Monday, May 01, 2006

Intervention, Please.

I generally don't think of myself as having an addictive personality. As cool as smoking looks, I'm too practical to take up the habit. I've never had the slightest inclination to do drugs. Gambling isn't at all exciting for me, as every time I bet $10 on blackjack, I think about how that could have bought a couple of perfectly good drinks.

On that note, I'm sure many people are reading this and thinking "But you're drunk for half of any given week, enough to have an entire blog about your drinking habits. Doesn't that count?" Well not really, since I've never crossed over into the addiction stage of my love affair with booze. Getting drunk is fun and all, but it's not like I'm taking sips from a bottle of gin I have hidden under my pillow or anything. As sexy as that sounds...

Anyway, the point of all this rambling is that I have a new addiction, and it's starting to cost me. There's a video arcade downstairs from my office, and at least two to three times a day I'm slinking off into the elevator so I can play yet another round of Raiden Fighters Jet (I believe we can thank the Japanese for the butchered grammar in the translated name). If anyone is familiar with this game, it's one of those silly games from the early 90's where you're a plane and you have to shoot all the other planes. Intellectually stimulating, I assure you. And as if spending $3/day on this habit wasn't bad enough, the other night I woke up in a sweat because I was dreaming that I hadn't detonated my bomb in time to save my plane, or something equally geeky. It's like when we were in 6th grade and I would wake up at night because I was having some dream about being a plumber who needed to eat mushrooms to be big enough to save that whore princess from King Koopa. Don't act like you have no idea what I'm talking about. I'm losing sleep over this. If I had it in my apartment, I would never go to bed, as a matter of fact.

So yeah, it's a problem, and right now I simply don't have the willpower to fight it. And besides, who am I to deprive the world of my awesomely high scores?

3 comments:

Vicki said...

The only disturbing bit about your new geeky obsession is that the game blatantly says "Use Only in Japan." Tsk, tsk.

n. jax said...

Hmmmm...this sounds vaguely reminiscent of someone spending hours in CMAP playing Quake...

Zander said...

So of course hours after blogging this, I beat the game. Hopefully my addiction is cured...