“My friend was so angry that I got that PlayStation.”

At the end of the year is when we got the raffle, at the end of the year band performance, and there was an entire table of stuff. And to show you how old I am, the one thing everyone wanted was the PlayStation, and this is the PlayStation One. This is the OG. There was other stuff too, like, there was a boombox, there was – I think CD players were just coming out. I didn’t even think they had the anti-skip technology, so you had to, you know, hold it. God forbid, you played it in the car because you had to hold it level so nothing would skip. I think there was a Game Boy, maybe, but every single person wanted that PlayStation. Because not only was it new, it was hard to find. And of course, because my mom sold so much and I got so many entries into that raffle, my name was the very first name called and of course, I got that PlayStation. And I’m smiling thinking about it because my best friend still of 32 years now, we were in school together that year. She went to a different elementary school, and then she went to a religious school after that. But we were in the same school for seventh grade and we were in band. And she – my stepfather is the one who brought us there. My mom had to work that night. And my friend was so angry that I got that PlayStation. She did not talk to me for probably a week. Not a word to me on the way home, ’cause I’m like clutching this PlayStation ’cause I’m 12, and I’m beyond geeked that I have a PlayStation. No games yet. I had to wait like a couple days for my mom to take me to, I wanna say Toys R Us but it might have been Meijer, ’cause Meijer sold games at that point. I don’t even know if they still do but they sold like, you know, SNES games and I believe PlayStation One games, and of course Walmart wasn’t up here yet. But yeah, she was furious with me because I got that PlayStation and she didn’t, and I’m going to after this, after I, you know, finish this, I am totally going to text her and say “Hey, remember that time I got the PlayStation and you were mad at me for a week?”

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