Wednesday, 28 March 2012
playing the slots at the fountain
Now, our fountain is gravity powered. And gravity is pretty powerful stuff, let me tell you. Did you know that when a jet plane or a space shuttle or a rocket ship tries to lift off from the ground, what stands in its way is gravity? Can you imagine? Something like a jet engine, that's got all that power, can be out-powered by gravity. The very same power source that's in our fountain. Boy oh boy... the peeps found us a super-duper extra-special, especially strong fountain, if you ask me.
Well, we've found that every now and then, our fountain gurgles. Yeah... gurgles. I'm pretty sure it has something to do with how the water in the fountain interacts with the power source... that would be the gravity... remember?
At first we were all kind of scared of the gurgle but over the last few weeks, we've come to know and love it. In fact, we've sort of turned it into a game. We get points if we get the gurgle. It's fun!
This is how the game works... First you approach the fountain and take aim for drinking up the goodness that is the water. Then, you drink and drink and drink... and even drink a little more if you can. If you drink enough of the watery goodness, you get the gurgle. Then, you go into the family room or the living room or out into the garden or wherever all the cats are hangin' out at that moment and brag about getting the gurgle. This is important as otherwise no one knows you scored some points. We call these points, braggin' rights. My sister Mason keeps score for everybody 'cause she's got those extra toes for counting.
But sometimes, no matter how much of the water you drink, there's no gurgle. It can be a bit of a gamble you know. That's okay though 'cause the gambling part is what keeps the game exciting. Sometimes, you walk away from the fountain empty pawed. Not a gurgle in sight. This is very sad. But then, a brother or sister or an auntie, or even your dad will come along and take like one teeny-tiny mouse-sized sip from the fountain and the next thing you hear is... you guessed it... gurgle, GURGLE, GURGLE! Oh, the frustration that comes when you prime the fountain up for the gurgle and someone else comes along and takes all the winnings. Oh, the agony. The inhumanity of it all. But then, as I said before, that's what makes the game exciting.
I've never been to one of those casino places myself but I've seen them on television. Sometimes, they show these things called slot machines. They're a lot like our fountain. Only, I think maybe our fountain is better. I mean, our fountain gives us water to drink and drinking lots of water is really, really important... especially for my brother Seville. Plus, our fountain is gravity powered, remember? And gravity is oh-so-very powerful. Those slot machine thingies seem to be electrical. Electricity and water DO NOT mix. This, I know, also from watching the television. And finally, even when a family member comes along and steals the spoils of the fountain, at least it all stays in the family. That's got to be good, right?
I've heard, there are lots of those casinos in a place called Las Vegas. I've also heard that at those casinos, they have shows. You know... my brother Seville - yes, and he would be the reason we got our fountain in the first place - does a mean rendition of his poem, "Easy Peasy." You remember his poem, don't you? If not, check back to my post from February 15th. You can read it there. Anyway... I was just thinking... Seville could probably do a show in Las Vegas... and at the same time, he could check out the slot machines... and just maybe, he could introduce the people of Las Vegas to the idea of playing the slots at a fountain... a fountain just like ours. I bet lots of people there would be really interested in our game. It really is oh-so-much fun. Really, it is.