TRAVEL BUG TALES: PUTTING ON THE RITZ
It’s at least a little ironic I’m going down memory lane at one resort on Mondays and sharing my latest trip to another resort on Wednesdays. While Club Med Punta Cana is on the other end of the quality scale from Jack Tar’s Grand Bahama Hotel, I’m exactly the same person. I’m just not much of a relaxer. I completely failed at relaxing on the beach. Let’s see how I do at a casino.
Primping for Our Big Night
Gambling was completely new to me. I grew up Baptist and Baptists don’t gamble. Well, I’ve heard my mom loved slot machines. Let’s just say I had never gambled.
When we got back to our rooms after a day in the sun, it was time to get all fixed up for our big night. That’s why tanning had been such an important activity for the rest of my friends. Women in evening gowns. Men in tuxes. Fortunes won. Fortunes lost. Every hair had to be in place. I’ll admit it was a little frenetic and I tried very hard to plug into the energy source.
As you can see in the photo, my spot by the pool without baby oil, rendered me just about the same shade of brown as the other ladies. With my uber short hair I had less to worry about while getting ready. My mom, the slot machine queen, gave me a roll of quarters to play the slots with. I slipped them into my little evening bag with great anticipation.
Frolicking in Freeport
Then we boarded the bus for Freeport. How very touristy of us! The bus dropped us off on the side of the casino, allowing us to stroll to the door and pretend we did this all the time. Since nothing is scarier than a clump of women desperately looking for a good time, my friends and I headed off to try our fortunes at the tables, but I assure you, we weren’t the least bit interested in winning any money.
My first stop was the slot machines. I did pretty well to begin with. I more than doubled my roll of quarters, but almost as quickly I was empty-handed. I figured out, Baptist or not, gambling was not my thing. It felt like I had just taken a perfectly good pair of shoes and tossed them in to the traffic. Next time someone gave me a roll of quarters, I was going to do something better than lose them in a slot machine.
My winning and losing had taken what? About 15-20 minutes. Now what was I going to do with myself during the hours I was stuck there at the casino. While I have no trouble being the life of a party where I know a lot of people, throw me in a room with a bunch of strangers and I want to find someplace to hide. Instead I looked for places to lounge while trying to pretend I was cool.
Just like at the beach earlier in the day I had the sense that I should be enjoying myself, but I wasn’t. In my many strolls through the casino between lounging sessions, I’d see my friends, ordering a drink, playing a game or chatting with someone. Meanwhile, I was just trying to look cool rather than desperate.
Eventually the bus did return and I got to quit working so hard at having fun. Everyone had stories to tell and I was able to just oooh and aaaah. When they turned to me for my report, I laughed about how much money I’d had in my possession for such a short period of time. When they wanted other details, I said I’d spent my time people watching. It was true. I’d spent my time watching everyone else have a lot more fun than me and wondered what kind of disease I had that was keeping me from properly enjoying this vacation.
So far, the best part of the trip had been dancing at the local club and reading by the pool hadn’t been so bad. Up next was a shopping trip. Now that’s my kind of activity. Come back next week and see how I do.