Thursday, November 21, 2013

The Hobbit Denny's Menu (Lord of the Rings) Off Topic

Around the Holiday's  (Oct - Jan) I tend to take a break from videogame collecting, however I still like finding time to write a blog entry or two.

If I am not going to talk about games WTF am I doing here?
Well anyone who regular reads this blog (all four of you) knows I tend to swing off topic from time to time. This is one of those moments. My friends and I are all Lord of the Rings / Hobbit fans, and are happily waiting for the The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug. We were amused and bemused last year that Denny's had some how acquired the rights to do a Hobbit Menu. I am not a fan of Denny's but I was snookered and decided to go and see what it was all about. The food had a few funny names but overall was kind of generic, not horrible but nothing to write a blog about.....Shit.

This seemed very much like a missed opportunity. When Denny's announced they were bringing back the Hobbit menu I was curious to see if they would make any improvements.

The answer is no, not significant ones. I have been joking with my friends for a year that they should have Radagast the Hash Brown on menu, and that if I had done the menu it would have been funny, even if the food wasn't very good. Well my friends got tired of my rant and told me to write up a Hobbit / LOTR themed food list. So I did, and it has been a fun mental game trying to come up with clever food names. 
Check it out my write up below, please add your own and feel free to use any of these name for your Hobbit themed parties.

If this menu was real you might find yourself on an unexpected journey...to Denny's.

Come to Denny's and support  The Desolation of Smaug - Now in Theaters- by dining on our Desolation of Hunger Menu. Hobbit sized prices for your dragon sized appetite.

Breakfast
Featuring our Desolation of Hunger Slam
3 eggs, 3 Shire Sausage, 3  Pumpkin Harvest Pancakes and our famous Radagast the hash-Browns

Second Breakfast
Gandalf the Egg White Omelet

Elevensies - An unending soup bowl
Ere-Borscht - Our own special recipe, it can't be Beet!
Goll-umbo
TheUdon Noodle Soup
Denethor Beef Stew-ard of Gondor

Lunch
Bilbo the Burglars - 3 Hobbit Sized Sliders made the way you like served with BombaDill Pickles - Spicy Dill Pickle rounds
RivenDill Pickles - A traditional Dill pickle wedge
Sam Wise Ham and Cheese - a toasted Sam-mich that tall and small will enjoy. 
Theodin King Crab Cakes

Dinner
Helm's Deep Fried Chicken 
Shelob Kebob
Saru-Manicotti
Pear-egrin Took Salad

Sides
The Oneion Rings- A Mountain of  Doom delicious onion rings so good you won't want to share.
PO TA TOES - boiled or mashed
Ara-Corn on the Cob
Dragon's Hoard - A basket of Medallion fries or fresh cooked chips
Tom BombaDill Pickles
Shire Sausage
Radagast the Hash-Browns
Rice Sau-Roni
Bree & Crackers
Dol GulDoritos

Drinks
Ale-owyn - for men and sheild maidens alike
Gimli's Gimlet
Long Bottom Loose Leaf Tea
Thorin Oaken Mead

Deserts
Frod-Oatmeal Cookies
Hobbit Holes  (Donut Holes)
GondOreos
Mellon Cup - Big enough to share with a friend (Cup of seasonal melon and other fruits)

Come back for Mor-dor soon.

Check out this blog,  Food of the Shire for people who take their Hobbit food seriously.

Thanks for reading
~Johnny~

PS:


I have a Facebook Humor Page: Why Is Everybody So Bad At Everything? If you like the little jokes I put in the links, this is of the same ilk.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Sega Genesis Cardboard Box Reproduction Inserts - Review

Some people who read this blog and frequent Sega Age may have seen that a new product has hit the market, well a new old product. I am of course talking about Sega Genesis Cardboard Box Reproduction Inserts (that is a mouthful). When I first learned of these I was immediately curious, as I am sure many people who own Genesis CB (cardboard) games were. My curiousity lead to a purchase, which lead to the video review below.

I know that some people are conflicted about these, others are down right insulted, and some are fist pumping the air and cackling like mad men knowing that they can finally display some of their otherwise beat to hell CB games. All of these are valid responses. I am not here to to tell you if this is right or wrong or engage in a moral debate. For the record I did not create these, I am not a salesman for them, and I get no kickbacks, I am simply sharing what I found. Please feel free to post your thoughts for or against I welcome healthy debate.

