Go in to win
I can’t say, it doesn’t matter if you win or lose. It’s not true. You go in to win. —Katarina Witt
Every time I head to Bingo, I go in to win. I expect oodles of cash to fatten my pockets as I walk out the door. If that actually happened, I’d be a happy camper; but alas, that is not the case. I am one of those players who Bingo infrequently, often waiting months between my wins. I ask myself why that is. Others consistently win every time they go and win no matter where they play. Are they on a first name basis with Lady Luck who likes to kiss their cheeks while she tells me to kiss her other end?
I consider myself lucky, blessed, in other areas of my life that do not involve Bingo. I have a loving husband, family, and friends. So far, I’ve been able to get out of bed every morning, plant my feet on the floor, and face the day with a hot cup of coffee that tickles my taste buds. I do well at my other favorite game, video poker. I hit royal flushes often for substantial amounts of money; even the occasional slot machine pays off. It’s just seems to be Bingo that short-changes me.
The word luck first appeared in English during the 1480s. It came from the German or Dutch luk. It is speculated that it entered the language as a gambling term to describe an event that is improbable, whether good or bad. Can an improbable event be influenced one way or the other? Maybe, and one idea that makes sense to me is to simply change one’s focus from the negative to the positive. By that, I mean, concentrate on the fun atmosphere when playing Bingo; the camaraderie of fellow Bingo players; the anticipation of winning cash whether you actually do or not. Without risk, there can be no reward, so play often to maximize your chances.
As for me, I will try to stop griping about losing and adhere to some of the following tips I’ve gleaned from various sources to summon good luck into my life. I will always dress with my left arm/leg first. I will never kill a ladybug, or turn a sliced loaf of bread upside down. If I drop a knife, I will always allow someone else to pick it up. Concerning Bingo, I will lay a handkerchief flat upon my chair and sit on it to change my losing streaks. However, I will not spit on my hands as they do in some cultures to bring better luck, nor will I sit facing the door.
Although those seats are supposed to be very lucky because Lady Luck will notice you first as she comes in the door, I won’t sit in them unless the caller is in front of that door. I have to face the caller and use a red dauber, or I get the heebie jeebies. Some habits I just can’t change.
Until next month may Lady Luck blow you kisses as you danced out the door with dollars, win big. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any suggestions to shorten my losing streaks or to tell me about yours. Oh yeah, one more thing, the first Friday of June is National Doughnut Day. Buy a dozen and share them at Bingo. What a sweet thought!
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