Canvas Of Sand

Sunday, February 12, 2006

The Grass Isn't Greener!

I was thinking the other day, that since my wife and I came to California, I have only seen one pawn shop. Where we are from, it’s not uncommon to find 5 to 10 pawn shops littered around the town, making big bucks from the financial woes of others. It’s the same thing for everyone really. We go into the shop hopeful, expecting to walk out with plenty of cash. But in the end, we are usually met with heavy resistance, and chump change. Pawn shop merchants know their trade! And you can never beat them at their game. Poor, poor Squeeks, his Xbox 360 dilemma continues.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Don't Cross Me!

My wife loves playing Animal Crossing for the Nintendo DS. We each have our own way of making money in the game, which are called bells. Everything in the game revolves around decorating, and finding new ways to make bells or keep neighbors from moving away to a better neighborhood. I began thinking yesterday about the game's money system, and how the oddest of items sell for ridiculous amounts of money. For example, turnips, which are sort of the in-game stock market, can reach up to 600 bells each on some days. It would be insane if in real life, a bee could net you about 6 grand! But in Animal Crossing, such items are in hot demand! Expect the local merchant there to rip you off occasionally, and force you to work off a bigger mortgage immediately after you pay off the