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Author Topic: Stepping Out Of My Comfort Zone (Not Kite Related)  (Read 1507 times)
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« on: March 23, 2010, 11:53 AM »

For 5 years Bambi has asked that I take her to play Bingo at one of the casinos. Last night I suggested we play Bingo and she was elated.

Now my idea of bingo was a bunch of 90 year olds hunched over a card with one of those huge coloring sticks (daubers).

There were many different packets and I wanted (of course) the "Big Rainbow" package, but the woman behind the counter saw that we were new and said, "You're not ready for that." So, begrudgingly, I got us each the "Little Rainbow" package and some of the other game cards they play inbetween the main game.

It turns out, the little rainbow package is 6 pages of 12 card multi-games. Yes, 12 cards per game. The people around us were very helpful and loaned us some of their markers and explained how to premark the various pages for the different types of games. Did you know there are types of games that you don't mark your card, even when they call some of your numbers?

Well, the 70 year old woman next to me, would casually reach over and mark the numbers I had missed from time to time as the announcer was some mad woman who called out a number about every 6 seconds. As an engineer, I had always triple-checked any calculation, report, or design component I worked on. That does NOT work in bingo. You best get your butt moving.

The woman, Mary, next to me would also pick up the used sheets and put them in the recycle bin during the game, come back, catch up from memory the numbers called and still look over and mark anything I had overlooked.

She told me not to worry, I would get better with time. Granted many of the people in there were playing 3 or 6 cards, but Mary, Bambi and I along with several others were playing 12 cards. She told me Bingo is good for hand-eye coordination and brain exercise. I am a convert.

There were many people in their 20s and 30s present and everyone had a great time. There were free drinks from the bar and no smoking. It was cleaner air than the rest of the casino.

I'll probably go back sometime when I'm able to control my sweating and heart rate better.

So jump out of your comfort zone sometime, you might just be surprised. I sure was.
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« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2010, 02:45 PM »

Sounds like you had a great time John...but did you win anything???
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« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2010, 02:48 PM »

A little bit scary that you can even make Bingo sound exciting and action packed.  Huh

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« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2010, 02:50 PM »

next up.. horseshoes & shuffleboard?
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« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2010, 03:18 PM »

curling!
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« Reply #5 on: March 23, 2010, 03:41 PM »

next up.. horseshoes & shuffleboard?

Excellent!  Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: March 23, 2010, 04:20 PM »

Bingo is a game of skill.   Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: March 23, 2010, 04:22 PM »

How about curling with horseshoes? Huh
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« Reply #8 on: March 23, 2010, 05:14 PM »

Here are many other games I suck at:

Shuffleboard
Darts
Bowling
Bocce
Horseshoes

I would like to try curling and tried to play "jai alai" at the MGM Grand but it was years ago and right after the big fire destroyed the courts.

I will play anyone when they come to Vegas in some 1 on 1 basketball. Not that I'm good or anything, I just really like the game.  Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: March 23, 2010, 06:37 PM »

Here's list of Bingo games in Orange County, We should put it on the activity's list for KP9
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« Reply #10 on: March 23, 2010, 08:10 PM »

John,
  Do you know how to cause an elderly woman to curse in church???  Yell BINGO really loud... Huh
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« Reply #11 on: March 31, 2010, 11:08 PM »

I just kinda got hit with stuff like that this 2nd semester in college. I realized I need to "step out of my comfort zone" way more then I should. Not just with kiting- with Horn, Composition, heck, in life, yaknow?

I've been stuck in a rut with kiting for about 10 years. The way I fly (sharp inputs, and very VERY strong ones) are limiting me to what kites I can fly, otherwise Ill break them. I'm working on getting out of this rut right now.
All I do is play high-horn in our studio- it's time i start breaking my butt on low horn and playing horn 8 in our octets and working on that side of my playing. etc

It was hard to come to terms with at first, but I'm beginning to get excited about the outcome of the transitions.

Kudos to you, Mr C!
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