Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Sarcasm doesn't translate in e-mail or seven-year-olds

I've been more than a little neglectful of my little blog recently.

You know. Christmas.

Santa went high-tech this year. (I'll spare the gory details of how insanely sore I am from WiiFit. You'd be jealous, I know. "Can't blog! Must hula-hoop!") This led to a very thoughtful discussion with Jensen about gifts I got as a child. He's pretty sure I'm lucky I didn't die of boredom before my ninth birthday.

Jensen: "Did you ever get a Wii when you were a kid?"
Me: "Well, no, Wii hadn't been invented yet."

Jensen: "Oh. Well, what about a PS3?"
Me: "Um, no."
Jensen: "PS2?"
Me: blank stare
Jensen: "What about a flat-screen tv?"
Me: "No, but we did get a tv with a remote when I was 11."
Jensen: "Did you at least have computer games?!"
Me: "..."

I lacked the energy to explain the Apple IIe and Oregon Trail and Lemonade Stand all in amazing low-resolution graphics, which we didn't even get until I was 13.

This conversation got very old very quickly.

But they also got a Lite Brite, which almost kills me with nostalgia.

Jensen: "You did have a Lite Brite when you were a kid, right?"
Me: "Yes!!!" Success! My childhood didn't totally suck!
Jensen: "But did you have pegs for it?"
Me: "Well, they hadn't invented that part yet, so we had to whittle our own out of sticks from the backyard."

He believed me.

Now he looks at me with an air of admiration and absolute pity. I probably deserve both.


  1. I was just talking with He Whom Shalt Not Be Blogged About about making snowforts when we were younger. Carving out tunnels and building rooms and "sweeping" snow. (god forbid I sweep my actual floors now, but back then I was sweeping every 3 minutes.)

    Now, people are worried about cave ins and suffocation. We didn't die. what's the big whoop?

  2. So you do not know me but I somehow stumbled upon your blog. You are hilarious and your writing style is super entertaining...oh yeah and your kids are cute too:)

  3. Man oh man, Jensen is so lucky he wasn't living in our house...you guys had all the "wiis" of the 70s and 80s, the first computer, color tv, CABLE----I adored coming to your house !!!!


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