Whiskerino 2009

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  • posted: January 13 @ 1:06am
Toy Soldier


herr neas says:
good luck
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 1:12am -
jracecar says:
i cannot pass one of those without playing it.
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 1:33am -
flainez says:
I never won anything in those games... hope you have better luck/skill.

Beautiful colors in this shot.
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 2:24am -
dizzywizard says:
Nice. I like the way the street sits in the background.
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 2:34am -
ThatGuy says:
The last time I saw one of those it was piled high with toys. You must be really good at that game to have emptied it this much.
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 3:28am -
keifel says:
can you get me one too? i suck at those.
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 4:21am -
robberfly says:
did you win?
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 4:38am -
mynameisjason says:
"call again" have a nice day.
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 5:14am -
jnonfiction says:
Kid at heart.
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 5:43am -
michaeljstraub says:
I. Love. Crane. Games!

Terrific shot
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 6:03am -
tedford says:
i've only seen one person win at one of those games in my life.
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 7:22am -
western dave says:
fav'd and king'd cuz i cans.
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 7:23am -
mackle says:
I hope you won the ambiguous orb with the army helmet!

beautiful shot as always sir. what sorta camera are you using?
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 7:37am -
pcain says:
awesome awesome awesome. king faved
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 8:00am -
chadmcclarnon says:
remember, it's called a Skill Claw for a reason
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 8:46am -
Furricane says:
Thanks for the congrats!
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 10:11am -
shularbrau says:
This totally makes me want to do the Buster-plays-skillcrane scene this week as part of my theme.
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 10:23am -
Snuffleupagus says:
Looks like fun but you look very concentrated.
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 10:36am -
Yogi Beard says:
I don't think I have ever won at one of those.
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 10:43am -
Johnny Rebellious says:
@mattyc - stripes for you
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 11:12am -
Johnny Rebellious says:
I'm going to my local bowling alley now to do the same thing
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 11:13am -
jracecar says:
like i said, i can't pass one without playing it. i have a knack for winning. i used to bring all kinds of cheap stuffed toys home to my wife, probably acting out some primal hunting instinct in my own noodle-armed vegetarian way. one day i came home and my mountain of kill had mysteriously disappeared. apparently it is possible to donate a pile of survival skill to charity.
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 11:48am -
hale. says:
There's a deeper story to this image than most of you realize.

Years ago while in a seedy arcade, I was playing the claw game, trying to win a stuffed Mr T. doll. As I maneuvered the claw over my intended prize, I was filled with a thrilling excitement, hoping that this would be the time I finally won at this accused game. My positioning finalized, I hit the release to send the claw plunging downwards amidst the mounds of plush dogs and bears. As the grasping metal fingers landed on Mr. T and began to close, my growing anticipation quickly changed to mounting disappointment. I watched heartbroken as the tines slid across Mr. T's torso, culminating in an empty grasp. However, as I turned away in defeat, I saw the claw shut with a final snap, and with a jerk, began the ascent skyward, dragging something with it. I spun around, my mind racing, thinking the claw had grabbed on to Mr. T after all, but no. Alas, it wasn't my intended quarry, and puzzled I watched as something else swayed and spun at the end of the crane. All I could make out was it was fuzzy and wearing a tshirt. Now more annoyed than anything, I waited for the crane to complete its path along the guide rails. The movement halted above the drop slot, and the claw sprang open, and with (a whimper?) and a thud, dropped my unintended winnings into the dark hole below. Thinking I would be retrieving a stupid teddy bear, I reached into the chute and instead grabbed something furry, yet warm and wriggling. With great trepidation, I removed my hand from the chute and set the thing upon the floor. I stepped back as the little fuzzball uncurled itself, blinked a few times, looked up at me and said in a funny accent, "G'day!"

"Wh-what are you?" I stammered. "I'm a Kiwi" came his reply. My mind raced through all my knowledge of the animal kingdom, myth and folklore, but the only thoughts that arose was some vague remembrances of a flightless bird.

"So you're a Kiwi, huh?" I stupidly responded, not knowing what else to say.

"Good as gold mate. I'm Mat Wiseman," he said, sticking out his little paw.

"Pleasure," I mumbled, quickly shaking his hand and then dropping it. "Look, I have to be going, sorry to rush off," and I began to edge towards the door.

"No worries mate," he replied, with perhaps a touch of sadness.

With an awkward movement, I reached towards him saying "Here, take these," and shoved my remaining tokens into his hand.

"Cheers" he replied, looking at me quizzically. I turned and rushed out of the arcade, burning with shame.

As the years went by, I often wondered about the little guy, and hoped he was doing well. It still pained me to think of how I abandoned him so mercilessly, but I was young and knew nothing about caring for a lost Kiwi. I had considered trying to track him down, but would always find some lame excuse to keep from doing so.

Time went on, I grew a beard, cut it off, grew a moustache, and cut it off as well. It was in 2005 though, when I prepared to again grow my beard, that I received a shock that I wasn't prepared for. There he was, the little Kiwi, an older but still youthful Mat Wiseman, a participant in Whiskerino. Would he remember me, and if so, with what feelings would those memories be weighed?

In the end, all my fears were unfounded.

And I still want that Mr. T doll.
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 11:57am -
Daniel says:
That game is rigged.
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 12:02pm -
Mat Wiseman says:
Oh @hale, you are the best.

I mean that.
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 12:27pm -
Just Jamey says:
Whoa. @hale gets the award for craziest comment ever.
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 12:39pm -
Dschonn says:
"Call" again

What does that even mean?
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 12:46pm -
orangebeard says:
you look like Mat Kearney. that is a good thing.
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 12:53pm -
mims attack says:
@hale comment win
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 1:16pm -
Andrew says:
@hale I knew it. All Kiwis are born from claw machines.
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 1:28pm -
Gavin says:
@hale that's a great story.

and mat i love the tones in your last few photos. it works perfectly with this one for a cool, vintage feel.
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 1:49pm -
zackle says:
What decade is it again? Are you guys a lil' behind in the years down there?

Fantastic, dude. Really.
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 2:15pm -
Nate Frog says:
Beautiful shot! The colors are enthralling.
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 3:29pm -
Ned Kelly says:
It pains me but I really like this
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 4:01pm -
Finn MacCool says:
@hale That story sucked me in. I haven't won at one of these in a very long time
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 4:07pm -
wondermade says:
@hale rules.
Did you get a prize?
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 4:44pm -
Mat Wiseman says:
I got the purple monkey at the back which I'll be sending @hale any time now.
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 4:47pm -
Mat Wiseman says:
Okay, I didn't really win. However, like others have suggested, I believe these games are rigged.
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 5:01pm -
Ozzy Nelson says:
@matwiseman, no man. I use comment jacked when I was going to say something and you say it first no matter what it is. In other words, "you beat me to the comment that I wanted to make, good for you."
Posted: Jan 13th, 2010 - 7:20pm -
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