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Chilly's Bingo World.........

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OMG you've never had Big Red?  I have a picture of my older brother as a baby with a bottle of big red with a nipple on the top of the bottle so he could drink it!  He had to have us send it to the Azores when he was stationed there back in the 70's.

 

It's a little like red cream soda, much tastier.  As for tasting like bubble gum, well, not exactly.  It beats out red cream soda like bubble gum beats out chewing gum. There is a 'Big Red' chewing gum, no association; that tastes like cinnamon.

 

It is a fairly unique flavor.  Pretty sweet, a little red-fruity, bubbly deliciousness.  Very smooth going down.  I think it was the 'original' red cream soda but like I said, it's different than plain red cream soda.

 

It is (or was originally) bottled by Barq's, which is probably more well known for it's rootbeer.  Back in the day, my dad's construction company worked on their bottling plant in downtown San Antonio.  It's a round building with a big flower painted on top.  If anyone has been up to the Tower of the Americas, you've probably seen it from above.  I guess my family is pretty much pro-big red.  My youngest daughter, now in Florida, has been asking for someone to send her some Big Red.

 

They have other flavors now, Big Peach, Big Pineapple, Big Blue  I don't like blue things (sorry, blue) to eat (lol) or drink so I've never tried it nor any of the other versions.  Maybe I'm a 'purist'.  But for 'soda pop' you can't get more soda poppy than a nice cold glass of Big Red!

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$$  Hey I love seeing LBB members winning while I play bingo!  Congrats Looney Syl, saw you get that $80 plus pot in the freeroll room a few minutes ago.  Way to go! !!

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I forgot to mention earlier that yesterday I got two BINGOs in ONE game!

 

Of Scrabble.  LOL

 

I scored 407 points, I think my all-time high score.

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Congrats looney and chilly on your wins! Not sure about Big Red but i'm with you on the ice tea. I love ice tea and is about all i drink!

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Still a slow week for me, but here is some really good news from Bingo Fest :

 

The BingoFest Team would like to congratulate hamiluck for playing and winning $1,875 twice on our Mini Keno Game!

 

"I was playing bingo with my roomies whilst trying my luck on keno. I was down to my last two dollars and hit the play button, and was stunned to see all my numbers covered and i had 7/7! $1,875 - I was stoked! I shared my excitement with CM Lucy and my roomies, and kept playing keno, not thinking i had a chance to get it again, when lo! and behold! up popped my numbers again! I was just so rapt I couldn't stop shaking! Another $1,875 in the space of 1 1/2 hrs...I was unbelievably ecstatic! I do not know what i will be doing with my windfall as yet, but thankyou thankyou Bingofest! I have been playing with you for 12 months now and You are the best!"   ~ Hamiluck

 

I really like playing the Keno mini game at the Vista Gaming sites.  A lot of players are chatting about how well they are doing playing, and I always do pretty well.  Unless I only have like a quarter to play.  You can play 5, 10 or 25 cent games.  I always start out low and if it's going well, I up it to 10 and then 25 if going really well. 

 

It's friday again so there's usually lots of free play going on.  Hope to see one of us win!

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Some wins are bittersweet, like this one at New Billy Bingo

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Sure, it looks great, and I'm happy to win!  But, I won on a free bonus they sent me and I haven't deposited in ages.  So, though there might be a glimmer of hope from the kid in me, the more experienced chillymellow understands rules are rules and most likely if I look long enough, there will be no way to turn this into a cashout. 

 

It's a good sign, though.  I was beginning to think even though they LOVE me at NBB and tell me all the time, they weren't even going to let me have fun with fun money by winning.  The slots were horrible but I'll have to give them some playtime now that I have a better bankroll.

 

I like more playtime almost as much as I like cashing out!

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Update on the last post.  Oh, they are killing me!!!!  And I have to now add that though the slots were horrible, they still managed to do me right. 

 

Maybe it's a good time for you depositors to get in the game!

