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SubjectMy best find. (god bless him) Reply to this message
Posted byDonnie
Posted on06/17/01 01:42 PM

I went to look at an arcade machine as part of a deceased estate. It belonged to an elderly man survived by his wife and daughters.

I called up and said I was saddend to hear about their loss, but awkwardly happy to hear about the machine. I showed up at the place and several people were there looking at the cars for sale, and a few people were looking at the machine. One guy said $500, if it included some games.

Well, this was right place right time, I don't perscribe this to anyone, as I was REALLY lucky. The old lady asked if I was interested, and I said that I was the boy that rang earlier. I had brought her some flowers I'd picked along the way, and told her how horrible I felt about the situation, but that I really had fallen inlove with the game.

She said that was a common story that day, and that many people said they remembered playing, 'Galaga'. She asked me why it was special to me.

I told her that about 15 years ago, when I was 4 years old my father and I would go to the beach of a Sunday, his only day away from the family business. During Summer, we'd play on the beach and go in the surf, but during the winter, we would go to a little fish and chip shop along the beach that isn't there anymore and my dad would give me a hand full of coins to play.

I added that I was too short to see the screen, so the shop owner would bring out a plastic milk carton when he saw me come thru the door of a Sunday, and then slide it back under the counter when I'd finished until next week.

The old lady lost it. Really lost it. I mean you have no idea how bad I felt, she went inside and I felt really bad. She came out with her hands on a big wet tissue a few minutes later and said to me,

'I never knew why he kept that milk carton under the counter. Thanks. It's yours. Take it.'

I gave her a hug and asked if she was sure, and she nodded and went back inside.

I wasn't sure what to do, then one of the daughters came out and I said that I felt terrible. She said no, her mum was so happy to finally meet me. She helped me load it up.

Though this might seem really odd to you guys, especially those that know the size of my collection, this is a very special one for me. It is the first game I played, and I have the actual game.

I've cleaned it up, removed the cobwebs and the grease, replaced the scratched glass and retouched the instruction sheets in paintshop and printed them out and put them on the wood under the glass. How does it play?

I don't know. I'm not 4 years old, and the storekeeper hasn't put my blue milk carton infront of it.

I've never turned the machine on.

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.*Surf's Up & Pengo...  Heavy_Metal10/31/01 10:37 AM
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.*Re: My Asteroids Story, Whats your best find??  BustWolf10/13/01 08:52 AM
.*I can top that!  Cronos06/28/01 03:56 AM
.*Re: My Asteroids Story, Whats your best find??  Fly V06/15/01 10:17 PM
..*Not "as cool"  Paratech06/17/01 02:16 AM
....My best find. (god bless him)  Donnie06/17/01 01:42 PM
....*Definitely best game collecting story ever *nt*  Pr3tty F1y06/20/01 10:34 PM
....*Re: My best find. (god bless him)  RocLobsta06/19/01 06:25 PM
.....*it's special because it's off, but thanks.  Donnie06/21/01 01:53 PM
....*This is THE best videogame collecting story I've ever heard! (nt)  Solvalou06/18/01 07:42 PM
....*Re: My best find. (god bless him)  pcb-a-holic06/18/01 07:34 PM
.....*Re: My best find. (god bless him)  fuuma3009/06/01 05:37 PM