we don't do thanksgiving over here, but that doesn't stop us from being grateful for things, one of which is podcasts... so, thank you uncle ferg, and thank you to every other podcaster out there, you are appreciated...
Post by starbuck66 on Nov 29, 2016 10:40:10 GMT -5
Loved this episode Ferg! It's always great to get other's perspectives and history on things like the holidays.
Myself, I grew up as a Jehovah's Witness, so I didn't celebrate any holidays until I was 20 and left the religion. Even then, it took the birth of my daughter in 2007 to wash away any guilt I had in celebrating Christmas. My parents converted when I was 4, so I have some vague early Christmas memories, but nothing after that.
It really gave me perspective on how special the holidays really are, and really made me focus more on the family aspect, not the food or the gifts. While I enjoy both food and gifts, I'm just extremely thankful I'm able to celebrate with my wife's family, and I can make up for lost time with my mom's side of the family (my parents were the only converts in each of their families). We even did double thanksgiving one year; we went to my aunt's for lunch, and went to my in laws for dinner. I've never been so full in my life, and I don't think I would do that again, but gosh it was fun :-)
I think I shared this before on the podcast, but we usually do some video games Thanksgiving weekend in between football games (or in place of if the game if it's a blowout). This year we played my brother in laws Intellivision; games included B17 Bomber (with voice module of course), Night Stalker, Dungeons and Dragons: Cloudy Mountain, Pitfall, and Dracula. I also brought over my NES Everdrive and my Four Score with extra controllers, and we played some 4 player Gauntlet II, and a bunch of other NES and Famicom titles. I got my father in law hooked on the Famicom version of Dig Dug, we also played some Holy Diver, as well as Super Mario Brothers, Contra, Super Dodge Ball, Super Spike Volleyball, Millipede, Bubble Bobble, Mike Tyson's Punch Out, original Mario Bros, and others that I can't remember.
We also got my 5 year old nephew playing for the first time; I was amazed how in love he was with the Intellivision! Night Stalker was definitely his favorite game of the weekend. He also played plenty of Super Mario Brothers; he has Mario Maker on the Wii U, and he was really interested in playing the game that started it all.
Anyway just wanted to say I loved the episode, and share a little of my Thanksgiving with you all.