Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Act Your Age, Not Your Shoe Size


Backstory: Mandy is one of my best friends. If you'd told me a few years ago that my best friend would be a butch girl with a faux hawk, I'd have laughed myself silly. I'm a girly girl. I like lipstick and pedicures. She's butch. She likes hockey and video games.

And SO....
Last weekend, we head up to my family's lodge. It's a big ol' place and I invited a bunch of girls, but only the four of us could go. Me, my love, Mandy and Becky.

As soon as we plan the trip, Mandy says, "I'll borrow somebody's Nintendo Wii and we'll take Rock Band and play games all weekend." I roll my eyes and began planning other things. I don't DO games.


On Saturday, we get back to the lodge from the day trip to Muddy Pond. Mandy proceeds to take out a drum set, microphone, and guitars from this big ol' bag. Ahhh crap. Seriously, Mandy? Now I have to remember all that musical stuff I learned taking piano lessons against my will for umpteen years?


Mandy insists that I at least try. On the guitar. I die within about 20 notes. She assures me that I'll do better on the drums. I make it. I don't die. It's actually kinda fun.


We rock all night Saturday. Get up Sunday morning, cook breakfast and start playing. Wash the sheets. Rock out some more. Fold towels. Continue rocking. We played every song on the game and would have played more if we had an internet connection.


I'm a 43 year old Rock Star and I just asked my mom for a Wii for my birthday.

56 comments:

rutibegga said...

I just got a Wii when I got my tax return. Once you've played it, it's hard not to want one. One by one, as my friends come over and play, they decide they want one too... Nintendo is taking over the universe. Seriously.

smiles4u said...

I am terrible at video games and even less musically inclined so I haven't ever tried this game. I do hear about it a lot and they, like you, love it. I hope you get one for your birthday! Hey, it's things like this that keep us young!

nitebyrd said...

Why not? Never give up toys! Any kind of toy. :)

Lynette said...

my neighbor loves their wii rock band. my daughter loves it too. me no way. first i am too old as most of the songs are noise to me. guess i am not a rocker more of a musical woman

kimber p said...

my oldest son got Guitar Hero for Christmas and we really had a great time with it. I did really good on Slow Ride (I'd never held a Guitar Hero guitar before, let alone play one!) pooop to gettin old!! ROCK ON SISTAH!!!

Jude said...

Rock Star! you go girlie-girl but be careful or next thing you know you'll be joining the Wii bowling league. Those things are fun but for me right now, I'll stick to my ipod touch.

Michael said...

I love Guitar Hero.

Most of my Wii experiences have involved drunkenly tripping over other drunken friends - I think that's a good thing.

we're doomed said...

Where can I buy tickets to your first concert?

Zed said...

Sounds like great fun! Rock on wit' yer bad self!

Jay said...

I refuse to even try a Wii. I have enough things that take up a lot of time already. If I got a Wii nobody would hear from me for days on end.

pe1biv said...

No Wii, no game consoles at all!
I've just got TOO many other things to do that I like to do...

Southern Sage said...

Lol
Well hope you get a Wii then!

Spiky Zora Jones said...

I love rock band...and i play them all, lead, base, drums and I sing...it's fun huh?

Once you get going you want to keep playing.

ROCK OUT BABE!

Oh hey...try playing BYOB...fun.
Ciao.

Ultra Princess said...

Rock on Sister!!!! Pedicures rule, but it's fun be a bad ass every now and again!!!!

Dana said...

Hey! We don't even have a Wii!!

Scrappy Doo said...

Rock On! Did we play Free Bird?
Scrappy!

fiwa said...

I played Rock Band while I was visiting my family recently - it was a scream. Three little girls between the ages of 6 and 8, and three adult wimmin, sitting around screeching "ROOOOXANNNNEEEE"...
It is addictive, isn't it?!

Sabrae Carter said...

My wife loves her xbox and guitar hero!!! I personally hate video games! But I would love to have a wii!!! lol

Queen-Size funny bone said...

the secret is the FUN is what keeps you YOUNG....

C said...

rock on, sistah! its definately fun to play. i love that the peeps in there dont have legs and their arms are not attached. it cracks me up.


C

A. said...

I'm the opposite...I ask my parents for grandmother-y gifts like a home canning kit, Kitchen Aid attachments, and a no-skid cutting board :(.

Allison

Lilly's Life said...

Yes thats my fear too that I would be addicted to it. What fun though and isnt it great when you think you are going to hate something that you actually love it and have fun. I think we all need more fun in our lives so I hope your Mom comes good with the Wii for your birthday.

Gina said...

I love it too! Did you try singing? That's my addiction.

BlondeBlogger said...

I'm with you!!!! I wanna sing with it! I did buy myself SingStar and love it, but a whole rock band? Yeah...I want it too!