If  you wish to purchase these I bought mine from eBay here is the Link. I have only had one transaction, but their feedback is good. I can tell you that I have dealt with Wal R' US games at http://uncletusk.com/ on other purchases and have found him to be a very reputable seller that I would recommend. You can find the repro inserts on his front page.



This video was done quickly so forgive its roughness.

Thank you for reading and watching
~Johnny~

Friday, September 20, 2013

What is a Sega Pico? (Complete Set)


Oh-Man, You guys remember the Sega Pico right? What a great console, the countless hours spent playing Musical Zoo, Sonic's Gameworld, and... Wait, you have never heard of the Sega Pico? It was only the number one educational Kids Computer created by Sega in 1994.

In all seriousness if you have never heard of the Sega Pico AKA the Kids Computer Pico you are not alone, but if you can make it through this article I will tell you all you need to know if you want to collect it. 


Basic Pico Facts


Sega Pico was released in the US in 1994, and was discontinued in 1998. The system did well in Japan and wasn't discontinued there until 2005. In the US 20 games were released, while Japan had nearly 300. The Pico was branded as a computer and sometimes as a toy Sega did it's best  for it not to be known as a video game console. This approach was taken in an effort avoid negative associations that were attached to video games. The Pico was suppose to be an educational product and the slogan for the console illustrates this mind, "The computer that thinks it's a toy". The system itself is a clamshell design which unfolds to hold the large book shaped carts that the system used and also act as the controller. The controller portion of the console had a very basic touchpad  a "Magic Pen" and a large button which you used to play the games. The carts for this system are unlike any other system and were called Storyware. The carts act like books and have pages that open up and allow you to play different parts of the game (look at the pic below for clarification).
 Pico was the first Sega console to carry a licensed game made by Nintendo, Pok√©mon says Hello
BTW  - This is a pic I found on the net and is not mine
Why you should collect Sega Pico
It's a console oddity from a major publisher, it was Sega's last cart based system, and nothing else in your library will look like Pico games, they stand out. It's and easy set to complete because their are only 20 games in the US and not many people collect for the system so they are cheap. The system also has 3 major Sega titles in it's library and they are all exclusive to the Pico: Sonic the Hedgehog's Gameworld, Tails and the Music Maker, and Ecco Jr. and the Great Ocean Treasure Hunt.

What you need to know to collect
The console came in a few version one that was just the console and one that was the console and the game Richard Scarry's Huckle and Lowly's Busiest Day Ever. The version with the pack in is the one you will find the most often. 

What's in the Box:  Not much really. Cart, Parenting Guide (manual), and Insert.  They all come sealed in a plastic bag if hte game is new.

What's Hard to Find: Sonic Gameworld was the last US release and is difficult to find with it's box, Richard Scarry's Huckle and Lowly's Busiest Day Ever even though it was a pack-in it did have a boxed version, while the cart by itself is very common the boxed version doesn't show up very often. Storyware Sampler, by far the rarest US title to find, good news is that it wasn't a retail release and isn't needed for the set.

Variants: It wouldn't be Sega without variants, The shells for the games often come in different colors without rhyme or reason. A full list of these do not exist as far as I know.

Games: Only 20 games released in the US. Here is the full list.
A Year at Pooh Corner
Adventures in Letterland With Jack and Jill
Crayola: Create a World
Disney's Pocahontas Riverbend Adventure
Disney's The Lion King: Adventures at Pride Rock
Ecco Jr. and the Great Ocean Treasure Hunt!
Magic Crayons
Math Antics with Disney's 101 Dalmatians
Mickey's Blast Into the Past
Muppets on the Go
Musical Zoo
Pepe's Puzzles
Richard Scarry's Huckle and Lowly's Busiest Day Ever
Scholastic's The Magic School Bus
Sesame Street Alphabet Avenue
Smart Alex and Smart Alice: Curious Kids
Sonic the Hedgehog's Gameworld
Tails and the Music Maker
The Berenstain Bears: A School Day
The Great Counting Caper With the 3 Blind Mice

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Harry Potter's Birthday

As some of you may have guessed by now I am a big fan of Harry Potter. July 31st is his and also JK Rowling's Birthday.  With that in mind I present you this.


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Lego Harry Potter 100%

This is snap of my 100% on Lego Harry Potter Years 4-7. I also have 100% on the first game. I don't talk much about modern games on this blog, but I do play them and enjoy them. The lego HP games are some of my favorites, they remind me games from times past.

