A Scratch Card Buffet

Scratch Ticket Buffet

I stopped this morning to pick up some Bandits at a little Stinker station in Caldwell. I had to wait in line for this little old lady who was buying Lotto scratch tickets. “One of those, two of those, uh… one of those, hmmmm… another one of those…”, and so on. It was just like a “scratch card buffet”.

I have to wonder about the people who just can’t seem to leave a store without a lotto ticket purchase. I recall a report a few years ago – I believe the data came from Colorado – in which they mentioned a large percentage of lotto buyers who spend about $50 per week on their habit. $50 a week is about $2500 per year. In 10 years they could have 25 grand to spend on something good…. oh, I don’t know, like a new car or boat or something like that. Instead what do they have?

Morning workout: 32 minutes on the elliptical @ level 15; 312 calories. Followed up by chest/abs.

Great Ron Swanson -ism (Parks & Rec TV Show): “Just let business be business, and government be government.” Said in response to Leslie wishing there was a way for government to help a failing business. Great advice all-around.

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  1. Anonymous Reply

    Fundraising Ideas For A University Gymnastics Club? I’m social secretary for my University’s Trampoline club. We are in desperate need of funds as our club does not get a lot of new members every year and we receive very very little funding from the University. I’m just wondering if anyone has any good fundraising ideas? We’re doing a bakesale next week and another member of the committee is trying to get a cycling fundraiser going (cycle the globe type of thing). There was an idea to have a buffet in a local restauraunt and sell tickets for it. I have so far been unable to find a restaraunt in Aberdeen to do us a good deal so that we make a profit. If anyone has any other ideas I would be really grateful. :)

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    • Hey Liam

      I might be able to throw a couple ideas out to you that may work:

      You could sell scratch cards anytime of the year. Hand the card to a donor who scratches off a donation amount. It raises a lot of money quickly for your club.

      See if a local live theatre will give you tickets to a play (or a local concert etc.) Find some way that you can give them free advertising with your club in exchange for tickets. Auction off the tickets for a raffle.

      Have a fundraising night at a local bar. Call up artists to see if they would donate some work to have sold. Call up some bands to see if they will perfom. Advertise through local TV and radio who donate some time to charities.

      Good luck with whatever you choose

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  2. Sarah Reply

    Wedding On A Tight Budget, Ideas? I’m in Australia, SA, I am wanting to keep my wedding cost down, what tips can you tell me? My guest list is very small, only 35 guest (close, family and friends) which should help with cutting cost on food. I have already brought my dress, which fits perfect and only needs to be pressed :) Any advice would be great. It will be a garden wedding. My partner and I have been together for 10 years and have 2 children, so I really don’t want to spend to much since I have 2 kids and if I did have a spare $20,000 it would be spent on them (education ect)

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    • These are cost cutting measures:

      ~ make your own stationery.you can spend hundreds on invitations,response cards etc.check craft or stationery stores such as staples for kits.you can also buy the stock you need and make from scratch – google wedding invites for inspiration.here is one to get you started:

      http://www.confetti.co.uk/shopping/stationery/selectstyle.asp – i have chosen milan because its very simple and i can make them myself easily

      avoid embellishments such as bows that can add bulk (and therefore postage costs!).do your RSVPs by phone/e-mail and avoid return postage costs

      ~ cake:either make your own,have a friend/family member with skills in that are make it as a wedding gift OR buy some simple iced sponge/fruit cakes and decorate with ribbons/buckles/topper

      ~ flowers:keep to a bare minimum.you only really need bouquets and bouts.if you have a flower girl,she can carry a flower wand rather than a basket of petals.buy wholesale and in season to take even more costs off,and you can always make your own (look for on-line master classes).if you have centrepieces,then think about using fabrics,greenery and vases with fruits or candles in place of flowers.another idea is to have a stand of cupcakes/mini pastries instead

      ~ skip the favours – nobody will notice you don’t have them!instead,spend the money you would have spent on favours on an extra dessert or drink option

