There's also a Jester and the infernal machine, better known as the cash register that refuses to work and a mini-me cash register who causes all kinds of pain for us all, but mostly me. On the other hand, Bingo makes many thousands of dollars every year for charities from kids baseball to the Children's Hospital to Veterans Services.
They have been shut down since March 17 or so. No problem for the nineteen volunteers that run the whole shebang every Tuesday night, in fact I think they are happy for a break. On the other hand, the peasants are going into withdrawal big time and want to be back at the tables with their talisman good luck charms.
To that end, we had a meeting. It's a test ... how many volunteers? That's right, nineteen. How many showed up at the meeting? Eight, although twelve RVSP'd. No problem, it makes the meeting much shorter and to the point.
Here's the thing. We have a small building. There is no way we could get even 50 people in there, each 6 feet apart. Worse than that, who wants to come and pay $40-100 for bingo cards, only to win $50. They want the big bucks .. the usual $5,000-7,000 we give away every Bingo night.
When the idea of "employees" wearing masks came up, it got shot down faster than Billy Clanton at the OK corral. You have to remember this is a small farming community where you only wear a mask if you are holding up the bank.
Therefore .... be it known that the Magic Kingdom will not ride again until July 1st (or thereabouts). I did not tell them I will be back in Arizona in July since the California DMV is canceling my rig registration because they do not like my Arizona insurance company. No refunds of course ... that's the penalty of changing the insurance to my Arizona address in order to save $2,900 for one year. I have to get back to Arizona in order to register the rig and Jeep THERE.
Looking for a little diversion, I spotted a recipe for beignets on the internet. The good thing is they are not fried, but baked. Of course my first thought was "they CAN'T taste the same". So I followed the directions and whipped up a batch.
I let them raise in the oven, having turned it on for 30 seconds, then shut it off. OH NO ... too hot! I opened the door and waved a towel madly to cool it off. They puffed up nicely. This just might turn out to be a GREAT recipe!
I believe in magic and make believe, but I just couldn't make believe hard enough for these to REALLY taste like beignets. I even doused them with sugar TWICE, just to see if it might make a difference. It did not. They taste like bread with powdered sugar on it. Epic FAIL!!
In my neighborhood we have lots of magpies and crows. I'm sure they will appreciate these much more than I and much more than the garbage they are used to eating. Hey, it's better than the cemetery, which is getting rather full at this point in time.
Today is another fund raiser from the Lodge Kitchen, where I will be working to package up to-go boxes of barbecued chicken, pasta, salad and rolls. Like everyone else, we've got bills to pay.