Was Your House Ever The “Cool” House?

So I grew up in Illinois, and when I was a kid, we didn’t have the technology that we have today.  We had…OUTSIDE!  But there always seemed to be at least one house or two that a friend had that was considered the “cool” house.  By that I mean that inside, there were some cool items that made the kids want to hang out there.  Maybe it was a pool, arcade game, pool table, ping pong table, whatever.  My house was not one of these.

When I entered high school, my family moved into a home that had a bar and a game room.  Bar, pool table and a TV.  So we did entertain more often.  But as a younger child I remember being in a friends house that had a few old school arcade games, an enclosed pool, and a large back yard where we played badminton, croquet, we could run bases and lots of other activities.

A survey recently came out and asked what made someone’s house the “Cool” house to hang out at? Here were the answers:

  1. Good snacks – 49%
  2. Video games – 38%
  3. Cable TV – 38%
  4. Pool – 34%
  5. Different toys than I had – 33%
  6. Board games – 33%
  7. Big backyard – 31%
  8. A dog/pet to play with – 29%
  9. Siblings to play with – 27%
  10. Trampoline – 24%

Food can make a difference.  And now with social distancing in place and most people not going out as often, if you have or had these things in your house…Yeah I could see why more people would want to be there to hang out.  And how did a fire pit not make the list?   Did you have any of these in your home?  If yes…did you get a lot of visitors?    🙂

~ Tim Thomas