In a feverish fit of "I need to do something wild and independent and exciting and visit some more countries," I booked a solo trip to Peru for later in the year to visit Lima, Cusco, and hike Machu Picchu, followed by a jaunt over to Panama to play with my friend Esther who I haven't seen in a few years. We also might go to the rainforest because (even though I'm beyond deathly afraid of snakes and creepy crawly things), well why not?
So that's my big, crazy, what-the-hell-did-I-just-get-myself-into-but-I'm-so-excited-I-did, moment of the week!
Another what-the-hell-did-I-just-get-myself-into-but-I'm-so-excited-I-did moment I had in recent times involved...bingo.
I realize I may be a couple years late on the Bingo Night in the Heights gravy train, but better late then never to this wild party!
About a month ago my friend Megan asked me if I wanted to join her one night for bingo.
What she said: "Hey do you want to come to bingo night with me?"
What I heard: "Hey do you want to come with me to this bar that does bingo?"
What she actually said: "Hey do you want to come to bingo night with me?"
Actual bingo! At a bingo hall! And this thing is so popular, at max capacity of 700 they've been known to turn people away at the door!
This was like a dream come true for me.
I cannot stress just how FUN Bingo Night in the Heights is. Hosted every Thursday at the SPJST Lodge #88, this is one of the most fun experiences I've had in Houston. People literally of all ages pile in and hunker down for a couple of hours for a rip-roaring good time on the cheap.
Here are the important things to note:
- BRING CASH - A regular set of bingo cards cost $5. Early Bird and Bonanza cards are a buck or two more. Dabers (just look it up: www.bingo-lingo.net, y'all.) sell for $1. And snacks and beer are available for purchase. I think a pitcher of beer was something ridiculously cheap, like $5.
- Bring Food/Wine - Yes they serve food there, and while the money they make goes towards their lodge youth club, it all falls into the "ballpark snacks" category. So if you're feeling a little more hungry/ambitious, BYOFood. On my second trip to Bingo night we brought pizzas and chips and whatnot. Also, you can BYOWine since they do not serve it there. Yes please!
- You cannot BYOWater or BYOSoda since they sell it there, so just a heads up!
- I'm about to BYOMyself out the door in a second.
- Doors open at 5:15. Do your best to get there as early as possible to stake out your spot. I've been getting there between 5:30-6:00. Apparently in the summer when the college kids (did I really just say "the college kids"? yikes.) are around people need to get there even earlier. Early Bird bingo starts at 7:00. Bingo bingo starts at 7:30.
- If you yell "Corner!" really loud, people get annoyed. They might threaten to kick you out (I've never seen it actually happen). Which means I do it as much as possible. #yolo
Gather your friends, be prepared to meet new people, put on your game face, and check out the awesomeness that is Bingo Night in the Heights!!
^ And um, FYI.