For a large portion of my life I kept a journal. My stash of concise entries written in awkward handwriting provide me reminders of simpler times. For instance, twenty years ago on this date John and Sonia Hoffman gave my brother and me a used Atari 2600. The model with the fake wood veneer on the front. It was an unexpected gift. I remember being ridiculously excited about it. We played many hours of River Raid and Outlaw on that old system.