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06 November 2008 @ 11:19 pm
Oh my God!  
Oh my God!

And no, I'm not talking about the state of my user page.

Oh my God!!!!

The Snoqualmie Casino just opened up here.

I don't think most of us here knew exactly what the implications of that meant.

The I-90 was backed up for seven miles and there were cars stuck in the mud (I think we're going to flood again) and the casino had to get tow trucks to tow cars out of the overflow parking lots.

It's opened 24 hours, 7 days a week and Jessica Simpson will be there tomorrow night in concert.

You have to understand, the biggest thing out here to see in the Snoqualmie Valley are the Falls.

But apparently, this is BIG news. This is the only casino in all of the Eastside and the Snoqualmie tribe went all out with this one, like it was an opening casino in Vegas.

We had several of the casino employees run into the shop tonight dripping wet saying 'thank God we were open!' (The casino itself is located about 10 minutes away from the shop so it's not like it's right next door, but it's in the general area).

I guess our nights won't be so quiet anymore. :) (In case you hadn't noticed, that's a huge smile on my face).

But I wonder how much change (not so much business-wise because I think I'm getting that it's a good thing on that front) it will mean for our standing in the greater Seattle area. We have always been known as the 'place that's farthest east before you get to total wilderness.' In fact, the little suburb that's located just to the east of us is called 'Wilderness Rim" which we all call 'the rim.' (Yeah, I know, I'm always making jokes about that).

I seriously don't think we had any idea. The site they were building the casino on used to be this heavily forested area. No one really noticed the construction going on because it was out of the way. But this is BIG. This should be interesting. LOL!
Current Mood: surprisedsurprised
liriel1810 on November 7th, 2008 07:46 am (UTC)
I reckon you never really know the impact something like that is going to have, until they open their doors. But I'd wait for a month or so until the 'new' fervor dies down before getting too excited.
Mariaslave_o_spike on November 7th, 2008 07:56 am (UTC)

I know. The thing of it is, that we're now heading into the slow season. November, parts of December and January. Slow slow slow!

So if it dies down in a few months, that's still cool coz we'll have been busy during the slow months. The thing of it is, this is the only kind of nightlife there is in a 30 mile radius. We just had no idea how BIG it was going to be.

But yeah, just like the Krispy Kream donut place that opened up in Issaquah about 5 years ago was non-stop people 24 hours a day, it died off about 2 months later.

P.S. You shouldn't have to put up a warning for language, I think. :)
liriel1810 on November 7th, 2008 08:05 am (UTC)
Bonus! If it keeps you busy during the slow months, it's all good.

LOL New things always die down after the 'honeymoon' period.

*snork* Yeah, I think we've kinda reached the consensus that people who are offended by a lot of swearing don't frequent my LJ. *g*
Evie: Animephoenixw on November 7th, 2008 08:37 am (UTC)
Wow! I didn't know it was open already! (I'm glad I worked from home today, thus avoiding traffic.) Hmm. I'm going to have to go check the place out. Want to go for a drink some day soon?
Maria: Elephant on trampolineslave_o_spike on November 8th, 2008 11:21 pm (UTC)
Yep! And people have been flocking to it like crazy.

Amd yes, I would love to go and have a drink there with you! :) Next week though, when the fervor has died down.
Jackiejackieville on November 7th, 2008 12:00 pm (UTC)
Sounds very interesting and noisy! *g*

Maria: Spudyman/Alex OTPslave_o_spike on November 8th, 2008 11:23 pm (UTC)
Actually, it's not noisy at all. It's so well hidden in the valley so as not to be well seen or heard. Very out of the way - but busy all the same. :) (Like a big hunting lodge).

*squishes you*
Collcolleen2328 on November 7th, 2008 02:18 pm (UTC)
Wow! I get it. My friends Bruce and Lisa used to live in Carnation, on the last free-running salmon river, before they sold up and moved back to Seattle. Or at least that was the plan, we've lost touch, what with my life being a trainwreck and all.

