Skee Ball

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I met with some friends today and the topic of adults playing in public came up.  Several of us shared with a friends that we play long when we take our children (or nephews, etc.) to arcades and soft play centers. I chimed in...

"I play Skee Ball when I take the kids to Chuck E. Cheese." Actually I play Skee Ball whenever I see it.  It is a weakness I've had for as long as I can remember and carry with me through adulthood.


Two years ago, at a conference in Las Vegas, I convinced to work friends to blow off gambling and head up to an arcade. My logic?  "If I'm going to stick money into a machine, I at least want to win something." (Even if it is a prize worth a fraction of the cost of playing Skee Ball, I know I spent money on something fun.)


So back to the convesation from today...

Yeah, the kids are like, "Mommy, are we going to go do something else now?" and I say, "Not now. Mommy's playing Skee Ball. Here, have some tokens."

Then I pause and rethink that last statement, "Actually, they don't even really need tokens most of the time because they can sit on the rides and use their imaginations--more tokens for me!"


Reality Check: Okay, so I admit, this is not true (anymore at least for the older child), but that is mainly because I give her tokens and teach her to play Skee Ball.  She's getting good when she's not whining, "Mom, can we play something else, I'm tired of playing stupid Skee Ball."

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