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Through August 29: Poison Girl, Cidercade, and Little Dipper

Once again I find myself running way behind on posts, so most of these will have a minimum of commentary. I normally do not post something like a Cidercade visit alongside others; hopefully that will not be necessary again for a while.

August 2, Poison Girl: Except for the rethemed Mata Hari, this was a pretty blah night.

August 9, Poison Girl: Pretty good scores all around, at least when looking at just the highs.

August 16, Poison Girl: Foo Fighters is fixed. (I broke the spinner on the 9th, it literally came off the mount and eventually came to rest above the lower right flipper.)

August 23, Poison Girl:

August 25, Cidercade: The highlight of this trip would, oddly enough, be my score on Pepper II (121K+), with The Walking Dead score of 42M+ up there as well. The rest I can take or leave.

August 29, Little Dipper: A few quick games of Creature. I’m back on the high score board after it was recently cleared (except for the grand champion of course).

July 19, 24, 28 Poison Girl and Cidercade

I know I’m way behind, so there’s not a whole lot of commentary to go with many of these.

July 19, Poison Girl

I had the higher score on Jurassic Park and Iron Maiden.

July 24, Poison Girl

Not a particularly good day on Whirlwind, but a decent run on Elvira’s House of Horrors.

July 28, Cidercade

The #4 high score pic (HCK) from Heavy Metal is included for reference, to show I didn’t miss the high score board by a whole lot. I play Heavy Metal a lot at Cidercade because it’s a fun game. The Pepper II score, while not making the top of the list, is likely one of my better runs.

July 15: Foam Glow 5K fun run/walk

So back in early April I saw ads for a fun run called Foam Glow. They were waiving the usual signup fee, only requiring payment for the event insurance and venue fee. I think I opted in for a $1 donation to their charity as well, bringing my total just south of $17. I figured I’d do this once, and then base my decision to return on my experience this year.

So finally the day of the event rolls around. I find out packet pickup is the day before the event unless you want to pay an additional $5 for the privilege of picking up on race day. It probably cost me an additional $5 of gas just to make the additional drive to Conroe and back. To top it off my work assignment was in Lake Jackson later that day (and I still made it back down there in time to get most everything done, surprisingly).

Fast forward to race day, the evening of the 15th. I’m slightly anxious as I don’t really know what I’m getting into at this point. I manage to settle in and enjoy the ambiance for a while before race time arrives. I finish the bottle of water I have (some 32 fluid ounces) long before the race is officially on. So I walk back to the car to drop it off (no sense in carrying

It turns out that, indeed, most do this as a 5K non-competitive walk. In fact, there is no timing apparatus at either the start or finish line. If you want to keep track of your time you are more or less on your own. And I’m okay with that; I still have the occasional flashback to one of my few attempts at competitive running when I was in elementary school (5th grade), a mile run where I got pushed/knocked down at the start. (I went on to finish with a time of 14 minutes, 12 seconds, at the time a personal best.)

The distance as measured via GPS was closer to 4 kilometers than 5, so the organizers took a bit of liberty with the “5K” labeling. My total time according to this particular GPS track reading software was 54 minutes, 26 seconds (excuse the weird start/finish times, those are apparently in UTC not local time). That comes out to around 21 minutes per mile, not bad for a leisurely walking pace.

A lot of the pictures show black lights during the after-sunset portion of the event, so it is easy for the casual observer to conclude the course was lit like this for the entire length. It was not, as these were taken at specific points near the foam machines; toward the end the flashlight feature of my phone (and the phones of other participants for that matter) became quite useful.

I had a good time, despite higher than expected expenses. Parking was $20 I didn’t have in the original budget; besides being a bit of a price gouge (didn’t we already pay a venue fee?), it was mostly unavoidable given the locale (the outskirts of Conroe). It would have been nice to know this upon signup; not all of us are familiar with these types of venues (this is mainly a motocross track and would likely be unfamiliar to even the most seasoned of fun run/walk participants).

July 11-13

I have a backlog to work through as I haven’t felt up to posting for a while. So yes, these are a bit old by now, and I’m posting just for these three days at first as there is one event that deserves its own post.

My travels during this portion of July took me by Del Mar Lanes, Little Dipper, Poison Girl, and Darkhorse Tavern.

First up, July 11 at Del Mar Lanes for a few rounds of Godzilla. Not too shabby, 151.0M+ and new loop champion and heat ray champion (not all in the same game).

Next, July 12 at Little Dipper and Poison Girl. The games I got in at Little Dipper were just to pass a little time before heading to another event. A lot of these, outside of the Creature and (Old Olberholt rethemed) Mata Hari were pretty mediocre for me, to be honest.

Finally, July 13 at Darkhorse Tavern. Mr. and Mrs. Pac-Man is gone, replaced by a much newer Ripley’s with a color DMD. Unfortunately it’s far from issue free, with a broken lock gate and (at the time I played) a wire harness hanging down that caused some stuck balls. I’ve done a lot better than 19.1M+ on this particular title, but I don’t think this is too shabby given what I had to deal with.

Upcoming: Rummikub Game “Night” August 5 noon-2pm

Running way behind on things, but I wanted to get this up even though this event is tomorrow.

It’s another Rummikub event, I realize it’s being billed as a game “night” even though it’s the afternoon. 1414 Wirt Road near Westview Drive (Trini Mendenhall Community Center) in Houston, same as last time.

Upcoming: Rummikub game night July 13

I know it might be a bit of a short notice, but I wanted to pass this along for those not on Facebook or who do not check it often enough to see the (by now ubiquitous) advertisements for this event.

Thursday night (7/13) at 6:30pm we will be gathering at the Trini Mendenhall Community Center (1414 Wirt Road) for a few games of Rummikub. If you are new to the game, it is easy to learn and loads of fun, and makes for a great change of pace after a few nights of pinball or arcade gaming. There is an official video tutorial available at (We are playing classic Rummikub as described in the first video, not “twist”.) If you know how to play the card game gin rummy (or any game similar to it), most of that knowledge should transfer over easily. The main difference with Rummikub is once you have played your initial meld, you can play on other melds on your board including moving tiles around as needed to complete melds, as long as the board is still valid at the end of your turn (i.e. there are no “dangling” tiles not part of a meld including the jokers).

I have posted two maps showing the location of Trini Mendenhall community center below (blue highlight).