Rock On!!!

My brother Jim came to visit on Sunday night. I would like to say that we spent the evening in deep and intelectual conversation. Or that we volunteered at a children's hospital, spreading cheer throughout the trauma ward. No. We are a shallow people. We went on a world tour for our band! Whoo Hoo! And we rocked hard!

Kaitlin is getting into full rocker mode.

Notice the nice tatt... I really think
the goldfish suits her.

22 Years Ago- Jimmy aquires the Atari 2600 & 40 games from a friend for $45. Ladies and gentlemen, this is the beginning of the end. For those of you with weak stomachs, read no further. Jimmy becomes a slave to video game entertainment.

20 Years Ago- Our dear Jimmy receives a Nintendo game system for Christmas. I am warning you. If you are the type to respond negatively to unpleasant stories, turn back now!

18 Years Ago- The boy saves up for a Sega Genesis. That's a lot of milk money, folks.

17 Years Ago- The prize of the collection is aquired- the Turbo Grafx 16. (Yes, that is how they spell grafx... all those video games went to the brain)

8 Years Ago- Many Christmases and 7 more systems later (I was starting to get bored listing every system and attachment... whatever that means.) Boy meets girl. Boy falls in love. Girl bans videogames.

7 Years, 364 Days Ago- Girl realizes that banning a lifelong love of mind numbing and unproductive activities is cruel. Systems may be played... just don't get the girl involved.

2 Years Ago- Jimmy buys a hot-off-the-line Nintendo DS and Super Mario Bros. Wife of Jimmy get obsessed with game and will not unclutch DS. Husband has to buy another DS to play multiplayer. Wife is not happy with 2 multiplayer and insists best friend and best friend's husband buy a DS. As they say at Applebee's... "eatin' good in the neighborhood". Until (cue dramatic music) dun, dun, dun!!!!!-

1 Month Ago- The same best friend that is talked into a DS now talks me into buying Rockband for my Husband's birthday. This, kids, is when it starts going down the crapper. We opened said birthday gift on the eve of actual birthday. We play all night and all the next day. Now, I am the one begging to play one more set and only putting away the instruments when company comes. That is, only the company that cannot play rockband i.e. the missionaries. Everyone else gets roped into a band quickplay.

Present Day- I am writing a blog about my negligence to deep intelectual conversations and cheering up orphans. But, gosh darnit, I'm getting a heck of a lot better at 'Enter Sandman'.

This picture is a display of what happens when your child is feeling ignored by
the Rock Band- playing adults in the room

p.s. Does anyone else think it's strange that a grown man can remember every video game system and attachment he has bought in his entire life?


stacey said...

Oh man, I totally feel your pain. In the 3 years we've been married Tyson has had a Playstation, Playstation 2, Nintendo Game Cube, and finally the Xbox 360. Am I a sucker or what?! I'm glad you guys are enjoying Rock Band!

stacey said...

On an entirely unrelated note, can you give me the recipe (if there is one) for cheez-it chicken? I would really like to try it.

April Kennedy said...

OK...so we aren't missionaries...why haven't we been invited for dinner and rock band. Our family CAN ROCK..i'm sure of it! Just give us a try...I dare you!

Anonymous said...

Steph...reading this post was truly painful. My husband is addicted to any thing with the word "game" in it, except for boardgames. His brother bought Rockband and now I am subjuected to it every Friday night. It is Rob's latest obsession outside of a computer game that shall not be named. I tried singing once but I sounded like a tone deaf squirrel being fed through a wood chipper. Anyways, Rob was by my side when I read this post and he said "ha-ha...ask them if they need a drummer."

TARA!!! said...

PS - the Anonymous was me (Tara) I hit the wrong button by mistake.