Happy Harry Day

~Johnny~

Who will milk Nagini?

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Nintendo 64 Set, Complete Part 1. Do a Barrel Roll

Complete Nintendo 64 Set

I haven't had time to post lately, but  I wanted to give a little update on the Nintendo 64 Set  I have been working on...It's done, all 297  296 games
(checklist here) and then some. I completed this set without much
fanfare or ado.  So without further delay here it is.
(Complete N64 Set, with some variants shown)

I fully intend in part 2 of this post to talk about some of the variants, what is rare and expensive, but for now just a synopsis of how and why I started collecting N64 and the journey I took to complete it.

How long have I been working on this set and why N64? 
I started back in 2008. Not many people were after 64 stuff so I thought I'd jump on the bandwagon early, make myself an authority and carve out a niche. I figured I would be able to figure out what games were rare and maybe pick up a few extras (read that as horde) while they were cheap and use them to trade my way into NES and SNES stuff when they picked up in price. This was at a time when I really wanted to be collecting for NES and SNES but I thought the prices were way to high (If I knew then what I know now...SMH). 

The idea of hording didn't stay with me very long, just wasn't something I felt good about. So I just collected like a normal person who wants to own every game for a system which in an of itself isn't all that normal. I bought some video stores out of old stock, and I picked up some really cool lots on eBay, for individual games it was exclusively eBay. In 2009 I found Nintendo Age and that blew my whole collecting world up. Suddenly I was trying to buy, trade, and sell. I was finding better deals, and I was learning about collecting from guys who had been doing it longer, NA was a little soft on N64 data at that time, but what they new about Nintendo was incredible. Enter 2010 and Sega Age was formed, a sister site to Nintendo Age,  and with that I jumped ship for SA.  I left N64 of the shelf and jump in feet first to collecting Sega ( I already had a pretty good Sega Stash thanks to some amazing garage sales.). Then the Cardboard Genesis Project happened  (my results here). During this time of doing research and meeting awesome people, N64 had become a distant memory.  This is not to say I didn't buy any N64 titles but it became a trickle, less than 5 a year during that time frame. Around this time last year I was finishing up most of my Sega Stuff and decided it was time to revisit Nintendo and finish off the last 100 or so games I needed for the set.

What a difference a few years makes. Nintendo Age now was flush with people who were N64 enthusiasts, and knew pretty much all there was to know about collecting for the often lamented system. The 64 was also seeing rapid price spikes, as collecting for the system had really picked up steam. Gone were the days of bargain bin discounts, by 2013  the N64 had become a legitimate collectors system, with several of its titles tilting over the $100 mark.  I  have learned a good deal since last July on Nintendo Age, as several members shared info that would have taken me on my own much longer to discover. Over the course of a year I finished my set, and I became very knowledgeable on the subject of N64. In my next installment I will share some of what I learned.

Do a Barrel Roll
~Johnny~

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Star Wars Games 8bit - 64Bit era.


In honor of May the 4th,  I did a video that showcases the Star Wars games from the 8bit to the 64bit Era. The systems range from the Game Boy to the PS1. I am including the check list  and the video here as well as a couple of Star Wars Pictures I find humorous.



Check List


Nintendo
Star Wars
Star Wars:Empire Strikes Back

Super Nintendo
Super Star Wars -JVC
Super Star Wars: Players Choice -THQ
Super Empire Strikes Back -JVC
Super Empire Strikes Back -THQ
Super Return of the Jedi -JVC
Super Return of the Jedi -THQ

Nintendo 64
Star Wars: Rebel Assault
Star Wars: Rebel Assault - Players Choice
Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire
Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire - Players Choice
Star Wars: Episode 1 Racer
Star Wars: Episode 1 Racer Nintendo 64 Console

GameBoy
Star Wars -Capcom
Star Wars Players Choice 
Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back
Star Wars: Super Return of the Jedi

GameBoy Color
Yoda Stories
Episode 1: Obi Wan's Adventure
Episode 1 Racer

Sega CD
The Software Toolworks Star Wars Chess
Star Wars Rebel Assault

Sega 32X
Star Wars Arcade
Star Wars Arcade NFR

Sega Game Gear
Star Wars
Star Wars: Super Return of the Jedi

Sega Dreamcast
Star Wars: Episode 1 Racer
Star Wars: Episode 1 Jedi Power Battles
Star Wars Demolition

