FatherSon Ventures

Building a Relationship through Adventure

Indy 500

Written By: Scot Butwell - Aug• 09•15

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We maintained the lead for six or seven laps. D and I screaming as we circled the figure eight go-cart track, around hairpin turns.

 Sure, our competition was mostly a pack of peach-fuzzed middle school boys and pubescent girls, plus an occasional fellow dad. 

But it still felt as close to the Indy 500 as D and I will ever get before I took my foot off full-throttle, and we were passed by one go-cart after another.

We blew through money in the video arcade. I’ve never owned an X-Box, PS3 or Wii and D’s gaming skills reflect my rarely playing video games.

So this was one of the quickest ways I’ve ever lost $2.95…three or four times in a row…in five minutes in the arcade.

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Not that he didn’t love shooting the attacking zombie pirates; he just wasn’t the one calculating the cost each time I swiped my debit card like I was doing.

I thought of the scene from the movie “Pursuit of Happiness” where Will Smith and his son are shooting a basketball on the roof of a building.

When his son badly misses a shot, Smith’s character tells his son that he was never any good at basketball, and his son should not expect to be any better.

And then he realizes the mistake he has made and challenges his son to never let anyone–including himself–tell him he can’t do something.

No, I didn’t tell D he would likely never be good at playing video games. But I confess the thought did briefly cross my mind for longer than a moment.

D’s favorite part of the day was taking pictures in the Photo Booth. He was giggling and making silly faces at the alien on the green screen.

So we did it twice at $5 a pop.

Honestly, a teenager could start a class for people like me, teaching them how to play video games and explaining all the buttons on the console.

A few days ago, D played Minecraft at a friend’s house. He had no clue what to do, and neither did I, so I was practically useless to provide assistive to him.

In fact, the game looked pointless and boring to me.

Nevertheless, the Wife and I are considering buying a Wii for us to learn to play video games the way most people do, by actually playing them.

This will hopefully save us a few bucks on our next trip to the video arcade, and it will enable for D to become a more adequate gamer.

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