“Y’all ready to shoot the freak?”

A question posed by a barker on the boardwalk at Coney Island. For those of you who don’t know: Shoot the Freak is a game where one can pay a few bucks to take shots (with a paint ball gun) at some poor soul in protective gear running around a vacant lot. I didn’t meet the quarry personally, so I have no idea if he was a freak as advertised or just a regular guy who is actively rethinking his career choices.

Barker: “Ma’am, he’s good.”

Woman: “Thank you, he is an excellent shooter!”

A quick exchange in reference to the woman’s son who appeared to be about 11 years old. This kid was able to nail the freak in the head consistently from at least 20 yards. I wonder how this kid became such a good marksman? Maybe I don’t want to know the answer to that question.

“I don’t feel so good”

Muttered by a woman 15 or 20 seconds before hurling. The pirate ship claims another victim!

In case you were not able to tell by now, I made a trip out to Coney Island on Friday night. If you are in the New York area and have not been there yet, I highly recommend it. Sure, it’s a little on the gritty side but that’s what we love about this city right? It just wouldn’t be New York unless it was a bit rough around the edges.

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