Our beloved writer Malyshka mentioned today that Tiny is afraid of the McDonald’s Play Place because it’s a death trap. I was reminded of the lethal play area in a local pizza place from when I was little, and now I am wondering about the places you all played that probably should have been shut down.My home town didn’t have a Chuck E Cheese (although we did have the commercials, which was torture to a six-year-old). We did have the poor man’s Chuck E Cheese though, Papa’s Pizza. It had a ball pit, a climbing tower a la Play Place, and enough smelly stinky odor to make you feel like you were in an NBA locker room. But the play device that I am thinking of today was kind of like a hamster wheel for kids. Only it was a barrel shape and likeness, open on either end, and it was stationary. I tried to find a picture but I didn’t know how to describe it to Google. Use your imaginations. Anyway, kids push on it and it spins and you have to run and keep pushing because otherwise you’ll get TRAMPLED TO DEATH!!!!1! Typically only the Big Kids used it. In my memory they were at least 17, but in reality they were probably 10-year-olds. That shit was terrifying. I don’t know how anyone went into the child/hamster wheel/barrel and lived to tell the tale.
I only tried it once. I went in by myself for safety. And wasn’t strong enough to make the barrel roll. Oh well.
Anyway, what did you play in (or stay away from like a sensible person) as a child that you’re pretty sure was a Death Trap.