It is yet again time to get packing for the annual National Convention of the National Federation of the Blind. We look forward to this trip every year. While I’ve already laid the ground work of the NFB Convention, I love it so much, I just had to write about it again. One seminar I will be attending is about the Braille code. Unfortunately, some changes are being made. Not only do I not understand the reasoning behind these changes, but I need to find out what all of them are. Since I teach Braille, it’s important for me to stay informed of changes so I can properly teach my students. Even if I dislike the change, the damage in this case is already done. So I will be in a three hour workshop next Tuesday. Dishon and I are really hoping that we get another nice room this year. Last year, we stayed in a gigantic suite. All we did was ask for a room with one bed, so we’re doing that again this year. The beauty of convention is that while we know what to expect, there’s always something different each time we go. Whether we meet new people, attend a different meeting or are made aware of something else the NFB is fighting for, we are never bored with monotony. We take off Monday morning at 6:45 a.m. The pro to this is the ability to get settled earlier in the day. I plan to spend some time at the pool this year. Italians can tan very well.
Last Saturday, a group of forty-five went to a casino known as the Lady Luck Casino in Black Hawk. A majority of the group was blind. One might wonder how blind people would gamble successfully. Let’s start with the slots. Since Dishon and I have some vision, we were able to enjoy the slots. The ones we played were quarter slots. The numbers showing your current credits and the number of credits you won were bright red on black. When one has vision like mine, contrast helps. While I couldn’t visually tell what I won, I could tell by the sounds the machine made that I had won something. Both Dishon and I left with a little more than we came with, but that’s all I will disclose as far as money is concerned. In the area of table games, dealers are pretty good about telling you what’s on the table. They cannot deceive you because they are constantly on camera. While gambling isn’t something one should do all the time, it’s fun now and then. I have a feeling that Dishon and I will go back with a few friends in the near future.