Shannon Stacey

Evil conglomerates, overdue kisses and red herrings

Did I mention my kids are on spring break? :bang:

Quite a while ago, an Evil Video Rental Conglomerate moved into town and put our nice, comfy little-town video rental place out of business. Not willing to provide ten major credit cards and a DNA sample to the EVRC, we went without. This led to an increase in purchases—some good (Alvin & the Chipmunks) and some really, really bad (Justice League: The New Frontier). So the short kid’s been pleading for Cars: Mater National for PS3 for…ever. Sincere, puppy-dog eyed, rip Mom’s heart out pleading. But the games for PS3 are like $60 and a kid who dominates the Need for Speed series is probably going to beat Cars in 24 hours or less. That’s a lot of books for me to go without for less than a day of fun for him.

 When it comes to the PS3, Sony doesn’t seem to understand that 1) some 2 player games would be nice and 2) not all parents let their kids play games in which they get bonus points for killing cops and cuttin’ the bitch. Raping whores is not family entertainment at Casa Stacey. But I’ve got two boys who were engaging in mortal combat a mere three hours into a week-long vacation, so I went and signed my life and a pint of blood over to the EVRC and rented Mater National. The good news—we’ve been putting off buying the entire Battlestar Galactica DVD set because it’s expensive and we might not like it, but now we can rent it this summer during rerun season.

 Speaking of television…How I Met Your Mother watchers—did you cheer or groan during the last few seconds of last night’s episode?  I cheered. But I find Barney incredibly hot, so…

 And red herrings. Damn, that’s hard. While the DG books are classified as romantic suspense, they’re really action-adventure. They know whose ass they’ve gotta kick and why. But I’m plotting a romantic suspense (according to my own definition) and this red herring stuff is hard. (Yes, I’ll have cheese with my whine. Monterey Jack, please.)

And right this second my children are screaming at each other because the short one wants to play his new rental and the tall one is this close to defeating POTC: At World’s End and neither will give. I generally don’t step in until they start bludgeoning one another with the controllers—those suckers are like $50 to replace, dammit.

I should have bought Calgon while I was out.

8 comments to “Evil conglomerates, overdue kisses and red herrings”

  1. tf
      · April 22nd, 2008 at 1:47 pm · Link

    I have mixed feelings about Robin/ Barney. Sometimes I think they’re great together; sometimes I think they’re strange. I’ll wait and see how their rel goes.

  2. Kerry Allen
      · April 22nd, 2008 at 2:03 pm · Link

    We keep the peace around here (between the 12-year-old and I) by keeping the PS2 in one room and the PS3 in another room, with the recent addition of a PSP for portable pwnage. Oh, and PC games. And there’s a DS around somewhere, but you can only play so much Nintendogs and Animal Crossing.

    I may just move to Japan so my money doesn’t have to travel so far.

    We don’t care for 2-player much because nobody likes to lose. :whip:

  3. Amie Stuart
      · April 22nd, 2008 at 2:04 pm · Link

    I love Evil Video Conglomerate. They put movies in my mailbox, I take them to the store and get more movies. They don’t make much money off of me *ggg*

  4. Michelle (MG)
      · April 22nd, 2008 at 3:16 pm · Link

    OMG, I am so with you. My kids are on April break right now (a whole :censor: month! They go three on one off, which is fine in August and December because we are very busy or on vacation, but April? Not good.) I am going insane. Insane I tell you! :bang:

  5. Natalie J. Damschroder
      · April 22nd, 2008 at 11:44 pm · Link

    I cheered, but only because I adore Barney so much, and he was being so sweet (and so uncharacteristic!) and it gives me reason to goggle over a homosexual man kissing a woman so convincingly. I know it’s just acting like any other acting, but still…

  6. vanessa jaye
      · April 23rd, 2008 at 8:14 am · Link

    Kids had their spring (March) break last month. The college and university kids are out for the year (ie couch surfing son) at the end of the month, and high-school/middle school etc, at the end of June.

    I’ve been Jonsing on starting Battle Star Galattica. I hope to buy it used, but I just migh break down and go to EVIL Empire Conglomarate (ie WALMART) and see what price they have it for there.

  7. Shannon
      · April 23rd, 2008 at 8:51 am · Link

    I’ve always been a Barney fan, but when he scooted over to Robin’s side of the table I totally fell in love with him. And I’d forgotten Doogie came out of the closet, which just speaks to his acting ability. He’s incredibly funny. (Though not as funny as Sheldon from the Big Bang).

    We only have one TV in the house, so the PS2 went to live with my nephews. We have a Gameboy Advanced and a Gameboy Advanced XP, but they really only play those when we go camping, and rarely even then.

    And by 8am I’d already delivered the harshest threat I’ve ever given: Side by side on the couch, holding hands, for a half-hour. They’ve been surprisingly good since then. :villain:

    I’ve been Jonsing on starting Battle Star Galattica. I hope to buy it used, but I just migh break down and go to EVIL Empire Conglomarate (ie WALMART) and see what price they have it for there.

    The thing with this series is figuring out the order. I know there’s Season 1, Season 2, Season 2.5 and maybe a Season 3(?) so far, but I THINK there was a television miniseries FIRST, and THEN Season 1. It’s rather confusing, and if that is how it goes, my head will explode if i watch Season 1 without the miniseries.

  8. vanessa jaye
      · April 23rd, 2008 at 7:31 pm · Link

    I think you’re right about the mini-series, Shannon. Thanks for reminding me!

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