Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Game up!

I haven't blogged since Ms Pacman entered our house a couple of weeks ago. My addictions take many forms, but Ms Pacman may be one of the more insidious ones.

I first became addicted to Ms Pacman the week of a summer writing class in Quadna Resort and Conference Center in Minnesota under the tutelage of Marian Dane Bauer. We workshopped all day, but after dinner we gathered in the game room and played the newly developed Ms Pacman, our pockets loaded with quarters. This was 1982, the summer before I turned 40 and Magnum P.I had just finished its first season. I loved Ms Pacman and I loved Tom Selleck and I loved the idea of becoming a writer. Marian Dane Bauer took me out to lunch to tell me that I had what it took. One of the best days of my life.

We bought Ms Pacman for our Coleco set and I stayed up into the wee hours of the night trying to clear boards so I wouldn't be shamed in front of my sons.

Then all of it disappeared for a few decades and now I have a Wii and at Christmas I found out that one could still get Ms Pacman and so we bought one. But it took us months to get the other necessary accouterments to get the game up and running.

You may be interested to know that playing Ms Pacman is not like riding a bike. Don't use it and lose it. But it's coming back. I have a blister on my left thumb. I have cleared the second board. Right now it's hard to imagine ever seeing the third and fourth boards.

I do other things. Really I do. There's temple work, church, institute class, writer's group, cleaning up, finishing THE BROTHERS KARAMAZOV.

I'm so busy.

6 comments:

lulu said...

ha ha! I love it. Aunt Louise playing Nintendo. Priceless.
My family got the original Nintendo for Christmas one year. My parents were addicted to some game and would kick us off when they got home from work. Memories.

BBB said...

I heart Ms. Pacman.

doddles said...

I like to picture you playing video games. For some reason it makes me happy.

Our Wii Fit keeps asking if I've seen Tom and Louise lately. I think it misses your amazing center of gravity.

Ann said...

Also, you make bitchin' welcome signs and stick them on your front door, doll. Do not forget that.

erica spelman said...

I love this!! Two blistered thumbs up!!!

Richardson's B.L.A.H.S. said...

I love that you love Ms Packman!!! Something I didn't know about you and I'm glad I do now!