I Am In The Bingo Bugle Paper

I have been winning at Bingo almost weekly now! Mostly pull tabs. But lately I went from 2 packs to 3 packs and I have been winning regular bingo. So at every bingo hall in Nevada and Los Angeles we have a paper called “Bingo Bugle” and every month they put your picture in the paper when you win. It does not matter the amount of the win. Just be a winner when they show up with the camera!

 

Buckingham bingoThey seem to show up unannounced, you are in the middle of winning and there they are right there to take your picture. Now there is a way to get your picture in the Bugle and that way is to take your picture with your phone when you win and email it to the paper. Easy right?

 

 

bugleNow imagine my excitement when I found out I was right smack on the front cover of the August  Los Angeles issue! OMG!!! I thought and I was off to get as many papers as I could to give out to friends and family. So they could share in my excitement. One friend even asked me to sign it lol! I did it just to be funny. He laughed and took it to show his wife. He also said he would have to follow me to bingo, I am gonna have to keep and eye on him lol. But it was all in fun. I can’t wait to hit the $1199 or the $2399! That will be a real treat! Thanks Bingo Bugle. I am having fun with the issue.

If you would like to see the paper in full here is the link:

www.bingo4fun.com

 

 

 

 

 

Mattress After Mattress

I bought at least 6 mattresses in the past 5 months. Now I’ve had nothing but back pain since I bought them. Which is why I have not posted lately. I have been trying to get the right mattress for me body type. I have not succeeded yet. Which is why I keep buying another mattress.

 

I wish my bed looked as comfortable as this one in the picture, but that is not the case.  Instead  what I’ve gotten so far is  seems to be firm mattresses instead of  soft mattresses. Now when I go to the different stores  I do take the time to lay down on the mattress for at least 15-20 minutes to see if how it feels to my back and my side and that there are no pressure points . Every time I have seem to have gotten it wrong .

 

Now the sales people at the mattress store says your body needs at least two weeks to get adjusted to a mattress.  I say bull crap no way. I think within the first 24 hours your body should be well-adjusted to your mattress. Now I’ll tell you what, whenever I have bought a mattress in the past it’s always usually Beautyrest mattresses. But I have never taken more than overnight to get used to a mattress.

 

Now you know when you don’t get a good night’s rest it messes up your whole entire day. I started having pains in my lower back so I change the mattress this was back in February. I called the actual store to get them to come out and make sure that I wasn’t going crazy and they said yes it was defective. So they were kind enough to bring me out a new one no charge no delivery fee. So I tried to get used to that mattress what I felt in the store was really nice but again I only laid there for 15 to 20 minutes. But when I got it home or when they delivered it I got a firm mattress it seems. So I call the guy back at the store and tell him this isn’t the same mattress. The salesman tells me there is nothing he can do about it, because he just changed the mattress.ON THE ROAD TO BETTER DREAMS akahawkeyefan via Compfight

 

Okay so I’m left to my own devices so I find another store which is about 2 blocks down the road from the first store. Why was working on the 3rd mattress. So I get in the store I asked the man for the softest mattress area, so he takes me to the area I asked for. I take the same amount of time I’ve made it take longer to try out the mattresses there he’s shown me. I take my time and I pick out the mattress I think that is the best one for me and within my budget I pay for it and I wait for it to be delivered. Okay so he gets here about 4 days later which isn’t bad. So I tried it out overnight, woke up the next morning in pain. My back was so bad I have never experienced pain like this before. The mattress was too firm I don’t know if they change the mattress or what was going on. But it was not the same mattress I tried in the store.

 

So there is no way I’m sleeping on this mattress again. So I’m on the sofa again sleeping, I’m at my wit’s end by this time. So lo and behold I see a commercial on TV, it is a commercial from Macy’s about mattresses. So by this time I’ve lost over $500 on mattresses! And all that was from working in money I won from bingo. So I go and play Bingo again and win another $500 or more.

