I once knew this dude.
I’d suppose he was in his mid to late 20’s.
He’d spend his lunch hours at a near-by bowling alley smoking cheap cigarettes.
Smoking cheap cigarettes & playing Mortal Kombat II.
Sub-Zero was his character of choice.
After hundreds of quarters in, he became pretty deadly.
Froze the shit out of a lot of competitors.
One afternoon he was in mid-game and a young punk kid, maybe 12 years of age, dropped a quarter into the player 2 slot and challenged him.
The nerve of that punk-ass kid.
The dude pulled a final drag off his smoke, snubbed it out , and the war was on.
The battle was epic & the competition fierce but in the end Sub-Zero (and the dude) were victorious.
He totally schooled that disrespectful pre-teen rat.
As the kid walked away I heard the dude mumble “What a loser” as he stared into the reflective darkness of the video screen.
That bowling alley is long gone & the dude quit smoking years ago I’ve been told.
I haven’t seen him in years but I’ve heard he designs t-shirts(or some shit like that) for a living.
If you see him say hello.
Til next week.