July kicked off with blazing heat, with the air sizzling at 108 Fahrenheit.
On a day like this, most would head to the pool or the beach or the fountain. Not me. I stayed away from water. Instead, I drove in the hazy sunshine up to the mountains in the Catskills.
Half the day was spent at Resorts World, New York’s newest casino, in Monticello. But it wasn’t gambling that was on my mind. Heck, I don’t even know how to work a slot machine.
I chose that venue just so I could be in an air-conditioned environment—and not have to pay for it—as well as to keep my car in the shade of an underground garage free of charge.
This is the paradox of gambling. When you win cash, it’s a mark of clear victory. But losing a small sum of money—as small as $6—is a gain just as well.
I spent the other half of the day at the bowling alley and at the movie theater, where I caught “Ocean’s 8.”
Even though I didn’t return home with wads of bills, I still won. I had a wonderful outing.