I’m a counselor on a day off from camp. My day of leisure is coming to an end. I’m waiting at a diner, a prearranged “pick-up” spot where a friend with a car will be coming to take me back to camp.
I’m an hour early.
There’s a pinball machine in the diner.
I kill the hour playing pinball.
I play twenty, thirty games in a row.
I win no Free Games.
I continue playing.
My “ride” pulls up outside. I’m down to my last nickel. I decide to give it one last try.
I win one hundred and fifty-four Free Games.
The driver honks his horn.
I walk out of the diner, and get into the car.
Leaving behind one hundred and fifty-four Free Games
For a much luckier person