I’m a modern day outlaw. First I nearly get thrown in jail (ok, the closest I’ve ever come to going to jail) and second I find out I may have a gambling problem, at least in my bishop’s eyes.
I am a member of a Bunko group. I know, it’s a little bit cheesy. If I were really going to be a person of consequence in the bloggernacle I should be saying that I’m a member of Mensa and my group gets together every fourth Thursday to discuss whether Zoloft would have prolonged Nietzsche’s life. I guess I’ve reached my peak in the bloggernacle since there’s no Mensa for me, just Bunko.
For those of you who don’t know what Bunko is, it’s a game where the participants roll dice trying to get certain numbers until you reach a point total of 21 or you roll a certain combination which is also bunko. In my group there are 12 ladies who get together every third Thursday, eat dinner, and play the game. There is a $10 charge and at the end of the night everyone gets a prize. Not all of the prizes are of equal value and the last person to pick out a prize usually gets stuck with the lamest prize.
In all honesty I really don’t enjoy the game of Bunko all that much. Usually I spend too much time talking to my neighbor and forgetting to write down my score half the time. This usually means that I’m one of the last people to pick a prize. It doesn’t really matter though, I like to go because I get to enjoy a nice meal that I don’t make and have good conversation with my friends.
Yesterday I found out from a friend of mine, who founded our Bunko group, that our Bishop talked to her husband about Bunko and let my friend’s husband know that he will be talking to the congregation next Sunday on the evils of Bunko. I guess his reason is that Bunko is gambling and too stimulating.
I’m not really sure what to think about the whole situation. As I said earlier, I’m not a huge fan of the game but I do enjoy getting together with the ladies in my Bunko group. I think there is a bit of a pride issue for me too. A part of me is a little miffed that I’m being told to stop doing an activity that I enjoy, and frankly seems harmless to me. Another part of me wants to be obedient and not put my soul in jeopardy of hellfire.
What do you think? Is Bunko evil?