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GUEST AUTHORS OF HARVEST STORIES AND THEIR ADVENTURES


A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO I STARTED ASKING GUEST AUTHORS TO SUBMIT HIS/HER’S HARVEST STORIES. (WHEN I WAS STILL DOING THE POD – PAGE OF THE DAY)

THESE STORIES ARE ALWAYS INFORMATIVE AND USUALLY HAVE A BIT OF TONGUE AND CHEEK HUMOR.
IT IS ALWAYS FUN TO SHARE WITH OTHERS, DIFFERENT WAYS OF HARVESTING, THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS THAT WE HAVE FACED OUT THERE WHILE WE WERE HARVESTING.

REGGIE

A GUEST AUTHOR’s HARVEST STORY

GULFSTREAM RACINO – HALLANDALE, FL

By:CARL SHALIT



My wife and I decided to take a vacation in Florida, central (Orlando) and southern (Key West). Part of our agreement was that there would absolutely no “casino hopping” (my wife’s term for chip gathering).
As I have in the past, I met Mark Lighterman for lunch one day. Mark has been my main source of Florida chips for a number of years now. He did have several that I needed but there was one, the $2.00 from Gulfstream Park, which he could not get for me. He has one of his own but no extras. This naturally got me thinking so I emailed Reggie Gummer to see if he had one for sale. He said the same thing as Mark, that he had one but no extras.
Well, remember my wife and I agreed no casino hopping. But, after a brief(!) discussion, my wife agreed that we could stop at Gulfstream Park to see if I could get that chip.
As usual for a poker room, I started with the cage. My conversation with the cashier went as follows:

Me: “Hi!”

Cashier: “Hi! What can I do for you?”

Me: “I’m a chip collector. I have all the chips I want from Gulfstream except this one that I’m looking to buy (I showed him the picture on the ChipGuide which I already had up on my phone).”
Cashier: “Those chips are only for use by the dealers.”

Me: “I know that.”

Cashier: “We’re not supposed to sell them.”

Me: “I know that. All I want is one for my own collection if that’s at all possible.”
After a long pause:

Cashier: “Let me ask the floor manager.”
He called the floor manager over.

Cashier to the floor manager: “He would like to buy one of the $2.00 chips for his chip collection.”

Manager: “Those chips are only for use by the dealers.”

Me: “I know that.”

Manager: “We’re not supposed to sell them.”

Me: “I know that. All I want is one for my own collection if that’s at all possible. I know of two that other collectors have managed to get.”

Manager (expressing shock): “How?”

Me: “I have no idea!”
After a long pause:

Manager to cashier: “Go ahead. Sell him one!”
YEAH, SUCCESS! I tipped the cashier $3.00 and went on my merry way. Meanwhile my wife won $1.25 at a slot machine

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