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Bingo wasn't going to well for me this morning at NBB, and their selection of parlay slots is not the largest.  I was remembering when I first used to play here.  I was lucky and cashed out one of my first cashouts, $50.  Easy as pie to cashout and deposit back then.  I got a nice check right away. 

 

Then I couldn't get any bonuses because I was "ahead of the house".  Huh?   That took a long time for me to figure out what the heck they were saying.  I'm supposed to try to win, right?  And try to win more than I deposit.  But that gets me a penalty?

 

Anyway, they kept sending me bonus offers, then wouldn't take them.  After I figured that out when I deposited, I was ticked off because I didn't know *before* I deposited that I was 'ahead of the house' and ineligible.  Laura wrote me a nice love letter and gave me a free ten bucks so we reluctantly became friendly again.

 

Since then I haven't been able to deposit there.  Either I didn't have the money or by the time I did, they didn't have a suitable processor.  And lately their bonuses were all deposit bonuses.  Nice ones, good promos.  But, alas, no way to deposit.  This last bonus they gave me was a no deposit "cash" bonus.  What difference that makes, I have yet to discover.

 

I decided to play Get Crackin!  Play wasn't bad, but I was down $32 plus from playing bingo.  I was playing 9 lines, 5 bets per line, the max I could.  I'm pretty bold with play money, huh?  Hit the bonus and shot all the eggs for a score of 855.  Screenie follows.

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I'm like a fish out of water.  The cable tv is OUT.  Ugh.  I hate it when that happens.

 

It does give me a chance to check out the AT&T UVerse selections of TV and movies.  Got to see a sneak preview of "Chicago Fire".  It was a pretty good show.  Premieres tonight on television, for those of you lucky enough to have one that is working.

 

I also took the time to have some conversations with support at New Bingo Billy re: my free bonus.  Seems if I had deposited in the last 30 days I could have cashed out $100 after making playthrough.  Not a bad deal.

 

I also found out that if you are having a hard time making a deposit with their methods, you should contact them to plead for a special deposit method for yourself.  They came up with a sweet one for me and I'd let you in on it but it's not always available and is not for everyone.  Chances are it is for you as well, but you'll have to find out for yourselves, folks.  I will say it involves a really easy and well-known payment method, pals...

 

Seek and ye shall find.  Ask and it (might) be given to you as well.  And good luck with your bingos!

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I would lose my mind if cable was out! Thank goodness for On Demand! Glad NBB was able to come up with some sort of payment option for a pal ;)

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Cable's back on.  Halloween is rearing it's spooky tooth.  Without the TV got really bored and hungry and all the snacks are there at the store.  Fun Size.  Seems so innocent until the nerves of the teeth start complaining. 

 

Nothing like a nice face pain to kill the bingo buzz.  But, on a higher note, I just played my weekly freeroll at Rushmore and got an amazing bonus round and am sitting nicely in 2nd place.  Will find out Sunday where I end up in the winner's list.  This could work out into some serious funding for my bingo needs!

 

good luck to all of you today...

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Well, I wasn't playing bingo, but BINGO!  2nd place in the Rushmore freeroll tourney.  I've some hoops to jump through to get paid, but I'm not too worried about it this time.  2nd place pays $1,500.00.  yep.  Just in time for the county taxes!

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That's great news chilly and i know you truly deserve this sweet windfall. I hope the process to get paid is painless and quick!

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Things have been so up and down lately.  A step up, 2 steps back.  I guess that's the way it naturally is, at least for me.  I sometimes feel like I am in a parody of 'The Perils of Pauline' and there's always a cliffhanger right around the corner.

 

I'll take this over a constant downer anytime.  I think the toothache is finally subsiding.  The cable came back on.  I got a little lucky.  The weather is much nicer outside.  Little things.  Ahh, now water is pouring out of the oldsmobile and it will be two weeks before I'll be able to have someone look at it.  It seems to be able to make it to town before draining itself dry.  A fill up there and I'm good to get back home.  If it stays this way, it will not be too bad waiting for the repair.  Could be much better, could be worse. 

