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Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by kel3420, Sep 23, 2013.

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  1. kel3420

    kel3420 VIP Whale

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    My son (25) and I were talking last night and he was relating a story to me about the last time he went to a local casino. He was playing blackjack and an older woman next to him kept flirting with him, then started telling him he must be rich. He plays red, rarely green chips, so not sure where she was getting that, lol. She asked him what he does, and he just nonchalantly said he was in construction and went back to the game. She then repeated he much be rich, just look at your watch. He was like, uh, nothing special, just a Guess watch. All the while trying to quietly concentrate on the game. Of course then his friend pipes up, he owns his own business, yada yada. So then everyone at the table starts asking him questions about remodeling, etc. He answered them and then requested to please just play the game.

    This reminded me of a time when I was at a table, and just during normal chit chat, someone mentioned they were a doctor. Next thing you know, everyone is asking this poor guy for medical advice. He soon colored up and left. This got me wondering if people just lie about their occupations when they gamble because what a PIA that all must be.

    Thoughts?

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  2. Keyser Soze

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    There are other people at the table?
     
  3. Drambler

    Drambler High-Roller

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    I guess if I were a doctor I might not tell people just because of the situation you describe. People sure are strange when it comes to that stuff.

    My favorite lie I ever heard at a blackjack table was when some large round guy in his 50's sat down with a very attractive woman in her 20's. This guy was from New Orleans and in a great southern drawl he introduces himself and tells everyone this is my wife, say hello to her. We all do. She leaves and we play for a while and this guy was a hoot and after a bunch of drinks I say to him, you sure have a beautiful wife, how does a guy your age end up with that? He busts out laughing and finally admits that it was his daughter.
     
  4. thecarve

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    The only thing I can think of in your son’s case is that the woman was (very clumsily) coming on to your son. Perhaps she thought that telling him how rich he was would stoke his ego enough to get him to fall for her.:rolleyes2:

    I would have thought perhaps she was trying to scam him – maybe get him to come back to her room, slip him a mickey and take his money. But anyone dumb enough to bring up someone’s supposed wealth in an attempt to scam him is probably too dumb to have to worry about.

    I can definitely see where the doctor thing (or another profession people might want free advice from) would be annoying. I certainly don’t have such a profession. But it does get a bit tedious having to tell every dealer and every other player the same things over and over – “Yes, Virginia is beautiful…no, I’m not really that close to your uncle in Newport News…yes, I do some business with China…yes the economy has made business more difficult…etc.”

    I’ve been trying to think of some good fake identities to tell people. Not to make myself appear more interesting or whatever…just to have something new to say once in a while.
     
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    topcard Older than the Stardust!

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    I try to be friendly at the tables, and when asked where I'm from, I tell them "Fort Worth".
    When asked what I do there, I just tell them "plan for my next Vegas trip!", which usually draws a polite chuckle and the subject changes.

    As for your son? Yeah, I suspect that the woman was just tryin' to get laid.
    Can't fault her for trying!
     
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    I am a dentist and this happens to me often no matter where I am at. When someone does ask me or it comes up in a conversation, I will be honest and tell them what I do for a living. Most people will ask a general question or two, but every now and then I get someone who asks me to look at something or can I fix a tooth.

    No- I will not go into the bathroom to look.
    No- I will not bad mouth another dentist that I do not know, have not seen your x-rays nor did your exam.
    No- I did not bring any instruments to the bar, restaurant, or on vacation with me.

    But, I am always willing to give general advice, just don't start the conversation with "I hate dentists, no offense".
     
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    I'm sitting here looking at the postcard I just received asking me to schedule my next dental checkout and trying to get up enough nerve to call. Honestly, going to the dentist is the scariest thing I do twice a year! :)
     
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    I've played with a lot of people and I've made lots of "friends" at the tables that I've played with multiple times across many trips. I see them again and again and we always say hi and often play together, but I've never once asked or been asked about my life outside the casino. at the tables, gambling is the only topic of conversation.
     
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    Damn anti-dentites! Next thing you know they'll be saying you should have your own schools!
     
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    topcard Older than the Stardust!

