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Chi-Style Drunksaling: Vol. 5.8 - Dismal, Dreary and Dreck

September 12, 2006 By Glenn Turner

Unitdaisy and I were so inspired by the (now defunct) drunkgamers.com's garagesaling adventures that we decided to follow their example and searched about Chicago, scrounging for games and, when we were done, forced others to relive our experience.

For those unfamiliar with the term drunksaling, it's simple: It's kamikaze garagesaling for video games! The following occurred on August 19th, 2006.

G. Turner: I'm not exactly sure how it happened, but we've actually been writing these articles about two weeks after they happened. That means that in-between actually attending the garage sales required for this entry and actually writing this entry, we've attended an entire additional weekend of sales.

Normally that's not a big deal as each weekend usually has even amounts of highs and lows. Unfortunately this week we hit all the lows and, truthfully, all I really want is write about next week (but I can't say why!).

G. Turner: Ah well. These sales' tales must be told. This shot doesn't accurately portray the humidity of the day, but I think it does do a good job of saying 'gee, no I think it's a rather crummy looking day outside - I'd much rather have some sun and crisp air instead of soggy & clingy humidity!'

unitdaisy: It was saying to me, "Now wasn't it much nicer under the covers!" Some days are meant for sleeping in.

G. Turner: You can sleep in when it's winter and all garages are snowed shut.

G. Turner: This first sale, well, we were actually here a few weeks ago. They had a pretty awesome puppet heralding their sale. This time all they had were books.

unitdaisy: Uninteresting books, which for me is quite a declaration.

G. Turner: A trail of books that apparently leads inside. It's a trap! They're trying to catch us nerds so they can use us for their own nefarious needs!

unitdaisy: Mmm... breadcrumbs...

G. Turner: $1 ... that's a start.

G. Turner: At least we know the screen works.

G. Turner: This sale felt distinctly ..institutional.

unitdaisy: It's always good to check for secondary exits at your local fenced in sale; it seems to be all about trapping the shopper this week.

G. Turner: I miss the days of sprockets and emulsion.

unitdaisy: Even the smell?

G. Turner: Especially the smell.

G. Turner: Yes yes, we all know that cats are very good at being on and in things. One could say they even excel at such acts.

unitdaisy: Such as being on my list and in my hair.

G. Turner: Because I know that I want my instruction manual to contain rules for other games.

unitdaisy: Wall demon to guard against shoplifters: priceless.

G. Turner: It's not a weekend if we don't stumble on a Parker Brothers card game.

unitdaisy: But this is the best of the best of card games, "Coup fourré!"

G. Turner: I don't care what The Reader says - Spidey's Punch & Judy is absolute tripe and he knows it.

unitdaisy: But the fans keep coming, will no one listen to reason??

G. Turner: Ahh Chessmaster. Although I remember Chessmaster 2000, not his hyperactive brother Chessmaster 4000 Turbo.

unitdaisy: It's speed chess.

G. Turner: A generic box merits only a generic reply.

G. Turner: This belt will protect me from low blows and waning self-esteem!

unitdaisy: And possibly even back injuries.

G. Turner: No, you first.

G. Turner: Trust me when I tell you that these computers were filthier than a toilet in Silent Hill.

Find of the Week: Stumbling upon those aging PC games took me back, but sadly it was nowhere I wanted to be. I'd say lunch was a bit of a find, but even that was nothing more than a poorly cooked hamburger and a middling salad with sad croutons.

Lesson of the Week: We didn't learn much this week, but we did forget to check the papers to see if the Cubs were playing in town this weekend. They were and we were unprepared for it, so no thrift stores this week!

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3 comments for ‘Chi-Style Drunksaling: Vol. 5.8 - Dismal, Dreary and Dreck’

#1 hobbie Sep 12, 2006 05:05pm

Hmmph, the Post Reply button isn't working for me.

Anyways, I'd love to get my hands on a $1GB Pocket. It's all I lack to complete my Gameboy collection.

#2 Fiddytree Sep 12, 2006 08:16pm

We totally have one of those big mouth billy bass things at my house. It was funny for the first week we had it, then it got old. It hasn't worked in a good 3 or 4 years.

#3 jt-3d Sep 15, 2006 06:44am

Pretty dismal indeed but that Aces Over Europe was a pretty cool game back in it's day.