 

Still hearing a lot of bingo talk on the TV.  Even saw a movie (you probably have seen it, I only saw this one part) where a person got murdered and the number 13 was carved on their forehead.  The voice on the screen said "Unlucky for some...." as the camera focused in on the number 13.  Now, if I hadn't been fortunate enough to have played some of that British bingo, I wouldn't have been able to fully enjoy the humor in that scene.

 

The halloween specials are abundant this year.  I'm still playing with my winnings over at New Bingo Billy.  I may have some deposit money in November so I'll miss most of the halloween bingo fun.  But my birthday is also in November so it's time to reap some birthday free play (hope).  I'm sure having a small deposit in before that will help with that at least a little bit.

 

It feels like it's about time for one of our members to hit a really nice bingo.  Could it be...you?

 

 

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This past weekend I was able to spend a few hours with my oldest daughter and her two children, Abbey and Dylan.  They had gone to the zoo Saturday morning in Victoria where they had trick-or-treats with the exotic animals.  Abbey got lost.  It seems to be her favorite thing to do at the zoo. 

 

They arrived here a couple of hours early for the neighborhood halloween party the girl scouts were holding, so we took a drive into Hondo to the Wal-Mart.  Halloween is definitely in the air.  We passed by the "Maize" - a cornfield with a maze pattern where the local folks like to go to peak their Halloween experience.  There were a lot of people out for that as well as the pumpkin patches.

 

We arrived back at the community center just as the party was starting.  There were games for the kids (free) and a concession stand ($1 items) and also a sort of cross between a hayride and a train ride for the kids.  That was a big hit.  Abbey got her face painted.

 

We did a few of the games; pumpkin rolling, ring toss...  then Abbey wanted to try the fishing game.  The girl scout behind the curtain told me it cost $1 to play.  Are you sure?  Yes.  $1.  Well, okay.  So I gave her four quarters and Abbey fished out a spooky mechanical pencil.  Later I saw other people playing and not being charged a dollar.  Turns out I wasn't supposed to have had to pay, either.  So I got my dollar back and spent it trying to win a cake.  No cake, but got a cupcake for Abbey as a consolation.

 

There were a lot of nice costumes, but some were a little grown-up for the girls that were wearing them.  Everyone in a hurry these days, I suppose.  We had fun, it was a good afternoon.  There was another city-wide Halloween event in town but my daughter and grandkids were all pretty worn out and still had 2 hours to drive to get home.

 

Grandma was pretty worn out as well.

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I'm still wondering about how I got started liking bingo.  Somewhere in my mind I found a thought about watching Bingo on TV.  Y'all know I like my TV watching, so it seemed logical that maybe my brain was right about something here.

 

Now, I remember the horseraces on TV, and I remember Dialing For Dollars, and Celebrity Bowling and other things like that, but I'm not getting any more output from my memories on the Bingo on TV front.  It was *there* though, in my formative years:

 

Saturday Night TV Gambling!

Can you make money watching TV? You could in the 1960s.

 

Back in the wild and wooly days, television broadcasters were looking for any gimmick to get advertisers on board. As a new expensive medium, they had to prove television offered an intrinsic value that newspapers and radio didn't. Newspapers and radio had a decades long hold on local advertisers, the upstart TV station couldn't reach anyone they didn't already.

 

Quite frankly local TV ads were a hard sell given that the network programs attracting most viewers were concentrated during the nighttime hours.

Broadcasters were left with large swaths of daytime programming not consumed by soap operas and game shows to make their profit margins. That meant airing reruns of old shows or creating children's shows that offered advertisers a chance to connect with families in a way radio and print couldn't. Local chat shows was another way tolure viewers but they were weak tea, there was plenty of talk on the radio already.

 

In the mid-sixties a syndicated phenomenon revolutionized advertising and proved, once and for all, that broadcast video had a powerful and singular reach.

