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12 Apr, 2006

cheap therapy

Posted by andrea in: Oh! Things!

I picked up something really cool from ValVill last week:


This was a game I longed for as a child, and never received. I HAVE BEEN MISSING OUT. I must confess that I sometimes play alone, by myself, when no one is home.

It is that much fun.

I love finding/buying old games. Part of the fun for me is the packaging. Check out the photo of the family. I love the feigned enthusiasm. I can imagine the director of the photo shoot shouting things like “I want B-I-I-I-I-I-G smiles people” and “imagine you’re having fun fun fun!” while sneaking slugs out of a hidden flask. Afterwards the kids go light up in the back lot and the man and the woman move on to soundstage three where they participate in a production of “When Hairy met Sally.”


I had a plaid shirt like that girl.

Anyway, yes, back to the game. Rebound is pretty simple. It’s a lot like shuffleboard. (I can’t wait to be a senior!) You roll your piece so it rebounds off a pair of elastics and ends up on the high-value parts of the board. Push too hard and it will wind up in the gutter, too softly and you don’t get any points at all.

It is a lot of fun, although I wouldn’t quite agree with the marketing department execs who deemed it to be a “sizzling action game.”


It was a risky purchase. The box was taped, and I wasn’t going to open it to check to see if it had all the pieces. I shook it and tried to determine if it sounded like there were eight. The fellow at the cash was unable to tell me if ValVill checks to see if the games are complete before putting them out on the shelf. But this was a $4.99 chance I was willing to take.

We took it home. It was already past the girls’ bedtime but we were all itching to give it a try.

My husband however, was deflating my excitement by complaining about the slidyness (sorry for the unscientific terms) of the game pieces. He fussed and spritzed it all with Fantastic and gave it a clean while we waited.

I know he’s reading this, so I will only say this: YES, it was a little dirty and YES your spritzing made an improvement. OKAY ALREADY. :^)

We’ve had fun playing with it. This game is definitely a keeper.


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My name is Andrea and I live in the Westboro area of Ottawa with my husband Mark and our dog Piper who is kind of a big deal on Instagram. We also have two human daughters: Emma (20) and Sarah (18). During the day I work as a writer at The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. I am a longtime Ottawa blogger and I've occupied this little corner of the WWW since 1999. The Fishbowl is my whiteboard, water cooler, and journal, all rolled into one. I'm passionate about healthy living, arts and culture, family travel, great gear, good food, and sharing the best of Ottawa for families. I also love vegetables, photography, gadgets, and great design.

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