|February 14, 2013
Clint Eastwood's advice in "Dirty Harry" that
opinions, like certain body parts, are best kept to
Wednesday, I decided it would be entertaining to take Hazel
up to Grand Casino Hinckley, about 60 miles from home in
Princeton. I've been getting some regular mailings from the
casino, and some recent ones offered a room for $13 bucks.
So, I called to make a reservation, and they quoted me
$159.95. "What happened to the $13 rooms?" I
asked. "That was in January", the lady said, and
so much for that great idea.
Then, I got to
thinking, my son Jim also gets mailings from Grand Casino,
and he's evidently got a lot more gambling points than I do,
they've been offering him a free room. So, I had Jim call to
check, and they did, indeed, offer him a free room.
Hazel, Jim, and I climbed into our two vehicles, and headed
for the casino. Jim checked in, gave me the keys to the
room, and the three of us went to the buffet for dinner, at
about $19 bucks each, and I paid. Then, while Hazel went to
the room to read, Jim and I tried our luck at the blackjack
tables, and Jim won a few bucks. I, on the other hand, not
After a couple hours of this, Jim drove
home to Princeton to check on the pooches, and I headed for
my free room.
This morning, I woke up to see Hazel
sitting up in bed and watching Richard Burton and Elizabeth
Taylor sharing a lip-lock in the movie "The
Sandpiper" on the free big-screen television. I
looked up at her and said loudly:
"KISS ME, YOU FOOL!" ( A line from the
1974 movie "Gold".
My wife and kids think every word out of my mouth is a movie
Hazel didn't blink, her eyes never left
the television screen, and she replied in a quiet voice:
"NOT RIGHT NOW."
So, how was your romantic Valentine's
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