Overheard conversation fragment: I’m over here by the slot machines


While on a trip to Las Vegas, I happened to overhear a woman talking on her mobile phone who, from her body language, was clearly trying to meet up with a friend. We were in the casino of one of the major hotels. She said, "I'm over here by the slot machines."

Yeah, that narrows it down.

I'll be heading to Vegas for the Niney Awards. If I don't see you at the ceremony, I'll meet you by the slot machines.

Comments (11)
  1. rfog says:

    My moder used to say "put there that thing that is there"…

  2. Paul says:

    I have often had targets spotted at Airsoft games (in a forest):

    "Behind the tree"

    "Just past that bush"

    This usually leads to mockery:

    "Behind the tree!"

    "Which one?"

    "The one with leaves on!"

    "Which?"

    "The green one!"

    etc

  3. No One says:

    So may times during FPS games will I start to call out my position when under fire and die before I can articulate it.  L4D/L4D2 is easier so long as your team follows a line of travel because then there are only the two directions of ahead and back and most people watch you when you're ahead.

  4. Joseph Koss says:

    I work in a rather large casino (largest on this side of the planet, over half a mile long) and it is most certainly quite common to hear extremely poor location descriptions from the patrons, especially when they stop you to get directions to one of the 4 parking garages (they dont know which one they parked in, and several of the garages are so large that they have multiple entrances into the building)

    There is simply no generic description that will ever suffice (We have 28 "restaurants", 4 "hotels", 6500 "slot machines", 380 "table games", 5 "ballrooms", …)

    If you ever visit Foxwoods, do yourself a favor and remember the name of the garage you parked in!

  5. bilbert says:

    Foxwoods needs to do something besides name their garages.  Paint dice on the walls of one, chips in another, cards in another, etc.. and modify these by floor.  That way you can ask a customer what was on the wall in front of his parking space, hear "a royal flush," and respond with "you are parked on the 3rd floor of such and such garage."

  6. Ooh says:

    I'll keep my fingers crossed!

  7. Gabe says:

    GWO: So casino patrons think "I can't find my car, so I guess I'll give up and go back to gambling"?

  8. GWO says:

    @bilbert You assume that Foxwoods *want* it to be easy for people to leave.  Most casinos consider disorientating the patrons (in space and time) to be a feature, not a bug.

  9. John Muller says:

    Overheard as I was entering a Casino… "I'm just leaving that job in Kent, I'll be there in 20 minutes" (the casino was not in Kent)

    Resolved right then and there that if I ever felt the need to lie about gambling, it would be time to stop forever.

  10. Dazed and Confused says:

    Gabe: While I can't speak to impulsive gambling, I have observed that very behavior elsewhere:

    "Well, maybe we parked in the other garage."

    *begins walking across mall*

    "Ooo, shiny! I forgot Gizmo Co. was releasing Widget N+1 today!"

    *returns to shopping*

  11. GWO says:

    @Gabe: No, but every time they go from one car park to another, they have to walk past a load of gaming machines, enticing them to return to gambling. And that will work on some of those people.  Hell, in Vegas there are slot machines on the walk between the passport control and the baggage claim – some people are not very strong willed about such things.

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