Student Experience Blog

Fish and Poker

When everyone came home from Christmas break, we adopted a few communal pets on our floor. We have one beta fish, one sucker fish, two goldfish, one "yard fish" which was found last summer in someone's irrigation sprinkler, and two shrimp.

The beta has its own tank, but all of the other fish live in a tank on a table in our fishbowl. We're working on a system to organize who will take care of them.

I've never been a big fan of fish as pets. They are cool to watch, and to write dialog for, but for the most part, they are pretty boring, and gross to clean up after.

The fish make good spectators for our now-weekly poker nights in the fishbowl. Since our laundry is free, we needed to come up with a way to get rid of our spare change (A word of advice to anyone coming from a state without sales tax like me: you WILL have a lot more spare change on your hands--save it). Thus, poker night was born.

Everyone gathers up their spare change and blenders, and we drink virgin margaritas and play cards on Friday nights. It's a penny buy-in, and we deal mostly in dimes, though quarters are reserved for straight-faced bluffs and exceptionally good hands. Over the past few games, I've managed to make a couple of dollars, despite the low stakes. It's always fun, and I think the fish enjoy the company.

--Claire Cushing

Claire is a freshman pre-engineering major from Sandy, Oregon.