The room is always buzzing with the sound of laughter, ringing bells, and loud music at the local Dave and Busters hours. This place is similar to the Chuck E. Cheese for adults-food, alcohol, and games- what more can a person request? The area was loaded with the smell of food being cooked up in the kitchen, it was smoky, and also the lighting was low so that the lights of the games would shine brighter-enticing those passing by to play and win tickets.
There were men and women running around with tickets overflowing out of their pockets and wrapped around their necks with smiles that stretched from ear to ear. Their D&B ticket cups filled for the brim with yellow paper tickets. “You think we have now enough tickets for your loved ones Guy Monopoly game?” asked one of the guys as him and his friend ran for the prize desk to count their tickets. ” I don’t know, but if we don’t I really do not want to waste my tickets on some stupid prize, I wish to wait until We have enough for the game.I have been waiting to get this video game forever! It offers taken me greater than 3 x coming here to get enough tickets,” said his friend. A prize that would normally cost $20 at your local Walmart could cost several hundred dollars here, but no person pays awareness of the purchase price when they are having a great deal fun.
There was a big crowd around the Jeopardy game. Four people sat on stools facing a huge screen, competing against one another to see who could answer the questions correctly and get the most tickets. This game is to establish similar to the show you can watch in the home, whoever buzzes in first with correct answer will get the most tickets. The folks around them were shouting out answers right and left trying to help the four which were playing; the tunes being as loud since it was, caused it to be hard for the players to learn what everyone was telling them. One girl with long flowing blonde hair started yelling, “OMG I don’t be aware of answer! Is it George Clooney or Brad Pitt?!” To her dismay the answer to the question was Brad Pitt. She lost the video game and lost out on the ticket jackpot; by far the most tickets went to a tall man with chestnut color hair and dark brown eyes.
This man with all the dark brown eyes and chestnut hair is the core of which our story revolves around. His name is Derek Foster. Derek will not look like your typical arcade junkie but I can guarantee which he is. He looked like he walked right out of GQ magazine’s southern men edition and into the bar tonight. His hair is slicked back, he has just a little stubble on his face, and he is wearing wrangler jeans along with a plaid button down shirt. They have tan work boots on and 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 it has the tiniest hint of a southern drawl.
“I am dependent on Dave and Busters,” Derek said while he took a fast sip of beer. “I am here each week… sometimes two or three times. This is a good and quick escape from reality. After I get free from work at the lumber yard I like to come here and blow some steam off- ya know play whack-a-mole and check out my hand at Jeopardy.”
The game floor is crowded with folks 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 throughout the entire place. The smell of the alcohol is strong; primarily because of how lots of people has spilt their cup of boos on the floor while being shoved across the game floor.
We make it to among Derek’s favorite games, the wheel of tickets. “This is how the game works,” he stated with intense looking eyes. “Initially you push the lever on the right down, now you must make sure that you push it tough otherwise the wheel will never spin. When you push the lever down all you want do is wait and discover what number the arrow lands on. This is the easiest game and you also get the most tickets from it.” Derek put his hand on the lever and pushed down as hard as he could, the wheel must 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 over and over until he had over 500 tickets. He then folded up all of the tickets neatly and place them in his dave and busters hours.
“My goal is to get that giant purple and black stuffed gorilla for my little sister… it really is 10,000 tickets. I am just up to 50 % way there! Hopefully I am going to have enough tickets before her birthday which is in 4 weeks,” Derek said as he stared up in the gigantic monkey.
It is just about midnight and individuals begin to file out from the building one by one. The area becomes increasingly more quiet with every person that leaves. Some are rushing for the prize counter to money in their tickets and getting their prizes before having to go home while others are saving their tickets so they can get a better prize the next time they are available in. Derek is just one of these people. He makes sure most of his tickets are tucked tightly away in the D&B cup, slips his jacket on, and walks to his car in the brisk cold night. “Maybe next time I’ll have sufficient for your gorilla, however, not today.”