Mario Kart has taken over my household!


I have a son, seven years old. And like most seven year olds he has a Nintendo DS. With it he has seven year old boy games. Pokemon Diamond and Pearl, Mario Pinball, Kingdom Hearts, Spectrobes…


All was fine and dandy. He would play it when my wife and I were getting things done around the house, or in the car. He would “link up” with other kids (within 20 feet of himself he reminds me). Again, all was fine and dandy.


Then something happened. My wife came home with that smile she has when she is about to inform me that she bought something. (This is perfectly OK! She works hard at her job and may buy whatever she likes!) That something she bought was Mario Kart. A new game for my son. Hey, something else to keep him entertained. Cool.


Or so I thought…


My son LOVED the game. So, one night I tried it after he went to bed. For 4 HOURS! I could not put it down. I was hooked. All these different tracks to choose from. All the characters. All the Karts. All the bonus items. My wife thought I was nuts.


Then one night I cam home from work and walked into the house to hear the familiar sounds of red shells, speed ups, and thrown banana peels. I thought my son son was still awake. Wrong. It was my wife. Sitting on the couch clutching the DS faced screwed up in concentration. Mario had her too.


I walked over, told her I was going upstairs to change and would be back down. When I got back to the living room she was still there playing. I asked what time The Dude (my son) went to bed. She made a noise that may have been a time, I am not sure. I sat down in my chair and said


Hey, can I play when you are done with that race”?


The reply was quick. No. Of course my only response was to ask how long she was playing. She said not long. Hmmmm, maybe, maybe not I thought. About 10 minutes later I asked if I could play now. No was the answer yet again.


Now I was getting frustrated. I had been at work for 12 hours, I wanted to relax and play Mario Kart. I had been thinking about it for the last few hours. I knew tonight was the night I would get the Gold trophy on 150cc Special track unlocking me another cool character, or some other cool reward!


Eventually she gave in. I am sure it had nothing to do with me whining like a 5 year old. I think she was just done playing.


Fast forward a week or two. All the neighborhood kids were gone on vacations, and The Dude didn’t have anyone to play with. He told my wife and I that he wanted us to get a another DS so we could race with him.


Of course being the great parents we are, and only having our sons happiness in mind we left the house about 10 minutes later (I think I showered) to purchase our 2nd DS in a one child household.


End result you ask? I am sitting at work right now. 3:30 in the afternoon, looking forward to 9:00 when I head home, check that The Dude is in bed, and challenge my wife to yet another couple hours of Dry Bones, Blue Shells, Banana Peels, and Cheap Cheap Beach.



List of TV Marathons this Labor day weekend.

Here is a list of “Marathons” I found on another site that will be on the tube this Labor day weekend. Hopefully I will be drinking and NOT watching tv. One can hope.

Saturday August 30th 2008:

Bravo: Project Runway
ESPN Classic: Evander Holyfield boxing matches
History: Ax Men

MTV: Parental Control

Science: How Do They Do It?

Spike: CSI

TNT: Law & Order

TruTV: Forensic Files

WGN: Coach

Sunday August 31st 2008:

A&E: Gene Simmons Family Jewels

AMC: Mad Men

Bravo: Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Cartoon Network: Ben 10

Fox Reality: The Amazing Race

G4: Hurl!

History:Ice Road Truckers

MTV: True Life

Spike: CSI

The N: Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide

TLC: Mystery Diagnosis

TNT: Law & Order

TV One: Between Brothers

VH1: 100 Greatest Teen Stars

WE: Bridezillas

Labor Day, Monday September 1st 2008:

A&E: CSI: Miami

ABC Family: My Wife and Kids

Biography: City Confidential

Bravo: Project Runway

Cartoon Network: Pokemon DP: Battle Dimension

Discovery Health: Untold Stories of the ER

Discovery: Dirty Jobs

Disney: Suite Life of Zack & Cody

Food Network: Unwrapped

FX: That 70’s Show

GSN: Press Your Luck

Hallmark: Murder She Wrote

HGTV: House Hunters

History: Tougher in Alaska

Lifetime: Army Wives

Military: Futureweapons

MTV: America’s Next Top Model

MTV2: Rob & Big

National Geographic: The Dog Whisperer

Sci-Fi: Star Trek: The Next Generation

Science: How It’s Made

Soap: Beverly Hills 90210

Speed: 101 Cars You Must Drive

Spike: CSI

Starz: Football movies

TBS: Tyler Perry’s House of Payne

TLC: Jon & Kate Plus 8

TNT: The Closer

Travel: Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations

TruTV: Party Heat

TV Land: Scrubs

TV One: Martin

USA: Monk

WE: High School Confidential

Star Wars: The Clone Wars aka I HATE fanboys


First off let me say this. I am a Star Wars fan.


 NOT Fanboy.

 Definition: (per wikipedia)

 Fanboy (sometimes spelled fanboi) is a term used to describe an individual who is devoted to a single subject in an emotional or fanatical manner, or to a single point of view within that subject, often to the point where it is considered an obsession. Use in a sentence: “My son was having a hard time enjoying the movie since there were a couple Star Wars fanboys sitting behind us complaining that the character development sucks!”

Being a Star Wars “fan” and a father of a seven year old, I am so sick of reading comments posted by Star Wars fanboys about how crappy the new Clone Wars movie is.

 I was six years old when Star Wars was first released. For the next 6 years it consumed my little world. I was Luke, Han, Darth, Lando (minus the Colt 45), Chewy etc. When asked what I wanted for my birthday, Christmas, Easter, Columbus day… the answer was always STAR WARS TOYS!

 Fast forward to 1983

 About a year after Return of the Jedi came out the toys went into the attic and I moved on. Baseball cards were next.

 What I am getting at is that I am SICK of these (lack of a better word) FREAKS bashing the new Star Wars animated movie The Clone Wars. Here are a few examples of what I am referring to.

 “Lucas sold out. He is just making these for the money.” Bob 38 California

 “I gave Lucas 3 extra shots at my movie cash based on goodwill from the original trilogy, and that was 2 shots too many.” Steve 34 Oregon

 “I do not want to imagine the kind of Star Wars fan who would be even slightly excited by this movie.” Larry 42 Texas

 Guess what Bob, Steve and Larry… THIS MOVIE WASN’T MADE FOR YOU!

 I highly doubt Lucasfilm was looking for that ever sought after 30 to 42 year old moms basement dwelling nerd. You who did like the movie? The consumers it was directed at. Kids.

 Yes, children. You know those things you see that are about the size of jawas. While you were busy reading every Star Wars novel, and playing every roll playing game churned out the rest of us dated, married, and had children.

 If you don’t believe me just look at this.

Left Picture RIGHT    Right Picture WRONG

 Did I enjoy Clone Wars? Yes. Did my son enjoy Clone Wars. YES! Do I feel that my childhood is slowly being cheapened and destroyed by the money hungry Lucas the Hutt? Nope.