Wii Will Rock You

Have I told you about my obsession with Guitar Hero? Our friends' 7-year-old son got a Wii for his birthday, and ever since Guitar Hero was added to the collection of games, we (all the adults) have pretty much taken over. Even though I know sharing is the nice thing to do, Guitar Hero has the power to resurrect my child-like tendencies. "My turn! My turn!" I shout as I grab the guitar out of the current player's hand. I have some serious catching up to do. I mean, have you seen my competition?  This guy is a force to be reckoned with.

I was born in the 70's, and even though I probably had 45 records spinning from the mobile above my crib, I was more of a Bee Gees kind of a tot than a rock-n-roll baby. But Guitar Hero has stirred up the wanna-be rock star inside me, my husband Shawn, and our friends, Patrick and Beth.

Patrick prefers to "Slow Ride," taking it easy while he jams.

If this were that 80's show "Dance Fever" Shawn would score extra points for originality, execution, and showmanship.

Beth and I just formed a girl band and you can decide for yourself whether we're cool or not.

In general, I'm not really into video games. I'll challenge anyone to a game of Pac-Man, but I haven't so much as jiggled a joystick since the Atari. But Guitar Hero has changed that. It is so much fun!!!! Guitar Hero makes me giddy. Chase-the-ice-cream-truck-down-the-street-kind of excited. Playing the game has made me laugh until I cried. Do you recall the last time something made you laugh that hard?

It's therapeutic to let down our defenses, forget the daily dramas, and have some good, clean fun. Kid fun. Ready-or-not-here-I-come kind of fun. I know I'm guilty of taking myself, and life, a bit too seriously at times. For children, having fun comes naturally. I wonder what happens along the way that makes some of us forget?

Having fun reminds us of the power of being in the moment. A good laugh helps put our troubles in perspective. And rocking out to Guitar Hero makes me wonder if I'm smarter than a certain 2nd-grader. And that just makes me start laughing all over again.

Until next time... Angie aka "Judy Nails"