 

The very next day I head over to Macy’s, and I’ll check out the mattresses they have and yes they have beauty rest. So I do my thing laying down on the mattress is a good 15 to 20 minutes I think I even laid on them 30 minutes this time. This time I think I have made my right choice, it gets delivered exactly when they said it would be delivered. I did not have to pay another delivery fee. So now I have my new mattress and I’m so excited, I’ll get right on it and try to see if it feels exactly like it felt in the store. During the night I sit straight up, my back is in so much pain. So get up the next morning and I go and get a memory foam topper to lay on top of the mattress. It has helped tremendously but it’s not there yet. I guess I will have to take at least two weeks to get used to it says the sales people. Really! Have you ever had a bad experience with the mattress? Comment below.
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Cheeseburger Taste Test

Last week I was invited to do a two-day Cheeseburger taste test at the mall here in Los Angeles! I often get these invites in my email or I go on Craigslist to find them. It is a lot of fun to do these from time to time. The rooms sometimes look like this picture below.

Townsville Focus Groups Michael Stephens via Compfight

Now about the cheeseburgers, the first day I was so excited to get in and try the cheeseburgers that I ate nothing all day. By the way, the taste test didn’t start until 7:30pm. Long wait just to eat but I knew I had a few to eat, it was 6 to be exact! The burgers all came from McDonald’s and were quarter pounders. I don’t know if I was just really hungry, or if the first burger really was as good as I thought. It was very juicy and salty with just enough ketchup and mustard with the right amount of pickles and onions. The second came out after we all in the room had time to give a good review. After the second it just went downhill from there! the burgers started coming out very bland with no taste at all. I did give my honest opinion. This survey was all on computer. No writing at all. No the next night the first 5 cheeseburgers were awful but the last one was really good. I ate the whole thing. WP_20160409_20_19_42_RichCreative Commons License Helen Penjam via Compfight

Let me tell you about focus groups in case you have never been to one. Here in Los Angeles, we have focus groups all over. You can find them like I said right on Craigslist.org! Or just sign up for one company in your area. You can also google them and find them that way. I think everyone should try it one time in life. It is fun and you get paid for only 2 hours or less. You are helping bad products not get out to the public. It has been done this way for many years now.

Skokie PL Digital Media Lab Michael Stephens via Compfight

How do you get picked for one? Well, you fill out an online survey first, then someone from the company calls you to go over your answers and give you all the info you need to go about the group and directions on how to get to the focus group site. Once there you are put into groups, sometimes just women or men. Sometimes by age or altogether. It all depends on what the focus group is about. I have to say I have been doing these way back when they used to only put them in newspapers! That never happens anymore right? Now if you don’t use a computer, you are kinda left out these days because that is the only way you can get them.  I have always had lots of fun doing them especially if they are taste tests! That is free food!!! Come on it does not get any better than that. Have you ever done a in person focus group? What was your experience?

 

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The Joys of Bingo

Hi Friends,

Pink bingo cardI am a 40 something year old bingo player and I love it! I have loved bingo since I was a little girl watching the older ladies playing. I also have loved hanging  around older ladies all my life. I never really played with kids that were my age as they were very mean to me. That is another post for another time.

Anyway, I came to find out that there is a bingo hall all over Los Angeles and beyond. I also, found out that a good friend of my Aunt’s named Bea had been playing at this one in particular called Buckingham Heights Bingo! Well, I went a few years back and really sat with Bea and she showed me everything I needed to know to play the game well.

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Bea winning!

Let me tell you there is more to bingo than meets the eye. You have all kinds of ways to bingo  just to name a few: double bingo on the 3 cards called Triple Double, there is Bonanza, there is Double Action, also different ways to bingo. Sometimes you have to bingo with 2 cards or 3 cards or 6 cards! It is so much fun to play. I always post about my winnings because I get so excited. It can be hard to win. But now they have little pull tabs like a lottery. Just one pull tab costs $1 so you get a pull tab with a number on it and you can win $1199, $500, $250. I have yet to hit that $1199! But one day it will happen. Because as Bea says you have to be in it, to win it!!!

