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Cancelled Bingo
Consider calling ahead

Dear Aunt Bingo,
I just returned home from Bingo and I am fuming! Well, more accurately, I just returned home from the Bingo hall—which had a big sign stuck on the door saying that due to the weather, Bingo had been cancelled.
Here I am, a 70-year-old widow, and I had no problem driving to and from the hall in spite of the snow. But apparently the folks who run the Bingo—and may I add that it is mostly men—were too frightened to leave their homes.
There had to have been at least 30 cars that pulled into that parking lot only to see the sign and have to turn around and go home. And there isn’t another Bingo near enough that any of us could have driven there in time to get there before the start of Bingo. Not that I would have. The last thing in the world I was in the mood for was driving another 10 miles to find that hall closed, too!
Thank you for letting me vent! —TCC, Binghamton, NY

Dear TCC,
What a rotten way for your Bingo night to begin and end! Unfortunately, that’s sometimes how things go during wintertime.
In defense of the hall, it is one thing to venture out in bad weather by choice because you hope to win some Bingo bucks, as opposed to venturing out in that same lousy weather because you volunteer to hand out Bingo packs and pull tabs.
The person who posted the sign was likely the unfortunate Bingo manager who had fielded calls from workers who couldn’t make it, tried to find substitutes and failed, and finally had to make the same snowy drive you did so he could hang the sign and disappoint his players.
If nothing else, hopefully you can take from this a reminder that it is always wise during bad weather to CALL AHEAD and make sure that Bingo—or whatever event you are planning to attend—is still in session.
A cancellation will still be a disappointment, but at least it will be a disappointment from the safety and warmth of your home. —Aunt Bingo

Dear Aunt Bingo,
Get this. We’re in the middle of a break between Bingo sessions when a tow truck pulls up and the driver walks into the hall and calls out a woman’s name. A lady walks over and speaks with him and the two of them go outside. They get in the tow truck and drive away.
Fifteen minutes later, just as Bingo is about to start again, the tow truck pulls up (this time towing a car), drops the lady off, and drives away. The woman comes back into the hall and begins the second session of Bingo.
I didn’t think much of it until one of my friends says, “Now I’ve seen everything.”
“What?” I asked her.
It turns out that on the way to Bingo, the woman got her car stuck in a ditch up the road. She left it and walked the rest of the way to Bingo. Once she got to the hall she called a tow truck and then proceeded to play Bingo. She asked the tow guy to try and time it so she could meet him during the break and then come back to Bingo. It worked out perfectly!
When Bingo was over one of her friends gave her a ride home. —Pat K., vi email

Dear Pat,
I have to hand it to that woman—she certainly is unflappable! And while I love Bingo as much as the next player, I don’t think I’m quite enough of a fan that I could coordinate an unexpected car accident, a tow truck, and a lift home with a double Bingo session. Amazing!
If the woman who did this reads this column—and I’m confident that if she does, she will surely recognize herself in this story—I hope she will send me a note or email and tell us all about this experience. I’m sure we would all love to hear how she pulled this off! —Aunt Bingo

Share your views! Write to Aunt Bingo c/o the Bingo Bugle, P.O. Box 527, Vashon, Washington 98070, or email her at STENGL456@aol.com. Be sure to include your name and address (you can request that your name not be published), as typically she will not include anonymous letters in her columns.

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