Bright, shiny objects will cost you in the end

A couple weekends ago I went on a trip to Reno with family to watch a college football game and enjoy a weekend away from the normal trappings of home. For the most part, that’s what happened.

The trip’s main purpose was to watch a college football game (our team – the Oregon State Beavers – took on the Nevada Wolf Pack in an exciting game pitting two not-so-vaunted programs against each other) that came down to the wire, ending in a 2-point Wolf Pack victory when OSU missed convert a game-ending field goal.

That was exciting enough for me, but having arrived on a Thursday, I had time to walk around the hotel resort casino we stayed in and happened to spot an ad on the wall for two of my favorite college bands—Gin Blossoms and Big Head Todd & the Monsters—who happened to be playing the VERY NEXT DAY. (I immediately purchased tickets for everyone and we enjoyed a concert on Friday night.)

But what never fails to strike me is the spectacle of a large-scale casino resort (emphasis on CASINO).

I’ve never been a gambler. It’s always bored me and, seeing how grandiose and fancy these big casino “resorts” are, it’s plain to see who wins most of the bests (spoiler: it ain’t you).

But I can see why. Everything is set up to pull you in, make you feel like you’re indulging with other “high rollin’” folk who are living way above their means, not to mention anyone who may have an awful gambling addiction.

All those flashing lights, bright colors, and high dollar amounts advertised in front of your face…and it’s not like these games take much skill (especially where the slots are concerned, where I routinely spotted people rolling through a $20 spot in less than two minutes).

But that’s their business. And adults can spend their money however they see fit, as it should be.

Just remember, chasing shiny bright objects—at the casino or in business—is likely a failing proposition.

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