Now, to the winning  and losing part. I have lost more than I have won but when I do it is very exciting let me tell ya. Did I mention that I have also tried other places here in Los Angeles to play? Well, I have tried In & Out Bingo but the payout is kinda small, you don’t buy packs here you buy by the game which is $1 each. I have tried a few in Burbank also.

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I won!

But, my favorites are Buckingham Bingo and The Bingo Club off of the 605 fwy. I go sometimes on Friday or Saturday nights. Lots of fun. They also have $1 sheets, pull tabs and call very fast. I hated it the first time I went, but now that I understand what I am doing, I love it. Great place to play. Buckingham seats about 300 people and The Bingo Club seats about 750 people. The Bingo Club is everyday!!! Buckingham is closed on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Now every bingo hall has a lovely area where20160224_180900 they cook food for us, I love getting Nachos while I play or a nice big wet burrito with red sauce. Then a nice good desert like lemon cake or pie. Makes winning all the better. I also, must have my hot chocolate which the Bingo Club has plenty of, just sitting in a container very hot. I am happy to say I have my favorite table and seat that I sit in every Sunday and I am loving playing bingo. I am not a club person so this in my club. I love bingo. Do you play bingo anywhere or have a favorite game that you leave the house to play?

 

My Prince Story

Prince AlbumMy Prince story from my early teen years. In the early 1980’s I was a huge Prince fan. I loved his early songs like: D.M.S.R, Soft N’ Wet, Lady Cab Driver, International  Lover and Let’s Work!

Now fast forward a few years to the middle 1980’s when he did an awesome song with Sheila E. titled “Erotic City” I absolutely loved that song and still do to this day. The deep voice he used was different from his other songs. I love deep voices.

So I thought as an early teen it would be so cute to put a banner across my bedroom door saying: WELCOME TO EROTIC CITY! in huge letters in all I believe it was a rainbow of marker colors. Back then we could find banner rolls of paper so easy. I kept one for my door.

Now, I had it so pretty and colorful. Now I am not even 16 yet. So my bedroom was on one side of the apartment and my parents was on the other side. Well, my dad and landlord saw it! My dad almost killed me lol. My dad was old school in every way! You didn’t talk back, you respect your elders at all times and you stay a child as long as possible. My dad was then in his early 60’s. Yes he had me at 48 years old. My mother was 32 years old.

Well, I didn’t really know what it meant Erotic City! I just thought it was cute to put on the door because the song was very popular. You couldn’t turn the radio on without hearing the song. It was everywhere at the time. I just really liked Prince then and his music. I also liked Morris Day and The Time. To me it was not anything sexual, just a song I loved and wanted to show whoever came over to the house how much I loved it. Looking back now I am so embarrassed. But that was the Prince days. He ruled back then. RIP Prince and thanks for the great music. What are your favorite songs? Leave comments below please.

Review of All Shook Up!

Joan Gansky and I

Joan and I

Saturday the 26th of March, I went along with a good friend Joan to see a wonderful musical comedy called ALL SHOOK UP! At the Morgan-Wixson Theatre. It has been around since the 1960’s. It also located right on Pico Blvd. in the heart of Santa Monica. The theatre was very intimate, seating about 200 people. There was not a bad seat in the house! But if you sat in the first row you had to look up instead of out at the stage, also the cast comes down to sit and sing. There were programs available to take and only magnets for sale. I really wanted a t-shirt! 20160328_124345

On to the musical now, talk about a great fun show to see. I am a huge Elvis Presley fan, I have been since I was a teenager! I love him from the 50’s to the 70’s! Did he do a bad song? I think NOT. I am also in a 25-year-old Elvis Presley fan club called The Jailhouse Rockers of Ca. Only two of us attended this night. It would have been so nice to have a group of 10 or more.

