I’m not a gambler nor do I care for typical U.S. gaming destinations, so I never head to Las Vegas unless I have to for a work assignment, I’ve never been to Reno for any reason, and I’ve stopped in Atlantic City to check out the boardwalk and pick up some saltwater taffy … once, in 1992.
As I write this, however, I’m thinking it’s time I gave Atlantic City another chance.
Perhaps it’s because after job searching for more than six months and finding only part-time work, I’m willing to risk my remaining savings on the craps table. I figure my chances of succeeding with games of chance compared to successfully landing a journalism job comparable to my last position are about equal. Atlantic City is the easiest place for me to take that leap into Lady Luck’s arms.
Perhaps too it’s because of the dreary wall of weather that has kept me cooped up inside all day, staring at falling nothingness. Anything has to be better than this.
Truth be told though, what tempted me was a release I received for the Qua Baths & Spa at Caesars, which has put three of its classic 50-minute treatments on sale for just $99 from March 1 to April 30, 2010: Classic Body Exfoliation, Classic Massage, and Classic Hydration Facial.
I need these treatments.
No, really, I do.
You see, I’m a spa junkie. Have been ever since my first professional massage 20 years ago. I almost never pass up an opportunity for some pampering, especially if it’s reduced-price pampering, even if it means I have to cut down on my other expenses (like groceries) for a couple weeks. Plus Spring—hallelujah!—is just around the corner, so it’ll be a nice way to get ready for the shedding of hats and coats and scarves and gloves and boots and sweaters and socks (oh my).
So just how much savings does this mean, precisely? $138, which can go toward my transportation and hotel. That’s $56 off the exfoliation treatment (normally $155) and $41 off both the Swedish massage and facial, which each regularly go for $140.
Of course I realize I can “save” even more if I just don’t go. But what fun would that be? And how will I ever know if Lady Luck is on my side?