Thursday, January 04, 2007

2007. So Far So Wrong.

There is a lot wrong with 2007 already. Actually, it started in December 2006. But whatever, I choose to blame it on the 7.

Mr. Zoom and I are not those people. We don't hear about some item that isn't readily available from store or internet and go on some quest to have one. We've always just figured we'd get one later if we still wanted it. Life was predictable and good.

And then one day Mr. Zoom went to work and played with the Wii that a co-worker brought in. I am not technical and I am too lazy to google it, but Wii described in my own terms is an unfortunately named game platform, like a PS2 or something. It has wireless game controllers that one uses to play the games - interactively - different from "normal". The name Wii - actually now comes and goes in conversation without the giggles. I honestly thought that would never happen.

Mr. Zoom had to have one after playing with it. I snooted at him about how I just don't play video games that much. How I've managed to leave the Guitar Hero alone - therefore I am immune to video game lure. Because standing in front of the t.v. with a controller in my hand and wiggling around as if I'm doing the actual thing on the t.v. is NOT fun, how could it be? One would have to be drunk to subject themselves to that kind of game playing... I mean, haven't you tried to get a group of people to play Cranium before? The charades part is ALWAYS painful for everyone.

He still had to have one. So he got up at 3am and stood in line, in the rain, at a store he knew would have them. This was prior to Christmas, probably about a week. I supportingly rolled over in bed as he left and said "Ifsh you getsh one...put my name on it "To Mr. Zoom from Zoom", Merrshy Chrishmas." zzzzzzzzz. Emphasized with a diagonal bed take over by me.

So my husband became one of those people. He stood in line for hours, and he got the second to last Wii they had.

He brought it home and I flitted around him as he set it up, mostly so I could do my wife duty and say "You might want to read the instruction manual for that?." I superiorly watched from the sidelines as he began to play. The thing comes standard with Sports, which I even further tutted as "so not for me."

Now who's afraid of losing her pro bowling status and sparkly argyle patterned ball in Wii bowling? Yes, I have become one of those people. Dammit, I don't want to bowl with the plain ball.

Stupid Wii.

And here's the even better part. I've started yelling things out loud in response to strikes and spares. "UBANGI!"

...U. BANG. I. ... I don't know why, or where it came from, but that's my cheer now while we play.

Mr. Zoom talks to the golfing a lot. "Be the ball." "Be the 100" [when he's trying to play the version where you hit the ball onto a bulls eye type target] and "That might have a chance...might have a chance...." I told him that perhaps Wii isn't a fan of "Caddy Shack" and that might be the problem.

My favorite one from him so far is "Oh, THANK YOU for totally ignoring the laws of physics" when pins don't fall or balls don't land where he thinks they should.

We are now those people. And we are Pro.


Tai said...


I'm going to have use that in daily life, zoom!

theresa said...

I never would have thought it could happen to you.

(makes for a killer funny post, though!)

AndyT13 said...

YOu should look up a tune on itunes called "The Ubangi Stomp"
Maybe it will become your wii anthem. I don't even know how to pronounce that. Wee? Why? Whyeye?
Whatever. Lately I've been toying with the idea of getting an Xbox but probably won't for the same reason I don't have cable. It's like being able to give yourself head. I'd never leave the house and they'd find me dead of starvation.

Spin_Doc1 said...

I have been thinking of getting one but was concerned because I am not one of those people either.

BostonPobble said...

I'm with Tai. Love, Love, Love UBANG!

Aisha T. said...

*giggle* You ARE one of those addicted people. Happy New Year, Zoom!

Spider Girl said...

I like playing a video game. But only one of them. I play a troll who waves a sword around and shouts "Ya,mon!" in a Jamaican accent. It's just too fun.


I guess I'm one of those people too. :)