Friday, 7 September 2007

Don't Ask Don't Tell

Another day in Yokohama, another night at the UFO catcher.

After work myself, Thomas and Derek made our ten minute walk to the Taito Game Park in Yokohama like last week. We all had our minds set on picking up some Super Mario Merchandise. I wanted a turtle shell like Derek's (It will be great in a drinking game). Derek and Thomas were after question blocks.

As soon as I got there I changed a 1000 yen note into 100 yen coins. I had 200 yen in my wallet and I had a feeling that wouldn't be enough. At 200 yen a shot, all of my money was soon gone. In hindsight, I should have got the staff to move it into a better position but I didn't.

I changed another 1000 yen note, but only did 500 yen and the rest 100's. I was not having much luck so Thomas helped me finally get this one out.

With my remaining yen, I got the staff to move the question block in position for me. First try, Thomas gave me some direction, but it missed completely. The second go dropped it a little. The third try was just a nudge from behind to send it home. I had to change my 10,000 yen in order to get the 200 yen to finish it off.

The block cost me 600 yen. I shudder to think how much it cost me for the turtle shell. I should be happy to have two prizes, but I think I well and truly paid the retail price for them, so the victory felt bittersweet.

My addiction is like fuel to a fire. Once I have all the prizes I want, I will stop, or at least slow right down. My suitcase back home is sure to be all filled with stuffed toys, with a pair of jeans and a t-shirt.

We finished the night with Pizza at Miami Garden, letting me come down from my exhausting high.