A few days ago, my wife and I went down to the United States to go to the National Comedy Center that opened at the beginning of this month (August). After dropping off our dog at the Doggy Camp that he goes we proceeded down to the border. From my many border crossings I’ve always felt that the Rainbow Bridge at Niagara Falls is the fastest, however when I looked online at the border crossing times it said that there was no wait at the Lewiston Bridge. Against all instincts I decided to cross here:(
Well unfortunately the wait time was at least a half hour, and that wasn’t the only bad thing to happen. When we arrived at the inspections booths, I was “arrested” for a possible felony charge with a A & D (armed and dangerous) designation. I was asked to turn off my vehicle and get out of the car to spread my hands and feet. I was briefly patted down (I had nothing on me), then handcuffed for a more thorough search where I became very intimate with one of the guards if you know what I mean! I was escorted to a holding room where I found myself alone (solitary confinement) where I waited approximately five minutes before someone came in to unhand-cuff me and told me that I wasn’t who they were looking for. Apparently someone else with the same name had committed a crime and they wanted to be sure it wasn’t me. I was quickly processed, and we were sent on our way, but honestly after you’ve done some hard time you just don’t come out the same. In total it held us back about 45 minutes which meant that I had less time to look for retro video games:(
I looked for a secret store in Elmwood (an area near downtown Buffalo) but he either moved or went out of business. The owner didn’t really advertise at all except for on
Facebook, but unless you knew what to look for it wasn’t that obvious… maybe why he’s not there anymore.
These are two games that I didn’t have in my collection that I found at a place in Eastern Hills Mall in Williamsville called the Niagara Emporium. Eastern Hills sure isn’t what it used to be… it’s kind of pathetic now and don’t understand how it manages to keep many stores when it seems like a ghost town. Anyways I met a guy there named Krystian who owns a space called I Got Game and he seemed like a great guy to know… especially if you are into collecting retro video games:) He’s a bit younger than I am… of course I based this on his appearance and also after talking to him he said his main collection was for N64 games. This guy had games for most systems, but after I was done purchasing the above two NES games I was out of cash. NASCAR is a very common game that for whatever reason I haven’t picked up yet, but Wayne’s World is a bit rare, and from what I hear quite difficult to find with a nice label… this copy is perfect and I got a fairly good deal at $100US. I’m not really into negotiating so I was delighted when he gave me what I felt was both a fair, and good price. He asked me about where to go in Toronto for retro games and of course I recommended the Retro Game Bros., and to stay away from A&C Games as they tried to rip me off on a lousy copy of E.T. for the Atari 2600 several years back!
Anyways after we were done visiting family, and saw the National Comedy Center (which was quite well done I must say!) we took off for Erie, PA to check out Presque Isle. Just before the entrance there is a diner called Sara’s and they serve malt shakes (hard to find these days). I ordered a peanut butter shake and let me tell you, that alone made the trip to Erie worthwhile. It was that good!
After we finished our shakes we went off to a place called Basement Transmissions to see a band that I haven’t heard from in over 25 years called Green Jelly. They had a song called the Three Little Pigs which was what put them on the map in the early ’90s.
The tickets were only $12 and there couldn’t have been more than sixty people in the audience, yet they still rocked some simple to play tunes and were a lot of fun!
SEGA Corner: If you want a lot good Genesis and Master System games check out Krystian’s store I Got Game.
Until next time,