What I wanted to do for my birthday was go into to Chinatown in NYC and celebrate the Lunar New Year with a parade and Dim Sum, but the Superbowl being in close proximity to our house and NYC complicated that. It seemed too daunting. Check in next year – we’re totally celebrating Chinese New Year in style.
I had to pick an alternate plan. As cold as it was, the beach was still my choice. I discovered an awesome arcade while waiting for a friend one evening in Red Bank and promised myself I’d be back with all my guys. It seemed like a good enough time to do that. After an IHOP breakfast.
Yestercades is a good, old-fashioned arcade with vintage video games, great pinballs machines, air hockey, as well as newer gaming systems. I could have played Tron, Ms. Pacman, Berzerk, Centipede, Frogger, and Donkey Kong all day. I don’t think of myself as someone who really enjoys video games – but as it turns out – it’s only newer ones I don’t like. I LOVED this place!
After the arcade, cupcakes and other pastries were procured from Carlos’ Bake Shop. They tasted as good as they looked.
It was not depressing at all – it was sunny and full of hope. I was reminded that just as I tick days off of these winter months, there is a promise. A promise that there are better days ahead – sunnier, warmer, more carefree days ahead. I was glad to see the beach cloaked in snow like its very own winter coat. When I shed mine, she will shed hers and will meet again soon.
Dennis and I don’t really buy each other many ‘presents’ – although I have my eye on a new camera 🙂 But walking back to the car I was so happy – happy to think that there is not a store in the mall that carries the image of my mom playing pinball with my kids, the handful of beach glass I collected or this…
Really Happy Birthday to me.