Friday, December 30, 2016

Paris, Rome and Madrid

Kathi and I arrived at the Winstar Casino RV Park on Tuesday, December 27, 2016 and spent time in the casino every afternoon and evening. Donald Trump was right – we are so tired of winning. Today we are taking a break and tomorrow we will travel a little further south.

I woke up at 6:30 this morning and it was cold inside our motorhome. The temperature had dropped to 27 degrees and I was only prepared for 44 degrees. I got one of our space heaters out to keep Kathi warm while she slept and I went outside to disconnect the water so my hoses would not freeze. Of course, I came back in and got back in bed to get warm.

This is a little recap of our time here outside the casino. Tuesday when we arrived, I could not get electric power in two different sites, so I suspected a problem with the new connector that was installed just before Christmas. Sure enough, the common wire between our two 120 volt legs of electricity had pulled loose. The connector was not properly secured to the cable and let the wire slip out of the connector. A little more maintenance and we were finally in the casino by 4:30 pm.

On Wednesday, Kathi and I drove to RV-Max in Sherman for RV Parts – a new 50-amp electric plug and water pressure regulator. We also made a stop at Home Depot for a pair of wire cutters that would cut 2/0 wire. Our next stop was for lunch at Cracker Barrel. Kathi had roast beef, mashed potatoes and corn. I had a country fried steak with mashed potatoes, green beans and corn. I always feel obligated to eat my vegetables, even though I could live without them. I admire a good combination of colors on my plate.

It was cold and windy when we got back to the RV and it is still too cold to work outside on installing the new 50-amp plug, but I am getting by with the old one until I can work in the sunshine above 50 degrees. So, we spent the evening in the casino.

Yesterday I took Kathi to the casino about noon and I came back home to take a nap. As I mentioned earlier, I was tired of winning. I napped for a couple of hours, then met Kathi at her favorite bank of machines – the Hot Shot machines in the Vienna section of the casino. She bought me a bloody Mary, so I joined her in her quest to break the bank.

Fountain and ceiling art in the Madrid section

Sign to signify the Beijing section of the casino

Sign for the Paris section of the casino
After a few hours of fun at Hot Shots, we drifted north and east in the casino playing various machines in the Paris, Beijing, Rome and Madrid sections of the casino. We ate a late lunch at the Matador Pizzeria in the Madrid section. Kathi had a slice of a combination pizza and I had two slices of extra crisp (overcooked) pepperoni pizza. I bet they got a kick out of selling the pizza they left in the oven too long and calling it crispy and selling it anyway. The vendor did give me a choice of extra crispy and regular, so I cannot complain. Much of the extra crispy crust went in the trash, but I had plenty to eat.

Soon after lunch we played our way back to Hot Shots in Vienna so we would be near where our car was parked when we got ready to go home. We were home before eight pm and agreed we needed a day off. It was fun, but time to get back to the everyday joy of being RV travelers.


  1. That place sounds like fun. It also appears to be very big. You wrote how big it is the other day. I am so glad you are tired of winning instead of tired of losing. Sorry you are battling the cold. You could come back here if all else fails but I want you to travel and see new things. I am going to set your weather forecast on my devices. I will also study and learn about the warmest kinds of blankets.

  2. Always fun at Winstar. The place is huge.