On my mission to – Meet People, Make Friends and See if I can Help Make a Difference in People’s Lives – I wanted to stop in Laughlin because I didn’t really want to stop in Las Vegas.
I had lived in Las Vegas some years back for about 5 months and there was nothing there to attract me to come back and see if it had changed any. Ya see – I’m not a smoker, nor a gambler. I’m not like to have nothing to do and I’m not bored enough to gamble or drink and sit around smoking. I like to work and be productive. Oh well …
I met Marsha at the Loading Dock Restaurant where she worked as a waitress. She has been in Laughlin for five years and she worked as a bartender at Harrah’s for all of those five years … until 2 days prior.
She started by saying that a long story might be good for my blog thing.
Years back, Marsha lived in Panama City, on a beach in Florida, where she owned a construction company for 23 years. They were General Contractors on the beach at the time that the British Petroleum (BP) oil spill happened. She had a 30 man crew in the water in the bay building a marina.
Because of the oil spill – “I lost a million-and-a-half dollars. I lost my house, my company, my equipment and everything went down the tubes.”
Marsha still haven’t got any settlement from British Petroleum. She is currently still fighting with them for a settlement. She settled for $0.50 on the dollar which was $750,000 and they gave her a 10% down for income tax seven years ago but she hasn’t seen a penny since.
“It was very very very devastating” … but she and her husband are still going to continue to fight for their settlement with British Petroleum. “Everyone along the Florida Panhandle has suffered greatly.”
Why here in Laughlin? Her husband said after work in 45 years out in the hot Florida Sunshine – all he wanted to do was deal Blackjack and be in an air-conditioned Casino for the rest of his life … and that’s what he does.
If you were ruler for the day…? “If everybody just for one day would be kind to each other. That’s what I wish.”
If she got the settlement or when she gets it, she plans to retire and moving to Florida where her two kids live. But no grandkids, because she says both her children are driven.
The reason that she’s going to go back to the South to live – Marsha says she thinks there’s a true difference between southern hospitality and and the way people in the west behave.
Note: I personally feel that if you’re nice to people, they are nice in return. It doesn’t matter where you are. ~ Stan