Gambling in rough waters
They thought their ship had finally come in. Well rested, armed with anti-sea sickness pills, and cash, they flowed onboard.
Like in the Gilligan’s Island song: for a free-spirited tour. Ironically, just like the song, with an unplanned island ending. Luckily, it was Galveston Island.
Gambling is illegal in Texas, so the Jacks or Better Casino, floats their 155 foot vessel 9.1 miles out into federal waters for six hours of gaming. That is if you don’t run into one of the massive buoys warning about the rocky jetties and other obstacles.
Only a little gash about 5 feet long ended their fun Easter weekend, but the passengers were able to continue holding their drinks rather than ending up in it. Not quite the Titanic.
I found this immediate company statement odd “The incident is under investigation, so to state that is was due to the captain on duty falling asleep at the wheel is speculation.”
Oh. Nothing like getting ahead of the rumors. Company went on to suggest it was the darn fault of a bright light noting a disabled ship, another buoy, or a blind spot…or maybe those diabolic Gulf dolphins moving stuff around? A snarky shark? A jovial jelly fish. We have lots of all those….and buoys.
But the games will return. Jacks might do better with a local pilot/skipper on board…and how about some of those big, white, pillow-like boat bumpers/fenders all along the sides?
- New casino cruise ship opens in Galveston (Video and ship pictures)
- Galveston casino yacht crashes less than two weeks after grand opening. (Pictures and news article)
- Newly opened Jacks or Better Casino damaged in crash. (Passenger accounts. Video.)
Another humorous jolt shows that despite claims that the country is too fractured to ever unite isn’t completely true.
Everyone was totally united in being appalled and furious at United Airlines last week.
United Airlines must be hoping that trouble only comes in threes:
First was the mother of all examples of bad judgment with the elderly doctor dragged from his seat.
Then there was the scorpion that fell from the overhead compartment and stung a passenger from Houston. (Video)
And on Saturday a bride and groom were kicked off their flight (video) out of Houston IAH. Their wedding flight. On Easter weekend. On a plane with LOTS of empty seats. It’s true they didn’t sit in their assigned seats, but that guy was passed out across theirs when they boarded. The plane was half full – what’s the problem, flight crew?
You’d think United would be walking on eggshells and doing anything possible to keep remaining customers happy.
Especially on Easter weekend.
Guess the company likes to roll the dice and take a gamble.
Tuesday, the United CEO is supposed to give an update at a stockholder’s meeting. Would like to be a scorpion on that wall.
Landed and see.
Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.