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Going to the Arcade Amusements, Inc. in Manitou Springs is like stepping back in time. Amidst a mixture of old and new arcade games, Gabriel Rowe takes aim on a target during a game in the Penny Arcade building on Wednesday, December 28, 2010. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Summer is upon us, which means it’s high time for Manitou’s Penny Arcade. A perfect hour for me? Many rounds of ski ball, some pinball, a few tries at the derby race. And Slush Puppies. Remember those? I long thought they had gone extinct, faded with my ‘90s childhood. But there the machine is, behind the counter of Patsy’s Candy, hiding among the other carnival delights. A blue tongue is always worth that perfect slushie.

Seth is a features writer at The Gazette, covering the outdoors and the people and places that make Colorado colorful.

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