It seems that some people on this forum are concerned about a man my age having to run through casinos to eke out a living. They are also concerned about whether I am on government assistance....and what my eating habits are. Do I eat in soup kitchens, etc. I thank them for their concern. I am not on government assistance. I AM eligible for SS. Have I filed for it? No. Why? Because I can afford not to file now and in the end I will get a bigger check for it. I don't work near as much as I used to. Why? Because I can afford not to. I got home from my last roadtrip a week before the 4th of July. I decided that my next road trip would not be until after Labor Day. Why? Because I can well afford to take the time off. So I took all of July and August off. In August I took a trip to Juneau, Alaska for a family reunion. My 81 year old mother is in assisted living in Juneau. All the kids were there. I didn't drive. Its to much of a hassle. I kicked back on Amtrak from Havre to Seattle then flew to Juneau. A week later I took the same way back. So now its a week past Labor Day and I think to myself I need to get out and do something. Its road trip time. So I took off last Sunday. I'm not going to name towns. I don't need anyone on my back trail The only thing I get comped in Montana bar/casinos is coffee. I could get all the comped booze I want but I don't drink on road trips. There is no such thing as room and meal comp here. This is a totally different gambling culture than the big markets. We're talking little 20 machine slot parlors with a max bet of $2. They cater to their local townspeople who already have housing. And they have never had to feed the people to get them into their casinos. There are slot clubs here but no slot cards. They track your play via a mainframe computer and you can get half percent freeplay. Some days there are double and triple points for certain hours. I refuse to join the slot clubs. No way in hell will I let them track my action. All they will see is I'm beating the hell out of them. I won't give them that information. They leave you alone if you don't want to join. Its not like Nevada where they jam you up to get a card. I don't blow the money I make in these towns on 5 star hotels. I stay in the Mom and Pops or the Hotel 6's. My objective is to extract as much money as I can from the casinos but leave as little of it as possible at the hotels. Now, for the soup lines. I admit I'm not an expensive eater either. But I WILL blow $40 at a Red Lobster. Unfortunately, the only RL in the state is in Billings. In the mornings I will hit a combination restaurant/bar/casino for breakfast. I'm not a meat eater in the morning. Just two eggs over medium, hash browns smothered in Tobasco Sauce, sourdough toast, coffee and water. While waiting on the meal I check the machines for short term advantage plays so I have them lined up after I eat. For lunch I mix it up between Asian, American, and Mexican. I'm a big sucker for Mongolian Beef with fried rice. If it's American then its like a burger and fries or a BLT and fries, or a Patty Melt and fries....or a whatever and fries. If it's Mexican then just give me the tacos with the hottest sauce you have and get out of here. For lunch today I hit a little Asian joint and ordered Szcehuan Beef. They have a little slot parlor and I picked up a few nickel and dime plays. I made $33 waiting for lunch. I left them $13 with the tip so netted $20 while having lunch. At dinner I like a meal at one of the nicer local establishments. I didn't make it to one today. I was running late driving back to the hotel for the football game so hit the Mcdonald's drive through for a burger, fries, bottle of water....and made it back to the hotel just in time for kickoff. In this town some of the casinos are open 24/7. I love the 24 hour towns because I can get up and haul ass to the casinos at any time of the morning.