So Long, Farewell. It’s Time for Me to Re-Spawn.



“I can’t find my house,” my 11-year-old daughter, Dimples, lamented.

At the time, she was sitting in our living room listening to the Sound of Music soundtrack (the good one).  Since I get lost all of the time, especially when I am actually inside the place I’m trying to find (like a store at the mall – “Where the heck is Macy’s?  Oh yeah, I’m standing in it.”), I wasn’t completely surprised by her proclamation – just a little sad that she inherited the defective gene of disorientation from me.

Then I realized she was playing Minecraft.  She is probably the only person in the world who plays Minecraft while she is singing along to “Do, Re, Mi”.*

(If you do not know what Minecraft is, then I hate you consider yourself fortunate to be in a state of blissful ignorance, pour yourself a glass of champagne, and pull up the delightful YouTube video of, “What Does the Fox Say?” to celebrate your escape from Stupid Things to Which Kids Today Become Addicted.)

“I should just kill myself,” she announced.

“That seems a bit drastic,” I said.

“No, then I can re-spawn and I’ll end up back at my house again.”

Well, at least the game fosters creative problem solving skills.

I think I’ll try that technique the next time I’m at the mall and can’t find my car in the parking lot.

(*But, apparently, “My Favorite Things” is big in the Minecraft world…)


Posted on December 8, 2013, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 21 Comments.

  1. Consider me a complete ignoramus – I didn’t even know the Sound of Music soundtrack had more than one version. Now I shall have to investigate…

  2. Or maybe get the app called My Car Park. It can’t help you if you’re lost in Macy’s looking for Macy’s, but you’ll never lose your car again….

  3. Is there an app to help you find your way in Minecraft? Maybe my younger person should give lessons. He’s one of those people who never seems to get lost. Does Dimples have Minecraft dogs? My younger person does but none of them look like me.

  4. Hmm. I’ve heard of Warcraft, but not Minecraft. And I could never make it across one row playing PacMan. But I loved the original Tetris played on the original Nintendo. Not the DS or anything – simply Nintendo.
    Does this make me old?
    Don’t let Dimples answer that.

  5. My kids have recently become addicted to Minecraft too. Seriously – why the hell?! The first Mario Brothers looked more advanced! Zelda was better than it! They run around a fake world making things out of blocks… How is that more fun than LEGOs?

    I totally wish I could kill myself and respawn at home though. I’d do that every day after work just to avoid Portland traffic…

  6. Miranda Gargasz

    Oh, how I feel your pain. Our house lived and breathed Minecraft for ages. Tony even went so far as to purchase action figures of the characters in the game. Ugly little things. Luckily, the novelty has worn off. Here’s to wishing you the same blissful end. (P.S. I hate parents who don’t let their kids play video games–only because I wish I’d had such forethought.)

  7. I have two addicted kids. Well, one addicted and one willing to play with him but also willing not to. Perhaps we can find her immune gene and inject it into Dimples?

  8. My brother used to play that all the time. I never understood its appeal.

  9. Lance has played on everyone else’s phones, tablets, etc. and hd’s been begging us to get the ($6.99!) app. We did around his birthday and now he has decided I need to play also and keeps trying to explain everything to me. I hope Dimples figured it out!

  10. oh, how i’ve missed blog reading. thank you for a delightfully funny post. minecraft is slowly killing all vestiges of brain cells in my home. maybe they will respawn?

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