Jackpot! A Straight Flush

Vegas has been fun from early morning till late night, which has made it a challenge to keep up with the blog.  I am a couple days behind, but with a cold, bruised up body from dune buggies, and exhaustion from trying to keep up with our fun loving friends, today is the perfect day to take it easy and get caught up.  On Wednesday morning, following our rough dune buggy ride through the desert, my leg was even more swollen and achy than normal.  While the rest of the crew woke up and headed down to Mandalay Bay to check out the aquarium, Shannon and I got a little extra sleep followed by some rest and relaxation with my foot elevated.  In the afternoon, Dan, Lynn, Brendon, John, Shannon and I decided to take advantage of a couple of South Point Casino’s less popular activities, a movie theater and bowling alley.  The wait till showtime time left a perfect half hour window for some video poker.  That’s when it came, the jackpot, a straight flush…the second best payout.  However, when you’re playing for nickles that only amounts to $15.  No matter, I was thrilled to hit such a rare hand.  With such an achievement on my resume, Shannon thought it was time to drag me away from video poker permanently, but I held on for the royal flush!

At the movie theater we watched True Grit, another great Coen brothers filmstrip.  We’re huge fans of No Country For Old Men, O Brother, Where Art Though?, and The Big Lebowski, and True Grit lived up to the reputation.  The witty dialogue was hilarious, although seemed like a foreign language at times and was often difficult to follow.  Good flick to watch twice.

The movie ended just in time for some bowling, which I haven’t done in years and it was obvious.  The first hurdle was dealing with the bowling shoes, there’s no way my right “hoof” would fit into those.  Upon special request, we were first denied.  However, when pushed, management had no problem with me wearing one bowling shoe and one slipper, or as I like it to be called, work boot.  Bowling was a great time, but the competition was tough.  My goal, just to break 100.  Of the two games we played, Dan won the first and Lynn the second both with a 138.  Good thing we weren’t playing teams, Dan and Lynn would have been unstoppable.  The victory photo was satisfying revenge, why are they holding a bowling ball and shoe like that??  Okay, so that was forced.

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10 Responses to Jackpot! A Straight Flush

  1. Rat Ferran says:

    Bret,
    I don’t know if you knew we moved to Hungerford Bldg this summer.
    Anyway, I finally caught up with your mother yesterday and had a nice visit.
    Your adventure seems to get more interesting as it goes…..but GET OUT OF VEGAS!!
    Fun but can you say : “overstimulation”?
    I follow the blog most days and have one comment for Shannon–from the picture of your bowling, you have perfect form for long distance skating!!
    Hope you all stay well

    • bhoefen says:

      Great to hear from you. I was aware, and always look forward to stopping in to check out the latest great finds. Not sure if you were aware, but the gigantic armoire we bought served as Shannon’s engagement ring. A couple years ago we moved out to Pultneyville, and as we checked out our new place the perquisite was that the armoire fit…it was close.

      We’re now clear of Vegas and I’ll be enrolling in gambler’s anonymous once I make back my losses. Maybe Shan’s skating career will help. Life is so bland without the lights and bells.

  2. Reggie & Mary Lee says:

    Hey – we went to see “True Grit” last Sunday and loved it! We didn’t go bowling after though – we chose a nice “Valentine’s Dinner” out to finish our date!

  3. Elisa says:

    Vegas seemed like lots of fun. Can’t wait to read more adventures.

    We miss you Guys!!!

  4. Tracey Zimmerman says:

    Bret and Shannon,

    The girls and I miss you and wish we were there sharing your adventures. Sounds like John is doing a good job of representing though.

    Thanks for sharing the blog with us. All our love and thoughts are with you.

    PS When we’re on vacation, John makes me sleep in the car too.

    • bhoefen says:

      It was great having John out here, but you and the girls were missed. We look forward to some adventures in the Williamson area with you guys this spring/summer. Burnap’s for sure, one of our favorites.

  5. Hey Bret!

    I’ve been following your blog since the beginning and am happy you are taking this time to have a lot of fun!
    I’ll be heading to Vegas today for a convention…. How long are you going to be in town??? We need some models for a photo shoot on Tuesday if you and Shannon are interested in a FREE portrait session by several photographers…. It will be at the Springs Preserve around 4pm. I’m staying at the MGM Grand and my cell # is 585-472-6471. Let me know if you are up for it.
    Maybe I’ll run into you in Vegas, either way!

    • bhoefen says:

      Your support means a lot to me. We hate to have missed you, but we just left Vegas on Saturday. We really should have stuck around as so many friends just happen to be there just as we left. Would have liked to have caught the photo shoot, you’re photography is amazing. Love the pictures you’ve done for Ryan and Makiko!

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