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Rollercoaster ride
The state of emotions during Bingo

Dear Aunt Bingo,
I am a novice who has only attended three Bingo sessions so far. When I return home around 10:30 or 11:00 p.m., I toss and turn and can’t fall asleep until the wee hours of the morning. The first time, it was simply due to the excitement and adrenaline of being immersed into this new world of Bingo…the people watching, all the different Bingo patterns, the snack bar…it was all so thrilling!
My second time was actually a matinee session, so I slept fine. After my third session, again I found myself tossing and turning. This time it was not from excitement, but from the agony of not knowing when I would be blessed with the experience of yelling “Bingo!”
My question is: How many emotional stages of Bingo are there? Joy, jealousy, anger, longing, giddiness, laughter, but thankfully no tears (yet)—these are all the emotions I’ve experienced after only three sessions!
Is this a normal experience of the average Bingo player or should I seek help or refrain from the game? I really do love it…and maybe that is just the nature of competitive games? —Jessica, Highland Park, California

Dear Jessica,
As you went down your emotional list—joy, jealousy, anger, longing, giddiness, laughter, etc., etc.—I imagined the thousands of Bingo players reading it and saying, “yup, yup, oh yes, uh huh, uh huh…” because we have all been there.
When it comes to Bingo, it’s all about winning and (more often) losing, and the rollercoaster ride of the gaming experience. Time and time again you will come so close to grabbing a jackpot, only to have some rotten stranger beat you by one rotten number. The adrenaline keeps ebbing and flowing session after session, and you’ll sometimes wonder why no one has invented a Bingo pill to help you get through it.
Welcome to the wild and wacky world of Bingo! —Aunt Bingo

Dear Aunt Bingo,
I read one of your articles about someone complaining about the rules for certain players and not others and you said that the games are monitored by the Bingo Commission in California. I would like to know if the Indian casino Bingo halls also have a commissioner or someone to write to if people have a complaint. Or are they also ruled by the California Bingo Commission? Thank you for your response. —AR, California, via email

Dear AR,
According to the National Congress of American Indians, there are 566 federally recognized Indian Nations in the United States. The U.S. Constitution recognizes that Indian Nations are sovereign governments and possess the inherent powers of self-government. Treaties and laws have created a fundamental contract between Indian Nations and the United States: Indian Nations ceded millions of acres of land that made the United States what it is today, and in return received, among other guarantees, the right of continued self-government on their own lands.
Tribal self-government serves the same purpose today as it always has: ensuring that Indian Nations remain viable as distinct groups of people. Tribal cultures enrich American life, and tribal economies provide opportunities where few would otherwise exist. Tribal governments also provide basic infrastructure, including roads, bridges and public buildings and a broad range of governmental services on tribal lands, including education, law enforcement, judicial systems, and environmental protection.
I assume that Bingo and other gaming on Indian Nation lands falls within this same category of self-government and self-regulation. As such, I believe that any complaints or concerns about their operation would have to be directed to the leaders of the Nation. —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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