The house always wins

4 Aug

Yesterday, it was time to take on this beast.

Cleaning out a garage in August in South Florida is not good times. Especially after I couldn’t find out an outlet to plug in a fan orthe  boombox my parents have from the 80’s. Another reason I wasn’t excited was purely for vanity reasons.

I suck at time management sometimes. I dyed my hair and showered right before so I wasn’t stoked to get to cleaning but I was bored out of my mind and I’ve been intending on cleaning the garage ever since I got here. But before we get into that let’s talked Garnier HerbaShine.

This was my first time using this brand and I wasn’t completely impressed with it. I liked that it only took 10 minutes to set but when I saw the conditioner I was put off a bit.  I’ve dyed my hair a lot and the conditioner has always been in a tube with a cap not in a packet like this.



I got the hair dye for $4 so all in all it was a good deal except for the conditioner (yes I am that cheap and use the conditioner afterwards when I travel). I won’t let my ADD take over this post,  so let’s get back to the garage. I found all types of stuff. Memorabilia, crap, art. And when I say art I use that term very loosely. Mostly due to this gem

How effin creepy is he? When I saw this I immediately jumped then starting laughing nervously then I turned away because I couldn’t look at him anymore. But then I turned back around since I feared he would jump out and kill me ala Chucky in Childs Play


I took the “art” out onto our patio and asked me dad what creepy Buttons was doing in our house. He said that it has been with our family for awhile and could actually be worth something. Let the research begin! I wonder if we can photoshop Buttons into family photos since he “has been with our family for awhile” In no time, I had the garage more organized that before. There is still work to be done but now there is actually a walk way without rusty nails on the ground.



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After some shopping and a nap, we made our way to Benihana.

I’ve never been to the bar area at Benihaba before so this was a treat. We used to go there when I was a kid at get the hibachi cooked at our table and it was always a big deal. So when my dad told me we weren’t going for hibachi, we were going for happy hour sushi, I was on it like white on rice.

They have an awesome happy hour special including specialty sushi rolls, nigiri, appetizers and drinks in the lounge and bar area. We walked in and there was only one other party sitting in the entire restaurant so we made our way to the bar and grabbed a seat.

$4 Cabernet, don’t mind if I do!

I started off with seaweed salad

I was enjoying it until I got the bottom and hit some frozen seaweed. There was ice right on them. ick. But then again, it was only two bones so it wasn’t a huge loss. Then the rolls came out. I was so stoked not only for the happy hour special on sushi but also because I was reunited with one of my loves—the Las Vegas Roll!

I used to order the Las Vegas roll all the time when I lived in Phoenix and was disappointed when I didn’t see it on the menu anywhere in Charlotte. Plus, I never really knew what was in it so I couldn’t request for them to make it. All I knew was that it was spicy, fried and tasty, just how I like my men.

I also got the Caterpillar roll which was amazingly fresh

But still, the Vegas roll won my heart with it’s rich and tangy flavor (not to mention it’s neat presentation)

Since I already won against one house, I decided to try my luck out at the Isle Casino

You know because I can total the take casino for all that it’s worth at the $.02 slots. Hey, I’m a frugalista and I’m not going to sit around blowing my money when chances are I’m not going to win but it doesn’t hurt to try. In a perfect world, I would like to just sit there and wait for a guy to approach me who then gives me some of his money to play with and then win thousands which he will then tell me to keep since I did a good job. Unfortunately, this doesn’t seem to happen with outside of Vegas…..or at the $.02 slots Apparently, I really need to lower my standards.

Guess what????

I didn’t win. Not one cent, it was worse than my last visit to a casino at the Horseshoe in Hammond, Indiana. At least they checked my ID when I walked into the Isle so that made me feel better about myself and skin regime.

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But I won at something else. I went on a great five mile bikeride once I got home (and had some coffee beforehand since I don’t need to be pedaling under the influence).  I could barely sleep last night because my legs felt like cement and the booty is ahurtin today!

Does your state have happy hour specials?  We didn’t have them in North Carolina and my next location must have happy hour specials. This is non negotiable!

If you gamble, what’s the most you’ve ever won? I used to frequent Vegas a few times a year when I lived in Arizona and I believe the most I won was $600.

26 Responses to “The house always wins”

  1. Natalie @ Will Jog For Food August 4, 2011 at 11:51 am #

    Everything looks awesome! Execpt the hot-a$$ garage cleaning! We had a garage sale at my mom’s last july, yuck!

    The most I ever won was $80 bucks playing roulette in New Orleans. I am a way wimpy gambler.

  2. Carly August 4, 2011 at 12:00 pm #

    Loving your hair color! Umm…that clown has creeped on my whole day.

  3. iarethefoodsnob August 4, 2011 at 12:03 pm #

    Psh. Happy hour specials indeed. Tomorrow me and some chicas are doing happy hour at a mexican joint. $15 all you can eat tacos! $5 margs! yes. Yum!
    I also played this awesome penny slot in atlantic city where i put in $20 and bet the Max and walked away with $300. Not too shabby.

  4. Karla August 4, 2011 at 1:15 pm #

    OMG that painting/art is creepy as hell!

    My friend and I found a place in our hometown that has $3.50 margaritas. This is a rare gem given our boring hometown. Given that I’m such a light weight, I’m tipsy after 1 margarita and have to walk around the mall for an hour or so before I can drive home. We get crazy over here in Santa Clarita, CA!!