Nicey said...

Love the blog and I am glad that your girly girl and not butch,
Oh yeah the Wii good innit
laters

Nicey

Vodka Mom said...

Ill be right over with my Barbies. We'll cure you of that if it kills us.

annie kelleher said...

i found you on lynette's blog... great blog... enjoyed your post and agreed with your comment over there!

Jeanne said...

I want a Wii, but I don't think it's in my short-term future. Probably just as well -- it would definitely impact my blog cruising.

If you find time, I'd love it if you'd read today's post over at the Chronicles and provide feedback.

buffalodick said...

My recreation time has always leaned toward the mindless effort of finding joy... If I have to think, I avoid it!

Suldog said...

Thanks for stopping by over at my place. I've always enjoyed your comments on other blogs and it's about time I got my ass over here.

It is truly an addictive pleasure, isn't it? I mean, I actually play the bass, have for about 35 years now, and I thought, "Oh, this will be silly and I'll breeze it." It was just FUN.

Dianne said...

I don't do games either but the drums - drums I would do ;)

sounds like fun

and yes! you are a rock star

Juls said...

U go girl! I love rockin' out on both rock band and guitar hero.... It's a secret obsession of mine. Well, not really secret anymore...but it is fun. Glad you decided to "do" a game and give it a try..it is a good time

Jessica said...

Oh yeah! Isn't it just so fun! I love the drums tood. \m/

g-man said...

The wii is awesome. All of us (ages 5-41) have fun with it.

CrystalChick said...

My son has all the Guitar Hero and Rock Band stuff.
One night me and hubs plugged in, him on drums me on guitar. If anyone came in and saw us they would have immediately left to go buy us helmets. We were seriously flailing around, thinking we had some rhythm. But it was FUN!!!
I still play occasionally but keep it on EASY level. LOL

HAVE FUN!!

Bond said...

I have not owned a video game in years (my son owned them and I would sometimes play but not often)...but I really think I want a Wii...

yes I do

Kate said...

That's wild cuz I just played that for the first time last weekend.

Beth said...

oh HOney.....welcome to To Rock Band!!!! I play with my boys all the time, (i;m the singer!) and we have a BLAST!!!!!

Fu Manchu Dad said...

I for one, have ALWAYS thought that you ROCK! Now you have the proof. My boys will borrow a friends guitar hero every now and then for the xbox and Dad has to jump in for a few songs. I suck...but I try. Playing those games has nothing to do with musical talent but more with hand eye coordination, so those of you with no musical talent have nothing to fear. Those of US who have neither musical talent nor hand-eye coordination...different story. Rock on babe!!
FMD

Lu' said...

I think I would like a Wii but that's about as close as I'll get to one I think.

Speedcat Hollydale said...

You know, I have not played a video game since the Nintendo 64 came out, but have read many blogs talk about how fun the new interactive games are. I gottah go try them !!!!!!!

Travis said...

They do say that once you play it, you can get easily hooked.

bernthis said...

Okay, yet another person that has played this game. I believe I am now the only person on the planet that does not own a Wii.

Holy Crappers said...

I'm usuallly vocals on Rock band.

#1

Gene Bach said...

My girls love that game. They also like Guitar Hero. I need one called "Back Hills Banjo Boy".

Isabella Snow said...

LOL! Rock on with your bad self!

Vixen said...

LOL! I played it the first time on xmas at my sisters house. Despite balking at first, I LOVED IT. We had so much fun. :)

Scarlet said...

You're my guitar hero! Okay, drums! Whatever.

Rock on, girl friend! You inspire me.

Awake In Rochester said...

Hey it's good to have some good, clean, fun! ;) So when are you going to play for us?

Ashleigh said...

Sigh...I miss out on so much fun.

I hear that those things are addicting.

Btw...I saw your lovely comment about me over at Karen's blog. Thanks so much. You're a sweetie!

Ashleigh said...

Sigh...I miss out on so much fun.

I hear that those things are addicting.

Btw...I saw your lovely comment about me over at Karen's blog. Thanks so much. You're a sweetie!

Bina said...

Oh my God that is so freaking funny! I'm glad you had such a great time!

Amber said...

LOL
I'm glad you asked for a Wii for your birthday
Kudos for stepping out of your comfort zone!

~*Jobthingy*~ said...

ha! i have guitar hero here and i love it.. my friend across the street has rock band. i bring my guitar over on weekends sometimes when he calls saying 'hey we are getting the band together'

its a hoot

Akelamalu said...

It could have been worse, she could have insisted on taking a Wii Fit! ;)

Sonora Sage said...

My boss and his family are addicted to Rock Band. Me, I've never ventured further than Wii tennis, bowling and boxing.

Yet.