PlayStation 1
Star: Wars: Dark Forces
Star: Wars: Dark Forces  - Greatest Hits
Star Wars: Rebel Assault 2 - Hidden Empire
Star Wars: Rebel Assault 2  - Greatest Hits
Star Wars: Masters of Teras Kasi
Star Wars: Episode 1 The Phantom Menace
Star Wars: Episode 1 The Phantom Menace - Greatest Hits
Star Wars: Episode 1 Jedi Power Battles
Star Wars: Episode 1 Jedi Power Battles - Alt Cover
Star Wars: Episode 1 Jedi Power Battles - Greatest Hits
Star Wars: Demolition

3DO
Star Wars: Rebel Assault






If you want to know how deeply my Star Wars Nerdom runs  just look at this picture. This is my office, right by my desk.

Star Wars pics I find funny



 Thank you for stopping by and May the 4th Be With You.
~Johnny~



Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Turbo Grafx 16: The Higher Engergy Video Game System

This past weekend I had a drain back up in the downstairs shower and flood the first floor of my house. 40 or so gallons of water give or take, rushing over my tile into my wife's office, the den, the entryway, and the everywhere basically. It isn't great...So what does this have to do with games, let alone the TG16? If it wasn't for plumbing problems I wouldn't have these gems.



It's a long story but I will give you the Cliff Notes (Who am I kidding? It will probably be overlong and in need of an edit). 

Approx 3 years ago my wife and I had another  bathroom problem. In our guest bathroom, the toilet broke, not a big deal it happens.  Trying to be a handyman, I removed the old toilet and vowed to install a new one. In the meantime, instead of a toilet we had a gaping hole in the floor, where the sewage line attached. Now I don't know if you have ever smelled a sewage line, but it's not great. To stop this smell from wafting through the house I grabbed a hand towel and shoved it in the hole. This was an action not entirely appreciated by my wife. She removed the towel, and that's when the magic happens.

At around 1:30 AM our dog decides he needs his ball to be thrown to him. My wife is a good sport, and throws him the ball.  She does this three or four times. On her final throw the ball goes into the hall hits the bathroom door jam, bounces into the bathroom and disappears. Let me give you some details real quick.  The bathroom is L shaped. The toilet, or rather hole where a toilet once was, is at the very end of the bathroom, in a nook, or at the bottom of the L if you prefer.  Please click here for a drawing. Bones, our dog, comes back without a ball and he is frustrated. My wife tells him to go get the ball, but he just paces. My wife assumes the ball is just stuck, or bounced into the bathtub, or just out of reach. She get up and begins searching for the ball. After about 10 minutes she yells to me. "Dear did you see where the ball went?", I say " I thought it went in the bathroom". She comes out of the bathroom and says " what do you think the odds are that it went down the  hole?", My response "Well pretty good, if you didn't plug the hole with something else when you pulled that hand towel out.". Of course the ball did go down the hole, and now it's nearly 2 am and we have a big problem.

If the ball is in the main sewage line, it is big enough to go into the pipe but possibly too big to make it around the debris and build up (we have problems with roots growing into the sewer line), or the L bends when the main line dips into central line.  From everything I read online, and mind you I am not a plumber, it seems that if we run water or flush the other toilet then the suction could carry the ball into one of these traps and cause a major back up, like what occurred in my house this weekend.  This is the point at which my OCD kicks in and I start to think about every possible bad outcome. I am just convinced I will have to use the bathroom or I will flush the toilet for a stupid reason or by accident. Nothing at this point will change my mind.

The question now is what to do? It doesn't matter that it's 2 AM, or that I am not actually very handy. or  that I don't have the proper tools. I decide I must act. Our old house was raised and has a 2 1/2 foot crawl space that  runs the length and width of the house, which gives me the ability to see the plumbing. I go outside access the crawl space and begin army crawling to the other side of the house where the bathroom is. I am starting to feel like Indiana Jones because  the space I am in is small, narrow, dark, damp, cold, covered in spider webs, and full of bugs. I find the pipes attached to the hole and I can follow them without to much trouble to a point where they flatten out. I believe this is a likely point for the ball to be stuck at or at least near to. Finding the pipe was just step one, now how to cut it open? I don't own any saws,  I don't own a PVC cutter that will get through 4 inch PVC. I don't think I can break it as I am in a totally cramped space, I also don't want to break it and I can't go to a store to buy these things.

