What’s up? Chad checking in . . .

So, now I’m getting a little older, right? And although I was still into playing video games big time, things were starting to change. Ah, those awkward “hormonal years” – – those early teenage years . That’s when I started to to pay attention to different things . . . and considered different ways of pursuing my Xtraordinary life. I mean a guy just wants to  have fun you know. After all , this was the late 90’s now.

That’s when it happened. I slowly found my interests changing from MS PACMAN to Miss 9th grade Prom Queen!  What? How’d that happen? HORMONES BUDDY, HORMONES !!! I began day dreaming about how I could meet girls . . . about what I might say to them . . . about how I was going to impress them . . .about how I was going to get away from them if it turned out that I didn’t like them after all . . . about how I was going to keep them around, if it turned out I did.

You know, the usual stuff a 14 year old geeky guy might ponder. Remember, I had already made up my mind that my life’s goal was the pursuit of happiness and having fun with an Xtraordinary life.

And I knew that there had to be some ways to have fun with teenage girls – – but I just didn’t know what to do. And I meant have fun with them in a clean and wholesome kind of way. So, settle down there, Sparky. This story ain’t about a Horn Dog like you!

So, it seemed logical to just muster up the courage, and sachet on over to the most popular and prettiest girls in school . . . AND . .  invite them to come over to my house to play some of my games on Nintendo or Play Station, right?    WRONG NUMBNUTS!    It seems the teenage girls of my generation were NOT into playing video games with some pimple faced nerd boy, down in his father’s basement. At least not the popular and pretty ones anyway.  Teenage girls . . .go figure, right?

So, hmmmm, what was a lad to do next?    TO BE CONTINUED . . .

So, hit me up if you got sumpin to say to me, Chief.

Hey Guys. . . Chad here.

How does an ordinary guy growing up in Texas transform his life events into something Xtraordinary? Well, my life philosophy is to just have fun and enjoy life. I know that might sound simple and shallow — and so what if it is? Its my life and my blog, so I guess I can approach it anyway that I like, right? If you can’t relate to this lifestyle, that’s cool . . . start your own blog about your outlook on life, dude!

My pursuit of “having fun” started at a real early age for me. My first memories of having fun (that I can remember) involved playing video games with my dad. All types of video games. You see, my dad was a video game nut! He loved playing video games of all  types–it was his passion. He had all the games of the 80’s from Atari, Nintendo, Play Station,  . . . and it continued right up until recently including XBox. He has now passed away, but  he taught me to love playing these games as well. I guess I “inherited” his passion, so to speak.

Mom, on the other hand, wasn’t much into the video game thing. She just kinda tolerated it, if you know what I mean. I’m sure dad talked her into playing with him every now and then. But if for no other  reason than that, both mom and dad were glad when I was born into this world — now dad would have someone to teach about and play with his vast collection of video games. HAHAHA!

So, I literally grew up in my early years immersed in the gaming world thanks to dad. There is a family rumor going around that instead of giving me a rattler or ball to play with as an infant, dad gave me an Atari joystick to get familiar with! I can’t confirm or deny that rumor because I really don’t remember . . . but I do know this: it seems like the first game I learned to play was Atari’s Pong game. And also, the Combat Tank game from Atari.

And later, we moved on to Nintendo — and a whole new world of fun and joy opened up for me.I can’t count the number of hours that dad and I played Zelda together. We explored the different levels and learned all the tips and tricks to beat those levels. And although it took some time (even though dad seemed like a genius at finding and figuring out hidden shortcuts) I was finally able to master it.Continue reading