      ~ a buffet may be a cheaper option rather than a plated meal

      ~ skip/limit the alcohol if open bar is the norm where you are

      ~ check e-bay for certain items second hand (birdcages,table numbers,etc).if you buy new,then sell on afterwards and earn some cash back

      ~ could you share costs with another bride?i read about a bride who split the costs of the bay trees she wanted with another bride – all of them were used in both weddings and then each took half each afterwards.she saved about ?200

      ~ high street is your friend.departments stores such as debenhams have great bridesmaid dresses without the price tag attached and they have some great flower girl/page boy outfits

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  3. I_nabors Reply

    I Have Candle Wax On A Unfinished Deck Wat Should I Do 2 Remove It? Thank U?

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    • Occasionally, the wax from our brightly colored candles drips onto our furniture, especially our wooden buffets, bookcases, and tables. In order to remove the wax drippings, simply apply an ice cube or ice pack to the wax to harden it. Gently scrape off as much wax as you can with a plastic credit card or other nonabrasive item such as a thin, dull butter knife or a smooth, plastic ruler.

      Some of the wax residue may remain on the wooden furniture, especially if you have been extremely careful not to scratch the surface of your furniture. Simply use a soft, clean cloth and apply a bit of cream furniture wax to the area. Rub gently and remove the remainder of the wax residue.

      Read more: http://www.doityourself.com/stry/candlewax#ixzz0phCoP5tj

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  4. Anonymous Reply

    How Did You Get Introduced To Gambling? Like what are your first memories of your gambling experience.

    My legal experience was being bought a lottery card gift basket from my uncle and aunt when i was 16 it was so much fun just to sit there and scratch while we all gathered around the table hoping to be the next mega millionaires :)
    We also ate at the casino alot growing up because it was so cheap. I remember stuffing myself silly one time at the casino buffet eating like 10 plates of food.
    How did your family introduce it to you? What family memories do you have of fun times gambling with your family?

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    • My first memory of “gambling” was my late grandfather teaching me and my brother to play poker with pretzels when we were less than 10 years old. If Betty thinks that’s “sad,” she is an evil, evil human being.

      My parents would buy scratch off tickets every now and then (maybe once a month or less) when I was a kid, and let us scratch them off sometimes. Nothing major, but it was certainly a fun little game that I remember. When I was in high school, we took a couple of family vacations here. The first time was exciting as it was new and interesting, but it got boring quickly when we got bored of arcade games and realized the hotel room TVs have about 5 channels. By the first time my family came here to visit after I turned 21, I knew blackjack basic strategy frontwards and back, and knew the good bets to make at the craps table. On that first trip, I turned $200 into a couple thousand. It was certainly dumb luck, but a lot of fun. After that, I started to figure out how to really beat the games, and the rest is history (although not all smooth sailing).

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  5. Jamiesparents2004 Reply

    Is It Possible To Get Room Comps After Your FIRST Trip To Vegas? I am looking at only gambling away $100-150/day for 5 days… i would love to get an offer for a room comp for another trip. My cousin and i are going to LV for 5 nights but if i could get a room comp offered i would love to go back and take the hubby next time. *he offered to let me have a girl trip first*

    i was just curious if it is possible after just 1 trip to vegas:)

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    • Not only is it possible, it’s probable, if you know

      #1 – What to play
      #2 – How to play
      #3 – Where to play
      #4 – How to manage your bankroll

      #1 – You get far and away the best bang for your buck by playing video poker – I would suggest .25c 9/6 JOB

      #2 – How to play
      http://www.wizardofodds.com
      You can play for free on this site, and their software will teach you how to play, as you play the game(s)

      #3 – Downtown & locals casinos comp us “low rollers” – you can forget about the strip with that kind of bankroll

      #4 – Learn when to say when – I use a “win goal, loss limit” system..
      Since there are two of you, sign up for an individual slot club account but get two cards…Both of you can play on one account, that way you accumulate points twice as fast..

      What we look for is, >a hotel/casino that we like, that has the game(s) we like to play, and they are going to treat us well at our level of play..

