Visiting so many different places may keep your mind off of the sweeter, better things Traveling across the globe and being able to visit new places regularly is a great adventure that everyone should experience at some point in their lives. You learn so much from the different people you meet, and you get the chance to reflect on the many things you’ve done as you immerse yourself in different cultures and environments.
But at some point, you begin to miss home, and you long to be in a place that shelters you in the same way the places you visited as a child did. For some, these may be restaurants they’d frequented with their families when they were younger, before they set off on their own exploration of the world. For others, it could be libraries, churches, or even motel rooms. Even stranger, for many others, it could be a bingo hall.
Bingo has always been associated with old people -- grandmothers and old aunts are envisioned frequenting bingo halls on Thursday nights, quietly watching their bingo cards closely for a chance to win the pot. But in recent years, bingo has seen a great increase in following. Information from the Center Stage Artists shows that bingo generates upwards of $10 billion in revenue every year in the United States alone. The potential to earn from providing a game of bingo has even pushed well-known companies such as The Daily Mail to provide a custom bingo game for their readers by procuring the services of Cashcade, the same company that produced Cheekybingo.com.
But with online bingo sites now popping up all over the internet, bingo halls are slowly dying, and Toronto -- once the home of a thriving bingo scene -- is facing struggles as well. Where there were once 27 bingo halls, now there are six. Weary travelers in need of a homey environment may find themselves seeking the comfort of bingo halls, just for some peace and quiet, and for the sake of memories long forgotten. And, unfortunately, a time may come when these bingo halls are no more than figments of memories as well.
Traveling around the world is great, but it’s important to remember the things we left behind: dinners with our families, lazing around the house on weekends, and even playing bingo with our grandmothers and aunts. Every once in a while, look back, and appreciate the memories you’ve built along the way.