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Honoring a Commitment to Myself

When I was young, I desperately wanted to have an arcade machine in my home. I remember that one Christmas, I took all the money my family had given me for my birthday and Christmas and invested it in a bank account expressly for the purpose of saving to one day buy an NBA Jam arcade machine.

Well, it’s years later, and I still have that dream. My love for NBA Jam has come and gone, but some things have stayed the same. For years I have put on my Christmas list that I know I will not receive, but do anyway: A Dodge Viper, a Ms. Pac Man arcade machine, and a Guns N’ Roses Pinball machine.

Well, it’s been years, and well, that account grew a lot. It is now¬†actually enough money to barely cover the purchase of an arcade machine. So I’ve decided, once I am in and settled in Chicago, I’m going to honor this promise I made to myself years ago and buy a machine.¬†The G N’ R pinball is not going to happen, at least not till I’m mega-rich. Those machines are R-A-R-E. However, NAMCO put out something that recently caught my eye:

PAC-MAN 25th Anniversary Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man, and Galaga. All in one machine.

It will be mine. I think younger me would be pleased.