      Our favorite place to stay/play/eat is Main Street Station….Nice hotel/casino, great buffet & restaurants…They have .25c 9/6 JOB…We play about 5 hours of VP per day(5K)….We have never paid for a room or a meal there….
      http://www.mainstreetcasino.com
      If you visit MSS and like what you see – What I would do is plan to use 2 days of your bankroll($200 each)…You would have to have very bad luck for the both of you to lose $200 before you earn 5,000 points***…

      ***Sign up for one account, get two cards, it should take around 3 hours play each on 9/6 JOB VP(always play max coin) for you to accumulate 5,000 points….If you like, take a break somewhere in the middle of your play and go ask one of the hosts(Brenda, Gloria, Ipo) for 2 buffets or comp($30 should cover it) to the Triple 7 restaurant(great prime rib dinner, after 4pm) – If you’re thinking this isn’t fair, for your cousin to play on your card, that’s the beauty of it…When she finds a hotel/casino she likes, you return the favor….You’re all getting the best of it, the casino gets what they want(more play) you get what you want(free rooms & meals) and your cousin gets the same…Isn’t Las Vegas great…

      MSS – when you hit a 4 of a kind or better, they give you a scratch off card, they are usually worth $2 sometimes I hit a $5 a few times a year someone will hit for $5,000…If you play 4,000 hands(5,000 points) you “on average” collect 9 or 10, what the heck it’s an extra $30 in your pocket….

      Others that comp well and have good video poker
      Sam’s Town
      Silverton
      South Point
      Four Queens
      Fiesta Henderson
      Boulder Station
      Las Vegas Hilton >The LVH is pretty good about offering the “casino rate”** for not a great deal of play, just don’t expect a full comp.

      **We usually get an offer such as 4 nights for $199 or 3 nights and meals for the same $199…

      Bankroll – You can help your bankroll by making a coupon run. We use free play and match play coupons to build up our bankroll….

      If you have any Q – feel free to ask – I will be glad to help – Comps are my fav LV subject…

      “Comp City” – Max Rubin
      “The Frugal Gambler” – Jean Scott

      We go to LV 2-3 times a year for 2 weeks or more at a time and have for over 20 years…

      ~Jack~

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  6. Jamiesparents2004 Reply

    Is It Possible To Get Room Comps After Your FIRST Trip To Vegas? I am looking at only gambling away $100-150/day for 5 days… i would love to get an offer for a room comp for another trip. My cousin and i are going to LV for 5 nights but if i could get a room comp offered i would love to go back and take the hubby next time. *he offered to let me have a girl trip first*

    i was just curious if it is possible after just 1 trip to vegas:)

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    • Not only is it possible, it’s probable, if you know

      #1 – What to play
      #2 – How to play
      #3 – Where to play
      #4 – How to manage your bankroll

      #1 – You get far and away the best bang for your buck by playing video poker – I would suggest .25c 9/6 JOB

      #2 – How to play
      http://www.wizardofodds.com
      You can play for free on this site, and their software will teach you how to play, as you play the game(s)

      #3 – Downtown & locals casinos comp us “low rollers” – you can forget about the strip with that kind of bankroll

      #4 – Learn when to say when – I use a “win goal, loss limit” system..
      Since there are two of you, sign up for an individual slot club account but get two cards…Both of you can play on one account, that way you accumulate points twice as fast..

      What we look for is, >a hotel/casino that we like, that has the game(s) we like to play, and they are going to treat us well at our level of play..

