Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Watch out for flying pigs!

(Pretty boring post today.)

I just returned from the local video game store. (Are they still called video games?) There I dropped sixty bucks. SIXTY BUCKS PEOPLE! Was I buying a gift? No. I was prepaying for my copy of Karaoke Revolution Party. (Actually--I prepaid for the KRP bundle--it includes a new microphone because one of mine broke.)

We have 2 video game stores in town. I discovered today that one of them totally sucks ass, and the other is actually quite nice. Here's how the conversation went between me and 10 year old boy working the counter at the ass sucking game place.

me: (Looking around at fellow customers--mostly 14 year old boys, thinking, damn, I am completely out of my element here.) "Ummm. Hi. I was hoping to pick --Sophie, put that down!-- up a copy of the new Karaoke Revolution for Playstation 2."
kid: Hmm. We don't have that yet.
me: Well, --Sophie! Come here!--I know that it comes out today.
kid (rolls eyes and consults ratty stapeled bunch of papers): Oh. It ships today. It doesn't come out until tomorrow.
me: Oh. Can I reserve one?
kid: no
me: Oh. Well can I--Sophie! One! Two! Three!-- special order one?
kid: No. We only take special orders 10 or more days before the game comes out.
me: Oh. Well do you know if you are getting any?
kid: No. We don't do the ordering.
me: Well, that was pretty useless.

I did actually say that last sentence. Normally, I try to be nice to retail clerks, but really. Enough is enough. So I called the non-ass sucking place. Conversation.

me: Hi. I was wondering if you are getting any of the new Karaoke Revolution games in tomorrow?
nice man: You bet!
me: Oh! Can I reserve a copy?
nice man: Sure. I'm really sorry, but because it's so popular, you'll have to come down to the store to reserve it. Can I give you directions?
me: No. I'll be right down.

5 minutes later, at the store.

me: Hi. I'd like to reserve a copy of Karaoke Revolution please.
nice man: Oh. I must have just talked to you on the phone. (To Sophie) Hi sweetie! Are you helping your mom today? (To me) Ok... (Continues to be very polite, helpful, and informative.)

Today's best thing about being a mom:
Sophie's new favorite movie is Mary Poppins. I hadn't seen it in YEARS! It's so good.

Today's worst thing about being a mom:
I treated us to breakfast out at IHOP today. She threw a fit until I let her drink the creamers. I'm talking 8 or 9 of them.


the beige one said...

Feed the Birds:Tuppence for Bread, that damn song can make me weep,unlike any other song outside of Baby of Mine from Dumbo.

lonna said...

I, of course, love the dancing penguins in Mary Poppins. So groovy.

I'm glad that you have one good video store. Most Iowa towns would have zero or two ass sucking stores. That's awesome that they treated Sophie so well. How hard is that?

amandak said...

I'm totally with the beige on the bird feeding song. Tears, every time. Ditto for Baby of Mine.

It's cool that she's into Mary Poppins though, has she started in on the accent yet?

You'll have to show me all the coolness that is Karaoke Revolution at Thanksgiving. Can't wait.

NME said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Mary Poppins. In fact I have a secret love of the work of Julie Andrews. Shhh. Don't tell. She's just SO good.

I don't think I've ever been in a video game store. But good customer service always wins out.

Kodi said...

Dude, I am so fucking excited for karaoke! Can I come over tomorrow when you get it?

Katy said...

WOO HOO! Karaoke!!! SO THERE!! New songs! New microphone, new killer choreography by you! SO EXCITED!!!

patrice said...

I am a big fan of the one, two, three. it works every time.

I have been to quite a few video game stores in my time, unfortunately. last year at christmas, every present under the tree was the same shape. I think $60 is a steal for the whole shebang (and, by the way, ONE of your microphones??) as I tend to pay $50 to $60 for just a stupid game.

good customer service feels wonderful. I love when they talk to the kids, too.

thelyamhound said...

I thought I was the only one who cries for Feed the Birds!!

M.Thom said...

Mary Poppins is also my favorite movie, at least as far as Disney movies are concerned. Did you know it was coming to Broadway?

Also, the creamers? Yuck. But I can see how that would be preferable to all the screaming. My kids are going to roll all over me someday...

Jacques Roux said...

8 or 9 creamers!?!? Awesome!! I saw if you're going to indulge in anything, do it right and get totally glutonous. Way to go Soph. Oh, and next time you're dealing with an Ass Neck like our boy at Suck Ass store, let that charming daughter of yours piss all over the floor. Maybe the fuck tard will realize someday that it's a lot easier to put a little effort in on the front end, rather than a lot on the back end...

KATIEmagic said...

Rude/Uncaring/Unknowledgeable customer service people are one of my biggest pet peeves. There must be something to this karaoke revolution I may have to try it.

Kat said...

Nothing goes with pancakes quite as well as non dairy creamers. They are shots for little kids!