The weather has been cold and blustery and many of us have been in the doldrums . It was time for a change. Four of us rearranged our schedules and planned an outing to the casino at Woodbine race track. Of course we picked the day that Toronto was expecting the first of the seasons major winter storms — but that didn’t deter us. Actually when we set out early in the afternoon there was no snow but the weather was definitely blustery. We were not quite sure how to get there , but with the help of a map, a GPS and three slightly directionally challenged passengers, our driver got us there safely. Actually, she didn’t need our input because she knew exactly where she was going and didn’t listen to us anyway. When we reached our destination, said driver who usually moves rather slowly because of aches and pains, jumped out of the car and sprinted to the casino as fast as her senior legs would carry her. She must have had an adrenalin rush from the anticipation of pushing the play button on the penny slot machines. The rest of us followed.
We all had received a mailing from the casino stating that they were having a promotional during the month of December and that we were each entitled to ten dollars of free play. We received our chits and decided to be partners. We played with the casino’s money and made money. Actually only one of us was lucky and made us lots of money. The rest of us did not contribute much to the winnings. To celebrate our new found combined wealth of over $300 we decided to have a drink. We felt very Cosmopolitan as we sat at the Casino bar sipping Cosmopolitans. If only our kids and grandkids could see us now.
When we left the promised storm had arrived. But we were hungry and drove to a restaurant for dinner, diminishing some of our winnings. After a delicious meal at the Boneyard Grill we made it home safely and we all slept soundly that night. No matter what age one is–getting together with female friends is usually fun and and results in laughter and memories, and stories to tell –and in the winter gets rid of winter blues.