At least 5 letters and 75 numbers at a time?
Play BINGO, of course!
I was hanging in town yesterday and it seemed extra quiet for some reason. I asked a lady and she said there was a benefit for the fire dept. I asked what it was and she said it was Bingo. Well, those of you who know me well know that I cannot let a game go by that I dont go have fun with.
Here is the back half of the crowd. I would estimate between 1-200 people were present for San Clemente Bingo!
Here are my 2 cards with the local style markers for your board. Corn, I love it!!
So then I called my mom figuring she might be able to make it there in time to play a couple of games.
When I realized it was quite a walk for her, I asked nicely if one of the firemen would mind picking her up in the fire truck. They asked the chief, and off we went on a goodwill mission.
Moms first ride in a fire truck!
Mom getting ready for her first bingo session.
Now, if you are like me and still learning Spanish, you will know that repetition is fantastic for learning. Whelp, there was plenty of repetition here with 5 letters (drum roll please… B I N G O ) and numbers 1-75. Great practice.
Some people were Bingo veterans and brought along their own personalized markers instead of the corn. The lady in white across the table had decorative marbles while the guy 2 people away was using pennies. I must say, I might have to come up with my own markers next time. The corn tended to roll around and not stay on the correct #. It was hard enough comprehending the man on the microphone speaking Spanish with children crying nearby and other ambient noises, without having the numbers become “unmarked” by rolling corn. I think it pays to get there early for a good seat so you can hear better.
This guy was handing out other cards for people who were constantly changing out their cards hoping for better luck.
The beginning of a game. I dared not take a picture while a game was going on for fear of missing a number and not getting to yell BINGO.
Here was my card when someone yelled BINGO! What the heck was going on here? I only had 1 # on each board. haha
The fire trucks lined up.
This man won a game of BINGO with his lucky pennies. His prize was a bundle of food. It turns out that all the prizes are donated by families or businesses for this. I am going to make a bundle of fun stuff for the next BINGO.
At one point, I yelled BINGO because I had a line filled in. Problem was that they were playing COVER ALL, not regular BINGO. I ducked under the table and everyone laughed. Now, I’m still learning Spanish, but most games they announced as being “esquina”. I thought esquina meant “corner”, but here this meant 1 simple line of BINGO. Pretty easy for us foreigners to mess this up.
Again, I just fell into finding this as it was happening. I asked a friend when there would be another BINGO session. She did not know as they dont have the equipment to do this very often. If I hear of another upcoming BINGO session, I will let everyone know.
It was a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon and really put my Spanish #’s skills to the test.
Figuring it out… 1 # & 1 letter at a time