Small disclaimer: if you are under a certain age there may be some terms in this post you won’t understand. i.e. the title, VCR, repair of electronic appliances (rather than throwing them away), little plastic soldiers (see above).
Back in the dim past of the 1980s, not everyone owned a Video Cassette Recorder/ player. They were expensive. However, the stores that rented movies, also rented the devices to play them.
Go to the video store, choose a tape you would like to watch and for another $5.00 rent a player. Take it all home, hook it up and enjoy. Return within 24 hours.
In 1989, for our 10th anniversary, my husband and I spent probably close to a month’s salary to buy a beautiful cabinet model television set and a VCR. I’ll mention here that the TV inside that lovely piece of furniture was still working when it went to the city’s recycling Dumpster 20 years later.
The VCR lasted several years also, although it had to be repaired a couple of times.
1989 also heralded the birth of our grandson, Phillip, who subsequently came to live with us full time. When he was 4 or 5 years old, he loved to visit Everything’s $1.00 and buy a toy. A favorite was a plastic bag full of tiny olive drab soldiers in various battle poses.
This could be another item you are unfamiliar with. I’m not sure it’s P.C. to sell battlefield implements and soldiers any more. My local $1 store offers “Zombies Vs. Cavemen.”
But I digress.
One day I attempted to insert a movie in the VCR and was greeted with a horrible grinding noise. It wouldn’t work. We took the machine to the TV/ VCR repair shop.
When we brought the VCR home, I sat Phillip down for a conversation.
“We’re getting the VCR back today. Do you know what happened to break it?”
“Something was inside it. Do you know anything about that?”
“Well, the man was able to fix it.”
“So can I have my army mans back?”
That’s how the game is played. The purpose is to catch someone lying or at least avoiding the truth. Parents play that game a lot — as do many people with authority to ask questions that must be answered.
Is it a nice game?
I guess that depends on your perspective.