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Chuck E. Cheese's

The last time I went to a Chuck E. Cheese’s restaurant was way back in elementary school for Travis Powell’s birthday party. My most vivid memory from that day was going to Travis’ parents over and over to get more tokens. You see, the number of tokens I used was inversely proportional to my arcade gaming skills!

Thursday night, Flo and I relived those wonderful childhood memories at the Redwood City Chuck E. Cheese’s. The pizza didn’t quite taste like cardboard, but it wasn’t far from it. In many ways, Chuck E. Cheese’s has grown up with the times. In place of a man in a giant mouse suit, there’s an animatronic Chuck E. Cheese that sings and talks! On the flip side, the arcade section was filled with old relics like Star Wars and Hungry Hippo. What few children there were seemed more intent on dancing in front of the bluescreen and watching themselves on the television monitors than playing the video games.

After our fill of Chuck E. Cheese’s, we drove back to Stanford campus, stopping first at the gas station to check out my car, which has been making some slight grinding noises whenever I press the accelerator when stopped. Ever the resourceful mechanic, Flo surmised that one of my axles might need checking out and/or fixing. I guess I’ll be taking the former Dotmobile to the shop for a checkup in the near future.

We walked around Stanford campus for awhile, revisiting our old stomping grounds and college memories. We stopped the Women’s Center, the time capsules at Main Quad, and my beloved Teahouse. I can still remember the times when Randy and I drove up in his Teahousemobile up to Dick Lee’s in the City to pick up our supplies. We even walked into Meyer Library. The first floor is now a big 24-hour study hall. The sound of studying — that deafening drone of silence occasionally interrupted by turning pages and hushed whispers — was something I never quite got used to during college.

In other news, I got my hair trimmed today. It took only 15 minutes for Tang to wash and trim about 3-4 inches! When he finished I was like, “Uh, is that all?” It must have beat some haircut record, I think!

Earlier in the evening, I was at Building 4 at Apple in Cupertino attending the Color Management User Group. The meeting seems to be organized by Son Do over at Rods and Cones. I first saw Son in a series of Quicktime movies that he had produced with photographer Dennis Rosenberg on Digital Photography and Color Management. Other people in the audience included some COBA members and Bill Atkinson.

I must admit that I wasn’t paying too much attention to the presentations. I was more interested in hearing how I would go about creating a color profile for my printer. The prints that I have the most trouble with our my portrait shots. They just don’t seem to be matching what I see on my calibrated monitor.

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2 thoughts on “Chuck E. Cheese's

  1. Chung R says:

    It is such a tragedy that these places of filth are not regulated like schools, daycare centers or even hospitals. I guess I am a little different I enjoyed my NBC training in the military, but were did it get me at CEC?In bad shape employess not even allowed to ware gloves,just read below:

    I took a job as a Tech. Manager at Chuckie E. Cheeses, hoping for a nice quite job, what the hell happened? With in the first weeks of this job, I got the flu, momo, and a server staph infection. The workers comp lady came to see me in the hospital and ask me very personal questions, like what I did I do in the military and was I sexual active, and how old was my son?
    I did some checking and these restaurants have been sighted for many, many health violations. I did not have ax to grind with the Chuck but when the GM came in and said to a cast member who had acne bad, you need to shave! I went off! The GM told me that nice guys finish last, and this is a place to take the kids?
    Go ahead violate the I-9 forms, while the real Americans stand in line at the employment office.
    I use to take my son to the chuck and cut him loose, now, Oh no; we will go to the park, fly a kit before I take him the cesspool of bacteria/virus at the Chuckie….

    Another lady told me this:I would never take my daughter here again. This place is not clean and the people that work here are young kids trying to make a couple of dollars and they do not care. I think that this place can be better if they did a re organization. My friend took her kid here as well and got sick from another kid because that kid had pink eye.
    Do not take your kids here!

    Check the DPH web site before you go to any chuckie cheeses, and I feel you will make another choice.

  2. Don M says:

    Chuckie E. Cheeses does not use equipment to keep their establishment clean, if you will notice many places like DQ or some BK use Ultraviolet lights. It seems the managers at Chuckie don’t know what these lights do, they kill bacteria and some virus, furthermore, it is dark in most of these stage shows, with dim lighting. Also if you will notice that some establishments have a blower when you come in the door not the chuckie…now if you had your choice to go to a restaurant that had a robotics mouse or UV lights which would you go to?
    Just take a look at the DPH web site in Richmond Va. the workers are not even alowed to ware Gloves or other personal protective equipment. Even if they have to handle body fluids. And you want these people to handle your food, wipe your table, and work on the ice maker several months back there was mold in the ice maker(DHP), this could have been stoped by UV lights, or seals in the ice maker.

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