Rereading My Childhood – A Year With the BSC #21: What Backspace?

A Year With the BSC is an informal series wherein I explore the 1990’s CD-ROM video game The Baby-sitters Club Friendship Kit. The game is more of a personal organizer; it features with a calendar, an address book, a stationary kit, a flyer maker, and a personality profile. I’m focusing on the more interesting aspect of the game: the personalized letters and the journal entries. The full list of entries can be found at rereadingmychildhood.com.

It’s a short one this week, and I’m thankful for that, so let’s just jump right in.087.JPG

Abby must be vying to take over Vice-President if Claudia neglects her duties. What shameless sucking up, Abby! And just volunteering Claudia for the job? If she says no, she looks like a dick, and if she takes on this responsibility, then she won’t have time for her other responsibilities. Like, um, having a telephone. Look, Vice-President is a really more of an honorary title than an actual position.

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Okay, VP, there’s a backspace key. Why didn’t you just use the backspace? Also, how do you spell “animal” correctly the first time and not the subsequent times? I just don’t know about you, Claude. I’m worried. We’re all worried.

Rereading My Childhood – A Year With the BSC #10: Why Would You Do That?

A Year With the BSC is an informal series wherein I explore the 1990’s CD-ROM video game The Baby-sitters Club Friendship Kit. The game is more of a personal organizer; it features with a calendar, an address book, a stationary kit, a flyer maker, and a personality profile. I’m focusing on the more interesting aspect of the game: the personalized letters and the journal entries. The full list of entries can be found at rereadingmychildhood.com.

This week is a short one, starting with the return of Abby and Mallory from Sea City.

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I  have not won a prize. Also, why am I not surprised that Claire would enjoy skinny dipping? The most annoying Pike would enjoy calling attention to herself in the most inappropriate way.

Mallory chimes in, spilling the beans on Abby’s great babysitting.

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Abby, honey, why did you think it was a good idea to give a foot long hot dog to a six-year-old? What good could come of it? How did you become a babysitter? Kristy, is there some kind of screening process?

Rereading My Childhood – A Year With the BSC #9: Kristy’s Birthday

A Year With the BSC is an informal series wherein I explore the 1990’s CD-ROM video game The Baby-sitters Club Friendship Kit. The game is more of a personal organizer; it features with a calendar, an address book, a stationary kit, a flyer maker, and a personality profile. I’m focusing on the more interesting aspect of the game: the personalized letters and the journal entries. The full list of entries can be found at rereadingmychildhood.com.

Oh, boy, was it a busy week for the BSC! It started with Jessi congratulating Claudia on her problem-solving skills.

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I still think Claudia’s handling is going to produce dubious results. Maybe Sean just told her that the tuba painting worked so the other babysitters would stop trying (and failing) to solve his problem. Also, he was worried that Claudia might splatter paint on the rest of his property if he didn’t say she solved his problem.

Jessi continued in the journal by gossiping about Abby and Stacey.

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While that sounds nice and all, that’s not your story to tell, Jessi. And how the fuck do these 13-year-olds keep picking up dudes wherever they go? And how old are these bodysurfing boys? I have half a mind to call your parents and tell them about your nightly activities.

Meanwhile, it’s Kristy’s birthday soon and she’s excited about her softball camp.

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How could Watson get “a real major league player to stop by” exactly? Is he an agent? Big baseball agency in Stoneybrook, huh? Does he really want a baseball player who is half steroids to visit his young stepdaughter and her friends?

Then Mary Anne says something still relatable.

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Brad Pitt, Keanu Reeves, and Sandra Bullock are still relevant actors, even twenty years later.

I know what I would say to a celebrity if I met them. Nothing. I would say nothing. Because that’s what I said when I met Paula Poundstone after a show she did in Carson City. My sister asked her for an autograph and I just stood there with a big dumb grin on my face and said nothing.

We wrap up this week with Kristy’s birthday.

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I can believe that Claudia made a great cake.

Also, on a side note, these things are moving to Wednesday. Some stuff happened at school (*cough*class canceled on Wednesday*cough*I had to sign up for a different class*cough*) and now Tuesday is the most convenient day to write these. Sorry again.

Rereading My Childhood – A Year With the BSC #7: How, Mary Anne, How?

A Year With the BSC is an informal series wherein I explore the 1990’s CD-ROM video game The Baby-sitters Club Friendship Kit. The game is more of a personal organizer; it features with a calendar, an address book, a stationary kit, a flyer maker, and a personality profile. I’m focusing on the more interesting aspect of the game: the personalized letters and the journal entries. The full list of entries can be found at rereadingmychildhood.com.

The BSC is finished talking about summer camp and are focused on Abby and Stacey’s trip to Sea City with the Pikes.

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It’s troubling that Abby thinks there’s a possibility the BSC won’t miss her. She’s the newest member so she might be unsure of her position in the club.

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Dawn just came back from California, and I’m sure she doesn’t want to do another trip, even if it’s just a car ride and not a cross-country plane ride. I don’t blame her.

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Mary Anne is nice. She’s the nicest member of the BSC. That’s sweet advice, Mary Anne, but what do I do when my friend starts spouting fundamentalist dogma she got from our favorite bigot and crazy man the 45th president? How do we evolve as humans if we don’t hold each other accountable? How, Mary Anne, how? Because I genuinely don’t know and I am open to suggestions from preteens.

Rereading My Childhood – A Year With the BSC #4: Happy Birthday, Claudia!