  5. Amy @ Second City Randomness August 4, 2011 at 1:19 pm #

    We have happy hours in Chicago… hmmm…. 😉

    I’m jealous your dad took you for sushi. My dad won’t even go inside a chinese/japanese restaurant. He’s all weird about it.

  6. Katie @ Legally Fit August 4, 2011 at 1:29 pm #

    Your hair looks great! The conditioner sitch is odd though. The sushi looks amazing- I can’t wait to have some again! I am uber impressed that you cleaned out the garage in the heat, sans boombox. The boombox would have been a deal breaker for me! 😉

  7. Caitlin @ The Caitie Experiment August 4, 2011 at 1:36 pm #

    As you probably learned while you were here, Happy Hour is illegal in Massachusetts. My best friend (who is from here) was up from Tampa with her boyfriend (who is from there) last night, and Matt could NOT get over the fact that there IS NO HAPPY HOUR. He did manage to find $1.50 droughts, though, so kudos to him on resourcefulness!

    I still claim dibs on the spawn of Buttons and Copernicus and Matilda. Just sayin’.

  8. twobooswhoeat August 4, 2011 at 1:49 pm #

    You have such nice hair! I love the color on you.

    I love gambling. It is bad. I gambled and won $1200 once. It was a good day but I haven’t won more than $100 since. I have lost a lot though. The only good thing about this is, I get a lot of free room offers from Vegas!

  9. Autumn @ Good Eats Girl August 4, 2011 at 3:00 pm #

    Will you come and organize my basement?!!? I could totally use your motivation and skills!

    I’m loving your hair and the sushi looks amazing also!!!

    • simplyshaka August 8, 2011 at 5:21 am #

      I’ve always wanted to check out Iowa!

  10. Erin August 4, 2011 at 5:28 pm #

    Drink deals are illegal in MA. BOOO on that. One of my fave parts of Florida is happy hour! (hello nickel beer night!)

    Loving the color too! I’m with you on the tube of conditioner. Don’t cheap out man!

  11. lookingupwhileslimmingdown August 4, 2011 at 8:34 pm #

    I like the hair color! What’s it called? My uncle just got back from Vegas. He was $1000 at the penny slots!

  12. Rach @ This Italian Family August 4, 2011 at 9:02 pm #

    Um, so that clown… completely creepy. Hopefully it will be worth something and you can sell it away then you won’t need the random man to come up to you and give you money to gamble with. 😉

  13. Margie August 4, 2011 at 10:11 pm #

    I feel your pain with cleaning out the garage in this heat. I live in northern Fl and it was almost 100 today, which is not normal for us. I also called my family today that live in Ft.Laud. Did you hear about that tornado that actually formed in Tamarac the other day?! Crazy! A tornado in S. Fl is unheard of!
    I’ve actually won playing poker a couple of times and once at Aventura’s gaming establishment. I didn’t win much.

    • simplyshaka August 8, 2011 at 5:20 am #

      I haven’t been to the place in Aventura but its on my list of places to check out. I heard about the tornado-how insane! I was just in Tamarac last wk and thankfully no tornadoes then. Hopefully that won’t be a trend with hurricane season and all. Hope it gets cooler up there!

  14. Alex August 4, 2011 at 10:51 pm #

    Damn T, you owned that garage. Now please go and do the same at my parent’s house.

    I would never think of trying Benihana’s sushi…I’m kind of a child when it comes to food, and I love it when they do the volcano-onion-fire thing.

    • simplyshaka August 8, 2011 at 5:17 am #

      I still love the onion on fire thing. Maybe you can try doing it at home? I seriously didn’t know they had sushi until recently so it was def a pleasant surprise.

      Maybe that can be my new job….garage organizer?! Hmmmm…

  15. MelissaNibbles August 5, 2011 at 5:21 am #

    I watnt to buy that clown painting! My bf would love it.

  16. diana@mymarblerye August 5, 2011 at 8:36 am #

    dude they have casinos in florida? woo hoo!! I won a thousand bucks in vegas last year. Paid for our whole trip! I’m addicted!! Good for you for biking and cleaning! GET IT GIRL!

    • simplyshaka August 8, 2011 at 5:15 am #

      Damn $1000??? That is awesome! We have a few down here the Hard rock issthe biggest one (one in South FL the other in Tampa)

  17. Ashleigh August 5, 2011 at 10:37 am #

    I like the darker color!

    I never win anything 😦 I hate gambling.

    Boston doesn’t have happy hour and it makes me SO mad!

    • simplyshaka August 8, 2011 at 5:14 am #

      Thanks! I hate places that don’t have hh specials so I feel ya!

  18. BikiniBy30 August 6, 2011 at 2:50 am #

    I echo Amy-Chicago has tons of happy hours.

  19. getfitwithjuju August 6, 2011 at 5:59 pm #

    You should go on to that antiques road show and show up with that painting! I would love to see you there =]
    I don’t think we have a Benihana’s near me, but if we did, I would take one of everything on that menu, thank you very much! We do have happy hour here, and one place that is awesome for mexican food and happy is : Gonzalez Gonzalez ( I don’t think I spelled it right, but whatever! ) Off the freaking hook good~ =]
    I love the freaking slot machines, and my all time favorite ones are the 1 cent ones, something called Fishies or Gold fish ( I forget the name) The last time I played, which was 2 years ago in Atlantic city, NJ, I won $400!! Yeah, good times… =]
    Garnier always has those packet conditioners, which are annoying. One dye that I do love is the perfect 10. I’m not sure if the conditoners are in packets or tubes, but when I used to have blonde hair, that dye did wonders! =]

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