Next up on GUEST BLOGGER IDOL is ANNE. Anne has this to say about herself:
Who needs to give a bio when we’ve got memes?
Last Road Trip: A six hour drive to Mammoth Lakes, CA from Las Vegas, NV. Our then 2.5 month old, Jill, slept almost the whole way while our five year-old, Sydney, initiated that time-tested mantra, “Are we there yet?” We drove past legal brothels, once-booming-now-busted mining towns, and scary places like The Clown Motel.
Last Bad Advice: Chicken cooked at high temperatures doesn’t have to be refrigerated.
Last Movie I Saw in a Theater: Enchanted. Enjoyed it.
Last TV Show Watched: I’m embarrassed to admit it—Work Out on Bravo.
Last TV Show I Enjoyed Watching: Wait for it…..How I Met Your Mother.
Last Book I Tried to Read: The Classic Fairy Tales by Iona Opie and Peter Opie. Traces the gruesome and disturbing precursors of well-known fairy tales.
Last Thing I Left Home Without: My infant daughter. (Don’t get in a snit, people. My husband was with her.)
Last Take Out Meal: Burger King. So gross and yet so good.
Last Item Loaned Out and Haven’t Gotten Back: A videotape of movie clips. Ah well—who really watches VHS anymore?
Last New Words Added to Vocabulary: Meme—it had much broader and more complex associations than I thought.
Last New Word of a Foreign Language Learned: Does a package of frozen methi malai chicken count?
Last Web Site Visited: http://live.yahoo.com/greenwoodwhippets
Last Injury: Bubble mix in my eye. My ophthalmologist husband warned me to wear eye protection, but I didn’t listen. It burns! It burns!
Last Run In with the Law: Let’s just say that I won.
Last Place I’d Want to Live: Anyplace lacking basic human rights or basic sanitation. And the Deep South.
Last Magazine Read: Harper’s
Last Thing I Broke: Shower grout
Last Thing I Fixed: Shower grout
Last Thing That Made Me Laugh: My daughters
Last Thing That Made Me Go Huh? My daughters
And here is Anne’s audition post.
Just last month, Crave Entertainment announced the release of Pinball Hall of Fame—The Williams Collection for the Playstation 2, PSP and Wii. Apparently, this game painstakingly recreates some of the most classic and popular pinball machines of the 1980s. I live in Las Vegas where everything is recreated–Venice, Paris, ancient Rome, Elvis—but when it comes to pinball, we have the real thing. Just four miles away from The Strip is a stripmall where you’ll find an unassuming storefront that houses The Pinball Hall of Fame. Almost two hundred vintage pinball machines line the room and you can play every single one of them for a quarter, sometimes two.
I’m not a big gamer by any means and I didn’t really play pinball in its heyday, but I loved the feel of these games when I visited PHoF. They’re so…mechanical. Pull the plunger, hit the flippers, watch the steel ball careen around the bumpers. Sure, playing Op-Pop-Pop or Big Flipper for maximum points requires certain strategies and skills, but overall these games have a simplicity and accessibility that allowed even our five year-old to join in easily. Some of the vintage arcade games even had little surprises like the 1950s Silver Dollar Saloon which spit out a gumball when I put in a quarter. Best of all, the owner, Tim Arnold, donates any profits to charity.
Poker championships and blackjack movies aside, Las Vegas is ruled by machines. The plinking, dinging, woop woop of slot and video poker machines make my oldest daughter sigh with happiness after a long trip because that’s the sound of home; they greet us at every rest stop, airport gate, and drugstore in town. But it’s nice to know that we can play us some pinball too.