I was never that lucky. In Arizona, we lived so far away from the mall that we could only go when Dad took us, which wasn’t often. I remember playing pinball at the Bowlero bowling alley on Saturdays when we would be on a junior bowling league Three lines and a hot dog for a quarter. Didn’t leave much for video games.
Man, I know how you feel. There were a couple machines in convenience stores, and the closet arcade was at the mall 25 minutes away. I remember going to the mall and eating a slice of pizza and a coke for 2 bucks!
For me, it was “Bad Dudes” at a Dairy Mart, “Birdie King” at a Ma & Pa Pizza/Pub joint, Taito’s “Superman” at a 7-Eleven, the ubiquitous Pac-Man cocktail table at Pizza Hut, the Chuck E. Cheese clone called “Major Magic’s All-Star Pizza Revue” and the Red Baron Family Fun Center at the mall. It was a shame when a “Discovery Channel Store” had to take over it’s space when it did. The owners of it though bothered operating another place down south I can’t get to anyway that I only ventured into once just to see what it was.
I remember going to the mall and eating a slice of pizza and a coke for 2 bucks!
I practically did that everyday!
I learned pretty quickly to put the coin into the OTHER slot whenever that happened.
Also, FYI, the word “gypped” is now considered pretty offensive to some.
Thanks! I just found out from the YT comments!
It’s a shame when words change their meaning over time. Gypped still sounds right to me, but that’s only because I still don’t know why that is.
The thing is that it hasn’t changed meaning at all – it’s always been a slur against gypsies. It’s just that slurs against ethnic groups are now considered, you know, inappropriate.
It’s like referring to something stupid as being “Polish” or someone who’s stingy as an “old Jew.” Or, you know, anything regarding the N-word.
Still news to me. What about “rip off”? Man, I’m not going to be able to say anything anymore!
“rip off” just derives from an archaic term for “robbery,” so I’m pretty sure that’s safe.
No “rips” are going to get offended?!
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