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Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Ecstasy Game

Before attending an author's workshop, I had a homework assignment to brainstorm objects from my childhood home and then write a short passage about something on the list. Unfortunately, we ran out of time, and I didn't get to share my work; so, I'll share it here.


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            We gathered around the latest technology, a primitive desktop computer with a black screen and green writing. It perched upon the desk in my brother’s room in front of the wide bush-covered window. Eddie beamed at his creative genius garnered from his computer programming class. He invented multiple games to entertain with the latest technology to hit the 1970s.
X        The target of my affection in seventh grade was Tommy––a cute, brown-haired boy who barely knew I was alive. I typed his name, and it slid across the screen at a slow speed during the first round. With a tap of the finger, the space bar shot  X shaped kisses at him. When the kiss hit the target, the screen lit up with the word “Ecstasy” written multiple times. I’d clap and cheer because that was the closest I’d get to kissing Tommy. During each consecutive round, his name moved faster and became a tougher target to hit, but eventually, that X hit the spot.

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Side note in case my FB friend Tom sees this: I know one of our old classmates may send you to this blog if you don’t see it on your own, so be it known that I haven’t crushed on you in forty years and now have my own brown-hairs man to kiss.
 Whew! Scared ya, didn't I?   X 


18 comments:

Masshole Mommy said...

LOL, that is too funny!

joeh said...

That game beats the hell out of "Hangman."

Binky said...

I wonder if Tommy secretly had a crush on you?

Joyce Lansky said...

Na. He was cool and I wasn't.

Ai Sakura said...

haha what a cute story! :)

Ai @ Sakura Haruka

Rory Bore said...

Oh I love this!! You know I'd totally do something like this.
maybe even now! LOL

Pat Hatt said...

lol well at least you got to do it digitally

mail4rosey said...

I wrote my crush's name on a notebook, over and over again with swirly lines and funky letters. Only at home though, no way I was risking that going out in the OPEN, hahaha

Marie Moody said...

Girl, that is too funny & way to cool. Thanks for sharing! I need that laugh! Have a great weekend, and thanks for stopping by. :)

Rhonda Albom said...

What a fun game. you should market it now. Teen girls would love it.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I used to slip notes into my crush's locker at school. She was not smitten by it LOL

Debbie said...

That was a fun read! I remember those old computers. They sure were cool back then. I hope Tommy does read this. ☺

messymimi said...

What a great story! Thanks for the smile.

peppylady (Dora) said...

Our first computer in 2000 I believe cost around 2,000 and this lap top I'm on was under 300.

Coffee is on

Corinne Rodrigues said...

I would love to see Tommy's response to this, Joyce! :)

stevebethere said...

LOL Joyce you do make me laugh ...brilliant ;-)

PS: I totally agree... you are nuts LOL

Lizzy Allan said...

Haha! Such a cute story :)

alissa apel said...

That is a funny story!