Wednesday, February 25, 2009


I have two kids. The boy is 18 months old. The girl is 5 1/2 years old. She is a kindergartner at the same catholic school that I went to. I am very proud of that fact. I wanted her knuckles smacked within the same hallowed halls that I got mine smacked. I wanted her to wear her chewing gum on her nose inside the same four walls that I did. I am going to cheer her on as she copies pages out of the bible....

Holy crap! I got in allot of trouble in school!

I remember the smell of the chalkboard. My teacher had caught me doing something cool I'm sure, and made me stand up at the board with my nose inside a small circle she had written on the board. Not just any circle, she would make you come up to the board, stand in front of it, then she would draw the circle just high enough so would have to go on your tip toes. Cruel, maybe. But, I didn't screw with her anymore! I had to wait until next year to mess with another teacher. Spare the rod, spoil the child.

That is why, when my boy turns two, I am going to start some random beatings for all the crap he is going to put me through. I already have a bar of soap picked out to shove in his mouth. Maybe some of the gibberish that I enjoy hearing so much is actually him cussing me out. He could be pissed that I put all his cars away every night. He might even be mispronouncing Spongebob swear word and I don't even know it. Just in case, he's grounded.

So back to my daughter and my old grade school alma mater. It's fairly the same as it was when I went there. The main difference is less kids. Enrollment was high when I went there. I even believe there was a waiting list for some grades. Unfortunately, there are less kids. Less kids means less money. So the parents came up with different ideas to raise money to keep tuition down. The major one is bingo. And when I say major, I mean major. Huge. Enormous even.

They designate what nights each grade is responsible for. You go and volunteer, it's fun and keeps some money in your pocket. I just never understood how serious people get about there bingo. I was never exposed to it.

I am lucky to have all my fingers and toes and arms and legs and let's face it, I am glad to be alive.

Let me make this clear, I am not making fun of, nor, picking on any person that enjoys, plays, eats, drinks, sleeps, or whatever bingo. So please do not stalk me or speak ill of me. All I am saying is HOLY CRAP!! There is a whole world that I didn't know existed there and I volunteered last night. Bingo Tuesday. Which this week was on Fat Tuesday. However, not to be confused with Mardi Gras. Mardi Gras is a party, this is serious stuff.

At my parish, we have the separate all purpose building. It has the basketball court, stage, reception hall all in one big room with some other smaller rooms attached. It's a nice facility. For bingo, they make the gym, the smokers room, and a smaller hall, the non smoking room. Nothing like packing a couple hundred or more smokers in a room the size of a basketball court for 5 hours. I think I picked up some kind of respiratory disease in there. That's coming from a recent non-smoker. I was waiting for the fire department to show up and put them all out. If your a smoker, don't get your panties in a bunch. I'm just saying, go smoke in a phone booth for 5 hours, you'll see.

Fighting against the sneers of the crowd, I took some pictures to show this mammoth weekly event.

Smoking room

Non-smoking room

I really don't see a difference. But seriously, look at all those people out on a cold winter Tuesday night. Almost all seats are permanently reserved. That means they come every week! They have a seating chart!! It's just incredible and very cool. That's allot of support for a little catholic school.

I say "bingo on" my friends, "bingo on."


Anonymous said...

Wow! That's a lot of people packed into a bldg!!
Do they have "smoker" laws where you are?? I know here, they have a law that says you have to smoke outside of any bldg. Bars, restaurants, etc. in the city limits. And you know, this is way down South!! T

Gina said...

People are SERIOUS about their bingo. I worked at a bingo as a teen and I am telling you, I saw some old ladies THROW DOWN over a seat, a red (vs green) bingo card, a lucky stamper, etc.

Anonymous said...

You do not want to mess with a MINNESOTAN when it comes to bingo.

june cleaver said...

How comes you didn't mention all of the text messages I sent you last night calling you a "pansie"


It is hard work replying to your text messages you know. A little appreciation WOULD BE NICE!

I can say these things because I know you are at work right now and will not read this until later tonight... so I have about 9 maybe 10 hours to be able to call you names without you knowing it.

Bingo loving freak.

Hey! Is that you in the second row of the smokers room? The guy in the flannel shirt? That is your usual uniform right? Wait-that can't be you, he doesn't have a camouflage baseball cap on... my mistake.

Anonymous said...

I've been in that is huge. Wow, that sure is a great turnout. Ah yes, they love their bingo. I too was surprised the first time I worked a bingo. Those people really come to play.
I work the bingo at our summer festival, we have some serious bingo players there too.
I have a great time joking with the less serious ones. We even run for pop and water for the players.
Now that you have worked a bingo you can consider yourself a fully initiated Catholic. Who knew it would take you so long!
Aunt Barbara

Traffic Cop Timmy said...

Serious? Try yelling bingo by mistake and see what happens when you come clean! That'll leave a mark!

Alis said...

It cracks me up to hear a Catholic say Holy Crap!! =o)

Anonymous said...

Ahhh...makes me miss the region Cousin Steve!

Karen said...

Maybe I missed it, but I saw no mention of the ubercool chick who runs that weekly happening.