Thursday, July 19, 2007

Games People Play

Last week, I spent five days at my folk's house. Since my parents recently moved, they were extremely excited to have us all visit, but they were most excited about the "grand kid area" they had created in their basement.

As constant yard sale vigilantes, the two of them can score some amazing bargains and thus have stocked their basement much like aisles 3-7 of Toys R Us. There is not a child in the Chicago area who would pick a better destination for their activities.

I am a purger who comes from two pack rats savers. They have kept a ton of our toys from when we were little. Let's just say when we move them to the nearest Leisure World, eBay will be paying for Corey's college education with the sale of these toys.

The most remarkable thing was watching how he was drawn to these items. A recent Star Wars convert, he immediately went for the Darth Vader action figure storage case. We They still have
21 of the figures, along with weapons, outfits, landspeeders and fighters.

Right along side were our old Adventure People. We have about fifteen sets of these and as you can see from the link, they are worth a fortune. Corey would have R2D2 on safari, Lando Calrissan cooking in the kitchen and Han Solo in a canoe. Each figure jumped into a foreign situation, but in my son's eyes, they all belonged together.

We celebrated Corey's birthday out there as well. He got a Spiderman car, a transformer and a game... Buckaroo. As he unwrapped it, I commented, "Wow, what a cool game."

My mom looked over. "That's what you said 37 years ago when we gave it to you. We gave you this game for staying dry for five nights in a row."

It's sort of hard to find a witty comeback after a statement like that.

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Blogger Papa Bradstein said...

You coulda' said, "You're shittin' me!"

But probably not to your mom, so never mind.

Happy birthday to Corey! What great gifts--most of all the visit with family, but the other stuff is cool too.

9:30 AM  
Blogger Lola and Ava said...

I forgot about the Adventure People! They were the coolest . . . and I am not telling Dave about the Darth Vader case. He might sneak into your house in the middle of the night looking for it.

Happy birthday, Corey! The years have just flown by since I got the first email from your daddy about your birth.

11:20 AM  
Blogger Whit said...

If you could put together another dry run maybe you would get something else.

Those toys all rule. I would sell them now before Corey gets a fresh coat of kid all over them.

BTW, Happy Birthday Corey.

12:53 PM  
Blogger The Brian said...

"That's what you said 37 years ago when we gave it to you. We gave you this game for staying dry for five nights in a row."

Wow you did start drinking early. I'll never doubt you again.

2:36 PM  
Anonymous Dan said...

I got the millennium falcon for much the same reason

6:19 PM  
Blogger Dad Stuff said...

Our kids love to play Buckaroo. My girl like to cheat by hanging gear on the donkey's ears.

7:05 PM  
Blogger georgia said...

Happy Birthday, Corey!

8:55 AM  
Anonymous L.A. Daddy said...

Oh, yeah - that room is a bonanza for any kid (or any thirty-five year old nerd who still buys toys and leaves them in the packaging...)

I've kept a few things for my girls (incl. the Star Wars figures) and I hope they get a kick out of them.

7:11 PM  
Blogger Rich | Championable said...

"Pay for college" is right, duderoo. Sweeet.

1:46 PM  

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