Gambling Man

On Saturday, we went on a gambling cruise and actually came out ahead by seven bucks. It wasn’t at all the result I’d expected and it brightened my mood considerably. Though we’d spent a fair amount of time hunched in front of slot machines, we hadn’t used even a fourth of the money we’d taken out of the bank that morning. Mom and Dad had invited us out for this, and Grandma was there too, and both Stephanie and I had a good time.

For entertainment, you had not only the gambling, but also the Red Sox game on TV, and a serviceable band on the top deck playing crowd-pleasing covers (although not playing them exceptionally well). I had a bit of a headache in the early going, so I spent a good deal of my time up on the top deck listening to the band, breathing in the relatively fresh air, and watching Curt Schilling pitch like Curt Schilling for the first time in a long while.

After the cruise, we grabbed a quick dinner at Burger King with the folks and came on home. It had been our intention to go right to sleep, but I remembered the MTV, VH1 and CMT were putting on another hurricane benefit. My aversion to these things lessened somehow by the contribution we’d made during another telethon the night before (as if I’d been feeling guilty about watching without donating), I thoroughly enjoyed this one, even when I was rushing upstairs to try and get our Net connection working. Trent Reznor gave a haunting performance of “Hurt”, accompanying himself on the piano, and it’s my understanding that he debuted a new song as well, which wasn’t aired.

There were lots of other good performances, too. I didn’t stay up for the whole thing, but MTV.com is rebroadcasting it online via their Overdrive thingamajig. That’s also apparently where you can find the unbroadcasted segments (including the NIN song mentioned above).

All in all, a really good day. I didn’t worry about the car situation all that much and obviously the Internet connection situation has sorted itself out, so I’m not complaining about nothing.