      Our favorite place to stay/play/eat is Main Street Station….Nice hotel/casino, great buffet & restaurants…They have .25c 9/6 JOB…We play about 5 hours of VP per day(5K)….We have never paid for a room or a meal there….
      http://www.mainstreetcasino.com
      If you visit MSS and like what you see – What I would do is plan to use 2 days of your bankroll($200 each)…You would have to have very bad luck for the both of you to lose $200 before you earn 5,000 points***…

      ***Sign up for one account, get two cards, it should take around 3 hours play each on 9/6 JOB VP(always play max coin) for you to accumulate 5,000 points….If you like, take a break somewhere in the middle of your play and go ask one of the hosts(Brenda, Gloria, Ipo) for 2 buffets or comp($30 should cover it) to the Triple 7 restaurant(great prime rib dinner, after 4pm) – If you’re thinking this isn’t fair, for your cousin to play on your card, that’s the beauty of it…When she finds a hotel/casino she likes, you return the favor….You’re all getting the best of it, the casino gets what they want(more play) you get what you want(free rooms & meals) and your cousin gets the same…Isn’t Las Vegas great…

      MSS – when you hit a 4 of a kind or better, they give you a scratch off card, they are usually worth $2 sometimes I hit a $5 a few times a year someone will hit for $5,000…If you play 4,000 hands(5,000 points) you “on average” collect 9 or 10, what the heck it’s an extra $30 in your pocket….

      Others that comp well and have good video poker
      Sam’s Town
      Silverton
      South Point
      Four Queens
      Fiesta Henderson
      Boulder Station
      Las Vegas Hilton >The LVH is pretty good about offering the “casino rate”** for not a great deal of play, just don’t expect a full comp.

      **We usually get an offer such as 4 nights for $199 or 3 nights and meals for the same $199…

      Bankroll – You can help your bankroll by making a coupon run. We use free play and match play coupons to build up our bankroll….

      If you have any Q – feel free to ask – I will be glad to help – Comps are my fav LV subject…

      “Comp City” – Max Rubin
      “The Frugal Gambler” – Jean Scott

      We go to LV 2-3 times a year for 2 weeks or more at a time and have for over 20 years…

      ~Jack~

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  7. B3L!eV3 Reply

    Sisters Kitchen Tea Party….? I need to organise my sisters kitchen tea party and i have no idea where to start, can someone please suggest games, themes, food anything at all…decorations (colours), invites….
    thanx heaps

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    • Suzie,

      How many people are you expecting to invite? What is your sisters color palate for the wedding? I would go with those colors for napkins and table covers. Are you going to have individual tables, or a buffet? If a buffet, Have a seperate table for the cake and cookies.

      For food I would serve finger tea sandwiches, elegant cookies, and of course tea. Make a tray of assorted regular and decaf flavored teas, and borrow a coffee urn and have it filled with hot water. Go around to the local thrift shops and second hand stores and look for tea cups and saucers. They have beautiful pieces and you can pick them up for a song. You can go on line to English tea store, they have teapots in a variety of colors for as little as $3.95, as well as wholesale pricing on teas and accessories (these items can be given as gifts to the guests)

      For a centerpiece I would do something whimsical like pastel colored daises, and maybe do them in silk, in a teapot or clay flower pot. For the wishing well, I would have each guest bring either a spice, a recipe card and a box to put them in, or a kitchen gadget, ie potato peeler, dish cloths, dish detergent scrubbies, sponges, you catch the drift.

      Decorations—how about wooden spoons and forks, spatulas, oven mitts, pot holders etc, put each item together and tie therm with either some curly ribbon, or some raffia around them and hang them around the room.

      As for invites, make the invitations into a kitchen shape, like a blender, or a stove, or a cabinet, and put the info on the inside. You could also use a recipe card. Make the front look like a regular recipe card and on the back, Put the invitation information make it look like a recipe.

      Games—get one or two little door prizes and wrap them up. you ask a series of guestions (4 or 5) whoever answers the last question get the prize.

      Cake—-I don’t know what kind of a budget you are working with, but you may want to check Cake Alchemy. Laurie has been on weTV and she can pretty much do anything you want. The cakes are a little pricey, but are well worth it. Everything is done by hand and created from scratch.

      Since the bridal party usually goes in on a group gift, why not make a basket with a bone china tea set, some teas, and accessories.

      Hope this helps. Use your imaginationn and have fun!

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  8. Eder Hernandez Reply

    Someone Give Me Some Mean Things O Say To My Friend? Almost every time I talk, he is all like “Shut up” me and him both know that we are messing around, but he does it everyday and it gets on my nerves, He is white and I am Mexican. Someone please give me some jokes to say or something that will embarrass him.

