Thursday, December 2, 2010

Why Are You Waving at the TV?

When I got home yesterday, the house was strangely quiet. Andy's car was there, so he had to be home. I started to wonder if he had forgotten to pick up Michael as I wandered through the silent house. When I got to the basement doorway, I saw the light was on so I called down. Sure enough, they were both down there. That's pretty rare, so I wandered down to see what was going on. Andy had pushed the chair back and was waving his hands at our big TV.

Um...whatcha doing?

Andy explained that he had picked up the XBox Kinect when he was out earlier. This game system had barely even hit my radar, so I was surprised to discover it my house. For those of you that are as out of things as I am, the Kinect is a game system like Wii, but instead of using a controller, the system uses cameras to detect your motion. This means that you don't have to worry about throwing a controller at the TV when you get too excited about a game you are playing. Another cool feature is that the camera will actually snap pictures of you while you are playing, leading to much hilarity.

I had plans to go to dinner with my mom last night, but I was going to play with Michael for a while so Andy could get a workout in, so somehow I ended up roped into playing the Adventure game with Michael. Great goggly moggly! What a work out. Michael and I were jumping and ducking and leaning like maniacs. We worked up some great laughter, and a good bit of sweat as well.

As I was playing, I realized that I was wearing a dry clean only sweater. I didn't want it to get gross, so I took it off and continued to bounce around with Michael. After about 30 minutes of this, I needed a break. I was still wearing a long sleeve T-shirt, so I was really getting icky. I sat down and decided to take my shirt off for a few minutes to cool down. Michael continued to play the game. That's when I noticed the camera float up on the screen so that it could snap a picture. AHHHH!!!! I dove out of the way and quickly put my shirt back on. The last thing I need is for someone to hack our system and pull that picture off the XBox.

Michael continued to play, and he too was starting to get pink from the exertion. He had on a hoodie and a shirt, so he asked me for help taking them off. Mid-game, I helped him yank off the hoddie, and managed to take the shirt with it. No biggy. I sat back down and watched the screen again. (So that I could tell Michael to step back every 15 seconds.) As I'm watching I hear Michael yell, "Snap a picture of me! Snap a picture of me!"

As I turn to look at him, the camera pops up on the screen, preparing to snap a picture. What I discover is that Michael had yanked his pants off and was standing there with all his dangley bits blowing in the breeze. The game prompted him to jump and when he did, the camera snapped it's picture. Of my baby. With his arms and legs spread wide and every flopping around.

I squeaked in shock and rushed, laughing to at least get a pair of underwear on his tiny little hiney. I giggle uncontrollably for several minutes, and Michael continued to jump and wiggle his way through the game.

When I finally stopped laughing, I hollered over to Andy that he was going to need to delete a picture or two from the hard drive.

I don't care if that's all we ever get from the Kinect. It was one of the funniest things I've seen in ages and the best belly laugh I've had in I don't know how long. Add to that, the fact that Michael bounced and wiggled for a full two hours and feel asleep without a fight, and I have to say that I think I'm going to like this thing.


Andy said...

Guess that thing about having embarrassing stories for Michael to find later has passed ;) We had a blast, but I'm bummed that I missed the part where you were diving around w/o a shirt on

LauraC said...

I would think the more appropriate title would be "What are you waving at the TV?"

Maria said...

I. Loooove. It. We got one for the girls for Christmas and I cannot wait to use it. WIth my shirt on.

I nearly busted a gut at Laura's title!

Stacey said...

This is the funniest thing I've read in a long time. Awesome!

Deanna said...

One more reason on my list of many reason to get a kinect!

I loved this story!

Julie said...

As usual, cracking up over here! And thanks for explaining what the Kinect was, I am out of the loop on gaming. If we ever get one my husband will never leave the house.

Joni said...


I couldn't help myself, but think that he may never leave the house if you get one, but he may get naked, or ask you to get naked so he the Kinnect can take a picture ;) SORRY, I'm sorry I really am, but after I read your comment it was the first thought that popped into my head!

P.S. This may induce a new form of "porn"