Fun Times and Rubber Duckies at the Mermaid
D and I went there Saturday night to celebrate a friend's birthday, and it was SO MUCH FUN! Yes, the capitalization is needed there.
When I was a kid, we did not have video games. No, not because I am so old that they didn't exist. Because our parents would not buy us an Atari or Nintendo or whatever else they could have bought. I played Lemonade Stand on an Apple IIC and I liked it!
My sister and I also never spent any time in arcades playing video games. Why? Because our parents wouldn't give us quarters.
So, Saturday night at the Maid was really my first experience at an "arcade", although I think they call it a game room. I was a little leery at first, and just wanted to head over to the bowling alley in the other side of the bar. Everyone else was getting $10 game cards though, so I went along.
I even added $10 more to my card, I was having so much fun shooting zombies, giant spiders, jumping rope electronically, and racing! My favorite was a game where you and a partner sit in a "jeep" and go on a journey through a jungle. Then, your guides are killed by giant spiders and you and your partner on on your own to protect yourselves! You fight off spiders, big worms, and a giant preying mantis. I actually worked up a sweat in that game!
At the end of each round, the game gives you and your partner a compatibility quotient. Turns out D and I are about 33% compatible. Oh well.
Those of you reading this may also realize that most arcades have games like Skee-Ball where you get tickets for the number of points you get. I've never played any of those games either. My parents* never took us to Chuck-e-Cheese.
With my tickets, I got some race car crayons for Nathan.
And these rubber duckies. Aren't they cute?
All in all, it was a fun evening and I got to act like I was in high school again, although doing things I never did in high school, and with beer and margaritas involved.
*I love my parents and think they did a great job raising me. Despite the lack of video games and such, I do not feel I was deprived at all.**
**Well, maybe a little bit.