My solution, and feel free to laugh, was a large bread knife we had. I figured it was serrated and might be able to do the job if I was willing to put in the elbow grease. I crawl back out, get the knife and go back in. laying on my back, unable to extend my arms much I being the process of sawing 4 inch PVC with a stupid bread knife. Not my best moment and clearly not the best decision.  After about an hour of doing this I eventually do saw through the pipe, sawing from all sides until I made it through. Now what happens next is a horrible and I will spare you some of the gross details. The smell that comes out of that pipe is just knock you on your back terrible. This pipe has been under the house since 1972 collecting gunk, and, human waste, and hair, and every horrible thing that people put into toilets. The sludge that lined the pipe was so foul and disgusting, I am trapped in this tiny space gagging with nowhere to go. I compose myself grab the flashlight and look into the pipe both directions.  About 2 feet from my end is the ball, but to get it I have to shove my arm through the human sludge.  Well I did it, I was grossed out and didn't feel like my arm came clean for days but I did it. The next day I went to home depot  bought a junction to weld the two halves back together and the job was done.

So what does this have to do with my very modest TG16 collection? Well my wife felt so bad that I did this she worked an extra shift  so I could go buy a Turbo Duo that I had been eyeing and Beyond Shadow Gate. If not for this effort I wouldn't have a TG 16 collection.  It's funny that I was just looking into more serious TG16 collecting when another plumbing catastrophe stuck.

 Please enjoy the awesome Turbo Duo Commercial that I found on Youtube



Thanks For Reading
~Johnny~

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Complete Nintendo Virtual Boy Set (Video Included)

I recently completed my first Nintendo Set, and also recently I saw this article  Oculus Rift on Kotaku.com.  It feels like fate...or coincidence, or irony, and migraines. All of these feelings can only
mean one thing.

 VIRTUAL BOY

If you love hot red on black, or black on red action, the Virtual Boy is your ticket to heaven. The Virtual Boy used vector graphics and the parallax effect to simulate 3D, poorly. The system only released 14 games in the US, in what I will kindly call a limited run. What's not to love about a system that couldn't even survive one year in the US or Japan? Think about that for a second, even the Wonder Swan, which you have never heard of, lasted longer. The Apple Bandai Pippin sold less units but had a similar run.To put this in perspective the iPhone 5 sold more units in 1 hour then either of these systems managed in their lifetimes.

 Sow how did Nintendo drop such a deuce? It wasn't one thing, it was the culmination of many failures creating one big fail. To look at just the surface, they called it a portable system. This statement isn't actually true. I'd love to see people trying to take this out of their home and play. Another reason is the games, while not terrible the library leaves much to be desired, like a proper Mario or Zelda.  Need more?  Battery Life. Fake 3D. You can't be comfortable and play it. Red on Black graphics are a terrible idea. This system has the distinction of making Double D's a bad thing.  The DD's I am referring to is of course on the controller. No games really utilized this, and  to be fair they had under a year, which isn't enough time.   


If this write up really wets your whistle for the Virtual Boy get out there and start hunting. Prices on VB stuff has been going up, but it is a fairly easy and accessible system to collect for. If you want a bigger challenge go for the the JP set, the entry fee is much higher. 

US Game List 
3D Tetris
Galactic Pinball
Golf
Jack Brothers
Mario Clahs
Mario Tennis
Nester's Funky Bowling (really puts the FU in Funky)
Panic Bomber
Red Alarm
Teleroboxer
Vertical Force
Virtual League Baseball
Wario Land
Waterworld    

 Thank You For Reading
~Johnny~ 

Thursday, April 4, 2013

She Has to Catch'em All: The Great Pokemon Hunt of 2013

If you have read other posts on this blog you may realize I am married, you might also realize that video game collecting is fairly dry, it just isn't a spectator hobby. Now to collectors who love to find old games, new info, and insight it is very exciting. To me sharing info and the process of discovery is fun and interesting, to my wife well she is just happy that I'm happy and that I have something I enjoy.

