They went to Las Vegas yesterday to make funeral arrangements. They've decided on the veteran's cemetery. I would not have minded doing the same, but Bob, a veteran, insisted that we be near my parents, so he and I will be somewhere else.
After the funeral arrangements, they went to the casino to play bingo. There are some big games there and they play big, spending $100 each at a clip. My sister stood in the line and when it came her turn to buy the cards, she bought a lot.
An old man behind her began to make nasty remarks to her about how buying so many cards holds up the line. And how, when people buy so many cards, others have less chance to win. Then he called her a name. My brother-in-law, Jim, has all sorts of physical ailments including heart trouble, but he came from the side where he was standing, said to the man "Nobody talks to my wife that way." The man did not back down, and challenged Jim, who stands about 6 foot 2. My bro-in-law grabbed him by the shirt, my sister yelled "Jim, let him go, it's not worth it," at which point the guy's wife, a big, tall lady jumped in between them, ready to fight. Security was on the scene in a flash, and separated everyone. The woman said Jim had grabbed her neck, but bystanders said no, he hadn't, gave their account to Security that the other man had started it and had then, indeed, called my sister a name. Casino people apologized to my sister and Jim, and ushered the other couple out.
She called last night to tell me this story, and we both had a good laugh. I thought it would make a great scene in a movie. She was also a-flutter about how her knight in shining armor was going to fight for her honor!
Both Sharen and Jim face serious medical problems. He's been unwell for several years, and her health is declining. There'll be more testing for her shortly. I had an unbidden thought the day before that she and I might never see each other again. I wish we'd gone during this past winter. The weather will be unbearably hot through the desert very soon.
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