Monday, December 15, 2008

The search for a Wii

So we decided to get a Wii this year as our family Chanukah present, although we forgot to actually acquire one. My son (J) was starting to get upset, so my husband (A) started searching.

Turns out, EVERYONE wants a Wii this year, and they are hard to come by. Amazon didn't have any, Toys R Us didn't either, etc. etc. J was really starting to get frantic.

"You mean we won't have our Wii by Chanukah?" he cried. Really, he was screaming, not crying. The only good thing about it is that he pronounced "Cha-nu-kah" in a very authentic and Israeli way.

A is a big bargain hunter, so he had to scour the internet for deals, but this wasn't really working. So he started calling stores. Turns out, they get a shipment in, and then you can wait in line, in the cold, to get a ticket or a wristband, and then acquire a Wii. I never, ever thought we'd be doing this. I remember the years of Cabbage Patch Dolls and Tickle Me Elmo, when frantic parents waited for hours to get their children these extremely annoying toys... And now we were part of that tradition. Waiting in a line for a Wii.

So A discovered that a local store was getting a shipment in on Sunday morning, and he planned to go early on Sunday morning to get in line, and hopefully to snag us a Wii. It was a very cold night, so he set out flannel lined pants, a very warm sweater, his heaviest winter coat, etc. He was planned to wake up at 5:00 or 5:30 am.

At 5:30 am, he woke me. "I don't have to go to the store!" he announced. "I just got an email from Amazon. They have Wiis! I ordered one online!"

"You woke me up to tell me this?" I thought. I thought it, but I didn't say it. "That's great!" I said.

So... the Wii is on its way. We hope.

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