So that process took another 20 mins or so and then they cashed me out. I played a little longer after that but decided we shouldn’t press our luck and headed home.
Visions of what we could do with the money danced in my head. Jesse graciously said I should keep the money since I won it with my personal allowance money, but I thought maybe I’d just pay myself back my original amount and use the rest of the winnings for communal purchases. We compromised.
After we picked up Ezra and got home we checked on the dogs. It appears they somehow got the gate to unlock and unlatch and that’s how they got out. We made sure they were secure and headed to Cabela’s where we eventually bought a new wood smoker and a dehydrator. Happy birthday to me, indeed!