A Year With the BSC is an informal series wherein I explore the 1990’s CD-ROM video game The Baby-sitters Club Friendship Kit. The game is more of a personal organizer; it features with a calendar, an address book, a stationary kit, a flyer maker, and a personality profile. I’m focusing on the more interesting aspect of the game: the personalized letters and the journal entries. The full list of entries can be found at rereadingmychildhood.com.

It looks like Dawn is back from California.

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Dawn, I don’t really want to discuss my airplane experience. I’m more interested in why the plane ride was “great.” No plane ride has ever been “great” since the chairs stopped lining up with the windows. You know why they don’t line up, right, Dawn?

July 12th is Claudia’s birthday and the BSC gives her a sweet gift.

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That’s adorable and warms this old bitch’s heart. Even I am like, “Yeah, that sounds like something I’d like. It’s personalized and it will keep me warm.” Personalization and mild warmth – two things I like. Hey! You already have two patches!

But the Claudia Birthday Celebration has to end and she asks Kristy to babysit Rosie Wilder for her.

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Poor Claudia, but if you can’t spell “school,” you should probably be in a summer one. I’m sure Kristy is happy to take the job, but Claudia owes Kristy. Not just because it allows Claudia to study, but also because this babysitting job sounds insufferable.

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Yeah, the title of that book is Madeline. It’s the name of one of those twelve little girls, the main character, and you read it yesterday. I realize that it’s summer vacation, but that doesn’t mean you should allow your brain to atrophy over fourteen hours. You read all the books. And made Onion Soup – the one dish the French are famous for because when I think of the French, I think Onion Soup. Escargot, canapes, or those little pastry sandwiches never come to mind. I guess Onion Soup is more accessible to a child. That doesn’t excuse Kristy’s memory. I’m worried Kristy. You’re too young to be experiencing memory loss. I have a book by Mary Lou Henner I think you should read…

Rereading My Childhood – A Year With the BSC #3: I Made a Flyer!

A Year With the BSC is an informal series wherein I explore the 1990’s CD-ROM video game The Baby-sitters Club Friendship Kit. The game is more of a personal organizer; it features with a calendar, an address book, a stationary kit, a flyer maker, and a personality profile. I’m focusing on the more interesting aspect of the game: the personalized letters and the journal entries. The full list of entries can be found at rereadingmychildhood.com.

We found out why Sean Addison was mopey last time Claudia baby-sat for him.

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Buck up, Sean. There are worse instruments than the tuba. You could be stuck playing the recorder.

Since I didn’t get a letter and that was the only journal entry, I took the time to make a flyer using the BSC Friendship Kit’s not-at-all difficult to use flyer maker.

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It’s beautiful, isn’t it?

Rereading My Childhood – A Year with the BSC #2: Stay Out of It, Dawn

A Year With the BSC is an informal series wherein I explore the 1990’s CD-ROM video game The Baby-sitters Club Friendship Kit. The game is more of a personal organizer; it features with a calendar, an address book, a stationary kit, a flyer maker, and a personality profile. I’m focusing on the more interesting aspect of the game: the personalized letters and the journal entries. The full list of entries can be found at rereadingmychildhood.com.

One of the things that the game asked me was the name of my favorite candy. If I had known they were going to ridicule me via letter, then I wouldn’t have told them.

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Hey, hey, Dawn? No one wants to eat that. Why would I want to eat something like that? Does that sound good to anyone on the planet?

Also, Claudia babysat for a pair of children, and for a second, I thought they couldn’t spell their own children’s names.

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For the record, those names are pronounced “Shawn” and “Corey.” Unless Claudia spelled their names correctly and their parents are the ones who can’t spell.

Rereading My Childhood – A Year With the BSC: An Introduction

It started with a YouTuber named Brutalmoose. In particular, a video he made about a relic from my childhood: Where in the U.S.A. is Carmen Sandiego?

CD-ROM games were an important part of my upbringing. I still remember the large boxes with the colorful art promoting a fun experience for me and a learning opportunity so I could convince my parents that a fifty dollar game was a good investment in my education. Although I played Carmen Sandiego religiously, and I did learn a few things, I am still not sure where Carlsbad Caverns is. Kentucky? Is it Kentucky?

Anyway, I watched a Brutalmoost video about Carmen Sandiego and it brought back a flood of memories. From Math Blasters to Diablo and finally, The Baby-Sitters Club Friendship Kit.

I first saw this game in a BSC Newsletter. I was a paying member of the Fan Club (mostly so I could get the diaries and pens) and with my membership, I received a newsletter. When I saw that black and white ad for a CD-ROM game, I knew I had to have it. I saved up my money and ordered it from the newsletter. An eternity later, I received the game.

The game centers around you being inducted as the newest member of the BSC, but the game itself isn’t really a game. It’s more of a personal organizer. There is a calendar and an address book. There are a few mini-games, but not much else.

It may seem like a lacking experience, but it wasn’t because of two things: the letters and the journal.

The game has a computer where you can input information about yourself: your favorite tv show, your family, your best friend, your personality traits. With that information, you get personalized letters from the BSC. I used to change the clock on my computer just so I could get more than one each day. Those letters were my life.

The journal is the other thing that is interesting. Throughout the year, the other baby-sitters write in it. About their charges, schoolwork, or whatever else. I changed the clock on my computer so I could get a new journal entry.

Well, thanks to a virtual machine and the internet’s uncanny archival abilities, I’m the newest member of the BSC and I’m going to chronicle their lives and share the letters I receive. It’s

A Year With the BSC

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Yes, I did try to print this out, but I guess Virtual Machines can’t connect to your local printer.