Friends, I do hope you all had a great new Year’s Eve, full of laughs and fond memories of 2014. Much like the previous year I was able to see the new year in at the Arkadia Retrocade surrounded by Family and Friends. One of the more popular moments of last year’s celebration was whipping up some Great Bluedini…though to be fair I just didn’t have enough in my stash to make sure that every single Player that stepped through the door got a taste when the Midnight hour arrived.
I made a New Year’s resolution to myself that this year would be different. So that is why for this go around I looked to e*Bay for a little help in securing enough Great Bluedini to let me pull off my little project. Was it inexpensive? No. But to see others enjoy their taste of that delicious Kool-Aid flavor for the first time or even those that remembered the beverage from 25 years ago made it all worthwhile. This year to ensure that I had enough for our thirsty players I whipped up a 5 gallon batch of the Great Bluedini!
Obviously in business you do not want to rest on your laurels so I also decided to introduce the Players of the Arkadia Retrocade to the joy and wonder that was Ecto-Cooler! I scaled back a bit with our favorite Ghostbusters related Hi-C beverage and just concocted 2 gallons worth. I was pleasantly surprised that it was by far the more popular of our New Year’s Eve beverages.
This New Year’s Eve was far busier than even that of 2013, so much so that I had a hard time getting out from behind the snack bar to get some photos of all the Players. I was able to make an exception though when friend to the Retroist, Gary Burton, and his Wife dropped by to not only celebrate New Year’s Eve but their Anniversary as well. Gary can certainly say he has a lot of experience with arcade games as he managed an arcade in the past and was kind enough to let me borrow an ad for it that was played on the radio back in the day, I’m working on getting the audio cassette transferred over to an MP3 file to share with you all at a later date.
When I was able to get out from behind the counter the arcade was busy with Players doing what they do best…you know…playing games.
Though one of our regulars decided that the way to see the New Year in proper was by playing and beating Atari’s E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial!
The surprise of the night came when the Xenomorph from Alien arrived to party down but it also brought the Retroist along as well…at least his Avatar.
Now after Midnight I had enough time to engage in an Arkadia Retrocade tradition that we’ve pulled off the last three times, warping to Minus World!
After hundreds of Players came through the door to join us in celebrating the New Year and serving up 3 gallons of the Great Bluedini and almost all of the Ecto-Cooler, Shea joined me for a victory cup of Bluedini…though to be fair I found my love of the Bluedini demanded a more suitable vessel to drink from.
Not a bad way to end 2014, not at all.