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Feb 11, 2008

Cougars at the Casino

. Feb 11, 2008


A spontaneous trip to the Indian casino puts me at the Crazy 4 poker table between two chain smoking older men laughing too loudly at the dealer's jokes. After a hand worse than the first, I slide under the smoke cloud and off my stool, heading for the terrace with a panoramic view of the mountain vista. Fresh, cool air flushes my face as I open the glass door and step into the sunshine. This alone is worth the hour drive. About 20 others enjoy the view, sitting at little tables against the railing.

Some have cocktails and chat, others simply sit in silence gazing at the mountains. I find the perfect nook and settle into the corner chair, turning it to face the railing. Two women chatter on my left. Their conversation does not pause when I sit down. They are both blond with hair styled in the edgey cuts so fashionable these days. The one with her back to me wears a turquoise top and a thick gold chain around her neck. As she speaks she waves her left hand up and around, red nails swirling. Her right hand holds a glass of white wine.
Her friend is also heavily necklaced with gold chains that drop down an impressive cleavage revealing an orange tan underneath her tight white sweater. She sports large black sunglasses with the Channel logo on the side, which I see when she steals glances of the vista as her friend drones on.

The face I can see is tight, but both pairs of hands and little cracks in the voices suggest late 40s, early 50s. The one in white holds a drink in one hand and a cig in the other. She nods in agreement as her friend rants:

Turquoise: I mean, I just told him, I said, "Just tell me right now. Is this how it's gonna be? Grilling me every time I don't call back right away?".
White: Oh. Yeah. Right.
Turquoise: Right? Who needs that? I don't need that.
White: Who needs it?
Turquoise: I told him. I'm not your wife, hell I'm not your girlfriend -
White: Hahaha! Exactly. Oh these guys, these poor guys just don't know what to do with us.
Turquoise: TELL me. I mean, tell me about it. The insecurity, the checking up, the checking in. I don't need that.
White: No, no. Me neither.
Turquoise: He's acting like a little girl. Haha! He's acting like one of his little girlfriends he complains to me about!
White: Ha! Isn't that just precious. Well, here, girl (she holds her drink to toast). We've come full circle.
Turquoise: Cheers to that! Come on. Let's go find some young and dumbs at the bar.

The two pop compacts, relipstick and strut inside. I finish jotting down some notes of this conversation and look to the blue sky, about to commit the scenario to memory. A hawk circles high above, looking for prey.

12 Whispers:

AntiBarbie said...

Nothing wrong with two consensual adults sleeping together but you can sense these women feel superiority and even a bit of disdain because they are so easily able to disconnect their emotions from sex while their partners sometimes don't.

2sweetnsaxy said...

I'm loving these stories. On this one I'm just curious... Pala or San Manuel? ;-)

Anonymous said...

Nice story. there's nothing wrong when two people are consensually intimate.

Carolyn B. said...

*smile* Love the girl-chat anecdote. I'm an inveterate eavesdropper, too. I usually carry a book, notepad, or iPod with me everywhere I go, so people seldom realize I'm paying attention to what's going on around me, even when I'm grinning on the inside or feeling appalled at what they're saying.

Michael Walsh said...

I enjoyed your stories

Spirit said...

Hehehe, nice. This was a fun read. :)

Beth said...

Just wanted to say happy weekend :)

Natasha said...

Cool story. I also tend to hear all that's happening around me, including convos, even when I look like I'm not paying attention. I guess that makes me an eavesdropper. :)

JEMi @ InMyHeels said...

man I love this blog.

The hawk circling is very fitting post scene. Very prime time TV

I'll be back!

Vienne said...

Greetings all and thanks for commenting.

Hi 2sweetandsaxy, it was Pala! You must know the terrace I'm talking about.

Thanks, Jemi. I couldn't believe the timing of the hawk, or the cougars, for that matter I guess!

Imagine said...

First of all, I love the red shoes!
Your observations of conversations make you appear to be a modern spy. It's interesting to listen to others talking freely, not aware someone else is also listening and then taking notes!

Vienne said...

I love the shoes, too, Imagine! I chose them for this post because they're beautiful, but sharp enough to be a painful weapon. That's how I interpret the cougar ladies! And there's something about them that says, "DANGER", but the boys play with fire anyway. So interesting.

Also, I love my new designation of 'modern spy'. Absolutely love it!


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