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Old 07-10-2014, 07:20 AM   #51
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A bunch of childhood hangouts have already been mentioned.. I remember checking out chicks and eating shitty pizza at Stardust while listening to Ice Ice Baby. Damn that shit was dope.

Ozone, Delanies.. I used to get in there when I was underage as well using my brother's ID. I must have looked 12 but still got in. Muggs & Jugs.. my first apartment was right in the area and my now-wife and I used to regularly go there in the summer for the AC and a quick beer before trying to fall asleep in our hot ass apartment.

Daily street hockey, Bart Simpsons indoor mini golf, mountain biking pretty much every day through Delta watershed, building a bunch of tree forts in the forest around my house only to watch them slowly get taken down one by one for stucco houses

Finding porn in said forests.. I used to find porn everywhere it seemed. Looking back I suppose dudes would buy them and be too afraid to bring them home and just chuck them out the window.. alas the internet has robbed today's youth of such boner inducing discoveries.

Cash too.. for some reason I would find 1's and 2's, sometimes the odd 5 on the street or parking lot. I guess debit, loonies and twoonies have reduced the odds of finding cash blowing down the sidewalk.

A lot of my memories are a result of being outside all day every day when I wasn't in school. It was safe enough that when I was 7, my brother who was 9 and I would be out on our Norco scooters in Ladner where my grandparents lived and roam around all day until we were hungry. To the public pool for a swim, to the city centre, to the slough to try and see fish. Wherever we wanted, whenever we wanted we could go it seemed. I now have a 7 year old daughter and she doesn't leave my sight in our neighbourhood and it is a safe one.. times have changed!
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Hahahahahaha........ which location would that be?

I'm guessing the Langley location....... then again, it could be the Abbotsford......... they all looked the same LOLOLOLOLOL.
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Hahahahahaha........ which location would that be?

I'm guessing the Langley location....... then again, it could be the Abbotsford......... they all looked the same LOLOLOLOLOL.
That's the Langley location! I couldn't find a picture of the Downtown one or the Hastings one.

Crazy how these electronic stores have dwindled with internet sales taking over.
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Definately looks like the Langley location

Fuck went in there sooo baked and bought two type S 10'a when they fkrst came out and I didn't even have a car lol
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Grew up in Coquitlam but from time to time, we would drive to Surrey just for Oriental Buffet. I loved it when I was a kid. When i saw that huge Canadian Flag, I knew I was close to the restaurant.
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I have such great memories from that Chuck E Cheeses in Burnaby/Coquitlam. X-men arcade game, The Michael Jackson game (Moon walker?), and the ball pit (probably was one of the best ones in the lower mainland).

Does anyone remember that ping pong ball game where you toss it into open trash cans to win tickets? When you got old enough, you could easily reach far enough to drop them in
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Was just going to say that I don't know anyone who had a good experience at Uncle Willy's buffet, lol.

Also remember when there were other video game stores around that weren't EB or some ripoff collector's shop?

Phantasy / Encore, Master Player, Microplay

Let's not forget how we used to have arcades which required us to leave our house as opposed to today.
I used to love going to Microplay in Surrey.

Also arcades hell yeah! When I lived in Regina is was place called "Guys and Dolls" had to walk about an hour to get there but so worth it.

When I moved here it was Bumble Bee on Scott Road, same thing used to walk there. When I went to Jr. High School we'd walk over on our lunch hour many of days from LA Matheson. I had my mom convinced from grade 8 on that every kid got lunch money and bought lunch so she we give me money everyday that I'd blow at the arcade and 711 before they tore it down. When I started driving is was Lesters on Kingsway.
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Going way back and this isn't Lower Mainland related my best memories were of my Dad taking me to Rider games. He worked out of town all the time, would only see him every other weekend or so but he would come back for the Rider games, we had season tickets behind the oppositions bench, 2nd row.

