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Looking Back...

SlashChick (544252) writes | more than 9 years ago

User Journal 18

Tonight, a friend of mine sent me a 66-page PDF of some childhood stories he wrote down and gave to his mom. As I've been reading them (I'm about halfway through) and laughing as I imagine a terrified little kid in church or him having to put up with his family's antics, I'm realizing I don't have that many childhood stories to share.

Tonight, a friend of mine sent me a 66-page PDF of some childhood stories he wrote down and gave to his mom. As I've been reading them (I'm about halfway through) and laughing as I imagine a terrified little kid in church or him having to put up with his family's antics, I'm realizing I don't have that many childhood stories to share.

Growing up an only child pretty much guarantees an existence where you are left to fend for yourself on most occasions. I have snatches of memories here and there, but mostly just little 5-minute snapshots or memories of people instead of events.

My childhood was mostly filled with two things: 1) books and 2) Nintendo. I devoured books. I read quickly and grasped concepts even quicker, so I went through hundreds of books. By first grade I had read almost the entire Nancy Drew series and was starting on the Hardy Boys and Bobbsey twins. By third grade I had read the entire children's section of the library and was hankering for more, so my mother (always the mystery novel fan) started me on mystery novels. In 4th grade I was reading V.C. Andrews ("Aren't you a little young to be reading those?" I remember my teacher saying), and that's how I learned about sex. Yes, I learned about sex from a book where a paralyzed guy in a wheelchair got stuffed by a younger lady. That's all I remember. (Someday I fully intend to read them all again just to see what that was all about.)

My parents were 37 when they adopted me (I was adopted at age 3 days.) Thus, their friends' kids were all grown up as well, and my childhood was filled with the antics of characters in books instead of real friends. That is, except for Meghan.

When I was young (too young to have started school), someone started building a house next door to us. I was fascinated by this. They dug out the ground and built a basement first, and (much to my mother's chagrin) I was over at the construction site every day climbing around in the mud and thoroughly enjoying myself. Soon, the basement was finished and the walls started to take form. My dad and I would take walks through the house at night, and I can remember being utterly fascinated with knowing exactly where the toilet was going to go. "How do you know?!" I asked my dad whenever he said "That's going to be a bedroom" or "That's the bathroom." So he'd point out the plumbing and doors and I was totally amazed.

Eventually, they put all the walls on and started locking the doors, and I had to be content with staring at it while the rest of the house was built. Soon, it was finished and our new neighbors moved in. It was very fortunate that they happened to have a kid almost exactly my age -- Meghan, who was born 12 days before I was. I was just at that age where I needed a best friend (5 or 6), and soon Meghan and I were constantly together. Meghan was the oldest of 3 -- I remember when the youngest kid, Seth, was born.

Anyway, back to my other childhood passion -- Nintendo. Somehow, Meghan (I think it was her dad's idea) got a Nintendo as soon it was out. We quickly figured out that if you held the gun riiiight up to the TV screen, you could kill ALL the ducks in Duck Hunt. (My childhood was perpetuated with "Don't sit so close to the screen! You'll ruin the screen/your eyes/the Nintendo!") Of course, after playing it so often at Meghan's house, I knew what my must-have gift was that Christmas. I had to have that Nintendo.

I remember that Christmas quite vividly. My parents aren't religious, so Christmas never held more significance to me than "presents." That morning (knowing I was going to get a Nintendo, as it was the only thing I really wanted), I ran downstairs, found the biggest box (a Nintendo had to be in a huge box, right? After all, it came with that big gun for Duck Hunt.) I opened it...and found a pair of snow pants and a jacket! "Nooooo!!!" I howled. (My mom looked like she didn't know whether to laugh or cry.) Furious at this "trick" that had been played on me, I lunged into the second largest box... and found my Nintendo, complete with Mario Bros. and Duck Hunt.

