Imagine if poker machines came with a silencer?
Would you activate the quiet button, or does the constant noise create such excitement that winning at the slots seems possible?
Have you ever heard the sound of losing in a casino?
What if every loss was broadcasted over the casino P.A. system?
How do we convince ourselves that winning is more common than losing?
Is it the sirens or the sound of coins hitting the metal pay out tray that give us the impression that we too could win?
It’s rather depressing watching people hunched over a slot machine. How can such a mechanical game invoke such concentration?
How does one focus on winning at a slot machine?
Is it a numbers game, prayer, or more active meditation?
Could gambling be seen as a wealth building strategy?
If so, does gambling offer hope to those who are struggling financially?
Does gambling create more poverty among patrons than wealth?
These are some of the thoughts that ran through my head while making my way to the hotel registration desk. Perhaps I should have been focused on my new reality; for the next few days I would be sharing a hotel room with the perfect stranger. This change in focus would only lead to more internalized questions.
How do I transition from sharing tight sleeping quarters in a van’s cargo area to a large hotel suite?