Wednesday, July 30, 2008

B I N G O ! ! !

Last night the coworkers and I trudged out to the smoky Bingo Hall for our annual fun filled evening and supported our wonderful Knights of Columbus. Joe works these bingos sometimes and had told me all about this new pull-tab game called Bingo balls. Let's just say that he said "easy $150" and I way over spent and didn't even get a single ball pulled on my "balls" card. Cool thing with this game is that it's in addition to the regular game and you only have to get 3 matches and instead of yelling "Bingo" you yell "BALLS!!!" Yes, it's great and the men selling the "Bingo balls" I'm sure enjoyed the heckling, "hey sell me some of your balls." Yes we are crazy.

We're not really pro Bingo people and one lady was hooting "them group really be loud" in an annoyed kind of voice so we tried to tone it down but it's fun darn it.

The crowd is about 99% over 60 years old smoking crankpots and the other 1% weird men & us. ;) At one point for a $100 game I was one ball away forever from winning. Blasted G48! One weird man throughout the night would yell out loud whatever ball he wanted to be called and low and behold he finally yells BINGO on this $100 game that I was hoping to win. Turns out it was a bad Bingo, guess what ball he mistakingly had marked at some point? G48...hehe. Isn't that odd? Poor guy. Some other man during another game excitedly yells "BALLS!" in the middle of game where they weren't playing Bingo Balls. Then the poor Bingo caller a couple times forgot to put the balls on the tv screen and people were screaming. During the final jackpot game people play 60 cards instead of their regular 50 and then start hollering that they're calling too fast!!! Good lord I thought the place was going to riot! Gosh it was exciting!

It's amazing how serious people take this. The lucky charms, bingo paraphenalia, people playing dozens of cards and not even marking them, talking on their cell phones and knowing they've bingo'd. It's quite the site. Besides the terrible smoke it's really a great time and I could see how people could get hooked on it. And except for the Bingo Balls game, it's a fairly economical evening.

Lisa & Amy were the lucky winners this year both winning $25 each.


Here are a few terrible pics of us, the group pics were taken after the bingo was over. We had to make it look like we were marking madly with our bingo dobbers. Like my crazy hair and crooked glasses? And I don't know how Jill is the only one with demon eyes?? Nice. You should have seen that place clear out! I've never seen a crowd clearing like it! If you have not made it to a real bingo you have to go, it is quite the life experience.


16 comments:

therealtommix said...

WOW! You truly told it as it was. It was a FUN night out with friends in a eye tearing smoky place. Crazy people telling us to hush and yelling "we can't read the number on the monitor". What happened to the old days of ping pong size balls turning the cage and someone shouting out the numbers? Thank you Reese Council #9305 Knights of Columbus for all the hard work you do at these bingo games. SEACS loves you for it!

Jill said...

What a great night. would love to go again.
I knew my eyes would turn red they do for every picture that uses a flash.

Thank goodness for the Knights of Columbus.

Barbara said...

sounds like a fun night. I played Bingo for a little while last summer at a fair because I wanted to sit for a while. I was surprised by how much fun it was. And you're right - some people take it WAY too seriously!

How's Austin's rash?

Amy said...

What a fun night. Did you forget to mention your goodluck charm? Humm-what was that?

Great pics!

Dawn said...

Thanks girls! Again it was a great time. And oh yeah, I forgot about my charm. It was a brand new toothbrush I had in my purse if anyone was curious.

Barbara - Austin finally had a day where the rash wasn't a bother. It really dried out his face though so now he's kind of chafed looking. Thanks so much for asking about him. You're too kind.

Kiera Beth said...

This post reminded me of a joke

"How do you make a room of old women swear?"

"Yell BINGO!"

Tee hee hee! That looks like a great evening out! It sounds like you had a good time. I am very impressed with the multi-tasking that occurs there :)

Debbie said...

Love your play by play description, lol

Dawn said...

Kiera - Great joke! That is so cute and rings true.

Deb - Glad you liked it.

Lisa said...

Glad you all had a great time and a couple of you were evn lucky. Yes, we are very thankful for the Knights of Columbus.

Dawn said...

Thanks Lisa! Your Dad & George were in fine form on Tuesday night. ;)

Joe said...

BTW - I said the game was easy for us (the Knights) to sell... You need to go some night when I am working :)

Dawn said...

Ah sure Joe, that is why it was so easy for me to part with $20 or so on 2 games of Bingo Balls. ;)

I would love to go to Bingo with you sometime so I can hear you peddling "Bingo Balls" or "Jackpot."

Amy said...

I'll go when Joe is working!

I would also love to hackle him for Bingo balls:)

Dawn said...

I'll let you know when he works sometime. Fun fun!!

sherri said...

I'm all over a game of BINGO when Joe is working....don't forget about me, as I was the 1 that originally got you hooked on bingo!!! We went to a family reunion today and played bingo there....I was really thinking I need to go to a regular game soon. All 3 boys play ball and all I fo is taxi them around to games and work.....time for mom to go to bingo, althought last night I went to an AMAZING concert...watch my blog for an up-date (tomorrow or Tuesday)

Glad you all had fun, glad to hear Austins rash is getting better. LOVE the toothless pics of Tommy...too cute!!

Dawn said...

Sure we can go to Bingo when Joe is working. Maybe in September. It's every other Tuesday. You were my Bingo Christener after all.