Monday, February 19, 2018

The country family heads to a casino

On January 27 we did something we've never done, and never thought we would do. No, not skydiving or ice climbing, but going to a casino! We are so not gamblers. I don't know anything about gambling games, and would never waste my money that way. So, why did we go? Because our beloved daughter got tickets for all three of us to see comedian Jim Gaffigan at Foxwoods. We love Jim G's work. He mostly talks about his family (wife and five kids) and food (the junk/fatty variety). There are five of his stand-up shows streaming on Netflix, and he has also written books, which Margaret has read but I haven't yet. We had a really wonderful time, both in the car and at the place. Foxwoods is huge, probably bigger than the whole area I live in. A couple of things struck me - there weren't any drunks. I somehow expected it to be a big drinking place, but no. We all figured out that probably people stay sober to concentrate on the games they are playing. There were a few bars but the people frequenting them were likely not the gamblers. But my goodness, there were a lot of games and people at them. There were also a lot of restaurants and stores. I expect people go there for all kinds of experiences. It is spread out so much that one has to do a lot of walking to get from a show to a restaurant or to the gaming areas. And here's the other thing that struck me - the people seemed a bit zombie-esque in the walking. All together, all at the same pace. It felt weird to see them. There were people of all ages, from little kids to quite elderly people, several in wheel chairs. We ate at a California Pizza Kitchen and thought it the best pizza we'd had. Our breakfast place was also very good. All the people working there were very nice, answering our questions and just being really friendly. And Mr. Gaffigan was wonderful. We laughed the entire show.

I so love what Margaret wrote on her Facebook page.
This weekend was a thank you for my amazing parents for taking such amazing loving care of Hazel while I work. We didn't gamble or take home thousands of dollars but boy did we laugh ALL weekend!!! #jimgaffigan who knew these old hippies would have such a good time at foxwoods!!
In the hotel room


In our seats (who is that fellow behind us)


View of the stage - no pictures allowed during show



Just before we left. Had to get a pic of the games.

22 comments:

  1. I can tell you had a great time with your daughter. It is fun doing something you never thought you would do. Especially during winter when it is slow. I have gone to a casino only one time. I won't go back unless like you it is to see a show. Happy for you.

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  2. Amazing and love the pictures of all of you! Glad you guys had such a good time. And, by the way, there is a California Pizza Kitchen in my area. Just saying...ha! ;-)

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    1. Thanks, Kay! And I'll remember that. I also just heard that Austin is one of the top vegetarian restaurant cities- who knew?!

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  3. What an awesome gift! I've never been to a casino but have wanted to go but my kids aren't convinced yet. If I can't persuade them can I borrow your daughter for a day or two :) Glad you had such a fun time!

    I love Jim Gaffigan! I've seen a few of his shows on tv and read Dad Is Fat. He is hilarious!

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    1. So happy to hear you are a JG fan!!! He has such an interesting way of looking at the world. I love his humor. Not snarky, sarcastic, or nasty like so many comedians.

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  4. I love seeing these pictures again and am so glad you three had such a good time together! As far as the guy behind you in the second picture, it almost looks Rod! :)

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    1. It was, but he didn't want you to know!

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  5. Sounds like a fun time for the 3 of you. We live about 70+ miles from Foxwoods and visit 1-2 times a year. We always seem to eat at California Pizza as well; love that place.

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  6. I went to college not far from Ledyard and was there when Foxwoods first opened. We went to a couple of concerts there over the years, but we aren't gamblers either. I took my grandmother there once or twice and she said that if she lived closer, it would be fascinating to go for the afternoon just to people-watch.

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  7. Our family all really enjoy JG. I think I have only seen his work on YouTube. I'll have to check out Netflix. What a wonderful gift!

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    1. The Netflix shows are really so good! Yes, it was a wonderful gift, and such a surprise!

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  8. This is the best time of gifts - spending time together, creating lasting memories. Glad you had such a great time; it definitely shows in the pictures! I've not heard of Jim Gaffigan, but maybe I'll try and find a clip on youtube.

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  9. He is very funny! Loved seeing the photos, glad you had a good time.

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  10. You look like you're having a ton of fun! I've never been to a big-time casino, but have seen enough of the gambling boat (office party one year) to know it's not for me. Still, everyone should check it out, if only to confirm what they don't like.

    Also, the photobomb is excellent in that one picture is excellent!

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    1. I agree! There was just such a weird energy at Foxwoods if that makes any sense.

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  11. Such fun -- joy shining through all those pictures! What a nice gift from Margaret -- both the show -- and her time with you -- perfect!! And that's exactly how we would do (and have done) in casinos -- walk right by those ghastly machines and head for the entertainment or food. (I could count on one hand the number of times we've even done that much.) And each time had the same reaction on seeing the zombie-people there.

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    1. Very, very interesting, Sallie. I wondered if anyone felt this way. Thanks for your kind words.

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