I've been a video game junkie ever since, and I still have that Nintendo. If you look hard enough around my parents' attic, you'll probably even find that gun. My poor mother. I think she thought I was going to be blind before I turned 20...

So that's one of my childhood stories. I guess I had a few. ;)

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My first Nintendo was hit by lightning... (1)

TechnoLust (528463) | more than 9 years ago | (#10596891)

but we got a replacement one because of the homeowners insurance, and THIS on had the "PowerPad". Remember that? You had Mario Bros./Duck Hunt/Olympic games? We figured out on the long jump that if you ran and then jumped out to the side and landed off the pad and then jumped back on the pad after a second, you could beat world records. :-)

Re:My first Nintendo was hit by lightning... (1)

Deamos (108051) | more than 9 years ago | (#10596978)

Ugh.

I had a PowerPad.

I think I used it a handful of times, and only once or twice with friends.

Talk about a lame gimmick.

However give me the chance to play the original Metroid and I will be enthralled for HOURS AND HOURS.

The original Zelda too. Hours I tell you.

Were the games that much better back in the day or am I just remembering them through a haze of nostalgia?

Re:My first Nintendo was hit by lightning... (1)

TechnoLust (528463) | more than 9 years ago | (#10597180)

I just bought the Zelda collectors edition disc for my gamecube. No dude. Games back then ruled. And Original Zelda on a 52" High Def widescreen rocks. ;-)

Re:My first Nintendo was hit by lightning... (1)

Deamos (108051) | more than 9 years ago | (#10597289)

Yeah I have been putting off getting that disc. Argh, just found I could get it for $30 from GameStop. I will pick it up soon, but I am waiting for Halo 2 right now.

That game will consume myself and my roommate for a while after it comes out on the 9th.

As a matter of fact I took off the 10th as did he so we can be losers and play it until we can't stand it anymore.

Can't wait! :)

In anycase Zelda should look quite nice on my sony wega that I bought last christmas.

Re:My first Nintendo was hit by lightning... (1)

TechnoLust (528463) | more than 9 years ago | (#10598412)

dude, Halo 2 is so gonna rock. I can't wait!

Re:My first Nintendo was hit by lightning... (1)

Deamos (108051) | more than 9 years ago | (#10598464)

The latest game trailers have me dooling.

It's been a while since I've been this pumped for a game, Zelda: Wind Waker was probably the last game I was really excited over.

Which is precisely why I am taking a day off and my roommate is switching his day off.

Gaming will commence as soon as we are both in the house.

The only admittance will be for deliveries for food. Other than that we plan on playing until we can't stand it anymore (all night); sleeping for a while then playing all day.

We will too, because we're winners! :)

I wonder if it will be selling out the way the stores expect. When I went for my preorder the guy behind the counter pretty much told me if I wanted the game the day it came out I should get a preorder. Time will tell on that.

Re:My first Nintendo was hit by lightning... (1)

TechnoLust (528463) | more than 9 years ago | (#10599615)

Well, it's a sequel to a game that has a great following, add to that the fact that it has the MS marketing machine behind it, and I'd say it's gonna sell out quick. I don't know if I'll get it on the first day or not... I may ask for it for Christmas, because coming up with Christmas hints is a pain in the ass. :-)

Re:My first Nintendo was hit by lightning... (1)

Deamos (108051) | more than 9 years ago | (#10599760)

Well if I can drum up the motivation to do so I'll post at least some thoughts about it.

May not end up being a full review as I suck at those, but at the very least I'll post something up to taunt you with. Because, well, I like to taunt people like that. :)

Re:My first Nintendo was hit by lightning... (1)

kesuki (321456) | more than 9 years ago | (#10612481)

You RAN? lol fool, all you had to do was you and a friend pound on the foot sensors like madmen til your fists hurt, and you could beat ALL the world records in all the running events, hurdles was a bit trickier, but heh...

Re:My first Nintendo was hit by lightning... (1)

PDA_Monkey (801668) | more than 9 years ago | (#10618020)

Do you remember the PowerGlove?!
That was so cool!

