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September 19, 2001
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From the "not clear on the concept dep't.": Mom Dashes 900 Miles to Deliver Forgotten GameBoy to 11-year-old son bound for the isolated island of Iona to learn about life without modern amenities.
posted by msacheson (24 comments total)

 
That's just sad....
posted by SweetJesus at 11:18 AM on September 19, 2001


A GameBoy is NOT a modern amenity, an Advanced GameBoy is...
posted by sexymofo at 11:21 AM on September 19, 2001


I believe that the family is one of the most important factors in child development... but not this family. I bet she was driving a Ford Excursion while talking on her cell phone, navigation with her GPS, drinking her Starbucks coffee.
posted by hotdoughnutsnow at 11:21 AM on September 19, 2001


That's just a sad, sad example of a parent who evidently might have occasionally asked her son about his life and activities, but couldn't be bothered to actually listen to what he said...
posted by clevershark at 11:25 AM on September 19, 2001


the irony of the situation seems lost on the writer of the article who just mentions how much the trip cost.
posted by cheesebot at 11:30 AM on September 19, 2001


mofo's right, if the gameboy is black and white then it doesn't count.
posted by moz at 11:35 AM on September 19, 2001


I bet the other boys took the piss something rotten.
posted by holgate at 11:47 AM on September 19, 2001


no mother that would spend $220 to deliver her kid his gameboy would be caught dead
with her son playing a black&white gameboy. :)
posted by iamjacksamnesia at 11:51 AM on September 19, 2001


"He was a bit diffident when I caught up with him and I guess he was a tad embarrassed...''

At least someone appears to display some sense in this story...
posted by spinning jennie at 12:06 PM on September 19, 2001


hotdoughnutsnow, a Ford Excursion in Berkshire?
posted by crog at 12:08 PM on September 19, 2001


did it ever occur to the drunken woman that you could get TWO of the new Gameboys for less than $220, im sure she slipped the lad a Visa card for such little emergencies.
posted by tsarfan at 12:14 PM on September 19, 2001


I bet the other boys took the piss something rotten.

OK, most British phrasery I can muddle through using my Monty Python "Guide to Weird Shit You Hear Englishmen Say," but this one has me stumped. Holgate, what the HELL does this mean??
posted by UncleFes at 12:40 PM on September 19, 2001


On British phrasery, "took the piss something rotten"

I think in the US we'd say:

"gave him a hard time"

(pretty close to that?)
posted by jallgire at 12:48 PM on September 19, 2001


UncleFes, google comes up with this definition of 'take the piss', but of course you already knew that (wink wink).
posted by mb01 at 12:49 PM on September 19, 2001


THis is just SiLLy.
posted by Kodel at 2:23 PM on September 19, 2001


She must really love him.
posted by glenwood at 3:07 PM on September 19, 2001


Mrs. Rand?
posted by jcterminal at 3:12 PM on September 19, 2001


Tch, I bet UPS would have done the job. And before 12 noon the next working day too.
posted by Mossy at 4:49 PM on September 19, 2001


You people have no idea what horrors can be created by a person with Tetris withdrawl.
posted by Down10 at 4:56 PM on September 19, 2001


If she didn't care about her son as someone said ("not listening when he told her of his life"), then she wouldn't have bothered! I think it is obvious that she loves her son, but her priorities are mixed up. Would any sane person travel 1300 kilometres to deliver a GameBoy? Obviously not. Just shows she has nothing to do, but loves her son to death.
posted by HoldenCaulfield at 5:01 PM on September 19, 2001


Love's grip can get tiiiiiiiiight.
posted by aaronshaf at 6:34 PM on September 19, 2001


I dunno. If she can afford it, and she felt responsible for mispacking it after he had already packed everything the way he wanted to, I don't see a problem. Shows a commitment to putting your mistakes right.
posted by Hildago at 6:52 PM on September 19, 2001


"and she felt responsible for mispacking it after he had already packed everything the way he wanted to, I don't see a problem."

the problem is he's going away to learn about life without modern amenities.

kthxgg.
posted by jcterminal at 7:34 PM on September 19, 2001


I bet that kid is a fat little pig
posted by ph00dz at 7:08 AM on September 20, 2001


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