27.06.2014 - 27.06.2014
The DiSalvo family gave us a grand tour of Griffith. We caravanned in two cars, Ross drove one, Jaqueline the other. It is hard to grasp any town was established in 1916. We ended at the Lake where we petted a very friendly and itchy caged Galah, which are really sharp-looking pigeons with pink breasts. L was fascinated by them until she heard their squawking. Also caged was Don King's bird incarnate. Ross spun tales of the "Grass castles" and the people who live there (or are now 6 feet under or serving 5-10...). Cruised through Angelo's farm and ended at the Rocks, the highest elevation for a long, long distance. It is a great vantage point to see how flat New South Wales is, and an inspiration point. M was looking for Potsy-n-Ralph mouth.
The Club. Griffith Leagues Club. Table for 21. This Club is where it is at. The Club is the social nucleus. Everyone who is anyone goes. There are 5 in Griffith, well, four, one burnt down. Emilia is a member at 3: one for Bochi, one for something else, and this one for the food and the pokies.
Aussies like their Pokies. Matthew does too. Lauren doesn't because she loses. But when in Rome, do as the Aussies do. Pushing the button over and over and over again. With each push, just a few cents. Thirty cents here, two dollars there. The excitement makes you forget you are losing. $30 lost in 15 minutes? I thought the Australian themed pokie spoke to me and was apropos.
But those kangaroos, dingos, cockatoos and crocodiles just would not line up. the sounds are so optimistic, surely I will win next time...The pokie psychology must be a uni major.
Matthew had better luck, winning $86. He cashed out, but then slipped the ticket back in, inspired by Jaqueline's winning and the Carlos-inspired pokie "More Chilies!". within minutes the pokie was gonging and gonging and gonging and gonging and gonging... 19 gongs. He won 8 silver-gong free spins and 11 bronze-gong free spins. Surely this meant thousands! M smiled, "First class home, honey". Although not thousands, Matthew pocketed $280. Not bad. However, amateurs to Sylvia's quadruple that.