Sunday, December 03, 2006

Neither Here Nor There

That supermarket I mentioned yesterday was blown into the middle of tomorrow. It's structurally sound, but got pretty beat up when the tornado hit it. Only one fatality, which is ok unless you are the one; a lady walking her dog when someone's roof took off and landed on her.

The new casino is letting everyone know that it took in maybe $9 million and paid out maybe $7 million; I forget the exact figures. Pretty impressive payouts for the bettors and I wondered how the casino could afford it. Then someone told me how casinos cook the publicity. Payouts aren't what you take home; they are what the machines pay out with each twirl of the wheel. If you go in with $100 and go out broke, but during that time you win a bit, lose a bit, win a bit and so on, all the money the machine gives you ($5 here, $20 there, $10, $50) are listed as payouts, even if you lose everything.

Apparently, it doesn’t pay to rob a bank. I notice, reading the newspapers, that people who rob banks are caught in a relatively short period of time. One way or another, they're gonna get you. It sounds like an easy way to pick up some cash, but somehow it just doesn't work.

And that’s the news for Sunday.


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