Monday, March 24, 2014

A Quiet Weekend And A Trip To The Pala Casino

When it comes to weekends, whether we are at home or on the road, we tend not to plan anything.  After many years of working where I was in the midst of big crowds or just big city life, I've found I have little desire to go any place where there may be big crowds.  Of course, there is an exception to every rule.....I love the Disney Parks (which are always crowded), I want to experience New Orleans during Mardis Gras (just once), and a casino will beckon me most any time.  But I'll come back to that......

Saturday and Sunday were spent mostly just doing stuff in and around the rig.  Kim did some "guy" stuff outside.  I didn't ask too much because of course he would feel compelled to explain to me in great detail what it was.  I often borrow Denzel Washington's line from the movie Philadelphia - "Explain it to me like I'm a 4 year old. "  That rarely happens; I guess I look old enough to understand the fine art of mechanics.  I caught up on blogs.  We did laundry.  Video chatted with our two sets of grandsons.  Pardon the Grandma Brag here, but I will share a few more pictures of the darlings now.

Starting with our son's boys.

This is Alex.  He is almost 4.

This is the best 1st birthday invitation ever!  This is Zachary who turned 1 recently.

And these are our daughter's boys.

 This is our honorary (step) grandson, Trystan.  He is 13.

And this is Odin, age 4.

And Torren, age 1.  I swear he will not smile if there is a camera pointed at him.  I was thrilled when his dad captured this shot!

Sunday afternoon, we decided to check out the Pala Casino in Pala, CA.  I had so enjoyed Pechanga (okay, mostly because I won $400 there on a keno machine of all things), I wanted to see if my luck had held.

First of all the road out to Pala from I-15 is pretty winding.  It's hard to believe that at almost 60, I still get car sick, but I do.  It's only about 6 miles off the freeway, but it was uncomfortable for me.  I'm happy to say I held it together.  There were a number of avocado stands along the way.  A bag of 25 avocados for $5!  That seems like a great deal to me, but what in the world would I do with 25 avocados!

We drove up to take advantage of valet parking.  The first thing I noticed was that I could smell cigarette smoke even before we entered the casino.  Not a good thing in my book.  Signage was good, and we were able to find restaurants fairly easily.  We just ate in the cafe.  Kim had his usual second breakfast (eggs, hash browns, toast and a pancake).  I had a BLT with avocado and onion rings.

I've been in my fair share of casinos over the years.  The smoke was bothersome, but I've been in worse and I've been in better.  I would put this casino as middle of the road.  I contributed my $20 to the tribe - no winners for me.  Kim played a nickel machine and was up 5 cents when he cashed out.  I'm not sure how it happened but I ended up tipping the valet, even though Kim was clearly the winner here.  If he thinks I'm not keeping track, he's sadly mistaken (insert diabolical laughter here).  One thing that did impress me was that the valets were very friendly and very funny.  I probably won't go back to Pala, but I would to Pechanga.

We left there, and headed for Ralph's and Lowe's in Oceanside.  Ralph's is a Kroger affiliate just as Fred Meyer's in Washington. We have our rewards card for Fred Meyer's that work at Ralph's and will work at Fry's in Arizona, which score us up to $1 off per gallon of fuel.....when we can find one of their stores with gas pumps.  The last one we saw was in Oregon, but the points don't expire so we will use them eventually.  I really have no reason for even mentioning this in the blog other than to say that Ralph's had good produce.  I wasn't enamored with their meat counter, but the vegetables, both organic and regular, were nice, fresh and well displayed.  And because I did not win at the casino, I felt I needed some lottery scratch tickets.  Spent $20, won $10 and a free ticket.  Time to quit.  Kim ran over to Lowe's to pick up some Allen wrenches, whatever for I have no idea - see paragraph #2.

Monday, we are off to Julian, CA, for pie!

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