geez, cookie monster has to eat granola bars...
First, allow me to state for the record that I did not
"go healthy." I've always been healthy. Look at my picture to the left. Take a long look. How do you think I got this lush blue fur and these vibrant eyes? How do you think I've managed to build up the energy required to
violate beautiful maidens
judge jam/jelly competitions at state fairs? I haven't changed. I haven't flip-flopped. I have not flip-flopped.
I merely clarified my position: cookies are a "sometimes" food.
...and oscar is on a no trash diet...
Next, Oscar is on a no-trash diet because of his cholesterol. He really needs this. Trust me. His cholesterol count is like 265.
I guess that is the kind of thing that happens when Disney takes over..
Finally, I've begun to associate myself with Disney because... well... have you seen
Ariel? Have you seen
Princess Jasmine? Do you
know of another "in" with them? What choice did I have? "I can show you the world, baby!"
Or YEARS and YEARS ago (god i feel old) The parents blaming Dungeons and Dragons and Gary Gygax for kids getting high and stabbing each other with wooden swords...
Regarding that... I hear ya, buddy. Completely. Lots of people in my circle freaked when I began to play D&D all those years ago. Everybody was positive that James Dallas Egbert III had roleplayed just next door, y'know? Not that there aren't any true psychopaths who play rpgs, because there are. Then again, though, there are true psychopaths in every walk of life. Should we be afraid of clowns because of John Wayne Gacy? Okay, bad example. Should we be afraid of doctors because of Harold Shipman? I mean, I sympathized with Patricia Pulling, for example, but founding BADD wasn't the way to solve anything. It's been my experience that rpgs cause imagination and knowledge to flourish unlike television or video games or any other accepted forms of retreat. The fact that a few dedicated perverts like me play rpgs shouldn't reflect on anybody else.
By the way, remember Mazes and Monsters
? It would have been pretty funny if people didn't take it so seriously.
I started my interest in gaming with "Choose your own adventure." books. These books had a story in which you had many choices, (like 3 or 4) for specific story lines... some you'd die or get lost, some would move you on deeper into the story, pity is they no longer make or print these books.
I loved, loved, loved Choose Your Own Adventure
s and Pick-a-Path
s and similar books. I still have a few around. I spent time with the ones that involved D&D and Top Secret S.I. and Gamma World; I played the ones for which you needed dice. Heck, the intro scenario in the D&D boxed set - the one with the snake and the wizard and the goblin? - basically was
a Choose Your Own Adventure
. I had a few favorites - one involved a mansion filled with classic horror monsters, one involved winning the lottery, one involved a time machine - but I don't recall their titles. One of my particular favorites was The Invaders of Hark
... if I still had a copy, I'd read it again. The funniest one I saw was based upon the movie Staying Alive
(really), although the Magnum, P.I.
one was a close second.
Anybody want to collaborate on a monster-rape related Choose Your Own Adventure
for old times' sake?
the days when a tootsie pop was a dime at the store and you could get bazooka gum for 5 cents :)
Ah, those were the days... I used to love these pretzel sticks that cost a nickel apiece down at the general store... damn modern kids, with their cellphones and CDs and I don't know what all...
Great post, lancis! :)