||[Nov. 19th, 2006|12:01 pm]
I bought a Nintendo Wii this morning. I wasn't too stoked about my ability to procure one as I had not made any arrangement or done any research to do so, but not far from me is a dense retail area with a Target, Bestbuy, Circuit City, Walmart, Kmart, Sears and a bunch of other stores. I figured I would set an alarm and head out to see if anyone had anything for me.
The Walmart opened at least an hour before the rest of them, so I went there first. I got in line behind about 15 other people at 6:45 and the nice lady in front of me informed me that 20 minutes prior, an employee had been out to say that they had enough for everyone in line at that point, so I felt good. A few minutes later, they opened the doors, told those of us in line to stay there and they would let us in a few at a time and do all the transactions at one register. Unfortunately, all of the people there to do some early bargain shopping and not there for a Wii weren't quite aware of what was going on, and they were all yelling at the poor guy at the door that was told to let people in a few at a time. I honestly feared getting trampled for a few seconds as they were yelling at the greeter. I think someone called him retarded and started shoving because they needed some underwear made in Bangladesh.
They eventually sorted it out and separated the shoppers from the nerds, bringing our line inside and off to the side instead of right in the doorway. At this point the decided to cut the dead weight and told the rest of us in line how many units were left and counted us off and sent the 7 of us in front to claim our nerd prize. I guess they had 20 units, and there were about 25 people in line, so some people got sent home.
In the way home, I drove past the Bestbuy and the Target to see lines of people camped out for at least another hour and giggled a little (inside) as I looked at the shiny white Nintendo box on the floor of my car. I felt a little bit of nerd pride, a little nerd superiority if you will on my way home. I'm trying not to talk to my cousin in MO about it too much as I think he's a little jealous that he was unable to get one. I have no problem gloating over other nerds, but you shouldn't taunt the family members that are actually nice to you.
I'll have to go out to get Zelda and the HD cables later this week, but the included game (wii sports) and the one I bought at the same time as the system, Rayman Raving Rabbids, in addition to my small GameCube collection should hold me until then.