This blog is for those of us with even a little bit of adventure in our souls. It started when some friends and I formed an adventure club so we would try something fun, new, interesting, or challenging every few months—the things we had always wanted to try but never had the nerve or the time to attempt. I hope the ideas posted here will inspire you and your friends to take a break from routine and have an adventure!
As Helen Keller said, "Life is either a great adventure or nothing.”
March 24, 2010
B I N G O !
The last time I played Bingo it was a rainy day in 2nd grade and recess had been canceled. Zooming forward a few dozen years I generally think of Bingo as a game for the generations ahead of and behind me -- but not for me. Well, I have been wrong!
Over the weekend, I attended a Bingo fundraiser for The Autism Project and had a blast. This was not the Bingo of my childhood: no little plastic circles to cover B11 or N43. Today's serious player quickly dabs her squares with colorful Bingo markers. Good thing, too, because everyone played at least six cards at a time.
Balls with letters and numbers are still used to randomly select the next Bingo square but now closed circuit TV keeps track of each ball, the numbers light up on a giant board, and each of the game cards is numbered so that a computer can confirm if you really are a winner. Speaking of winning, my second-grade experience taught me to yell, "BINGO!" after making a horizontal, vertical, or diagonal sequence. Sunday afternoon, I needed help figuring out how to identify a "crazy kite," "crazy T," "small picture frame," or "postage stamp" formation. I never did yell, "Bingo!".
As impressed as I was with all this new technology, talk among the players revealed that firehouse Bingo couldn't hold a high-tech candle to cruise-ship Bingo. No complaints from me, though. My friends and I had a surprisingly fun afternoon and even though we were a bunch of Bingo losers, our loss was a contribution to a good cause.