People Watching

I went on a mini-vacation with my sister and parents this past weekend. It was a great time and we had a lot of fun.

We went to the aquarium (which is my favorite), walked around the seaport, got ice cream, went shopping, etc.

On the way home, we pass by a casino that my parents go to every so often. My sister and I have never been there before, so we decided to stop in and hang out there for a few hours to avoid traffic.

I didn’t win anything, but it was still a lot of fun. In the end I only lost 20 dollars because that lasted me the entire few hours we were there. In that sense I did better than my parents and sister. So I guess that can be called a win.

The place was huge to have so many different gambling areas. It also had its own outlet stores inside. We didn’t shop at all, but we did walk around to look at what kind of stores they had.

It was interesting being in a casino from a writer’s point of view. It’s fun to people watch. To people watch in a casino… Well, that’s a lot more fun.

I feel like the casino would have made a great setting for a story and some of the people would make interesting characters; whether you tried to write their story or if they were just minor characters hanging out in the background.

–The lady in the bathroom: I was washing my hands and there was a woman at the sink next to me. She took out a bunch of 20s from her purse; she must have had at least 1,000 dollars–or that’s what it looked like. She just took them out of her purse and fanned them out in her hand and stared at them as though she was alone. Now, did she bring that money to spend? Or did she win it all? By the way she admired it, it seemed to me as though she won it.

–The lady with three machines: There was a lady sitting at a slot machine and both machines on her right and left were vacant. So naturally she took over all three machines. You should have seen how fast she was pushing those buttons. And from what I could tell, she wasn’t winning anything on either machine.

–The man who drank, smoked, and lost: I think that sums it up; a man sat at one machine lighting one cigarette after another, drinking down his alcohol, and kept losing on one machine. We left that room and when we went back to it later, he was still at the same machine doing his thing.

I don’t go to casinos nearly often enough to label people, but I’m sure you guys can use your imagination. I’m sure you can also imagine what other kind of people were there whether you’ve been to a casino or not.

There are interesting characters all over the place. You just have to watch out for them.

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