While being in the 9th grade I, well the whole class, had to have 14 days of work in a store, office, cleaning dove crap off
a park bench or whatever as some sort of project to see what real life was like and what we would like to do once school was
I had no clue what I wanted to do, I actually just wanted to stay home and sleep, though that wasn't allowed, hey it's a
tough job to sleep sometimes, ever tried to fall asleep in a bus/train.. not an easy job I can tell you that, but it can be done
(train test result: ended up 50km from home and had no money for a return ticket.).
But anyway, pretty much everyone in my class had found a place to stay the 14 days the project would run, most of them at
the place their mother or father worked. My father was/is a banker which may seem like fun, but counting stacks of money
which isn't your own just doesn't give me a kick, and their jokes are awful!. My mother was without a job at the time and
I wasn't allowed to be "house wife" for 14 days either, not that I ever thought of that.
So what was I to do, well earlier in 1992 I got my own NES system and loved it. So how about spending 14 days at a place
with lots of Nintendo games to "test run?" ... a store called SuperPlay of course!
The plan was set, the store accepted to let me stay there for 14 days, keep in mind they didn't have to pay me a penny so
I bet it was a hard decision to make, having someone work for you for free. Lucky for me the store didn't open until 10,
school usually started at 8, so I could sleep longer, yay!
I arrived moday morning a little before 10 sometime in October 1992, was greeted by the store manager after I had waited 5
minutes at their information desk because no one else knew I was going to "work" there. Well I got 2 nice red shirts with
a big nasty yellow bear printed on the front and back, and was told to get busy after a small tour around the shop.
Actually I don't remember much from my stay, though it was around the time the Game Genie was released here, and we had this
tape running all day with the GG commercial driving us crazy, it was turned off a few days later and never played again
(I should've asked for the tape, damn it). I didn't get to play that many games, but some, but sorted all games out so
everything looked perfect and tidy, didn't take long for those damn customers to mess it up tho.
One other day I managed to hit the stores vice manager in the head with a pair of rollerblades. She was standing too close to
the ladder I was on and I accidently dropped a pair of blades from the top shelf and hit her right in the head, fortunately
nothing happened, her head might've hurt a bit the rest of the day and she didn't speak to me for a couple of days.
Though she was the one helping me sorting the games later on and she had noticed how I spent a great deal of time around the
Nintendo games, and started asking if I had the SNES which had been released earlier in 1992. I said no and decided to start
talking about this cool NES game I was looking for and hadn't seen in the store, called Super Mario Bros 2.
Time went and the 14 days were over. The last day there I was called to the office by the vice manager and was offered a job
there during Christmas, I guess she had forgotten the rollerblade incident by then. They had been quite satisfied with my
work, I'm great I know, and they wanted to give me a little gift eventhough they weren't supposed to.
Here's what I got! :)