In 1992, I moved to Indianapolis with my mother, sister, and new step-father. My mother was a manager in a store at the mall.
That summer, we didn't have any money, and I had to go to the mall with her every weekday from 8-5. We couldn't afford any care, I guess.
I was lonely and each day I was forced to loiter in the 3 stores that interested me most. Not until today have I wondered what the retail employees thought of me.
I was **awkward** and **fat**. Combined with my loneliness in the big city, this was the saddest time period of my life.
In retrospect, my best friends in 1992 were my Sega Genesis, and a retail store called **Software ETC.**.
Because I was there most of the time, I had *intimate knowledge* of all their products, and an awareness of their product rotation that easily rivaled anyone in the store.
I spent my time reading the back of the box of **every software product** I could find.
As an adult, I am obsessed with this time period and can recall facts about obscure video game titles, such as plot, release year, publisher, etc. I read every magazine in the store.
Sega Visions, EGM, GamePro. In spite of not being able to afford many of these games, I knew all about them.
Today, I stumbled across [this!](https://youtu.be/CsG47Jbf6CM) [video!](https://youtu.be/CsG47Jbf6CM), a Software ETC. training video from 1991.
The content and arrangement of this store in the video so closely resembles my *best friend* of 1992 that I could not hold back the tears.
My memories of this time that I thought were repressed are now as lucid as the breakfast I had this morning. WTF... I miss a retail store?? Yes, I miss it dearly.