Category Archives: Just for Fun

Pong: The Best Video Game Ever

PongIt was 1973.  Bored on a Sunday afternoon, my boyfriend and I were strolling the local mall. Let me set the scene: no smart phones, no cell phones, no texting, no MP3 player, not even a Walkman! We played 8-tracks in my VW Beetle and I kept getting the default LP record album from Columbia Record House every month (I couldn’t ever seem to get my card returned in time).

As we strolled, we spotted a funny-looking machine with a tv screen that sat unobtrusively along one wall. As we began to pass by, we noticed electronic lights on the screen; a single, small white square moving back and forth across the screen that would bounce off of two small vertical dashes moving up and down, one on either side of the screen. Whatever this was, it seemed to be on the fritz! But it was intriguing nonetheless. We moved closer.

Now, living in the age of analog pinball machines, we were well versed in the fact that if there’s a slot for a quarter, it must be a game! Without even reading the instructions, we dropped what would turn out to be the first of MANY a quarter. I commandeered the left paddle, he operated the right paddle — Game On!Pong

Returning to the mall over the next few weeks, it was fun learning the exact split second to turn the dial so the “paddle” hit the “ball” to get it past the opponent. And the longer the volley, the faster the ball moved.

It wasn’t long before the trip to the mall was a must.  Life as we knew it would change forever.  Because the digital age was made available to the common man through a video game.

And that’s what makes Pong the best game ever.

I found a great website if you’re looking for the history of Pong. Check it out  HERE.

But if you’re like me and want to PLAY it again, BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) has a great (and FREE) online game of Pong.  Click HERE.

And then, just for fun, watch this video:

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Grandma’s Christmas Brag Book – Page 1

My five-month-old twin grandchildren:

 

First Christmas

 

 

Retro Advertising — Good Old Days?

Hoo boy!  Just when I dream about the “good old days”, I run across something like these old advertisements:

Wrecked Volkswagen Beetle

Check out these ads… I’d love to know the thoughts that these provoke! Continue reading

The Stages of Ages: How Old Are You Really?

Do you realize that the only time in our lives when we like to get old is when we’re kids?

Birthday cake with candlesIf you’re less than 10 years old, you’re so excited about aging that you think in fractions. How old are you?…. “I’m four and a half “…. You’re never 36 and a half….you’re four and a half going on five!

That’s the key. You get into your teens, now they can’t hold you back. You jump to the next number. How old are you? Continue reading