The Mundling Zone

Thoughts, rants, and raves from the desk of Michelle Mundling

Friday, September 23, 2005

Intellivision Lives!!

Anyone will tell you I'm a lady of the 80's.

When I received my very first paycheck from working at Pic N Save back in 1983, the first thing I bought was an Intellivision console. By the time my console gave up the ghost in 1998, I had acquired: Poker and Blackjack, Horse Racing, BurgerTime, Triple Action, Checkers, Chess, and Night Stalker. Of course, some of the cartridges stopped working (this is what I get for allowing friends to borrow them) before my console's demise. I figured I would never be able to play the Intellivision versions of those games again.

Guess what?

I was surfing the net one evening and found an official web site for Intellivision games, including its history, information about the programmers, and other trivia. Imagine my delight when I found out that I can buy the CD that included all the games I used to own (with the exception of BurgerTime). The CD arrived last night.



The first game I played was Horse Racing. Up to six people can play this game. Each player gets to choose from eight colored horses (pink, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, white, and violet) in ten races with three different tracks (dry, turf, and muddy).


Of course, I had to play Poker and Blackjack, too. I still chuckle every time the dealer frowns.

Ahhh ... trips down memory lane.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Patience Has Its Rewards

Four years after Xena-Warrior Princess, one of my favorite shows of all time, went off the air ...

Four years of kicking myself for not recording the episodes to keep and watch later ...



... I finally managed to aquire the entire series on DVD ...

... for less than $200.00

Now, if they'll put Alien Nation the series and the movies made after the series into a boxed set ...

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

HOW YOU CAN HELP

The Ministry of Mark and Gina Gorman have set up a site to help those affected by Hurricane Katrina. All money donated will be used to feed, clothe, house and find jobs for the displaced with very little administration costs.

Please visit http://www.markgorman.com/home for more information.

Monday, September 05, 2005

Tiffany and the Skunk

Okay, I finally am getting around to telling this true story of what happened to my sister's dog a few years ago. My sister could tell this story better; it was an unpleasant experience, but she tells it in such a way as to make you want to howl with laughter.

My sister Pamela had a border collie named Tiffany that she had let out the front yard one night to "take care of business." It was 30 degrees below zero, but that didn't phase Tiffany.

Pamela was waiting at the doorway when she heard a muffled yet abrupt sound, like a cross between a whine and a low howl. She took a few steps out to investigate when she noticed "the smell." All that ran through her mind was, "Oh no ... no! no! no! ..." By then, Tiffany had trotted back to her, looking for comfort and relief from her obvious attack. Pamela's dread was a reality: Tiffany got skunked.

The smell was so bad that she briefly considered hosing Tiffany off outside, even though it was 30 below. Pamela's compassion overrode her desperation to minimize the overpowering skunk odor. However, she had to run her heater at full blast for the next few days as all the windows in the house were open to keep the odor to a minimum. Tiffany received numerous tomato-juice baths over the next few days.

Pamela never told me how much higher her fuel bill was that month.

To learn more about Tiffany, click here.