The surrounding is always buzzing with the sound of laughter, ringing bells, and loud music at the local Dave and Busters restaurant. This place is similar to the Chuck E. Cheese for adults-food, alcohol, and games- what more can a person request? The room was filled with the smell of food being cooked up in the kitchen, it was smoky, and the lighting was low so that the lights of the games would shine brighter-enticing those passing by to play and win tickets.
There was women and men walking around with tickets overflowing from their pockets and wrapped around their necks with smiles that stretched from ear to ear. Their D&B ticket cups filled towards the brim with yellow paper tickets. “You think we have enough tickets for the Family Guy Monopoly game?” asked one of many guys as him and his awesome friend ran to the prize desk to count their tickets. ” I don’t know, but when we don’t I really do not want to waste my tickets on some stupid prize, I wish to wait until I have enough for that game.I have been waiting to obtain this video game forever! It has taken me more than 3 times coming here to have enough tickets,” said his friend. A prize that would normally cost $20 at your local Walmart can cost a lot of money here, but no one pays attention to the cost while they are having so much fun.
There is a big crowd across the Jeopardy game. Four people sat on stools facing a big screen, competing against the other person to find out who could answer the questions correctly and obtain the most tickets. The video game is established much like the show you can enjoy at home, whoever buzzes in first with correct answer will get the most tickets. The individuals around them were shouting out answers left and right attempting to help the four which were playing; the songs being as loud as it was, caused it to be hard for your players to hear what everybody was telling them. One girl with long flowing blonde hair started yelling, “OMG I don’t know the answer! Will it be George Clooney or Brad Pitt?!” To her dismay the reply to the question was Brad Pitt. She lost the video game and lost out on the ticket jackpot; probably the most tickets visited a tall man with chestnut color hair and dark brown eyes.
This man with the dark brown eyes and chestnut hair is the middle of which our story revolves around. His name is Derek Foster. Derek will not seem like your typical arcade junkie but I can guarantee that he is. He looked like he walked straight out of GQ magazine’s southern men edition and in to the bar tonight. His hair is slicked back, they have a bit stubble on his face, and that he is wearing wrangler jeans along with a plaid button down shirt. They have tan work boots on as well as a John Deer belt wrapped around his waist. With every correct answer he gets on the Jeopardy game, he lets out a “Yea!” His voice is deep and has the tiniest hint of the southern drawl.
“I am addicted to Dave and Busters,” Derek said as he took a quick sip of beer. “I am just here every week… sometimes 2 or 3 times. This is a good and quick escape from reality. After I get free from work on the lumber yard I like to come here and blow some steam off- ya know play whack-a-mole and try my hand at Jeopardy.”
This game floor is crowded with individuals playing their games. As I follow Derek to his next game, I can’t help but smell the mixture of alcohol, sweat, and food that is circulating through the entire place. The aroma of the alcohol is strong; due to the fact of how lots of people has spilt their cup of boos on the floor while being shoved around the game floor.
We get to certainly one of Derek’s favorite games, the wheel of tickets. “This is the way the video game works,” he stated with intense looking eyes. “Initially you push the lever on the right all the way down, now you must make sure that you push it tough or else the wheel will not spin. After you push the lever down all you have to do is wait and discover what number the arrow lands on. This is actually the easiest game and also you get the most tickets from this.” Derek put his hand on the lever and pushed down as hard as he could, the wheel will need to have gone around at least six times before finally stopping on the number 50. Tickets began filing out from the machine, but Derek did rueajv take his tickets, instead he played repeatedly until he had over 500 tickets. He then folded up all the tickets neatly and place them in his dave and busters holiday.
“My goal is to buy that giant purple and black stuffed gorilla for my little sister… it is actually 10,000 tickets. I am just up to 50 % way there! Hopefully I will have adequate tickets before her birthday which can be in 30 days,” Derek said because he stared up in the gigantic monkey.
It is just about midnight and folks commence to file out of the building one by one. The room becomes increasingly more quiet with everyone that leaves. Some are rushing for the prize counter to money in their tickets and having their prizes before having to go home while some are saving their tickets to enable them to obtain a better prize the very next time they are available in. Derek is among these people. He makes sure most of his tickets are tucked tightly away in his D&B cup, slips his jacket on, and walks to his car within the brisk cold night. “Maybe the next time I’ll have adequate for the gorilla, however, not today.”