I wasn't in a purchasing mood, so I left empty-handed

Published May 23, 2009

Over the past couple of days, Mr C and I have found ourselves at a loose end whilst waiting for a call on Skype. This is new territory for us, we’re normally in a constant state of disarray rather than relaxed anticipation.

Mr C, who has experience of such things, says that a lot of working in the media industry is like this. You wait for hours for your small part in proceedings, but you have to be there just in case. I couldn’t comprehend how one would fill the time, and suggested the Shopping Cart game. Apparently, this is not what happens normally, but we thought it would be fun away.

To make it vaguely media related, we began: I went to the record store and I bought…

  • Abba album
  • Beatle’s calendar
  • The Cardigan’s Greatest Hits
  • Dark Side of the Moon
  • Fast and Furious on DVD
  • Grand Theft Auto
  • Happy Days theme on vinyl
  • Iggy Pop’s first album
  • Jack and the Beanstalk Interactive DVD
  • Tickets to Kajagoogoo’s reunion tour
  • Lost Season One
  • Miss Saigon
  • NME Magazine
  • Oasis - What’s the Story, Morning Glory
  • Poetry Cube
  • Queen’s Greatest Hits Volume III
  • A radio
  • Sound of the Underground by Girls Aloud
  • Some tapes
  • The Undertones first single
  • Vouchers
  • Sony Walkman
  • X-Men Director’s Cut on Bluray
  • Yes Man DVD which ruined Danny Wallace’s book
  • ZZ Top - Eliminator

I went first, and you can see as the game wore on, tactics developed. Mr C would choose short answers like “some tapes” whereas I tried to stretch mine out as long as possible to make them memorable (and harder for my opponent).

Midway through, he even tried this: “I went to the record store and it was shut for Bank Holiday.”

I can highly recommend this game as a pastime, even if it’s not what real media types do.

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