I have got to be the world's worst gambler.
The phrase "no guts, no glory" comes to mind, because I have absolutely no guts. I'm such a wienie. Not a risktaker. I never take a bet unless I know I'm gonna win. After 20 years, Jimmy still doesn't remember this. If I say "I bet you a dollar." DO NOT take the bet, because I won't be making it unless I know I am absolutely, positively right.
When I go to a casino, I always allow myself a tiny amount of money - $20 or $40 - and then just play the slots until I've lost it all. And I pretty much always do. Roulette scares me to death. Craps baffles me. I like blackjack, but I'm so terrible at math I spend all my time counting on my fingers under the table, and my fellow players get fed up. I spend most of my Vegas time drinking Mai Tais in the pool and enjoying all-you-can-eat buffets.
My friend Lynn fascinates me with her skills as a gambler. You'd never suspect it when you meet her, but that woman is a poker playing fool! She has made serious $$ in poker tournaments. She's suggested several times that we take a little trip to Vegas, and I should take her up on it. I'd be happy to babysit the kids in the pool and let her gamble, if she's willing to pay for the room with her winnings.
When I first moved to LA, I didn't know a soul except for my friend DeeDee. DeeDee is now known to many of you as Fiddledeedee, mommy blogger extraordinaire.
DeeDee invited me to join a group of friends who had a weekly poker game. It was such a fun group, I never missed a Wednesday, despite the fact that I seldom did better than break even. We just played quarter ante, but we were pretty serious about our poker. We were mostly expatriate Texans, with a few notable others mixed in. When I look back on us, we really were a pretty fantastic group of young people.
We started out playing at Lou Diamond Phillips' house in Laurel Canyon.
Brandon hosted the game at his house in Echo Park pretty often, and was a damned good poker player. He always said he had "the lucky of a Chinaman". He was also a deeply kind man, and a good friend. His accidental death was a huge growing up experience for us all.
Brad Pitt played with us a few times, as did Joely Fisher, who hosted the game at her mom Connie Stevens' house once. And John Lee Hancock, who recently wrote and directed The Blind Side, played with us, and even wrote a play for us to all act in together. I played Brandon's girlfriend.
But despite all this poker playing, I never got any better. And I have to admit that my biggest problem with poker is an almost complete inability to bluff. I'm actually a good liar. Sad, but true. But bluffing just never occurs to me. And after years of playing with the same group of people, they finally realized that if I was betting heavily on a hand, and raising the pot every time it came around to me, you'd better not be bluffing against me, because I was bound to have a great hand.
Eventually, we drifted apart and stopped the weekly game. Careers took off, relationships broke up (Lou's wife leaving him for Melissa Etheridge was a nice scandal). And Brandon's death pretty much ended it completely. But I remember the time and the group of friends fondly. It was an important time of growth for me.
Nowadays, the only gambling I do is when my choir goes in together to buy lottery tickets. Right now, the Mega Millions pot is at $200,000,000, and the drawing is today! Let's do the math. If we win the big pot, my cut would be...$10,000,000. Which I could live with. I'll let y'all know if I'm a new millionaire.
I just can't stop myself from continuing to toss in $5 every week. Because I know perfectly well that the one week I finally stop doing it...they'd win the Mega Millions.
Which would be just my luck.
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Next week on The Spin Cycle...
Most of the country is gearing up for Spring Break, and I'm sure many of you are heading out for a little vacay. So how about we all talk about that great American activity, the car trip.
My family were car trippers! Two weeks every summer plus mini-trips every long weekend. Jimmy's family - not so much. There are so many crazies in the family that they couldn't handle being enclosed in a small metal box with each other for too long. They considered the 40 minute drive from Long Island into Brooklyn a lengthy journey.
Hmmm...which story shall I share with you? The time I moved to Los Angeles, driving from Texas in my 1984 Toyota Tercel with all my earthly possessions and THREE cats? The time Jimmy and I drove a Ryder truck filled with Mama's stuff to LA from Austin and the truck's air conditioning went out in the middle of the 116 degree Mojave Desert? Or maybe something from my childhood?
You'll have to come back next Friday to find out.
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