Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Super Mario Runaround

Today was the official release day of Super Mario Galaxy for the Nintendo Wii. Kyle had been anxiously awaiting this game (he says) for two years. He'd been socking away his allowance, and he even put a $5 deposit on a reserved copy at Target.
Since Kyle had school all day, I offered to stop by Target and pick up his game so he would have it when he got home. After all, it was roughly on the way to the college, and down the street from the Jamba Juice I always stop at on the way to class.
When I got to Target, the guy at the electronics counter didn't seem to have a clue where anything was. He radioed his buddy to ask if he knew of where the Mario games were. The guy on the other end of the walkie-talkie said "those came in on Monday and we sold out."
I just about blew my stack. I holding in my hand a Target-issued reservation card that plainly reads "Release Date 11/14-07". If I don't produce that video game, I'm going to have to bear the wrath of a 13 year old Mario fanatic.
Then the first guy told me that the department manager would be coming on duty "in a few minutes" if I wanted to wait for a more concrete answer. No time. It was already 10, class starts at 10:30 and I have to stop for my smoothie first. I said I'd be back later.
Around noon, I called the store and asked if the game had been located yet. The guy I talked to said they just got a shipment and "there might be some in there" and that they'll know "in a few hours". Great! I spent the rest of the class period seething.
When class ended at 1, I called Target again. This time, they were able to confirm availablity of the game. FINALLY! I drove right there, bought the game, and everything was good in the world. Except that we probably won't be hearing from Kyle for three days...
Also today, we filled out performance reviews on our CDT instructor. I think you, dear readers can guess what I wrote...or didn't write. :-)


Christopher said...

Did I tell you I bought a Nintendo Wii? Or rather in a moment of weakness during a particularly bad school and work week, I charged one. I had to get up at 5:30am and go to Wal-Mart to get it (ugh! I hate Wal-Mart!), but I LOOOOOOOVE it!!! I'm hoping someone will get me Guitar Hero for Xmas. You'll have to get Kyle's review of Mario Galaxy for me.

Yes, I do seem to be regressing...thanks for your concern!

Ms. Val said...

Christopher, you're going soft! You shopped at WAL-MART! But then, I would have done it too for a wii.

They're building a Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market just down the street. I'm not particularly happy about it, but the location means I won't have to make a left turn at a big, dangerous intersection just to pick up a gallon of milk.

Check back for Kyle's review...