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So, I’m wearing a wrist band right at this very moment that entitles me to a Wii.

I lined up this morning at 5:20 on Broadway at the Toys ‘R’ Us (you’ll just have to imagine the ‘R’ is backwards).  I was the 11th in line; the first person had started the line at 8 p.m. the previous day.

I have to say, that if these people who were in line with me are my “tribe” then we are going to get eaten by wolves if we don’t starve to death first.  You’ve heard of Motley Crew, right?  I like the 7th guy: he’d lined up for (and bought) a Wii on the first day it went on sale, and had “so much fun” that he “thought he’d try for another one.”

Um, yeah.

Anyway, I have to make fun of them because I’m sure somewhere someone is making fun of me for getting up about 7 hours earlier than I normally do on a Saturday, and for being such an inveterate geek.  I have to say, I was amazed at how completely out of my competance league I was in that line.  I’m a huge PC tech guy, but they were tossing game title nicknames and console mods and all these historical gamer facts around and I was really barely able to follow the conversation.

Being up for sunrise is always a novel experience for me.  After getting the armband, I took advantage of consciousness and went to Granville Island and was the first customer at the bakery there.  The smell of fresh bread was delightful.

I’m returning to the store, armband and all, at 9:30 a.m. to actually purchase the Wii.  More updates as news happens, this is Travis Smith, reporting for


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It's early, so I forgive you, but the band's name is actually M?tley Cr?e. Mind you, if you were just making a kind of pun on the band and actually just referencing the line, then that spelling's kosher.

Regardless, I must come over and play with your new Wii.

That sounds dirty.


Posted by Darren
  at 9:43 am on Jan. 20, 2007




your desire is much stronger than mine. i just hunted mine online.

yay! wii buddy!


Posted by heather
  at 10:06 am on Jan. 20, 2007




let me be the first one in the smith/gardner household to report back: the wii rocks. i am a fan.


Posted by Susannah Gardner
  at 4:28 pm on Jan. 20, 2007




Make sure you warm up before playing Wii Sports. After kicking Heather's butt at boxing, tennis and bowling, my right arm was hella sore for at least three days :(


Posted by filmgoerjuan
  at 11:10 pm on Jan. 20, 2007




i think maybe i've already shown you this: but worth another look. hope you two (and guests) are careful! ;P

what does aimee make of the thing? or rather, what does she make of you "wiiligans"? (can i have credit for inventing a new word?)

anyway, congrats on the wii! can't wait to swing by for a game! what games have you got, so far? and which ones do you now have your eye on?


Posted by Jason Manikel
  at 8:05 am on Jan. 21, 2007




Happy to have been there for the birth. Travis with Wii here:


Posted by Lee
  at 2:29 pm on Jan. 21, 2007




We're being very careful; we've had no accidents to far, but my arms are very sore after playing Wii Tennis too long yesterday.

I have Zelda and the Wii Sports that comes with the console. I will probably be getting elebits next. Wii'll see.


Posted by Travis Smith
  at 2:50 pm on Jan. 22, 2007

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