Birthday Money / Dinero de Cumpleaños

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It’s Saturday and we’ve been in Las Vegas since Thursday afternoon. We’ve got awful jet lag but we’re having a great time with Jerry’s two (Kid) sisters and one of the brothers-in-law. The valley was blanketed in snow when we arrived, a rare occurrence in Vegas, but the sun has been shining and the temperatures are rising. The snow has disappeared from the golf courses and people are back out there playing with their balls.

This is San Geraldo’s idea of heaven. Slot machines everywhere you look. In the gas stations, supermarkets, convenience stores, and, yes, thousands of them right here in our hotel. We all went to Red Rock Casino yesterday to play for a while before enjoying their huge buffet dinner. When we joined up for dinner, San Geraldo announced that he had gone through his entire “gambling envelope.” I asked how much had been in that envelope and, when he told me, I nearly keeled over.

“It’s my birthday money!” he whined.

“Your BIRTHDAY money?” I snapped and then added sarcastically. “Oh, did Grandma give it to you?”

We’re fine today. Poor boy; grandma only ever gave him socks. I’m just going to have to get a job when we get back to Spain.


Es el sábado y hemos estado en Las Vegas desde el jueves por la tarde. Tenemos un jet lag terrible, pero lo estamos pasando muy bien con las dos hermanas (Las Hermanitas) de Jerry y uno de los cuñados. El valle estaba cubierto de nieve cuando llegamos, algo raro en Las Vegas, pero el sol brilla y las temperaturas aumentan. La nieve ha desaparecido de los campos de golf y la gente está de vuelta jugando con sus bolas.

Esta es la idea del cielo de San Geraldo. Máquinas tragamonedas donde quiera que mires. En las estaciones de servicio, supermercados, tiendas de conveniencia y, sí, miles de ellas aquí en nuestro hotel. Todos fuimos a Red Rock Casino ayer para jugar un rato antes de disfrutar de su enorme cena buffet. Cuando nos unimos a cenar, San Geraldo anunció que había revisado todo su “sobre de juego”. Le pregunté cuánto había estado en ese sobre y, cuando me lo dijo, casi me arrodillé.

“¡Es el dinero de mi cumpleaños!” se quejo.

“¿Tu dinero de cumpleaños?” Rompí y luego agregué sarcásticamente. “Oh, ¿te lo dio la abuela?”

Estamos bien hoy. Pobre chico; la abuela solo se regalaba los calcetines. Tendré que conseguir un trabajo cuando regresemos a España.

Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

30 thoughts on “Birthday Money / Dinero de Cumpleaños”

    1. Judy:
      Eight inches!!! Black ice. What a mess. Fortunately, it happened early on the day of our arrival and was gone within a few days. Temps actually got up to low 70s… and then it rained the day we left. Perfect timing.

    1. Easy for me to say! I’m assuming that envelope had a thousand bucks?! If it was more then I’m starting to see Mitchell’s point… Love you guys. Come back safe and sound with at least five euros for some cafes at the airport!

  1. Well, was it his money or not? I figure, if you spend yours don’t ask anybody else for theirs. I don’t gamble. Skee ball used to wipe me out 🙂 Give the big guy a hug from me, will ya? It must be hard being old and broke in Vegas!

      1. Wow, thanks Carebear! A lot of wonderful things have come out of Philly. Cheesesteaks, American Bandstand, Skee ball, and you 🙂

      2. anne marie:
        I didn’t know that either! I’ll have to tell the Kid Brother — one of his favorite games!

    1. Deedles:
      We don’t have yours and mine. It’s all OURS! Jerry doesn’t understand the word broke!

    1. Adam:
      Which days do you miss? The days when Grandma bought you socks or the days when you lost all your money in Vegas?

    1. anne marie:
      He wouldn’t tell me how much he lost during our entire visit. Then he let it slip last night when we were out to dinner. Our friend asked if this meant divorce, but I said we couldn’t afford it!

  2. Snow in Vegas!
    Hey if you want snow come to the east coast and I’ll have it piled up waiting for you!LOL
    SG in Vegas!
    Like Mitch and chocolate!
    Tingling sensations everywhere.

    1. Ron:
      Yep, Jerry and gambling is even worse than me with chocolate! I see you’ve had even more snow. No thanks! We came back to sunshine, but it’s cloudy and threatening today and the wind is whistling through the building. I went for a walk on the beach and had a free session of microdermabrasion.

  3. That’s the thing about casinos. It’s sooooooooo easy for money to just slip through your fingers and into those machines . . . .

  4. Whew! I’m not a gambler so the thought of that makes my head hurt! I’d remember the dollar amount when MY birthday rolled around next time, if I were you!

    1. Urspo:
      Jerry has an “interesting” perspective on just about everything.

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