Back when I was young, the first time I went to Tahoe, I didn't know much of anything about gambling. I was on my honeymoon (the first one) and THAT husband didn't know much about gambling either. Sure, both of us knew how to play Blackjack and we could feed coins into a slot machine, but any of the other games were a mystery to us.
The first evening in the casino we stopped by to watch the play at a Craps table. I've always liked rolling dice, playing Yahtzee or whatever, so it looked kind of fun. I watched for awhile and when a new player had the dice, I put a couple chips in one of the sections that everyone else was putting chips on. Very quickly, my chips were taken away, and I thought I'd lost, until we started to leave and one of the dealers asked if we wanted our money. As it turned out, we'd apparently won SOMETHING because we walked away with more than the few chips we put down. I figured that was pretty cool even if I had no idea what I'd done right!
Today I received an email about Valdani hand dyed variegated perle cotton thread (the balls of embroidery/stitchery thread). I thought it looked like something I certainly NEEDED, even if I hadn't KNOWN I needed it until I read the email--which was from the wholesaler. So I undertook a little online search for a retail source for the designer sets that interested me (a 12-ball assortment of different colors) and eventually I ended up at Amazon.
Now, I need to tell you a little background. I've had an Amazon credit card for several years, but I never use it except for my Amazon purchases, and I keep it paid off. And I guess because I don't use it much and pay it off immediately, I don't really pay much attention to it.
So, anyway, back to the present. I decided to order the assortment of perle cotton thread, and I clicked the "add to cart" button. Just about then, either when I clicked the add to cart button or when I clicked the check out button, this message popped up, telling me the item was something I might be able to use my Amazon reward points on. What? What reward points?! Well, I suspect at some point, Amazon sent me something letting me know I was earning points for my purchases, but it was news to me. As it turned out, I was able to use my points for the entire purchase--and I still have points left. Isn't that excellent?
I love it when good stuff happens out of the blue like that. No expectations and all of a sudden a little gift falls right into your lap. Just like winning at Craps when I had no idea I was winning. Now I guess I should figure out what it was that earned me those points, but if it's anything like that Craps game? I'll probably find out soon enough that it's not likely to happen again any time soon.