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Friday, July 23, 2010

Lumberjacks and Video Games

I took Friday off and it was absolutely beautiful - low 80s and sunny.  I headed out for a short trip to Stillwater, MN.  Lumberjack Days are this weekend if you enjoy watching people climb and/or chop down trees, among other activities.  I was there in the early afternoon so I think I was a bit too early for the festivities.


The floating stage was getting set up for live music and quite a few boats were anchored nearby.

There were tons of vendor stands set up with food and stuff to buy including these guys selling Utilikilts.  I found the "hang loose" shirt pretty funny.

The real gem among all the vendor tents was this...  Ms. Pac-Man caught my eye and behind the little tent where a few arcade games were set up was a big air-conditioned trailer where you could enter and play over a dozen vintage arcade games, all set to free play.  Entry to the trailer cost $3 for 15 minutes, $5 for 30 minutes, or $30 for all day.  I went for the $5 option but am pretty sure I was in that time warp for at least an hour.  The owner cranked some 80s rock for me, which was, in his words, to help "take me back".  I love and miss real old-school arcades.  I played a few games that I had never seen before but mostly stuck to ones I knew including Donkey Kong (21,900 points - not bad), Dig Dug, Operation Wolf, Pole Position II, and Galaga.

I just missed the Galaga high score by less than 1,000 points.  I was very happy with 222,630 points but 223,410 was the score to beat.  Dammit.

EDIT 7/25/10:
Arcade Highway was nice enough to leave a comment with their website. If you want a trailer full of arcade classics to show up at your front door, check them out at http://www.arcadehwy.com/.

2 comments:

Arcade Highway said...

That little "time warp" is called Arcade Highway. http://www.arcadehwy.com

Thank you for your write up!

Gophers and Cheese said...

I'll add the link to my post. Thanks!

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