It’s like Christmas!
Shannon’s been out of it for a couple of days with an ear infection but not even that kept her from hunting down the elusive Wii. (For the record, the doc gave her some meds, and she’s much better, so don’t be thinking I let my sick kid wander around town looking for a game console:) )
As noted in my previous post, she and I have been frustrated and led around by our noses by disinterested and annoyed store clerks who must have had to field a lot of calls asking when they’re getting a Wii in (and don’t think for a second I haven’t felt like an eejit calling around asking for a Wii. My time in England makes me feel like I’m asking to go to the loo.) We started by calling all the stores in town and the ones in surrounding towns multiple times a day in case some came in on their trucks or via UPS. We just missed getting one on Thursday from Best Buy.
When I called Walmart in Hastings yesterday, they said they have 9 of them but cannot sell them until midnight. Now, I was willing to drive to Hastings around then to grab one, but then the clerk told me people start lining up for them at around 7:30pm. I’m sorry but no power in the ‘verse is going to make me hang around a Walmart for 5 hours. Not even for a Wii. I figured we’d just take our chances and go to Best Buy right when they open this morning. A friend from work said that was the best time to go.
But, I also thought it would be prudent to call both Walmarts here in town and see if they were doing a midnight sale of them as well. The South store said they had some, but wouldn’t be selling them until 7am-ish because of some sort of policy or something. I don’t know. Do you see how ridiculous this Wii-hunt has turned out to be? Anyway, Shannon asked me if I would let her get up at 4am and go to that Walmart and wait for it. Against my better judgement, and after repeatedly asking if her ears were up to it, I agreed she could go. I knew how badly she’s wanted a Wii for over a year now.
Well the little widget couldn’t even wait until 4am. She couldn’t sleep at all and I bet anything she had that feeling I used to get on Christmas eve when I was younger. I anticipated my Christmas morning traditions so much I could never get to sleep then. Anyway, she left the house at 3am and went to he South store armed with a book and ready to wait it out.
But when she got there, they told her that the shipment of the consoles didn’t come and they wouldn’t have any. Can you say ‘Crushed’? But then they told her that sometimes their shipments accidentally get sent to the North store. So she called and sure enough, the North store who had previously told us they wouldn’t have any, had them all. They told her there were only three left. So she drove up there (carefully I hope, it was raining hard) and triumphantly got one of the last Wii’s. She came home, woke me at 3:45am and said “We have a Wii.” I had been dreaming about silk trousers being hung out to dry (no idea) so my memory of this morning was a little fuzzy but I do know I had a happy camper who could now get to sleep.
I woke up around 7am and shortly after that, she was up. I asked her why she wasn’t sleeping in, and she said, “It’s like Christmas!” 🙂 I knew it.
So far, I enjoy the boxing. I like kicking ass. I still think the whole hunting down a Wii thing is silly and frustrating though.