Friday, August 5, 2011
"B52", an unidentified female cried out from the back of the hall.
A nattily-dressed middle-aged man whooped for joy before double-checking his cards for accuracy.
As it turned out, it was a forty-five year old red-faced Cougar - with candy-apple red lipstick smeared on her once-luscious pouty lips - who uttered up the cry that caused a bout of blues to sweep through the darkly-lit ballroom momentarily.
The embarrassed faded beauty was forced to fess up.
"I was flagging down the waitress ('ya got it) for a thirst-quenching B52 drinkie-pooh!"
Within a few minutes - after the nasty uproar simmered down a smidgen - die-hard Bingo fans were once again peering over their multi-colored cards contentedly as old age silently (and slowly) began to creep in.
Is this the way management at the Riviera expects the revival of Bingo to pan out each week at the down-on-its luck Hotel on the poor end of the strip when the competitions start up on August 12th?
Heck no, at least not if the big brass has any say in the matter, dudes & dudettes.
For good reason, consultants have been - well, consulted with - to determine if there is a silver lining in the them there gap pockets in "Bingo City" proper.
Accoring to Lou Hilford - with Loudon Consultations (with a busy office just North of the U.S. border in picturesque Vancouver B.C.) - the old image of bingo players (the blue-haired ladies fifty-five and older, puffing on a ciggie, with curlers intact, and a requisite cup of lead coffee in hand in a styrofoam cup) is more old hat than the gals who used to populate the once-smokey cozy little halls.
By the by, in West Hollywood (California), celebrity bingo has been all-the-rage at Hamburger Mary's for a few years now.
Though the dolled-up babes (with boy-toys in-tow) may be drag Queens - or exotic transsexuals - when it comes to donations for their favorite charities - they're no slouches in the fundraising department.
Maybe President Obama should toss a celebrity "balls" event at the White House now that times are getting tough.
Pink money is still coin of the realm, after all!
With the advent of electronics tossed into the mix, Hilford also predicts that smartly-attired dudes between the ages of twenty and forty years of age, will be giving the old dolls a run for their - um - balls too.
Other Casinos have caught the trend and are jumping on the big bingo-wagon too by jove!
The Plaza (just enovated with spanking new lofty climbs to relax and gamble in) is launching a tournament with a high stakes incentive - $150,000 big ones - in fact.
Alas, too late to slip into an easy chair to try your luck on that one, on the 24th of August.
The 1000-spot event is sold out, though hapless hopefuls are inclined to still wait in the wings for no-shows to free up a coveted seat or two the fun-filled soiree, which is obviously going to be one of the social highlights of the season.
The Riviera's 1800 seat extravaganza may have tickets still available though.
Go try your luck!