Yesterday Scott and Robby enjoyed another snow day. Both boys were elated when we received the calls that classes were canceled, and although I was happy, I was a little frazzled when I realized that the weather was not favorable for outdoor play, meaning that I was going to be contending with a bored six year old if I didn't come up with a plan to keep him busy.
After toying around with a few ideas, I settled
on something that would propel me into the strata of "World's Best
Momom" again. I called Robby's friend and arranged to take the two to a
place that equates to pure utopia for elementary aged kids. To the
delight of everybody, we were going to Chuck E. Cheese!
pledging his undying love for the establishment, Robby has only been to
there a handful of times. I don't hate going, but I have to admit that
it isn't my favorite way to spend an afternoon. I find it noisy,
crowded, and expensive. I decided to be a hero and pushed away my own
qualms about the establishment as I grabbed my debit card and prepared
for a memorable afternoon. Both friends were chatting non-stop as we
drove to the kid-themed Mecca.
Armed with a cupful of gold
tokens, Robby and his friend took off on their mission: to win as many
tickets as possible. After setting up the table and getting drinks, I
became bored. I absentmindedly rolled a token into a machine. I
attributed my winning only one ticket to my not paying attention.
Deciding to even up the loss (most games give at least three tickets per
play) I carefully analyzed the timing mechanism before rolling in my
token. Shoot! I was too late and again only received the compensatory
I ended up spending the next 40 minutes trying to master
the game. Finally I had perfected the timing and won the jackpot (100
tickets!) The siren wailed and I stood by the machine quite proud as the
tickets began rolling out. Robby and his friend even stopped playing to
watch me receive my spoils.
After gathering my 100 ticket
jackpot, I figured I had mastered the game and that winning again would
be easy. I tried to repeat the timing of my coin release but was not
successful. I was horribly disappointed to receive the single "you lose"
ticket. In an attempt to prove that my jackpot was not a fluke, I
reached into the little token cup to try again.
The cup was
empty. Without knowing it, I had used all of the kids tokens trying to
win one game! I quickly bought more tokens to replenish the stockpile I
had squandered. I decided that I may have a Chuck E. Cheese gambling
problem. It certainly is a good thing that we don't live close to a