The Wizard I know that much. All that I vividly remember are the exploding feelings of joy that Christmas morning brought when "Santa" provided a total miracle... NES with stock Super Mario Bros/Duck Hunt. My belief in the fat old man was waning and I thought I was pretty wise to my parents tricks... but my mom (that's you AM) had protested so INTENSELY over getting me the video gaming system that she totally outfoxed me and I was sold on Santa for at least another year. I don't think I've exclaimed anything so gleefully since I tore the paper off of that GIANT box and about crapped my pants... I couldn't even utter words- just noise and made intense double arm-pumping gestures that now that I think about it... all I can see is:
In college I was obsessed with the level 99 cheat code (start+right) on the NES and would try like mad to get more and more lines completed as the pieces RAINED DOWN LIKE PHOTON TORPEDOES. First I'd clear one, then none and none and none again... then maybe clear three! I have my dearest fluffycat Katie to thank for that stroke of genius. I remember the night she showed me how to make that crazypants magic and we passed the sticks until we went blind.
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