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    ...yeah...that Tim Whatley can be a real Heisenberg!
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    I just say "I'm a proctologist. You can ass me anything you like." :thumbsup:

    This actually reminds me of a buddy of mine. He was the black sheep of a rich family and his dad was a big deal heart surgeon here in Houston. When we went to strip clubs he would tell girls that HE was a heart surgeon (he was 40 at the time so age didn't give him away). The story he gave them was basically his father's. Man did they eat it up!
     
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    That is one of the best Seinfeld episodes of all time.
     
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    It is rare that someone's profession comes up at the table. It happens more when we are at a wedding, dinner party, etc... and it usually someone who already knows me and tells so and so that is when it starts.

    I have had personal conversations with some of the dealers that I see all the time, usually about sports, family, stuff like that, but with other players, it is very rare.
     
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    "Last train to Potterville" That episode seems like 10 episodes in one.:thumbsup:
     
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    I don't know if anyone else will find this amusing, but I was playing blackjack at Mirage and struck up a conversation with a British guy. He asked what shows he and his wife should see as it was their last night. Since we were playing just in front of the LOVE box office, I suggested that.

    He said, "Oh, I'm from Liverpool and I have had quite enough of The Beatles. Liverpool has Beatles clubs, Beatles competitions, Beatles radio stations, Beatles this, Beatles that".

    It was then that I really picked up on the Liverpudlian accent. I said, "You know, you sound just like Ringo".

    He replied immediately, "Yeah, everyone from Liverpool does." It was the ironic way he said it.

    We looked at each other for a second or two and then we both burst out laughing.

    I guess you had to be there.
     
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    Whenever I fly and someone in my row asks what I do, I never tell them I am an aerospace engineer...made this mistake once and it was hours of questions about how the plane works and me trying to explain aerodynamics and lift theory to people who dont understand basic physics...

    Sometimes in Vegas I just make up a profession when people ask...depending on if I feel like chatting, it ranges from unemployed living off parents to government scientist
     
  17. Keyser Soze

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    When someone asks "What do you do?"

    I always say "Drink, gamble, play golf." Occasionally they will ask a 2nd time.....

    I say "Drink, gamble, play golf."
     
  18. bubbakitty

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    Being retired causes the conversation to move to the next person quickly.

    But I can tell you if the desire is to extinquish the conversation or have it move to another player / back to the game.....be a high school chemistry teacher.....most people hated that class and more didn't understand it enough to chat it up.

    Or better yet go for special education. Some players will color up immediately thinking you've been analyzing them previous to your revelation but none will ask you what you think is wrong with THEIR kid....

    Hey, you are probably not ever going to see those people again so what? IRS is another interesting identity to assume.
     
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    I don't think that's going to work any more in the age of Breaking Bad, and people will spend the rest of the night calling you Heisenberg!
     
  20. makikiboy

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    I usually try to keep conversations to a minimum at the tables (unless it's a gorgeous girl). I know that once I mention that I am from Hawaii I get a lot of questions or comments so I usually avoid conversation if I can. Once and a great while a woman will come on to me but usually it's because the girl/lady is a working girl! After reading the OP's comments I wondered if the girl was a working girl trying to hook up with a "client". But then I think the working girls usually concentrate on us older (over 50) guys since we (supposedly) have more money so in the OP's son's case it was probably a cougar looking for some action from a younger man or something.

    I have a friend who is a dr. but he usually doesn't mention he is a dr but if it does get out he will not give any advice, saying that it is best if the person sees his own physician and that he doesn't want to give an incorrect diagnosis so won't give any advice to anyone other than his patients. He does the same with his relatives, he will advise if it is serious but tells them to go visit their own dr. on any other queries.

    I never had any serious problems with my teeth (knock on wood) other than getting my wisdom teeth removed (and some gumline recession) so guess I am not afraid to visit my dentist regularly since twice a year cleanings are covered in my plan. I have a friend who is an architect, she is afraid of the dentist and so only goes when she has serious problems (root canal, etc.). I keep telling her that if she went for cleanings twice a year (she is also covered) then it wouldn't get to the point where she has problems but she continues to avoid dentist visits. I've been lucky, in my 50+ years I don't remember having a cavity (my sister thinks I may have had one cavity in my baby teeth but I don't remember). Lol, I should be in a crest commercial since I've been using crest all of my life. :rolleyes2:
     
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