The most depressing moment I have ever experienced was not in a ghetto, a slum, or some place devastated by a natural disaster.
The most depressing moment I have ever experienced was inside The Flamingo Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas at 6:30am last Thursday morning.
I was in Vegas for a business mastermind session with 4 colleagues from around the country. Before you think, “Yeah, right, a BUSINESS meeting. Wink wink.“, it really was a working weekend. We were probably the most boring group of 5 in all of Vegas. Nobody got crazy, nobody got arrested, and nobody stole Mike Tyson’s tiger. Truth be told, we never even saw Mike Tyson’s tiger or this story may have turned out differently.
To prove how not crazy we were, a couple of us went running at 6:30am on Thursday. In spite of billing itself as a 24-hour town, most people have depleted their blood sugar and/or bank account long before 6:30am, so it’s a relative ghost town except for a handful of hard-core slot machine addicts. Which brings me to the most depressing moment I have ever experienced.
Waiting for my running buddies near the casino entrance, I noticed the few early morning gamblers hunched over in their chairs, cigarette in hand, feeding coin after coin into the machine, eyes staring blankly at the rotating numbers, hoping for a jackpot. Many of them would probably also enjoy online Jackpot Slots
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My cousin, Mike, describes this scene most poetically and quite perfectly:
“…slumped over the slots like a tattered rebel flag after a battle. All their dreams of winning, and money and pride gone…only a crumpled body remained.”
They were quietly, yet desperately waiting for the big win. Many for years. Some for decades. Never landing the life-changing jackpot they were hoping for.
That’s depressing enough, yes?
But one more element clinched it as the most depressing moment I’ve ever experienced. As I made my way to the exit for my run, the overhead speakers began to play “If I Could Turn Back Time” by Cher.
I almost cried for the crumpled rebel flags.
I never felt more grateful for a run, my friends, and the lifetime of opportunity ahead of me.
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