I was visiting some family for Chinese new year’s, and some of the younger kids were watching (the execrably bad) Spy Kids 3-D in the den as I wandered in at some key point in the quote-story-unquote. The movie’s theme, which I reiterate was bad, was about how they’re “in a video game” and presumably have to win at video-gamey things, woo, and at the moment I came in one of the characters loses their last “life” and dies.
I said, “Enh, she’ll be back once she puts another quarter in”, which elicited the following two reactions:
- All the kids under twelve ignored the crazy old guy and kept watching the movie, and
- Everyone else, up to and including university students, looked at me as if to say “what the hell are you talking about, crazy old guy”.
“Last life? Put a quarter in?” Nothing, blank looks all ’round. Turns out, I was the only person in the building who’d ever put a quarter into a video game. The idea was totally alien to these kids; one of them asked “Why would you do that? Wouldn’t you break it?”
Well, yes, I suppose it would.
Which is all to say that I’m taking the Desoto down to the soda shop to buy a coke for a nickel and have my joints recrotcheted, and that all of you should be off my lawn by the time I get back.