As Bruce sings:
"Everything dies baby, that's a fact,
but maybe everything that dies
some day comes back,
so put your makeup on
and fix your hair up pretty,
and meet me tonight in......."
Oh well, Bethlehem doesn't rhyme with pretty. I was going to go to Atlantic City, but then I learned that Bethlehem was closer to me.
But, I did my part to stimulate the economy yesterday.
I put a full tank of gas in the RAV, and I drove about an hour to Bethlehem, PA.
I spent several hours and about $50 inside the brand new, small but expanding, Sands Casino. Bethlehem Steelworks was one to the largest steel mills in the country and built some of the most incredible buildings in NYC. So, it was strangely interesting to see something coming back to life in the midst of other yet-to-be renovated mills.
I even won a little moola, enough to buy the last two Twilights in hardcover and then some.
What was really cool: $30 in free play
Funniest part: I was the youngest person there (duh, daytime) and I got hit on by some 70+ year olds when I hit my $150 jackpot. Bet they thought I could buy them some prune cocktails.
Lunch: GREAT pub called St James Gate, with international rugby on the tellies, oooh baby, I could've stayed there all afternoon. Luckily no one was speaking in an accent, or I would still be there.
Drawback: Only about 10 Wheel of Fortune slots so it was crowded around them. They are my game of choice.
I had an arugula, pear tomatoes, golden beets, goat cheese salad in a citrus vinaigrette, and it was delicious. But...there must have been basil or oregano in the dressing, because I had a very severe allergic reaction that oddly enough didn't go full blown until I was safely home. It felt like I had eaten glass and my mouth was torn to shreds inside. I considered going to the ER, but knew it would be a useless trip and likely drain all of my winning funds.
I'm annoyed with myself for letting my guard down and not asking before I ordered the damn food. I get so tired of asking. I haven't had a reaction in so long, maybe I was secretly hoping I had overcome the allergy. This was a nice kick in the ass, as I spent the rest of the night in a zoned benadryl state. My mouth is sore this morning, but I am able to drink.
And I dreamt about rugby guys. Thanks benadryl.
Losing Weight; Finding Men
"Never make someone a priority in your life when you are just their option."