Innocence lost

October 21, 2008 at 9:52 am 2 comments

Times change, and not always for the better…

Tomorrow is my wedding anniversary and since we met in October (and got married in October MANY years later) we go to the Arizona State Fair every year because that’s where our true first date was.  We go and play some stupid games and win some cheap stuffed animal that was likely made in China and dipped in lead, and we eat bad food.  It’s a tradition.

We went to the fair on Friday night and were surprised to see that instead of paying your $5.00 to the guy/gal at the game, the fair has gone to a cash-less system.  Basically you have to buy a card that is loaded with “tickets” and each game takes a certain number of tickets.  All the people who run the games have little scanners attached to them and they scan the card and, essentially, debit out the credits.   I found this to be disconcerting.  I’m not sure why, really… but it really ruined the fair experience for me.  There was something so… impersonal about swiping a card to play a mindless game and win a silly prize that I just couldn’t do it.  We walked around for awhile but we didn’t play any games and we didn’t even eat the food… the innocence of the fair seems to be tainted for me.  And I’m not sure I’ll ever get it back.  A shame, really.


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  • 1. William  |  October 21, 2008 at 4:02 pm

    It is a tradition – or at least was. I had to eat Indian fry bread covered with refried beans or it just wasn’t a trip to the fair. But I don’t think I’d enjoy having my card scanned and debited by the guys running the rides and concessions. I have to do that at the grocery store and the gas station, but why should I have to do it at the fair too?

    There’s a version of Monopoly that doesn’t have the goofy-colored money; one has an electronic scanning doodad instead. It’s not the end of the world, but you can sort of see it from here.

    I’m sorry the fair was a bummer, but I hope your anniversary was better than the fair!

  • 2. Scott K  |  October 22, 2008 at 12:34 am

    Last time Daryl and I went to the state fair we were really disappointed and bored. The rides all looked completely unsafe, and everything else was way overpriced. I’ve been to some nice state fairs including Minnesota and Ohio, so ours here in Arizona was a real let-down.

    I completely agree about the tickets versus swipe card thing.


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