So the family finished dinner and walked up to the CanAm centre. All 5 of us.... We missed you B. Anyway, we couldn't be late, they stop selling cards 5 minutes before 7 pm. So we left the house at 6 pm. For those of you who know the compound, you know that the CanAm centre is at max 5 min from the house. So an hour got us there in plenty of time to learn how to play, buy our cards and some more dabbers (different colours even), get a glass of water (no snacks this year) and get some good seats. We weren't the first ones there.
|Waiting for Bingo to start.|
Mom knows people everywhere, so it should be no surprise that she invited one of her friends that came to play to sit with us. Another couple also sat next to mom and dad - the same couple that sat next to them the last time they played - 9 months ago. Anyway this couple celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary and neither of them look as old as their 90+ years.
|Dad's not so sure about this|
|Grammi focused on dabbing the right numbers|
Intermission came. and so did the 50-50 draw. We didn't buy tickets, so of course we didn't win. As normal the person holding the first ticket drawn won the money. However, other people also won. They won a brownie. Just one brownie - a snack for intermission. So intermission was extra long as they read off the numbers of another 16 tickets. Apparently a lady made a pan of brownies but there weren't enough for everyone, so they thought this was the fairest way to distribute them. Mom's friend (the one sitting with us) won one.
Bingo night resumed. The patterns were so complex that geeky me had to colour some of the squares with the bingo dabber and others with a pen just so I wouldn't get confused about when to call bingo. Mom decided it was our time to win, especially since the others at our table had already won (even if one was just a brownie). She was extra determined.
She was down to her last number on the second to last game. She kept chanting 45 under her breath. And then - finally - the 45 ball appears on the TV monitor. She got super excited, but couldn't call out BINGO until the caller called 45. She was so excited she started nudging the 92 year old man beside her - who didn't have a clue what she was going on about. The number was called and BINGO! Mom won the "big bucks".
After 2 1/2 hours of playing, the game was over and the hall was cleaned up, chairs and table put away, in under 10 minutes - just as dad said it would be - and we walked home having survived our first family bingo night.