Yuma –> home

Saturday. Wanting to depart early for an all day drive home. But the scooter battery is still not charged, needing replacement. Neighbor Don and Bob finally returned from Don’s Sat. dental visit and helped my to put Scoot onto the trailer without power.

By the time I fueled and left the area, it was noon. I had to drive the last hour in the dark. Dim moho lights (gotta fix that) and my eyesight made for a treacherous drive through Sierra Vista. Thank God I had the GPS, for without it I would have gotten very lost.

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Algodones Mx visit

Monday/Tuesday Nov 8/9 visited dentist with no appointment. Got a crown re-glued and impressions made for new partial

Today, Friday, back to dentist for new partial. It feels like a good fit.

When I tried to start scoot, I discovered that the trunk was open all night and the battery was 100% dead. It is currently on the charger and the trunk light has been permanently removed.

Not having time to deal with the dead battery before the dental appointment, I had to walk the 2 1/4 miles to the border. I needed that to let me know how much I need to get more exercise. I tried 3 or 4 folks at the border crossing to get a ride back to the casino, but all had an excuse, except for one that said ok then disappeared around a corner because his wife had not met him at the crossing. So I muttered “wait until you need help, karma will get you” and started hoofing it.

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An acquaintance appears

Today as I was stepping into Barth I heard a horn toot. A fellow in a sleek new class B motorhome pulled up and said something like “Excuse the horn. I recognized you and wanted to get your attention before you got inside.”

After a few pleasantries I finally said “How do I know you?”

“You are Garry P. aren’t you?” was the reply. “I recognized your RV and that strange two-front-wheel scooter. I read your blog.”

Oh. The blog. I thought no one read it! After an introduction to put us on equal terms, Don and brother Bob revealed that they are here for the same reason I am.

So I guess that we are now acquaintances.

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At Quechen Paradise Casino, CA

West of Yuma. Getting some dental repairs done, cost of $260 for cleaning, remake a partial with different material, reglue a crown and make a replacement bite protector for night grinding to replace the one I lost. Work to finish Friday.

More trouble with the satellite equipment on Monday mourning, causing a substantial loss of potential gains. Since it is working again now, I am trying to recover the amount I could have made on Monday when I was offline.

I had breakfast at the casino today; pancakes, a cheese blintz, an apple blintz, eggs, six sausage links, two biscuit and gravy, coffee, orange juice, home fry potatoes – about $6.50. I did not look at the rest of the buffet as my two plates were spilling over the edges. I just got back from a bowl of ice cream and a war of wits with a penny slot, $1 invested (my spin-button thumb against their guarantee-you-loose artificial intelligence computer). All that button thumbing wore me out, so time for a nap.

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Are all-electronic casinos honest?

Regarding the stay at the Quechen Casino in Yuma.

One can accumulate ‘points’ of 100 in the casino and get reimbursed for the $5 RV parking permit. But after twice putting a $1 bill in a penny slot machine, playing one line at one cent at a time, each time running it up to about $3.00, then loosing it all, accumulating 4 points in the process, I figured I would have to play about 48 hours non-stop to get enough points to pay for a night. Or perhaps put in a single $100 bill, run it up to $300, then loose it all. Yeah, that would be the ticket to park free! Very logical.

I wonder, does the casino use artificial intelligence by testing a customer’s play pattern, learning what will tease them as they are tracked around the electronically networked slots on the floor? Probably. Because if one uses the player  card, he is surely tracked by name, machine, score, and yes, his vulnerabilities, weaknesses.But then they knew his weakness as soon as he walked into the building; either gambling, or a big empty gut!

Remember that bastion of truly fair odds, the roulette wheel? Well, the wheel spinner/ball thrower has been replaced by a mechanical contraption that does the same while the player makes electronic bets. Yes, electronic, so the “mechanism” magically knows what everyone has bet. Would they actually use that against the players? A little nudge here, a little wobble there, all imperceptible, of course.

As I frequently say, something like, “Technology will not be the ruination of mankind!”

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