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Mayor of Crab Towne

When I grow up, I want to be mayor of Crab Towne, USA.  It is a physical space of pure love; a crab shack filled with dozens of fried food options, a liquor store filled with dozens of alcoholic options (actually, I admittedly haven’t been in the liquor store part so I’m assuming they have dozens of options, but maybe it’s just 5 or 6), and a vintage arcade filled with dozens of video games.

crab towne usa arcade

Most of the listings on the classic arcade site (which is bookmarked on my phone for easy access whenever we travel) have two or three entries.  But Crab Towne, USA caught my eye because it was a solid paragraph of games.  The first time I saw the entry, I started gasping and rolling about in ecstasy.  But would the Crab Towne of my dreams match the Crab Towne of reality?

I am pleased to report that it does.  It swims past the world of dreams into an 8-bit reality filled with blinking lights against a steamy background of fried crab perfume.

The ChickieNob is a pinball wizard and she stuck firmly with a single pinball machine for 20 consecutive games.  The Wolvog moved between some of his favourites (Galaga) and driving games.  Josh cleared boards on Ms. Pacman.  And I spent a lot of time exploding creatures in Dig Dug.

And I’m not going to lie to you, it was hard to leave.  It was hard to pull out that bottle of hand santizer and wash away the stickiness of Crab Towne.  It was hard to drive away from that 8th wonder of the world.  How did so much happiness get stuffed inside a single room?

I will be celebrating my birthday there this year, a plastic cup of quarters in hand.  Just as it should be.


1 a { 02.23.16 at 10:09 am }

That looks like a really fun place. I wonder if I could get my husband to travel to CrabTowne, USA…

2 Cristy { 02.23.16 at 12:03 pm }

What a fun family mini-vacation. Glad everyone had a great time. May your wish come true too

3 Working mom of 2 { 02.23.16 at 2:38 pm }

I used to be quite good at ms pacman 30 years ago…

4 TasIVFer { 02.23.16 at 3:59 pm }

Oh my. I was intrigued as to where Crab Towne might be, so I googled it. It sounds like it returned you to your childhood games, but it returned me to place names of my childhood. Is the place you went near Glen Burnie, MD? I don’t remember the place, but the words are seared into my brain from childhood. I don’t know why; would it have had larger shops than Severna Park? Or maybe because it looks like it might be on the way to Linthic ? / . !

5 Jessie Francis { 02.24.16 at 1:22 am }

Now I want to go home and have crabs!!!

6 Lori Lavender Luz { 02.25.16 at 10:18 am }

Your happiness makes me so happy.

I’ll have to settle for being the mayor of crabbytown. Which I am often.

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