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I was licking envelopes, and was suddenly reminded of a tiny incident from my childhood, age 8.

I was in second grade, and having a Pac-Man phase. It wasn't like I played video games, I just happened to like the smooth lines and simple iconography of the game, and I liked drawing mazes anyway, so I would churn out three or four homage-collages of Pac Man's buttery-yellow, round self a week. Sometimes, I'd add lipstick and a hair (?) clip--Mrs. Pac-Man. I would put the ghosts in the corners for border decorations.

Second-grade boys are allowed their weird little obsessions.

At the time, my parents owned an art gallery and picture-framing studio. My father would go on to be, among a great many other things, recognized by the art community as the greatest picture-framer in Austin. Framing, matting, mounting, can be its own art form.

After school, I brought yet another picture of Pac Man, on bright glossy paper, to my parents' gallery. In the midst of fine artwork and perhaps finer picture-framing, my uncle, my usually stoned uncle, quite a good picture-framer in his own right, decided to mount my artwork on the wall of the gallery.

So, he licked the back of the picture and pressed it to the wall. It stayed there for two months before someone took it down out of irritation.

Anyway, back to licking envelopes.


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Jun. 2nd, 2004 04:28 am (UTC)
You were eight when Pac Man came out? God that makes me feel old ;?)
Jun. 2nd, 2004 06:47 am (UTC)
Nono, I was I think five, if pac-man came out in 1980. I was eight when the Pac Man TV show came on.
Jun. 2nd, 2004 07:36 am (UTC)
Yeah, but I'm old enough to remember pong ;?)
Jun. 2nd, 2004 07:43 am (UTC)
Most of the time I spent in arcades was just watching other players; I rarely had quarters to play with. My game of obsession was Qix. That deadly screensaver-line fascinated me.

Asteroids was another favorite, and I remember trying to simulate inertia (thinking of said game) when pushing the cart for my mom in the grocery store.
Jun. 2nd, 2004 01:18 pm (UTC)
Freaky man, I did the exact same thing. I managed to knock over only one or two chip displays.. 10 points.
Jun. 2nd, 2004 12:02 pm (UTC)
Augh, I was about that age when Super Nintendo came out, now I feel all wet behind the ears. >_<

What I really meant to say, is I kinda did the same thing. When I was first exposed to Super Mario World, I fell in love with the LEVELS and started designing my own. The daycare I spent that summer at had that endless tractor feed paper so I would plan layouts for entire levels, placing baddies and cliffs and lava wherever I pleased. I also got the rest of the kids to join me. But I always drew Yoshi the best and the requests were endless(this is where I started drawing regularly.) I also liked drawing Yoshi Houses in Mario Paint.(good god I was OBSESSED with yoshi...)
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