This was a day that was a day! I got to the Burlington Company (only about two miles away) about 8:30 and Carole and Nancy came soon after. Bus got there promptly at 9:00 and we paid our $25 and boarded. We had a scare: Nancy was getting on in front of me when she slipped and fell backward. I was able to sort of hold her up from the back and the driver extended his hand, so she able to right herself, but it could have been bad. It took about two hours to get to the Chumash Casino, through Santa Barbara, Carpetaria, and Solvang, but it went quickly as we talked.
We were given (electronically) $30 when we got off the bus and when I checked to see how much I had left with that and from the trip in October, I was told I had $109. You can't cash this in, but have to use it to play the slots, but whatever you win from that, you keep. And boy, did I keep winning!
We met up at 12:30 for lunch, then separated again and played until 3:30. By the end of the day, I had won $174.36, all of it casino money--wowee! I had brought eighty of my own, but didn't use a penny of it. Carole, Nancy, and I met again at 3:30 at the bar, we each ordered a glass of Chardonnay, then chatted away until it was time to go back to the bus. As scheduled, that came at 5:00, we boarded, and drove back in rain. It was just about 7:00 when I walked in the door.
We all agreed this had been great fun and we want to do it again in a few months.
Found an e-mail from friend Pat R., to the effect that Little People, Big World was on tonight. I had forgotten, so was glad she told me; tuned in and enjoyed the only "reality" (none of them even approximate reality, kids) shows I ever watched. Thanks, Pat.