Another good memory is getting ice cream at a place called The Milkyway, it's still there to this day and looks the same as it did 30 years ago, in the summer this place is so packed it's like a family tradition to go there. I actually took my niece there last time I was in town.

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When they had Playdium or Rain forest cafe in metro, my mom would just drop me and my friends in there and go shopping lol
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Uncle Willy's was the best place to eat as a kid. Went back there a couple years ago and man that place went down hill
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It's sad that the kids growing up now will never experience going to Blockbuster to pick out a movie/game to rent.
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Where was the micro play in surrey?
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Great memories in here. I've mentioned most in the "you're old enough to remember" thread but fuck it..........

I swear A&B Sound invented the boxing Day concept. Lost leader camp-out-side-for-two-days-for-the-$10-DVD-player type shit. Hilarious stuff. Definitely the go-to place for CD's though.

Lazer Illusions and Johnny Zee's. EPIC times in both places. Way back was Dragon's Liar, Time Traveller, Chelnov, Hard Drivin', etc. Then came SF2 and holy fuck was that a game changer(or life ender depending on how you look at it). Learning Guile's invisible throw early on helped my hustle pretty good. The amount of hours spent on just the arcade version before it dropped for SNES was staggering.

Willow Video Games in Richmond was a place I frequented. Video games were like crack for me as a kid. I can't believe I've been down since the Atari 2600 :P

The mutha fucking Richmond Skate Ranch. goddamn that place was awesome. Skating in the 80's was such a great time.
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Whalley Blvd and 101st ave. I'm not even sure when it closed down, maybe around 2000?
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Still remember going to the old Champlain Mall. The place was a dump but as a kid it was exciting because it was an excuse to buy toy cars from Zellers.
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My favorite place at Champlain was Toys and Wheels and Radio Shack. I'd go and play with all the magic illusion stuff, and fantasize about the Transformers I wanted. And, every month, my dad would get his free 9V battery from Radio Shack battery club, while I checked to see if there was a game being demoed on their Tandy that I could play.

I also remember my parents buying an Omnibot, on clearance, from the Bay's toy department! I was trying to convince them of all the cool things that thing did. haha.
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I grew up on the North Shore, North and West Van so I remember:

-Park Royal Bowling Lanes, with the sweet arcade...would rush there after school and line my quarters up on Mortal Kombat 2, like this:



- Park Royal Driving Range: Would go there after dinner and hit balls any time of the year (the best was when the ground was frozen, your ball would bounce so far!)

- Adventure Playground: Located in Ambleside and we would spend the summer building a sweet fort, then you get to sleepover in it!

- Park Royal Theatre: I saw Batman Returns on a preview night by chance on the Thursday before it opened Friday. Went to school the next day and no one believed I saw it.

- Lighthouse Park camps: They had the longest zip line ever, and of course you didn't use a helmet or get strapped in

- Timmy Ho's on Marine in North Van: Next to what was forever Burger King, it was the only thing open on the North Shore past midnight. All the rich kids showed up in their fancy cars their daddy's bought them.

Anyone else from the North Shore have memories?
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i still got my shitty ass tv from ab sound.

can't forget the line ups for boxing day there.
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I have such great memories from that Chuck E Cheeses in Burnaby/Coquitlam. X-men arcade game, The Michael Jackson game (Moon walker?), and the ball pit (probably was one of the best ones in the lower mainland).

Does anyone remember that ping pong ball game where you toss it into open trash cans to win tickets? When you got old enough, you could easily reach far enough to drop them in
I remember those games and the Simpsons one! That place was literally the best place ever when I was a kid. I accumulated so many tickets and then they suddenly closed down one day and my HUGEEEE stash of tickets became useless

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Threads that tap into past are gold. There's a lot of good things that I haven't thought about in a long time, or just forgotten, and this is a great reminder of times gone by. Thanks for helping me remember those valuable times with family, and all the things in the past that I have taken for granted.
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it's very unfortunate my grandpa wrote on the cover, but it's not like I would be selling anyways............
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