|The big prize from Chuck E. Cheese|
in Colorado Springs.
We took the whole family. There was free time since the conference combined opportunities to learn with opportunities for fun.
We toured the Olympic Training facility; Celestial Seasonings Tea; rode up Pikes Peak; and went to Chuck E. Cheese (which wasn't where we lived at the time).
The boys were around 10 and 13 - prime age for food and fun in a kid's wonderland.
It seemed to me if we were going to attack the games, we needed a plan to maximize our efforts.
My wife and I played ski-ball. The kids ran around trying their hand at different games.
No matter how many tickets spilled out of a game, I collected each and every one. By the end of the evening, our collection of tickets were enough for a terrific looking Bubble Pen.
It was my suggestion to preserve the value and the pen by leaving it in the package.
My boys didn't share my enthusiasm for the idea. I think I was laughed at, maybe mocked.
The water evaporated a long time ago. I'm sure the ink is dried out.
Now, it hangs on the wall in my home office - a memory of a fun time we spent together in Colorado Springs playing games.
The pen isn't worth much I guess. It's a priceless memory.