“If you see something you really like, buy it.” That’s been my mantra for many a year, yet I still manage to screw things up. How did it become my mantra? This way: one too many times I spotted something in a shop, or at a rummage sale, or wherever; thought I’d really like to have it; decided to think on it a bit more, or leave it and come back for it later, or both – and then came back, only to find that someone smarter and faster-deciding than I am had snapped it up. Such disappointment!
How to avoid that disappointment? Easy! Repeat after me: If you see something you really like, buy it.
But I blew it again just last weekend, when eyeing something I wanted for the Manse.
It was what you see at the top of this post, a vintage board game called Stock Ticker. I spotted it at a booth that specializes in vintage board games at the Aberfoyle Antique Market near Guelph, Ont., a place Raymond and I like to visit each year when we’re in that neck of the woods for the Ontario Newspaper Awards (which are usually held in Kitchener-Waterloo).
We Sedgwick kids had a Stock Ticker game when we were growing up at the Manse, back in the early 1970s. (If memory serves, I pestered my parents into buying it for us because I had played it with classmates when our Grade 5 teacher at Madoc Township Public School used it as a classroom exercise, lord knows why. To teach us about the stock market? Hey, it was the 1970s. Education was different then. Kind of free-form.)
I have to tell you that Stock Ticker is very possibly the most boring board game ever invented. But when my siblings and I were growing up in Queensborough, Ont., we weren’t awash in amusements like kids are today, so we gamely (so to speak) played it.
When I saw that game at Aberfoyle, I was fairly sure I had to have it. I thought it would be a great addition to the collection of vintage games that Raymond and I already have going at the Manse, a bit of a tribute to my childhood days there. But there was no price on it, and no attendant handy, so I figured I’d come back for it later, after having a look through the rest of the market. After all, who else in his or her right mind would want to buy an old Stock Ticker game?
Well, you can see where this is going. Raymond and I are finished our circuit of the market and are getting ready to go. I’ve decided that for sure, for sure, I want that Stock Ticker game – in fact I need that Stock Ticker game. So I make a beeline for that booth. And there are all the other games that were on display earlier – various incarnations of Operation, many Monopoly games (including a Grateful Dead version!), Ker-Plunk, Hats Off, and on and on and on. But in the spot where Stock Ticker had been there is – nothing. It is gone.
I am such an idiot! Katherine, say it again: If you see something you really like…