Keep us posted. Hope it's not too interesting. When the Chinese say, "May you live in interesting times," it's a curse!
Maria: Liam doesn't live here anymoreslave_o_spike on November 12th, 2008 03:22 am (UTC)
If there is a hint of a flood, or any bout of rain that lasts a week, Carnation is under water.
I wouldn't live there on a bet. :P

I'm thinking it won't change things too much. But you never know. :)
simplyshanni on November 7th, 2008 06:02 pm (UTC)
Hey Maria! I haven't chatted with you in much too long! I've missed you, sweetie! I was watching the news last night and could only shake my head at all the insanity! That's called timing, huh? To have the first big semi-tropical storm system of the season move through the area on the same night as the Cansino opening?!

I thought about you and wondered how you'd be affected by everything that was happening. Glad to know that it'll be good for your business, at least. I'm sure the Casino will bring big changes to your little area of Washington. You'll no longer be considered the back of beyond, if you take my meaning. Hope you're staying safe and dry in all the wet!


Maria: Elephant on trampolineslave_o_spike on November 12th, 2008 03:21 am (UTC)

Hi Shanni! Are you getting the full brunt of the storm tonight? It's been crazy here.

I think we'll still be considered the back of beyond. People will just take the I-90 straight to it and miss everything else. LOL!

*hugs you*

Stay dry! :)
simplyshanni on November 12th, 2008 05:44 am (UTC)
Hi there!

We're getting quite a bit of rain right now, but it's not too bad. It's supposed to get worse tomorrow, which is perfect timing! Yeah, that was sarcasm! Tomorrow morning at 8:30, we're heading your way. Hubby has a big 5 day conference he's got to be at, so we'll be staying at Suncadia Lodge, which is just outside of Cle Ellum. This means we get the the extra-extra fun of driving through the passes in the lovely storm! Yeehaw! Ahh well, such is life!

Yeah, I can see that happening. *g* I'll still keep my fingers crossed that business continues to pick up for you, though! Hope you're keeping dry as well! :D


Maria: Donovan - Snow Dayslave_o_spike on November 12th, 2008 05:53 am (UTC)
You're going over the Snoqualmie Pass tomorrow?

Ugh! Still, even if there's snow up there, it shouldn't be too heavy...yet.

Good luck.
simplyshanni on November 12th, 2008 06:11 am (UTC)
Yup! Doesn't that just sound like LOADS of fun?!?!

Ugh, is right, but we're hoping for the best. Thanks for your good wishes!
We can use all the luck we can get!

Love ya, sweetie
Thistle: Dean b&w by trystan830thistle90 on November 8th, 2008 02:25 am (UTC)
Hmmm. I'm glad you're happy, and I hope it turns out to be a great thing for you and your business, but for me it's something to watch out for on my next Cascade camping trip. I live in NY and go to Washington to escape the crowds not find them.

Hey do you watch Supernatural? It was set in Concrete last light. I have some favorite camp sites that you have to pass through that dinky town to get to.
Maria: Frodo doesn't live here anymoreslave_o_spike on November 12th, 2008 03:19 am (UTC)
LOL! Don't worry. The casino's pretty much out of the way and it just looks like a big hunting lodge really. The site makes it look much bigger than it really is.

And I haven't noticed that much traffic change as of yet. Those camping sites you go to are still pretty much untouched (but the one in Fall City right now is flooded out).

I don't watch Supernatural. I am so not getting into that show. *nods head*
Doriantdorian on November 8th, 2008 06:30 pm (UTC)
Everytime you talk about your life, town etc...I realize how much differents our lives are.I find fascinating all the things you say about your life and job there.Maria, when will you write this damned original story based on ur life and employes ???? Duh....Aida
Maria: The Sad Life of a Dickslave_o_spike on November 12th, 2008 03:17 am (UTC)
I should really write a fic based on my life. I think it's more interesting than any of the fanfic I write.

Actually, no, it's not. LOL! But it's just as crazy. :)

mosieandbeanmosieandbean on November 12th, 2008 09:25 pm (UTC)
I've been rereading as you post to midnight. Always wonderful, dear.
Maria: Snake Pliskinslave_o_spike on November 18th, 2008 12:58 am (UTC)
LOL! Thank you! :)

I've gotten quite a few new people coming over to my lj reading my stuff.

Although, when I reread my stuff, I realize how badly I need a beta on command. :P
mosieandbeanmosieandbean on November 18th, 2008 05:05 am (UTC)
You don't need a beta as much as you think, but if you do....I'm a great proofreader, it's part of my job. So, if you need one, just ask. mo