Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Ouch! That hurts the pride...

Those of you who know Stephen well would know that he is just a kid trapped inside a grownup's body, reminiscent of Tom Hanks in the movie Big (but not involving a midway genie who grants wishes though unplugged). Recently the man-child stood in line at midnight to await the arrival of the newly-released Nintendo Wii (that's pronounced wee), a video game system. My conquering hero brought his prize home, set it up, and was up waaaaay too late honing his skills.

Normally I would consider myself immune to the appeal (note the sarcasm) of such a toy, but the Wii is so interesting I thought I'd give it a whirl. One of the sports activities that came with the system is a fitness program, complete with an interpretation at the end of the daily routine, letting the user know his "fitness age." I thought, being pregnant and as active as a dead sloth, that this program would be good for me. On that first night I went through the rounds of tennis, home run derby, and bowling, only to discover that my Wii Fitness Age was 67.

You read that right.....67.


I'm really 27. Yikes. But Stephen made me feel much better by telling me that there was no way for the system to factor pregnancy into my fitness age. In retrospect, I wish he hadn't done that. If he had left me to wallow in my disgust, I don't think I would have done what I did tonight -- give it a second try.

I felt like I improved vastly over last night's pathetic showing. I got two home runs, got to level 15 in bowling, and did not completely miss every tennis ball fired at me. I anxiously awaited the system's judgment of my health, nearly equating it with actual medical opinion. :) Imagine my pleasure as the number 22 flashed up on the screen. Stephen, who had been my cheering section, was congratulating me when we both noticed that something was not quite right. My victory number had begun a descent to the bottom of the screen, only to be replaced by the far more evil number 37!!

I got "psyched" by a video game. Argh. I think we're gonna sell that stupid game system on Ebay... Buy me a treadmill or something....

7 comments:

Paula, Bobby, and Rebekah said...

That is great!! I'm sure I'd be right up there with you. I love the description of dead sloth!!
I understand wanting to try out the Wii. I've said to Bobby that that is the only system I'd consider getting in the future and only the sporty games. Have fun!!

Amanda said...

LOL!!!!! Too funny. But the big question is, have you pitched the controller through the TV or the wall yet? The Wii is pretty cool, though. We already have an Xbox and an Xbox 360, so the Wii is probably not going to happen anytime soon...but I definitely see that in our future.

Keetha said...

Maybe I missed something here - - - - isn't 37 WAY better than 67???? I'd see a half full cup and be THRILLED.

Rachael said...

My husband has that game system, too. He LOVES it. We brought it along when we visited family this past Christmas, and everyone got into it. Even my grandfather tried the bowling game and loved it. :p

Amy said...

The Wii is very cool... it's probably the first game console I've seriously considered buying other than my Atari. :-) But now I don't know, I'd hate to see what MY fitness level is. Yikes. I think it would be more fun than a threadmill, though. *G*

There's always 7am LCS fitness walking. Hee hee.

Paula, Bobby, and Rebekah said...

By the way, our anniversary is June 15th, not February, but I'm pretty sure you know that since you were there. :~)

Linda said...

So that's what you think 67 looks like? Ma Joad?