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April 3, 2014

WILLIAMS: Feeling lucky on the slots

Brenda and I went on a day trip to the Rising Star Casino on the Ohio River this week. On the way down, we had breakfast at a Cracker Barrel and stopped at the Warm Glow Candle Store and its neighbor, The Watering Can Garden Center and Farmer’s Market in Centerville, Ind. They are fun places to shop where you can find just about every beautiful thing you want but don’t need. (I bought a vase and filling for a chocolate pecan pie, while Brenda bought place mats and a matching stuffed chicken.)

It was warm in southern Indiana – warm and sunny and wonderful! We took off our coats. I can’t remember the last time I was outside without a coat. I can barely remember the last time I saw the sun. Except for a quick trip to Florida after Mom died, I also can’t recall the last time I was out of Wabash County. Oddly, it is unexpectedly difficult to get yourself back in the groove of going places when you’ve been confined for so long. Your natural inclination is to say, “I can’t” until you realize you can.

And here I made it clear to Rising Sun, almost out of the state! Brenda chose this casino because a friend of hers, who gambles a lot, told her that the Flaming Seven slot machines there pay off big. Brenda has an unusual relationship with money. She will buy herself a new leather coat at the drop of a hat but travel several additional miles to purchase gas a penny on the gallon cheaper. I figure all slots in all casinos pay off about the same but I was happy to go to one of the farthest ones for the sake of taking the scenic route. When you go south, you travel through quaint little river towns that overlook the Ohio River and traverse hilly, curving roads lined by old-fashioned farms with actual livestock in pastures.

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