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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

We went, we stood, we conquered......

The last post discussed the fact that John was heading to Best Buy to stand in line and attempt to get his hands on a Wii. Well, that didn't go so well. There were many in front of him (I told him he needed to leave earlier!), but he decided to try to get a number anyway, so he waited and waited and waited.....to no avail. They had 200 and he was at least 20 behind the last person to get a ticket. After that, still not defeated, he headed over to Target. Rumor had it that they were to receive quite a large shipment that morning too. Again, with the line. He had a chance, he was #20. They got in 6. Six. He came home with his head hanging low.

The rumor mill then said that our little local Wally World was supposed to get 6-10 in on Tuesday, December 18th. My friend had been there the week before, stood in line, got her number (#6) and they got in 6. Six. She got lucky.

Luckily, John was on afternoons this last week, so he and I got up early on Tuesday morning and made it to Wal-Mart by 7:30 a.m. Of course, there was no one to be found in electronics, is there ever? After hunting around for someone who acted like they worked there, we found a woman that told us we would have to take a number and go wait in the back, by lay-away, with the other people.

Great, sounds good. "How many are waiting?" We asked. "Only 3, you will be #4". Hey, that sounds good! So, we took our number, went back with the other sheep and took a seat. John was promptly sent off then to go get coffee. This was not going to go well if I didn't get some caffeine. The word was that they weren't even sure if they were getting any in, but we would just have to wait and see.

Can you tell me how this is possible? With today's technology and inventory systems, are you really trying to tell me that they have NO idea whether they are getting any in?? It's all a game, people and there I was, playing it.

John returned with coffee, we chatted with the other morons that were waiting.....and 3 hours later, here comes the cart loaded down with Wii's. Sixteen in all. Everyone that had a number that day, got a Wii. There were exactly 16 people in line. Funny how that worked out. I bet those Wal-Mart employees stashed the extras in back so they could sell them on eBay!

We got one.

Upon inspecting the box, John says, "We should get a couple games and another paddle. That way they can each have their own." WTF?! Are you serious? We just bought the damn thing and now we have to buy more stuff? He goes on....."Actually you know, we should go look at TV's. We need a flat-screen to put on the wall downstairs, can you imagine how great it would be to play this on that?"

At this point, I chopped his head off right there in the store and am writing this from prison.

This man acted all self-less, standing in line for the sake of his kids so they could have what they wanted for Christmas, when all along it was a scheme to get a fucking flat screen TV. It didn't work. I proceeded to tell him what he could do with that idea and left the store, without any extra paddles or games.

It's a slippery slope, folks. One I'm not sure I'm ready for, know what I mean?

So, please say a little prayer for my poor kids that will have to play their new Wii on our old TV, that doesn't have HD and is NOT a flat screen and is only 27 inches! The injustice is almost unbearable, isn't it?

Men are children. It will never change.

John's sister bought the kids Guitar Hero for their Wii. I'm not sure what that is, but the word is, they'll love it. Maybe they'll survive after all.


*~*Cece*~* said...

Since we don't do video games I'm not sure what the big deal is about the PS10000 or the Wii's! If I could get my hands on an original Play Station & some old games I'd be a happy camper. And I bet I could find it all on eBay for like $20! lol

Have fun with the new toy.

Mrs. G. said...

You scored! All the stores in our area have huge handwritten signs saying No Wiis!

Have fun.

Angie said...

Cece - I'm with you - actually, I'd be happy with that old system that you could play Atari on? What the hell was that thing called? Anyway, I wouldn't know how to play this thing if I tried.

Mrs. G - we are starting to see those signs here too. Especially at Sam's clubs - I guess they even have a special phone line when you call saying 'don't bother calling for a Wii'.

Hope the kids like it!!

Have a good night ladies.

Angie said...

Hahahaha, Cece - my husband just reminded me - the system was called Atari! DUH! The game was called Asteroids! It's tough remembering back that far, you know?

Erikka said...

Atari rocks. There is this little joint stick controller thing you can buy that has all the old school atari games on it and it just plugs into your tv.

But Angie, about the Wii, your husband was right on the extra controller part (NOT the flat screen tv part). My man and I bought one and they only come with one controller. If you're racing or playing any of the games that come with it for two people (tennis) you need two controllers. Actually, you need FOUR because with each remote controller, you need this attachment called a NUMCHUCK!

I did hear that if you bought this one game called...Wii Play or something it comes with a controller and is only $30. That is a good deal.

Angie said...

Ok, I am completely getting that Atari attachment b/c I kicked ass at Asteroids.

See? New attachments, numchucks, extra controllers......slippery slope, folks - think long and hard about starting down.

Thanks, Erikka, even though admitting my husband is right is tough for me - I trust you!

J at www.jellyjules.com said...

Wasn't Wii big LAST year? I'm totally confused as to why it's a big deal again this year. Seems like everyone who wanted one would have had a whole year since the frenzy last Christmas, to just walk into a store in say, June, and buy one.

But that's me and my old school Xbox. Not as old school as an atari, but I'll tell you, it's starting to feel that way, since they don't make many games for the XBox anymore. Gotta have the 360. I swear, they'll find a way to milk you for every damn dollar. ;)

m~ said...

Love it! Thanks for stopping by, and I am glad you got your Wii. Your John sounds like my favorite husband. I had to go over everything with him before he left, just like I do with my 7 year old.
Have a Merry Christmas!

Saucy said...

He had me up until the big screen TV. We got the Wii last year but not the extra controller - silly us! Luckily Nice Uncle saved the day with an extra controller ASAP. Get one if you can, and the extra game, too.

Ang said...

Yes, men are just big children- you got that right!
Well my DH may not even realize what cool stuff is out there now. He's ecstatic over the PS2 that I found for him on eBay...with games, super cheap. Heheheh....if I can just keep him 5 or 6 years behind the times in the video game world I might not have to mortgage my kids! :-D

SabrinaT said...

I had a full laugh out loud moment, with your chopping off of the head..
Living in Japan you would think it would be easier to get one. Nope, the in laws had to fight the system and get ours, then have it shipped in time. I tell you next year I am not buying anything electronic...