Thursday, January 19, 2006

To Bunco or not to Bunco...and about that DVR


Last night, I unBunco'd. That's what you do when you set out to play Bunco, but you don't. We meant to play. We really did. The Bunco Broads (the best damn Bunco group in Tallahassee... take that back, the world) met at my house for our monthly session of the most exciting dice game there is (at least outside of Vegas). But we got sidetracked. Instead of rolling dice, gossiping and screaming with laughter, we sat around the fire, gossiped and screamed with laughter. Oh, and I got tons of great advice on my writing career and since my current wip, The Church of Bunco, is centered around a heroine whose main passion in life includes among other things, Bunco and the film Bull Durham, I thought it was quite apropo. The funny thing is, I never missed the Bunco. Which of course, is the main point of my post. It's not what you do, it's who you do it with.

Now, on to that *******DVR of mine. What's the point of having a smart techno machine automatically tape all your favorite programs if it keeps cutting off?? After I had unBunco'd and then brainstormed for a couple of hours on the phone with my wonderful cp Mel (who came up with my fab title The Church of Bunco, btw) I sat down on the couch to watch 2 programs I had taped. Love Monkey and Lost. Don't ask me why both these programs ran over their scheduled hour, but they did and my machine cut off the ending. So, I now I have no idea if Jack and Ana Lisa bonded on the beach or if Tom ever signed Wayne or if the evil Eli got his at the end. GRRR!!!! Me and that DVR are going to have words today. Very strong ones.

(You may have noticed I 've decided that Bunco needs to capitalized. If James Frey can do it, then why can't I?)

10 comments:

Lucy said...

It sounds like a great evening Maria. And The Church of Bunco sounds like it will be a fun book. I would buy it. :)

MariaGeraci said...

Thanks, L! I'm having a lot fun writing it!

Mel Francis said...

I loved Love Monkey. In the end, Wayne signed with the other guy, not Eli. And he brought Tom on with his small company (which is all about the music and not the bottom line)to be Wayne's Manager. It all worked out and I will definitely watch it again.

I just hate that it's on opposite of Boston Legal. Another great show.

Since I was on the phone with you, I have no idea if Ana Lucia and Jack bonded. Looked like it, though.

MariaGeraci said...

Oh! Great twist!

Ellen said...

Maria, your book does sound like fun. But, er, what is Bunco? When I have time later, I can look it up on the internet so that you don't have to explain it. Sounds interesting . . .

Erin said...

Me siento su dolor, Maria. Sorry, my lit class is kicking my butt right now, and I got stuck in Spanish mode. Anyway, my DVR has betrayed me many a time as well. Last season, just for kicks, it kept cutting of Gray's Anatomy (the best show on TV right now) at random times, 38 minutes here, 42 minutes there, including the pivotal season finale. I have since dumped that DVR and have taken up with another.

MariaGeraci said...

Ellen,

Bunco is a dice game played by women (although we let the boys play once in awhile) It's fast and fun and you get prizes! It's pretty big in the south. I started playing when we lived in Austin. I'm totally hooked. In the end of course, it's not so much about the game itself, but the comaraderie of other women.

Ellen said...

Laura sent me an email explaining all the nuances of the game. It sounds like a blast! It's definitely restricted to the South, I think. We Yankees sure never played it. Our big thing was Euchre.

It really does sound like a fun book! :)

MariaGeraci said...

thanks, Ellen!

I'm hoping the bunco theme won't restrict the book.

Now that Laura gave you the rules, maybe you can start your own bunco group in the NW? :))

Ellen said...

LOL. Is big money involved?

Oops--I guess that's where the Bunco squad comes in. :)

 

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