“No. I’m from Atlanta.”
HERE ON BUSINESS OR PLEASURE?
“Pleasure. Here for a week with my sisters.”
IS THIS YOUR FIRST TIME HERE?
“No. My sisters and I come out two or three times a year. We’ve been coming since ’06.”
HOW DID THAT TRADITION START”
"We came for my older sister’s 40th birthday in December of ’06. We had so much fun that we planned a trip for the following spring. After that we thought it’d make a nice sisters getaway and planned to do it every year, but we kept getting these flight deals and room offers and stuff, so we started coming every winter and every spring. Last year we came out 3 times”
DO YOU DO A LOT OF GAMBLING?
“I don’t know if I’d say ‘a lot’, but I do my fair share. My younger sister is much worse than I am though. I start saving my pennies up about 3 months before the trip and bring out a set amount for gambling only.”
DO YOU STICK TO THAT AMOUNT?
“Not as often as I should, no. I mean, I’m not pawning my ring or anything (laughs and holds up wedding band set), but I’ve hit the ATM a bunch of times when I’ve gone through what I had allotted for gambling money.”
HAVE YOU EVER MADE A RESOLUTION TO TRY TO GIVE IT UP?
“Not really. I mean, I’ve said, ‘oh I’m going to definitely stay within the set amount this time’ about a dozen times, but I have never said, ‘I’m going to give up gambling for my New Year’s resolution’, no.”
DO YOU EVER MAKE ANY RESOLUTIONS?
“Oh yeah. I’ve made the resolution to quit smoking at least a dozen times too. And I’ve made resolutions to go to the gym, give up sweets, take up running, cut back on how much coffee I drink, a bunch of them every year pretty much.”
DO YOU STICK TO THEM, I MEAN OBVIOUSLY NOT THE SMOKING ONE, BUT IN GENERAL?
“Not really. I’ve stuck to some longer than others. The smoking one never seems to last but I try it every year. I made a resolution to go to the gym last year and I did join and I was going like 3 or 4 times a week for a while, like maybe 6 months or so. Now, I go less often but I still go when I can, which I guess means when I feel like it.”
DO YOU HAVE ONE IN MIND FOR THE COMING NEW YEAR?
“I haven’t really thought much about it yet. I guess it’s time. I don’t know. I think I will probably try to quit smoking again.”
DO YOU THINK YOU’LL STICK TO IT?
“No. But, it’s nice to try, right? I mean what do they say? Every cigrarette takes 7 minutes off of your life? So even if I give it up for 3 days that’s like 60 cigarettes. So that’s like giving myself an extra, what, like 420 minutes. That’s better than nothing.”
WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THIS NEW YEARS?
“We all have kids. Mine are teenagers now but I don't really like them going out on New Year’s Eve, so we alternate house parties every year. My older sister, the one who started the whole Vegas tradition, it’s her year. Our kids all invite friends over and hang out and listen to music in the family room downstairs and the adults have drinks and talk and play cards sometimes, and watch the ball drop at Times Square. We live an exciting life. Maybe when the kids are all out we can make one of our Vegas trips a New year’s trip. I bet it’s crazy here on New Year’s Eve. That’d be fun!”