“Hello, I’m Jerri Blank and I’m a 46-year-old high school freshman. For 32 years I was a teenage runaway. I was a boozer, a user, and a loser. My friends were dealers, cons, and 18 karat pimps. But now I’m out of jail, picking up my life exactly where I left off. I’m back in high school, living at home, and discovering all sorts of things about my body. I’m finding out that though the faces have changed, the hassles are just the same.”
That’s Jerri Blank, as described by Jerri Blank. Only the notorious Jerri Blank could get away with describing herself in such a brutally honest and straightforward way. If anyone else were to try to stand in Jerri’s shoes, not only would they feel out of place but they would make everyone around them feel incredibly uncomfortable.
But that’s what makes Jerri Black of Strangers with Candy such a memorable TV show character. Blank, played by Amy Sedaris, starred in the American comedy show as a runaway who went back to high school as a freshman at the age of 46. Each episode of the Comedy Central series features the main character in various amusing situations.
“I have a love of gambling and booze…”
In the episode Trail of Tears in season three of Strangers with Candy, viewers find out even more about the quirky main character’s background.
“I’m not adopted and I’m not an Indian. It’s just a coincidence that I have a love of gambling and booze and a knack for catching syphilis” – Jerri Blank
This rather politically incorrect statement was made in the episode in which Jerri believes she has discovered her Native American heritage, so she decides to go to a camp. The camp is run by a counselor who gives adopted native children lessons on topics such as alcoholism and gambling. Once the campers discover Jerri is neither adopted nor Native American, she makes her bold statement. It was one of several dozens of Jerri quotes that left viewers howling with laughter.
Despite the hilarity of Jerri Blank’s words and actions, the woman somehow found a way, each episode, to inspire us all to be better people. Whether it’s because she’s so far out there and wacky that we tend to feel more “normal” and saner after each episode, or because she regularly put words together in a jarring yet somehow motivating way, we all want to do better thanks to Jerri.
Remarkably, many of her statements can actually be tied to her statement about loving to gamble. For example, in one of her many memorable speeches, Jerri stated “If you’re gonna reach for a star, reach for the lowest one you can.”
How does this apply to gambling? Well, think about it for a moment. As badly as we all want to win the jackpot and walk away with the grand prize, it makes much more sense to start small. You are far more likely to walk away satisfied if you play games with smaller pots. Try slots or even blackjack in an online casino before you head straight to the jackpots and high roller games. Of course, Jerri’s quote about reaching for the lowest star shouldn’t be applied to all scenarios, but you can certainly make it work for you!
Another example of how Jerri’s antics can help you to be a better gambler is the scene in which Jerri courageously and purposefully ignored the school’s caution sign and strutted right into a sopping wet hallway floor. Thanks to her frilly black boots, Jerri quickly felt her feet slip out from underneath her and landed flat on her back, right in front of a hallway filled with students. That’s pretty embarrassing, right? And it could have been avoided if only Jerri had paid attention to the sign.
This is an especially important lesson for anyone who enjoys gambling online: pay attention and always read the fine print. There are so many great bonuses and promotions available for players to take advantage of, but there are often several terms and conditions attached to them. If you just move right along and ignore the signs that are right there in front you, you could end up frustrated, confused, and even broke. Learn from Jerri and don’t let that happen to you!
Although there are a lot of risks associated with gambling with real money, it’s a thrilling hobby that can often pay off greatly. It can be considered dangerous to some since you are putting real money on the line. But as Jerri said, it’s “dangerously exciting” and that’s why she is such a fan of gambling herself.
We should all strive to be more like Jerri Blank and follow a lifestyle that is more carefree. Speak our minds and be honest, even brutally so, about who we are. If we all did that, perhaps we would have as much fun as Jerri clearly does in each episode of Strangers with Candy.