The lovely light from the almost full moon shining down on the Elks Lodge caused havoc. It doesn't take much in the Magic Kingdom of Bingo. It's kind of like the Cops show on TV. You never know what's going to happen.
I first received a text message from my partner in crime, the Castle Lawyer, that she was sick and dizzy, meaning she wasn't going to show up. She called our friend the Stand-in who gives up her evening of playing bingo to help out. I'm always thrilled because she knows what she's doing!!
Instilled with energy from TWO coca colas, I set up the table and cash register. Let the games begin!! All went not quite so well as I struggled to get the first thirty people through the line alone. The Stand-in was a little late, but no problem, I can handle it!!
That's when the crowds arrived. The King decided to play an extra pull tab game with a payout of $1199. The first of the month is always packed to the gills since payday has hit the bank. Add to that another 50 people when word gets around about the two hot ball pots, $1199 and $954 respectively. That plus all my payouts adds up to some hefty prizes.
I apologized, but my machine said it was cancelled. The full moon effect jumped into overdrive when I said I would have to run it again. She began yelling at me saying I was NOT going to take ANOTHER $74 from her. She wanted her first $74 back but was keeping the Bingo cards.
I tried to explain that nothing had come from her account but she waved her phone in my face and began to scream at the men to make that #$%@#!! lady give her the money back. I politely refused since it never went through in the first place, as I had flashbacks of being bullied in high school. Weird the things you remember. We stood at impasse until the King finally showed up!
I can't go by your phone he said. I have to go by the machine. Either she runs your card again or you don't play Bingo. Oh -- okay she said sweetly. No problem! WHAT???? You've been screaming at me and everyone else for ten minutes to give you your money back!! I ran the card again and it worked.
An hour later she sidled up to the King and said she might have been wrong because it didn't appear to have gone through after all. All that ruckus over nothing!! That's Bingo for you!!
The next guy in line made me feel really good. He said I was right not to give her any money back and I handled it very nicely. See ... there ARE nice people out there.
The rest of the night went swimmingly and the infernal machine balanced to the penny. I wish I could say the same for my stomach. One of the perks of working Bingo is the goodies the ladies bring. I've learned my lesson not to eat things cooked in people's kitchens, because, well you never know how clean they are.
Packaged things are good. Or maybe not so much. I received this yellow package of Korean crackers with writing I couldn't read. Yummy honey sesame crispy morsels of deliciousness. I ate the whole package, about 15 very thin pieces. I brought the package home hoping I could find out what they are and order some more.
Somewhat improved, I'll be on the couch for the duration!!