It doesn't seem to matter if it's a knee replacement, a broken arm from falling or even a terrible stroke. The players are back every single week. Last night the excuse was "I'm trying to win back all that money I had to spend on my kids for Christmas".
It's sad really. One gentleman had a stroke and can barely walk with a cane. He only has the use of one arm, and that isn't very functional. The worst part ... he cannot speak, so sometimes it's difficult to figure out what he is requesting. I guess I have to give it up to him for being so tenacious.
On the other hand, last night brought to light one of the more normal peasant activities. Seeing how much they can steal.
One elderly female peasant jumped to the front of the line, crowding in front of about ten people, with money in hand. She grabbed one card (worth $1) and tried to give me a $5 bill. I was in the middle of another transaction on the infernal machine and could not give her change. She just walked off with the money AND the card. WAIT!!! I was finally able to chase her down.
You would think since that didn't work, she would give it up. Nope! Believe it or not, she came back while I was again distracted, dropped $1 on the table and left with THREE cards. This time I reprimanded her for trying to sneak (steal actually) more than she paid for.
It's just amazing what they will try to get away with. There's always ONE!! Many times three or four! When payouts are involved, they will do just about anything to up their chances.
The rest of the night went smoothly ... sort of ... and I admit I was $2 over. Just before a game is played, they swarm the table buying the cards they should have bought when they first came in. Sometimes I don't get them all in the infernal machine. Or maybe it was just the infernal machine letting me know he is STILL the boss.
I got home at eleven o'clock and got up at 4:00. My guess is I'll be on the couch with the puppies, snacking on those cookies that the Castle Lawyer didn't get.
Actually I'm going to need a little sugar high. I glanced at the calendar to discover I'm only a few short weeks from taking off for the RV Rally. I'm SO behind in packing, washing the rig and planning for January. I definitely need to get my act together!!