North Carolina -- The Interstate 85 bonus burn
It's the reflection of the concrete barrier median whizzing by at 80 mph on the screen of my laptop. I look up to make sure nothing is around me and then take a quick glance downward.
I've been dealt a 7 and a 5. The dealer has a Q. I hit.
I don't know how the $4 hand of blackjack on InterCasino turned out because my attention is back to the road.
I'd never recommend driving and playing (although there is a story that Phil Ivey 6-tabled once on his cell phone during the entire drive from L.A. to Las Vegas) but I turned my laptop and its wireless broadband connection on when I was stuck in 2 mph traffic slowed because of construction near Charlotte. It's handy that cell towers often are along the side of interstates.
Facing boredom and not much fear of a 2 mph fender bender (we weren't going anywhere), I balanced the laptop in between the gearshift and the passenger seat. Later, I was able to balance it on my knee. I didn't have to look away from the road much that way.
When I first got my broadband card last fall, I tried playing poker once on Interstate 85. I would not recommend that to anyone. It's impossible to keep track of the action and you just end up missing turns. With blackjack, you have more control of the action. Five miles before you decide whether to double down? No problem.
Approaching the South Carolina border, I was up only a few dollars. I'm not sure how much of the $2,500 wager requirement I burned. But it was better than doing nothing.
Across the border, I packed up the laptop when I pulled into a truckstop to get gas. I'm not sure I would do it again, but it was an interesting experiment in the world of broadband gaming.