Wednesday, July 16, 2003

A 10-Yard Fiasco

What kid doesn't try to sneak a peak at the Christmas presents that their parents have hidden in the top of their closet? I think everyone has done it at least once or twice.

Except for maybe Karl Maeser. He is famous for his BYU Honor Code quote, but the fact is that BYU doesn't quote the whole thing usually. "Stand me on the floor and draw a chalk line around me and have me give my word of honor never to cross it. Can I get out of the circle? No. Never! I'd die before I looked at the presents my parents got me for Christmas!"

I don't recall any specific examples of doing this myself except for one time. My brothers and I were really into Nintendo at the time. I was the first kid on the block to beat Super Mario Bros. I was literally a hero to my friends. The first time I beat it was actually making up for a lie. I was over at David Nutter's house and everyone was there. David, Cory, Luke, Dan, the whole gang. We were on the last level and David said that the final Bowser was impossible to beat. I said, "No he's not, I already beat him." Which was a total lie and to this day I'm not sure why I said it. So everyone was like "NO WAY!" and they wanted me to show them how to beat him. That's when I started to get nervous. My reputation was on the line. Luckily, I made it all the way through the last castle and I approached the bridge where Bowser throws those little axes/hammers at you. The obstracles fell just right and I ran right under him and got to the end. Everyone sat in awe for a moment, looking at what just happened. Then, simultaneously, everyone leaped up and everyone began to jump up and down, giving high-fives, and screaming and yelling for joy. James has done it! He's the BEST Nintendo player ever! He saved the PRINCESS!!!!

The next year I wanted to get Kid Icarus, Tecmo Bowl, and The Legend of Zelda for Christmas. We made it very clear to my mom which games we wanted. (One of the advantages of having two brothers is that you get three new Nintendo games for Christmas) Sometime in November my parents were gone and I couldn't stand the anxiety any more. I HAD to know if I was getting all of these games.

I got a chair and found the Kaybee Hobby bag and looked inside. "Omigosh! The Legend of Zelda! Kid Icarus!" I was overwhelmed with joy. How could I possibly wait for another month? I looked at the third game, excited to see Tecmo Bowl. When I used the Chicago Bears, nobody could beat me. I was unstoppable. To much dismay, and the crushing of dreams of a little boy, I saw "10-Yard Fight." My mom must have somehow mixed up the football games or thought that they were all the same anyway.

I don't really remember what happened after that, but I do remember that when my parents got home I was crying harder than I think I've ever cried in my life. I kept saying, "We don't want 10-Yard Fight! We don't want 10-Yard Fight!"

Parents obviously don't realize how important Nintendo is to their children. Their entire happiness and self-esteem is based upon their success in video games.

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