The Sunday Geekery Loves My Mama!

The Sunday Geekery Loves My Mama!

Happy Mother’s Day to all of us mothers! I hope you’re relaxing, being treated well by all the kiddos and enjoying a little “you” time. I’m looking forward to a some sewing time and the Triangle Modern Quilt Guild meeting tonight. I’m also curious to see what my kid has been cooking up all yesterday evening in her room. I suspect I’m getting ready to be sporting the awesomest silly band bracelet or necklace ever!

Super_Mario_Bros._3_coverart Given that it is Sunday, I thought it a good time to tell favorite bad ass Madre Geekery story.  Truth: My mother was ready to get in a fist fight to bring home Super Mario Brothers 3 for Christmas. Remember back in 1990, before amazon and EB games pre-orders, you had to go to toy store on game release day and hope you get one of the eight or ten copies that they had. Super Mario Brothers 3 was a big deal to me and my brother. Like most of the Nintendo kids, we had seen The Wizard and read the Nintendo Power articles and couldn’t imagine anything cooler than a mario raccoon suit. This game was going to be epic and we just had to have it. Like really – nothing else in the world matters – had to have it. According to the story, my mother had arrived at the store super early and was very near the front of the line arguably guaranteeing her one of the copies.. Rather than pass out the games to the first people in line, they unlocked the doors and started a foot race. Since it was a Christmas present, I didn’t actually see my mother busting through the toy store with elbows flying to retain her earned place in line, but I believe every word of the story. As a matter of fact, if she had to bust a lip, I bet she would have!

This game is still my favorite of the entire series and brings back all sorts of nostalgia every time I see a screen shot or hear the music/effects. I often wonder if the deep love of the game is also a little bit of love for my crazy mama.

 

Just for fun – Here’s an old photo of my brother and I with the Nintendo controllers in hand. This picture is dated 1988, so we aren’t playing Super Mario 3, but I bet we’re thinking about it! Oh – that sweatshirt my brother is sporting? Ghostbusters. Yep, we were pretty bad ass too.

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So, Tell me a story about your mother.

12 Comments

  1. Awww what an awesome madre you have! My mom did crazy things for sonic and boogerman (I was a sega kid) and made me and my brother the happiest kids on earth, too. Mom’s are the best! Happy (SUPER LATE… sorry i was kinda getting married) Mother’s Day!

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    • heh, no worries! Getting married is totally worth taking a bit of time off. 🙂

      Isn’t it funny how much the internet has changed the world. We did some crazy stuff back in the day for video games, concert tickets, and imports. Takes some of the fun out of it. Speedy clicks are not the same and camping out all night!

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  2. LOL!!! Great story and love the photo. I bet you were pretty spoiled by that little kiddo of yours 🙂

    -Soma

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    • She did make me a lovely handmade card. Always my favorite gift! 🙂

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  3. MY mom beat the game. She could play nintendo while nursing my baby brother! We would call her in to get us extra lives…

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    • Your mom is a rock star! My parents were supportive, but couldn’t play a lick. I remember them trying to play Super Mario Brothers one night and I think they killed around 400 Marios without ever leaving world 1-1!! ha!

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  4. Your mom is so cool! That is so awesome that she fought for your Mario 🙂

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    • Yeah, she really is the bomb. She did all sorts of stuff like that for us. She does an awesome job making sure we know we were the most important things in the world to her, even if she has to bust lips! 🙂

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  5. Haa haa, That is a great story!! Go Mum!! I love the photo of you and your brother playing computer games. Ghostbusters was cool, I won a Gostbuster T-shirt in a Haunted House drawing competition.

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    • That is the best prize ever! I won something or other in a drawing contest around the six or eight grade. Can’t remember what it was for or what I won, but I know I drew Scooby and the gang. lol!

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  6. True story. I had no intention of leaving that store empty handed. If I had to bring out the Vance County….oh well. Not pretty but it sure gets the job done. Hahaha

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    • lol, I wouldn’t want to be on the receiving end of that! It’s almost as bad as getting Julia Sugarbaker’d!

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