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    • -Your house moves but your twelve cars don’t.
      -You take your dog for a walk and you both use the same tree.
      -You can entertain yourself for more than 15 minutes with a fly swatter.
      -Your boat has not left the driveway in 15 years.
      -You burn your yard rather than mow it.
      -You think “The Nutcracker” is something you do off the high dive.
      -The Salvation Army declines your furniture.
      -You offer to give someone the shirt off your back and they don’t want it.
      -You have the local taxidermist on speed dial.
      -You come back from the dump with more than you took.
      – You keep a can of Raid on the kitchen table.
      – Your wife can climb a tree faster than your cat.
      – Your grandmother has “ammo” on her Christmas list.
      -You keep flea and tick soap in the shower.
      -You’ve been involved in a custody fight over a hunting dog.
      – You go to the stock car races and don’t need a program.
      -You know how many bales of hay your car will hold.
      -You have a rag for a gas cap.
      -Your house doesn’t have curtains, but your truck does.
      -You wonder how service stations keep their rest-rooms so clean.
      -You can spit without opening your mouth.
      -You consider your license plate personalized because your father made it.
      -Your lifetime goal is to own a fireworks stand.
      -You have a complete set of salad bowls and they all say “Cool Whip” on the side.
      -The biggest city you’ve ever been to is Wal-Mart.
      -Your working TV sits on top of your non-working TV.
      -You’ve used your ironing board as a buffet table.
      -A tornado hits your neighborhood and does $100,000 worth of improvements.
      -You’ve used a toilet brush to scratch your back.
      -You missed your 5th grade graduation because you were on jury duty.
      -You think fast food is hitting a deer at 65.
      -You let your twelve-year-old daughter smoke at the dinner table . . . in front of her kids.
      -You’ve been married three times and still have the same in-laws.
      -You think a woman who is “out of your league” bowls on a different night.
      -Jack Daniels makes your list of “most admired people.”
      -You wonder how service stations keep their restrooms so clean.
      -Anyone in your family ever died right after saying: “Hey watch this.”
      -You think Dom Perignon is a Mafia leader.
      -Your wife’s hairdo was once ruined by a ceiling fan.
      -Your junior prom had a daycare.
      -You think the last words of the Star Spangled Banner are:
      -Gentlemen start your engines.”
      -You lit a match in the bathroom and your house exploded right off its wheels.
      -The bluebook value of your truck goes up and down, depending on how much gas is in it.
      -You have to go outside to get something from the fridge.
      -One of your kids was born on a pool table.
      -You need one more hole punched in your card to get a freebie at the House of Tattoos.
      -You can’t get married to your sweetheart because there’s a law against it.
      -You think “loaded dishwasher” means your wife is drunk.
      -Your toilet paper has page numbers on it.

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  9. B3L!eV3 Reply

    Sisters Kitchen Tea Party….? I need to organise my sisters kitchen tea party and i have no idea where to start, can someone please suggest games, themes, food anything at all…decorations (colours), invites….
    thanx heaps

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    • Suzie,

      How many people are you expecting to invite? What is your sisters color palate for the wedding? I would go with those colors for napkins and table covers. Are you going to have individual tables, or a buffet? If a buffet, Have a seperate table for the cake and cookies.

      For food I would serve finger tea sandwiches, elegant cookies, and of course tea. Make a tray of assorted regular and decaf flavored teas, and borrow a coffee urn and have it filled with hot water. Go around to the local thrift shops and second hand stores and look for tea cups and saucers. They have beautiful pieces and you can pick them up for a song. You can go on line to English tea store, they have teapots in a variety of colors for as little as $3.95, as well as wholesale pricing on teas and accessories (these items can be given as gifts to the guests)

      For a centerpiece I would do something whimsical like pastel colored daises, and maybe do them in silk, in a teapot or clay flower pot. For the wishing well, I would have each guest bring either a spice, a recipe card and a box to put them in, or a kitchen gadget, ie potato peeler, dish cloths, dish detergent scrubbies, sponges, you catch the drift.

