Monday, September 08, 2008

Thoughts on Chuck E. Cheese...

OK, I am the first to admit that I am not a big fan of Chuck E. Cheese. So, when I asked my wife Chrissy who turned 35 today where she wanted to go for her birthday, it was not exactly fireworks going off for me when she replied "Chuck E. Cheese". After listening to her explain her reasoning, it was pretty understandable since it's one of the only places she can let our three daughters run crazy while she sits back and chills out. And I have to admit, tonight I had some fun. First off they have made every game in the place cost only one token, and second they have added some old school games like galaga and centipede. But while this makes me happy, there's still stuff that creeps me out about the place. The fact that you see kids pumping coins into machines to get as many tickets as possible, I wonder what they are learning. At one point tonight I looked across the room and saw my oldest daughter pushing tokens into a machine so fast it reminded me of some old wrinkly lady in a casino with a half-lit cigarette hanging off her lip playing the nickel slots all day. Scarry. Then you have the prize counter where kids are hittin up the worker to give them just one more piece of candy or one more cheap rubber frog like they are hittin up a pusher for their next fix but turned away because they don't have enough money. Now I know alot of people enjoy Chuk E. Cheese's, and maybe I am going a little to far, but hey... the place is centered around a rat....

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