 

All Star Bingo offered viewers the thrill of a live Bingo game coupled with some of the biggest stars on television. Agnes Morehead, Ruta Lee, Judy Carne, Stubby Kaye, William Shatner, and many other tube favorites gathered to compete for a national winner that would receive $1000 cash if they had that coveted winning Bingo card.

 

But that wasn't the show's main appeal. By visiting an area grocery chain viewers at home not only had a shot at the big money but they could win other cash prizes every week, up to $100 for one local winner. This was back when $100 was one hundred dollars (around $700 in today's buying power). Shoppers collected as many cards as they could, one at a time (no purchase necessary).

 

TV Super Bingo was another interactive TV game where 2 celebrities, like Joan Fontaine and Professor Irwin Corey, acted as team leaders for real folks competing in a game that could net a local viewer up to 100 dead presidents, in addition to other smaller cash prizes for the runners up.

Bingo cards by the thousands flew out of the stores and grocers felt the power of interactive advertising. Not that radio and print weren't doing basically the same thing, with targeted promotions tied to original content, but TV broadcasters were combining must-see television with multi-media branding.

Along the same lines were Off to the Races, Racing Spectacular, and It's Racing Time!, bringing the excitement of thoroughbred racing to the home. If you visited the sponsor that week you had a big money stake in the winners. Didn't score in the first race? The colorful scratch-off tickets from the grocery store offered 3 chances to win on every show.

Grand prize for It's Racing Time was 100,000 Green (or Gold) Stamps to the national weekly winner with the top local cash prize - that magical number $100.

 

Greyhound Derby was another promotion in the same tradition with championship canines racing around the dirt track.

 

Enterprising shoppers could, if there were enough participating stores in the area, spend two hours on Saturday evening playing Bingo and betting on the horses, so to speak.

 

A large tote board at the local store listed the winners from the community, often with a polaroid photo next to the name. The winners were real and, gosh darn it, every once in a while you or someone you knew banked a buck or two. Of course, all of these races had been run long ago and the promoters knew exactly how many winning tickets to put out there; nothing was left to chance.

 

S&H Green Stamps, TV racing and Bingo cards - anything to get the customers in the door and in front of the family's new color television set. These innovative half-hour shows aired Saturday evenings around 5:00-7:00pm, the dinner hour when people were most likely to be at home, sandwiched between Roller Derby and Wrestling.

As successful as these promotions were they were relatively short-lived as people tired of the novelty. The payout wasn't worth keeping up with it and regular viewers started to notice the same races being run over and over.

 

By the end of the 1960s there was much more compelling syndicated content available, that crowded these types of shows out of the major markets and eventually from the smaller outlets by the mid-1970s.

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Sitting around watching the coverage from the East Coast and seeing all the damage that Sandy has brought the US.  I'm kind of glad that there's something to watch other than election coverage.  Just sorry for everyone who was affected and are being affected and who still will be affected this coming week.  I see even the space shuttle Enterprise was damaged in the storm.

 

Halloween is tomorrow but I'm not too excited about it.  It's been a month-long spectacle with horror movies on TV and Mega-Superstore Halloween Costume Stores popping up everywhere.  I'm not a big fan of horror films or marathon Roseanne halloween specials, so my viewing choices have been altered for the season.  Oh well.  It's not always easy living in chilly's world.  Sometimes you just have to let other people enjoy the things they like to enjoy.  : )

 

On the fun side I got to see the other three grandkids, all boys, this past weekend.  We went costume shopping and ended up with a ninja, Luigi, and a policeman.  They couldn't wait to get their costumes on when they got back to Grandma's from the Halloween Costume mega-super store.  I hope they last through Halloween.

 

I am thankful that the next holiday is Thanksgiving!  I will have a little bit of money for bingo, and the specials last year were plentiful and good.  I'll also (I hope) have some birthday bonuses to look forward to the week before.  With some luck, I'll be playing all the way through Christmas!

 

 

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I love this time until the end of the year for awesome bingo promotions. Omg i saw the episode of Rosy where Dan dressed as Marie Antoinette and Rosy's sister was under his arm like she was beheaded. I about died!!!!!!!!

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