      Decorations—how about wooden spoons and forks, spatulas, oven mitts, pot holders etc, put each item together and tie therm with either some curly ribbon, or some raffia around them and hang them around the room.

      As for invites, make the invitations into a kitchen shape, like a blender, or a stove, or a cabinet, and put the info on the inside. You could also use a recipe card. Make the front look like a regular recipe card and on the back, Put the invitation information make it look like a recipe.

      Games—get one or two little door prizes and wrap them up. you ask a series of guestions (4 or 5) whoever answers the last question get the prize.

      Cake—-I don’t know what kind of a budget you are working with, but you may want to check Cake Alchemy. Laurie has been on weTV and she can pretty much do anything you want. The cakes are a little pricey, but are well worth it. Everything is done by hand and created from scratch.

      Since the bridal party usually goes in on a group gift, why not make a basket with a bone china tea set, some teas, and accessories.

      Hope this helps. Use your imaginationn and have fun!

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  10. JediMaster Reply

    What’s The Worst Thing To Happen To You Or A Loved One At A Wedding? What’s the worst thing you’ve ever seen/known a bride and or groom, or anyone in the wedding party do? What’s the worst thing the guests have ever done?

    What’s the tackiest wedding you’ve ever been to?

    The tackiest for me was when my friend had her wedding at a bowling ally, dressed in what made her look like a 2 cent street walker, her man was dressed in jeans full of holes and a shirt he’d worn for at least a week and smelled. The “cake” was day old donuts stacked together, the guy who married them was the bowling ally bartender and the punch was ice cold grape koolaide spiked with warm beer. The rings cost $10 for both of them, bought at a pawn shop. She was 9 months along, and ready to pop. Baby wasn’t even his, but stupid him put his name on the birth certificate. 3 years later, they are still married though, with another baby on the way, living it up in a trailor park.

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    • The tackiest wedding I went to was my ex’s cousin. The theme was “ribbons in the sky” some stupid horrible song that was played every 5 minutes. The ceremony was two hours late in the smallest church in toronto on the hottest day of the year (41 with humidex) and they were “instructed” not to turn the ac on because the bride likes it hot. The ceremony was long, overdone, and “ribbons in the sky” played 5 times through the ceremony on repeat! You couldn’t hear anything at all during the ceremony except the bride tell her daughter to “shut the hell up before I smack you one”
      Because the ceremony was 2 hours late the reception was three hours late!! We all waited at the hall while the bride had her makeup redone from scratch for the pictures. When they finally did show up at 7:45pm (was supposed to be at 5) we had to wait while they introduced the wedding party one at a time, to “ribbons in the sky”.
      Then speeches which were very long and drawn out and so full of inside jokes that they stopped making sense. Then the first dance to….you guessed it “ribbons in the sky”. Then a “break” so the bride could go for a smoke but no guests were to leave the room, a lady was directed to sit her kid down and wait to use the bathroom until the bride came back.
      THEN the food was served, buffet style chicken and rice and all the guests had to sit and wait while th entire wedding party was served and ATE their first plate, so we got to sit and watch them eat and listen to 30 kids screamng and crying from hunger and heat and boredom. THEN we could start to line up for food table by table.
      The dj was so bad that not one single person danced (even though the dancing started at 10:30pm) and this was a jamaican/guyanese wedding……..they demanded money not gifts, and no desert because the bride decided last minute that she wanted to save her wedding cake. Not sure what she planned to do with it exactly.
      They handed out the cheapest ass vinniger tasting wine as favours and not even a thank you card after the fact. The best part was her sister holding her hand out for the card I bought before she handed me the nasty wine!!!!!
      I also saw the maid of honour going through the cards people put down and counting the money inside them IN FRONT OF PEOPLE!!!!!!!!
      I’ll never forget it!! As far as weddings go I have been to worse but I don’t even think she noticed her third hubby was even there that day! Oh yes…THIRD WEDDING!!

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