Well, this musical was so much fun. I found myself bopping along to the music the whole time. Yes, there was dialogue but they would break right into a song and it was awesome!!! The lead was a character based on Elvis named Chad, boy he was great he really did his homework. No he was not trying to be Elvis or an impersonator. He just sang in his own wonderful almost opera like voice. So beautiful. There was another character that really stood out and that was Sylvia! Boy what a powerhouse voice she had on her! I don’t think she even needs a mike. Also, Chad thought he was a total ladies man but couldn’t get the woman he wanted like he thought. Chad found himself in love with  a man (or so he thought), named Ed! Ed was played a character named Natalie by the way is only 15 years old with a voice that is out of this world.

One other character stood out by the name of Dennis! No one loved him so he felt until the end. He really played his role great! By the way he is engaged to one of the cast members who played Miss Sandra. Dennis loved Natalie but Natalie loved Chad.The whole cast did a really great job entertaining us. The play will be here until April 2nd!

Here are the songs they did in the musical. It lasted 2 hours with 1 intermission. I highly recommend seeing this fun musical comedy. You won’t regret it.

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I am a Hollywood Tour Guide

 

I have a very exciting job! I am a Hollywood Tour Guide. I take tourist to see the sights such as: The Hollywood Sign, Muholland Dr., Star’s Homes, Rodeo Drive, and Filming Locations.20160304_122640

When tourist arrive in Hollywood, they are ready for fun! I try to give them just that. I want them to walk away from the tour saying, wow I could not have done all that driving myself I am glad I took the tour.

So what do you get on my tour you ask? You will get a very personalized tour without headphones. Yes I talk throughout my tour, I give you a little history behind famous clubs on the sunset strip! I also let my tourist know what went on at Ciro’s now it is the Comedy Store, it is very haunted. I also give you little details on some of the celebrity homes that I drive by.20160319_150715 (1)

So we start out by going to they Hollywood sign by way of Mulholland Dr. for a few minutes. Then we go on to the star’s homes, then we make our way down to the Sunset strip. This is where all the happening clubs and restaurants are located. Then we make our way on to Bel Air to see a few more homes, we save the best for last which is (drum roll) RODEO DR! The stores on this street really get the ladies going! Nothing better than seeing 3 blocks full of nothing but pretty expensive stores to gawk at right? USA_Day04-LA_Beverly_Hills_10 Alf Igel via Compfight

Rodeo Dr. is also where you can see celebs walking down the street shopping. It can be very exciting for the tourists who are waiting to see one. Then we talk about it all the way back to Hollywood Blvd.

I wouldn’t want any other job than the one I have now. I have driven 40 seat buses all  the way down to 14 seat buses. I have to say I love my work now. Ok, there is one thing I absolutely hate about my job and that is the Los Angeles traffic. But what can you do? It comes along with the job. What is your job and how much do you love it? Please comment below.

 

Natural Balance Dog Food

I have fed Natural Balance dog food to my Blanchie for about 5 years now. It is the only food I buy for him because it does not cause him to have an upset tummy. Also, no vomiting and that is what was happening before I decided to make the switch. I have tried a few natural dog foods out on the market but none seemed to help with Blanchie’s sensitive stomach. I have been up a many a night with my fur baby while he was so sick. I would be at the Vet the next morning trying to find out what exactly was wrong with my boy. They gave me the same answer they saw nothing. He was healthy and still is.

He just got a haircut!

He just got a haircut!

So what was it I asked myself over and over? I hated to see my boy suffering so much. We as humans know how hard it is to vomit and poop at the same time, it hurts bad. So imagine our fur babies going through that! I would be in tears watching him, I was helpless. I started changing foods until I found Natural Balance and that was our saving grace. The ingredients are pretty good if not excellent. I have fed duck and now I feed fish. Here is my video of my review and I welcome comments. What do you feed your fur baby?