In 1986 Garbage Pail Kids had launched the "3rd Series" we were all trading cards like "Juicy Jessica" and "Roy-Bot" down on the playground. My friends were all suckers for the newest cards, so I would gladly trade their 1st and 2nd series for my cards.
In that same year my best friend at the time bought a Sega Master System. Unfortunately Chris lived over an hour away so my visits with "Alex Kidd" and "Wonderboy" were few and far between.
Everytime my Mom would drive out there to visit her high school friend (Chris' Mom), there my brother Kurt and I would be. Of course we would tote a huge number of Garbage Pail Kids!
I remember playing Space Harrier for so long one night that it was 8:30 A.M. before we even considered going to bed.
One hot summer night we decided that it would be in our best interest to sleep in Chris' pop-up camper with his 8 inch T.V. and the Master System......it turned out not to be.
Chris was a very, shall we say, hyper kid and I was very involved with the dark arts known as Garbage Pail Kids trading. We fought like cats and dogs that night over who got the next turn on Hang-On, who was getting what out of the HUGE trade we were conjuring, who my little brother thought was cooler........you know REALLY important stuff.
The next morning we decided we weren't friends. I only remember punching him in the face and regreting it SO bad! My Mom stopped our already infrequent trips to visit Chris and his Mom.
Everytime I play my Master System or look at my Garbage Pail Kids it makes me think about the fun we used to have on those visits. I wish he and I had even seen each other after that. I guarantee he stayed as huge a game nerd as I. We probably would have been long-time friends!