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Dating Update: Nine Months
Thursday, 2006 May 18 - 2:23 am
Wow. Nine months. Wow.

Wednesday was our nine-month dating anniversary. I'd say that gave us an excuse to celebrate with some drinks, but that's pretty much every day. So instead we gave ourselves an excuse to buy each other some stuff.

In 1979, when I was a kid, Milton Bradley introduced a toy called Big Trak. It was a six-wheeled tank that you could program with a sequence of moves. It would go forwards and backwards, turn in any direction, pause, fire its little LED laser gun, and with the optional transport attachment, you could make it dump whatever cargo it was carrying. At the time, I thought it was the coolest thing I'd ever seen.

I asked my parents to get me one for Christmas in 1979. And then again in 1980, 1981, and 1982. But I never got one...

... until yesterday:





...and it still works. Today I programmed it to bring me a gin and tonic.

You know what else? I also got the Christmas present that I asked for in 1978: the Star Wars X-Wing Fighter.





Collectors may want note that this is the original 1978 version of the toy, not one of the models reissued for "The Empire Strikes Back".

So among Amy's many other endearing qualities, now she makes all of my childhood dreams come true too. Do you see, Internets, why I am so in love with my hunny bunny?


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Comment #1 from olafandyjon (Guest)
2006 May 18 - 9:30 am : #
Dude! I had almost forgotten about the Big Trak! And the X-Wing...I never got one of those either (though I can't complain as I had a Millenium Falcon. I liked Han better than Luke anyway).

I think you already knew, but this confirms that she's a keeper! :)
Comment #2 from MonoCerdo (Guest)
2006 May 18 - 4:29 pm : #
I'm just amazed that Amy knew your unfulfilled childhood gift wishes from the late 70s. I might have to start giving Jason surveys, because honestly, I don't think that's ever come up.

Excellent gifts, though.
Comment #3 from Ken (realkato)
2006 May 18 - 5:07 pm : #
I MAY have dropped a few hints along the way... but still, the gifts were totally unexpected. Amy said I looked like an eight-year-old at Christmas when I opened them.
Comment #4 from MonoCerdo (Guest)
2006 May 18 - 6:22 pm : #
I look like an eight-year-old at every Christmas, but I think that's just because of my overly round face.
Comment #5 from Phil (Guest)
2006 May 18 - 6:37 pm : #
Big Trak! I completely forgot about that one. Perhaps because obtaining it was so far from possible that it didn't even make my fantasy list. But I'm psyched for yours.

Nice X-Wing, too. And not that you'll need this warning, but don't forget that those guns tend to bend/break. Careful, young Jedi!
Comment #6 from Lastewie (Guest)
2006 May 18 - 7:24 pm : #
OMG! I had a Big Trak, and I had totally forgotten about it until this. Wowsers.
Comment #7 from Crouching Hamster (Guest)
2006 May 18 - 9:43 pm : #
Awww. And congratulations!

I actually played with the original X-wing fighter. I used to babysit for a Star Wars fanatic. And, um, I've only seen one Star Wars movie. All I remember is Yoda.
Comment #8 from John C (Guest)
2006 May 19 - 7:37 am : #
I had the X-Wing, Hoth Speeder, and Tauntun. I did not have the tie fighter, much to my shame.

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