Having appreciation and a deep love for video games comes  naturally to me, it was ingrained in me during my childhood, teenage years, and now adulthood. This is not true for everyone, often I read posts from other collectors that ask  things like "How do you deal with your wife / girlfriend who hate your collecting, or hate games or just don't get it?". The answer isn't easy, and often time this seeming small question can balloon in to a real problem in relationships.  So my advice on this subject, and while corny is fairly sound. Share the love, yup that's it. How you share games and make memories for those around you will cement the foundation of  their outlook. This is my example of sharing the love and making fond memories, it happened Easter morning.

She Has to Catch'em All: The Great Pokemon Hunt of 2013

My wife enjoys Pokemon, and Nintendo just happened to release a limited edition 3DS XL with Pikachu's likeness.
So given the timing of the release, a week before Easter, and the fact that my wife loves  Pokemon I hatched a plan (Egg Pun) that would have my wife seeking Pokemon this Easter.

Part 1: The Plan
First things first, acquire the 3DS. Well after checking Amazon, Best Buy, Target and a few other stores I was forced to order online. One big box store, which I don't love, had it. Objections be damned this was for my wife so I ordered it while cringing the whole time. The delivery date was set for March 28th- 30th, making me all in on this plan without a plan B. So of course it came on the 30th, the day before Easter.   

Part 2: Logistics
With the 3DS on it's way, I needed to figure out the best way to give it to her. I could  just put it in a basket and hide it, but that seemed to easy.  So what I came up with was a pseudo Easter Egg hunt, but instead of hidden eggs  it would be Pokemon. I went back to Amazon recalling I had seen small PVC Pokemon before. Without much effort I found a variety pack and with my prime membership it arrived in 2 days. You will notice in the picture 13 Pokemon, I actually bought a pack of 15, one was a dupe which I used later and one was Pikachu, which I used as part of the setup, you will see that part later.


Part 3: The Pokedex
After thinking about how and where to hide them, I knew I hadn't gone far enough and that simply replacing eggs with Pokemon wasn't going to cut it. Thinking about how my wife plays Pokemon it dawned on me that she always had a Pokedex near by, and that the Pokedex was an essential part of the Pokemon experience. The Pokedex was perfect because it would stand as visual guide and also a hint book to help my wife find the Pokemon.  The next challenge was to identify the Pokemon and get names, luckily they were numbered and that part went pretty fast. Next I began the best I could to stumble around through Word 2010 and create a book fold file that I could compose the Pokedex in by pasting pictures and writing clues. I am sure some of you are reading this and face palming but let me say I have little experience with graphic design or layout arrangement. Word and Excel are my bread and butter so I went with what I know. Overall it turned out all right, though my cover could have been a bit better.  (To see the Pokedex and all the Clues click here)



While creating the Pokedex, I tried to take the name and type of the Pokemon into account while thinking of places to hide them and how to phrase my clues. For Example Dewott I hid on top of our Harry Potter BluRays. The Clue saying Harry pOtter because Dewott is an Otter. For RoggenRolla I hid him on our iPad speaker stand because he looks like a speaker with the clue being music is the key. Pignite I hid on the fireplace, on not in, with the clue stating "I'm on Fire".  All of the clues went something like that with a few being letter puzzles.

I was very please with how the came out but now that I essentially had given her a clue book I felt like maybe the hunt was getting too easy. So thinking back to video games I decided to employ the collectors tactic I most enjoy, The Easter Egg, the fact that was Easter was an added bonus (also I love puns). So in the spirit of Easter I filled 6 eggs with candy and hid them around the house in addition to the Pokemon. The plan felt good and whole, 6 eggs and 13 Pokemon to find.

 Part 4: Easter Morning
At about 2 AM my wife finally went to bed, and I made my way downstairs to set everything up. Fast forward to 8:30 AM, the dogs are begging for breakfast so it's time to get up. I follow my wife and dogs down stairs and wait for the moment when she sees this  (To See the Letter Click Here)
Carlie is very surprised to see what I have done. I'm relieved she never caught wind of my plan.  She reads her instructions, takes her Pokedex and is very excited to begin catching them all.

 Part 5: The End
The hunt took Carlie just over 2.5 hours from start to finish. My wife really enjoyed it, but more than that it was another positive experience I gave her that involved games and collecting. Early on when we first started dating and I first starting collecting I made a few mistakes, like spending all my money on games, which meant I couldn't afford to take her out somewhere nice. I realized making those kinds of  mistakes could ruin two things I love. As with most things in life inclusive > exclusive.

As always thank you for reading.

 ~Johnny~


It puts the Pokemon in the basket!