After scoring a free copy of Braid last December, I didn’t expect to be winning anything again any time soon, much less from a contest I didn’t know I’d entered.
See, I have a JCB card. JCB being, basically, Japan’s version of Visa or Mastercard or what have you; it’s accepted almost everywhere you go in Japan but in very few places in the USA. I like trying to pay for things, especially meals out, with it because it often evokes a brief moment of terror on the face of whatever waiter I’ve handed it to; it’s the “Oh god, we don’t take this card and they’ve already eaten what am I going to do now?” look.
Then I take pity on them and give them a credit card they recognize and the light of recognition on their face is, well, it’s a beautiful thing.
If that makes me a bad man, then, well, I’m a bad man.
I CAN use it at the local Kinokuniya bookstore, and do so whenever I shop there, just to keep it active. You know, on the off chance that I happen to need to fly to Japan at a moment’s notice.
I live an ACTIVE fantasy life, yes.
Over the holiday spending season, they apparently ran a sweepstakes where 10 lucky JCB card members wound up with a DS Lite or a PSP. Since I suspect that there are, roughly, 10 actual JCB card holders in the US, I shouldn’t consider myself TOO incredibly lucky in winning a DS Lite, but I will gracefully accept it. 🙂