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Teenage dates with punching


The Theatre Producer said she wanted to take me out on a date. A teenage style date to be exact. I wasn’t sure what this would involve but I was deeply curious. I had been told that the something had been arranged but we didn’t have a specific time to be anywhere.

We met at a bar near Waterloo station. Or at least we tried to meet at the bar. I was only about 50 metres away from her but I couldn’t find the pesky place due to an ambiguous name and awful signs. Yeah that’s right, it wasn’t my fault I couldn’t find it, it was someone else’s.

At last I found her. The Theatre Producer was wearing a blue floaty dress, so floaty that it kept rising up in the wind. We walked along the South Bank looking for suitable bench to sit on with her occasionally stopping to pat her unruly dress down.

Once we had found the bench the Theatre Producer produced a bottle of wine, some Costa coffee cups and a large packet of crisps. The wine was decanted into the cups. A whole bottle will fit in two cups which says scary things about how much coffee we drink. We sipped the booze out of paper cups while looking at the Houses of Parliament.

Once the booze was gone we went to Namco. ‘Namco centre’ is an amusement arcade. They’ve got bumper cars and those things with claws that almost let you get prizes and things to punch, shoot, drive and maim. Perfect for a slightly awkward teenage date.

The Theatre Producer had ordered a load of tokens in advance so we clinked around the place trying out everything that caught our eye.

We played a lot of shooting games and went on the bumper cars. The Theatre Producer obliterated me at air hockey and then on the punching machine we discovered I can punch just slightly more than four times harder than her. She liked that bit, although as a feminist she will probably punch me in the arm (weakly) for mentioning it.

After some more shooting, a bit of racing and one of those simulator things that tries to make you feel sick while watching a film we had some beers, ate some nachos and then went home.

It was an excellent teenage date.

Marriage percentage: 64%

P.S. It is a bit weird going to arcades now that home computers are more powerful than arcade machines. When did that happen?

  1. L.A.
    July 24, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    it reminds me a bit of the princess diaries movie. Anne Hathaway and Julie Martin take on the boardwalk games. Of course, neither you nor the theater producer are royalty, and you’re dating rather than grandmother and grandchild, but other than that, it’s the same date.

    i hope you took a photo strip.

    • July 25, 2011 at 3:44 pm

      We didn’t take a photo strip, but that is an excellent excuse for a return trip.

      • L.A.
        July 25, 2011 at 4:54 pm

        best souvenir you can get! i hope you give me credit for the return date post. i’ll make a t-shirt that says ‘team toast.’ No offense to biscuit :)

  2. eyebrowsofdoom
    July 26, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    I went there a couple of times and accidentally punched my date in the face. She gets hella cool points.

    • July 26, 2011 at 1:10 pm

      Why did you punch your date?

    • July 29, 2011 at 10:11 pm

      Wait, did you “accidentally” punch your date in the face each time you went?

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