Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your alias.
Most people who have enjoyed a video game know what it's like to want to gain just one more level, to want to play just one more match, and have that "just one more" mindset swallow an evening or keep one awake more hours than intended.
For me, being able to access gaming outside the home always increases my comfort level. Having the ability to disappear into my game worlds is almost necessary for me to function. And knowing other people with positive connections to my addiction are around bolsters my confidence immensely.
I didn't really mean to be a counsellor. I loved my job being a mother for my three children, so I wanted to stay at home as long as possible. Eventually, I found that I had to get out and go to work.
The ticket man steps down with an expression of surprise on his face. He's dressed in navy, which isn't so foreign for me, but the glittering gold trim on his hat and sleeves are shocking in the dim morning light. I don't smile outwardly, but I do nod. He offers me his hand. I believe he means to shake mine in greeting. Instead, I place my ticket in his palm.