Today I checked something off my list — remember that post from a few days ago? I went with a good friend and we played bingo at B&G Bingo. B&G Bingo supports the Boys and Girls Club, so it was money well spent.
The employees look bored – and their job looks miserable. My friend told me that when her daughter was young she got busted for underage drinking and had to do community service that she worked off at the Boys and Girls Club — so she always thinks the employees are doing community service.
Bingo is complicated – I was seriously stressed out at times. You don’t just get a line and win, it is much more complicated than that. There are many different patterns to pay attention to and I wondered sometimes if I knew what I was doing. My friend goes often so she is a pro, and my trying to play at her level was probably a mistake.
When you get there you have to go to the buy in counter and wait in a long line behind a lot of old people. There were a lot of walkers. It takes forever and when I got to the front I said, “I’ll just get what she got.” I tried not to look too surprised when they handed me a stack of multi-colored blank bingo cards.
There were men there, and most of them were single – my guess is they were widowers looking for their next B-I-N-G-O.
My friend doubled her money. I did not. It was a fun way to spend 3 hours but my butt started to fall asleep towards the end. I was glad when it was over but glad I did it — Its fun spending time with Kay no matter what we do.
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I don’t play Bingo but went with my Mom once when we were camping in the Reedsport area. I knew I was in serious trouble when she opened up her gloves box to get her “dobbers”. I had never met a Dobber before. I bought way too many cards as I had no idea what I was in for! She bought more than I did and still managed to help me with mine as I could not keep up! She was a serious player and I learned a new side of my mom’s competitive personality that night. I was a complete nervous wreck when it was over. I don’t enjoy bingo but loved the time with my Mom. She even loaned me a Dobber!!
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I love “I’d never met a dobber before.” My friend had quite a few — but some of the people there had really elaborate carrying cases with organizers and compartments for stuff (good luck charms? Snacks?). I always enjoy spending time with my friend and I did have fun. It was NOT what I expected though. I suppose 15 years in long-term care and a long stint as an activity director did not prepare me for competitive Bingo.