Theme Week - [GM]Dave's Childhood Vol. 2My First Nintendo
Despite my love for the Atari, I don't think I'd really have considered myself a gamer at that point.
Yeah, I loved the games, but they hadn't yet taken root as part of my being.
I wasn't a gamer.
Then... Then I heard that the NES system was coming out.
And I went retarded.
I had to have that system. Day one in North America, I had to be holding that damned thing in my little hands or someone was going to pay.
There was only one problem with my whole plan.
I had no money.
I don't mean I had very little money.
I had literally no money at all.
With some careful saving and by floating a small loan from my mother, I MAY have been able to put together enough money to buy a can of Pepsi.
I needed money.
Something had to be done.
I spent days, perhaps even weeks, formulating plan after plan.
Kill the ice cream man?
Rob a bank?
Rob my grandmother?
Put that one in the "maybe" pile.
But none of them would work.
Time grew shorter and shorter as launch day drew ever closer. Every passing second put me one step closer to my deadline.
And then it hit me. A plan so clever, so devious, so EVIL that it was bound to work.
Dave>> I think I'd like to start collecting quarters.
Laugh if you want. You're missing the beautiful simplicity of my cunning plan.
I managed to convince my mother that collecting quarters was not only a good idea, but that she should help me.
Apparently, if you say the word 'educational' enough times, parents will fall for anything.
You might also think I should have aimed bigger than quarters, but that would have been a mistake. Too large a denomination would have thrown up some flares.
It was perfect.
So everyday, my mother would come home from work and empty out all of her change. We would go through the quarters and I'd Ooh and Ahh over the year or design.
I really didn't care.
Then, when I'd acted 'educational' enough, I'd grab the quarters and run them straight up to my bank.
We did this every single day.
I'm pretty sure my mom went out of her way to get extra quarters in her change just for me.
People can be so sweet when you're conning them.
As time went by, my "collection" grew rather large.
Then, as the day approached, I made my move.
Dave>> I don't think I want to collect quarters any more.
Mom>> Why not?
Dave>> Well, it's not as interesting as it used to be.
Dave>> It's not really interactive.
Wait for it...
Wait for it...
Mom>> Maybe we should find you a new hobby.
Okay, okay. I had to play it cool.
Dave>> I don't know...
Mom>> Oh, c'mon.
Mom>> Is there anything that you're interested in?
Dave>> There is this new video game system coming out...
This is where you picture me holding my breath.
Mom>> That doesn't sound too bad.
Big eyes. Look hopeful.
Mom>> Hey, maybe we can roll up your quarters...
Dave>> That's a good idea, Mom.
Actually, the quarters were already rolled and were waiting in a bag to go to the bank.
A few days later, I came home from school to find my beautiful NES waiting on my bed.
I ran and hugged my mom extra tight and, as she looked at me with that look of pure joy on her face, I couldn't help but think...
How many quarters would it be for a dirt bike?