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Thursday was fun…

August 29, 2008, 9:11 AM

Thursday was fun. I spent much of it wandering along the strip, checking out the various stores and such. However, I only spent money at Flipper McCoy’s, which, unlike the visit on Tuesday night, was pretty quiet this time around. I had so much fun. I took both Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man for a number of spins, I played skee-ball, I played Spin-to-Win, and I got to see someone win 1500 tickets on the Deal Or No Deal machine.

Perhaps the most interesting was skee-ball. They have two different versions. One named along the lines of your typical skee-ball game and styled as such, and then the other was called “Ice Ball”. The gameplay between regular skee ball and Ice Ball was exactly the same, but the Ice Ball balls were white, and they felt ever so slightly heavier, which I preferred. In play, I somehow managed to hit every spot, including the 10,000 spot, except for 5,000. Why not 5,000? Dunno. Got 1K, 2K, 3K, and 4K no problem. Go figure. I also found that I scored better by changing my angle. I was initially playing like it was bowling. Underhanded roll, hitting the rolling surface fairly close to the edge. When I changed to a different style throw, aiming for it to start rolling along the track towards the back, I did a lot better. Go fig.

Then with Pac-Man, we need to make a shirt for fans of the original Pac-Man over Ms. Pac-Man that says, “Clyde is my homeboy”. See, in regular Pac-Man, the ghosts are named Blinky (red), Pinky (pink), Inky (blue), and Clyde (orange). But in Ms. Pac-Man, the orange ghost has been renamed “Sue”. For those of us who like Pac-Man better than Ms. Pac-Man, I’d much rather outmaneuver Clyde than Sue any day.

Otherwise, I also got to take my final dip in the ocean for this trip on Thursday night. I got in about thigh-deep, and then just stood there and watched as the waves crashed all around me. It was a very relaxing time, let me tell you.

One thing I didn’t get to do this time that I was planning to do was go parasailing. Parasailing was a casualty of the weather forecast for three of the four full days on site: Cloudy with occasional rain. If I was going to parasail, I wanted to have a gorgeous day to do it on. That’s something to save for next time, I suppose.

And then the next time you hear from me, I will be back in Maryland. See you there!

Web site: Play Pac-Man online!

Song: The opening theme to Pac-Man.

Quote: Oh, and play Ms. Pac-Man online as well.