Re:My first Nintendo was hit by lightning... (1)

TechnoLust (528463) | more than 9 years ago | (#10620123)

I never had the PowerGlove, but my neighbor did. I loved playing Mike Tyson's Punch Out with it.

Re:My first Nintendo was hit by lightning... (1)

PDA_Monkey (801668) | more than 9 years ago | (#10622592)

Rad Racer with the 3D red/blue stereo separation was kind of cool, too.

only children (1)

Flamesplash (469287) | more than 9 years ago | (#10598184)

Being an only child is kind of weird. I have two brothers but they both moved out when I was 10. they are 6 and 11 years older than me respectively. Oldest went away to college and the middle to a residential High School when I was 10. So since then I've felt a lot like an only child. My brothers are becoming more brothers as time goes by but they were sort of just friends for a long while in there.

As such I spent a lot of time reading and nintendoing too. I'd stay up most of the night the day a new Dragon Warrior game came out, those were the best. And while my reading wasn't exactly literary, I'd tear through two dragonlance books a night sometimes. Luckily I've broken out of the fantasy reading for some breadth since then.

Did all of the nintendo (1)

lab16 (416283) | more than 9 years ago | (#10604709)

affect your vision at all? ie, Do you wear glasses now?

Re:Did all of the nintendo (1)

kesuki (321456) | more than 9 years ago | (#10612540)

cant speak for her, but i've been a glass wearing blind person since the 5th grade, when a manditory school eye test caught on to why I couldn't read the menus at the fast foods without squinting.
ok i'm not blind, but thank god for the modern trend to cut the frames off at tthe inside of the curve...
my coke bottle lenses had a good 1/4-1/2" of material at the outside edge, as the rep at walmart showed me, when i was deciding which frames to buy lol... blind as a bat i am... but it's gotta be genetics in my case, my mom wears bifocals, and my dad tri-focals... and I feel lucky to be a single vision even if it is 20-224/20-240 --;;

Re:Did all of the nintendo (1)

lab16 (416283) | more than 9 years ago | (#10612590)

Ever thought about laser surgery?

I'll probably get my eyes fixed sometime in the distant future. Having to bother with dirty glasses is a pain.

Re:Did all of the nintendo (1)

kesuki (321456) | more than 9 years ago | (#10617027)

no, I'm not going to get lasic... I'm waiting for the genetitally perfect, 100% guarenteed to accept petri dish grown cloned human eye transplant surgery to be perfected... it's potentially a multi-billion dollar industry (lab grown replacment parts) and nano bots can attach the nerve endings better than any neurosurgon alive today.
all the fundamental science behind the technology is proven, so this is a technology that will be perfected, it's just a matter of time and money to make it happen... Oh and if you're wondering why not just have nanobots reshape the eye... that's far more complex, than the relatively simple task, of reatching nerve endings, it's just a matter of being able to see, and manipulate things that small, which is where nanobots have a decided advantage.

my life was spent in libraries too.. (1)

kesuki (321456) | more than 9 years ago | (#10612513)

I was the youngest of 4, and the only boy.. and we moved a lot. I rarely had friends, and when i did they weren't very nice to me really ^^;;;
well, When i read all the books in the childrens section, I started drawing my own... lol they were about the Exploits of aeiou, and sometimes Y, because I had learned how to draw letters, but couldn't draw much else, so I drew the adventures of the Vowels... I also moved on to the sci-fi scection, because a lot of those books were story collections, and i still didn't (at that age) like reading hundreds of pages at a time, it seemed daunting, but the story collections why you could read a 20-30 page story and set the book down easy..
eventaully though i tackled the hobbit, and then the lord of the rings in about 3rd or 4th grade.
by 6th grade the school library had almost no books in it i hadn't read that i wanted to read...
and in jr highschool i kept up with the sci-fi/fantasy reading and added some horror, and the occasional other kinds of books..
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