Friday, April 13, 2007

fun back in middle america

I hang out with Sal for less than a couple hours on Wednesday night, and that was all it took for me to be committed to a festive idea for this weekend that promises to involve me spending several hundred dollars and perhaps a mild amount of dignity. Stay tuned.

Before getting together with Sal, I got together with another friend who, in place of whatever highbrow leisure pursuit, really wanted to play whack-a-mole. My replying that I didn't know where one could play whack-a-mole in Madison was met immediately with "Chuck E. Cheese." I had never been in a Chuck E. Cheese before--indeed, I was pretty ignorant about the entire "Chuck E. Cheese" concept--but sure enough, they have whack-a-mole:

whack a mole!

And, better still, skee-ball:


And, better still, pop-a-shot:


And we were there late enough on a school night that there were few actual kids there. Those that were seemed only interested in the video games. Alas: no wonder you never see Americans taking home the gold medal in skee-ball anymore.

(Thursday night I drove from Madison to Evanston, where I'll be spending the day Friday and then returning to Madison on Friday night.)


Gabriel said...

never been to chuck e. cheese?

lucky for your parents the statute of limitations has probably kicked in for child neglect.

Gwen said...

I've only been to a Chuck E. Cheese once, and that was in college for a friend's kid's birthday party. There were kids and flashing lights everywhere and it was outrageously noisy. I hated it.

Ken Houghton said...

Now you know why some of us stopped objecting to Chuck E. Cheese for kids birthdays.

Otoh, I still believe Gabriel has it backwards; see Ten Things I Hate about You for details. Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be A/V geeks....

rps said...

Your inner child clearly loves pop-a-shot.

Ang said...

A group of us tried to go into a Chuck E. Cheese one night in high school, and they refused us at the door because we weren't 21.

I got carded at Chuck E. Cheese.

Sarahliz said...

Just for the record, as far as I can recall I've never been to chuck e. cheese either. Of course it was also a BIG DEAL when the town I lived closest to growing up got a McDonalds when I was a kid. So at least my parents can avoid any accusations of neglect in that regard.

(sorry if I'm being a bit snarky but Gabriel's underlying assumption that all kids grow up within a managable distance to a chuck e. cheese is the sort of middle-class suburban bias that really irks me).

Lucy said...

The one Chuck. E. Cheese in my hometown closed before I was ever allowed to go there. I don't even know what skee-ball or pop-a-shot are. I feel very deprived.