The ‘Gimmie’ Blues
NEOPIAN MARKETPLACE - A terrible plague is spreading throughout Neopia like
a wildfire. This epidemic is known as the 'Gimmies'. I’m sure that everyone
has been struck at least once or twice with this disease; even the best Neopian
can fall victim to it. So what exactly is the Gimmies, and what steps
can you take to prevent yourself from catching this potentially lethal virus?
Read on for the answers.
Step One: Defining the Virus
The first step to preventing yourself from catching this disease is to know
Gim-mies (gim-me´ es) n. A disease in which an individual is driven
to consistently beleaguer another for a costly and singular article in a belligerent
and oftentimes outlandish manner.
To translate for those who do not speak a dead language, the basic definition
for the Gimmies is a disease in which a person covets an item he or she doesn’t
have, and will usually constantly beg someone else for that particular item,
such as an expensive paint brush.
Now that you understand what the Gimmies are, it’s imperative to know what the
warning signs are for this terrible disease.
Step Two: Knowing the Symptoms
Those who have caught the Gimmies generally are unaware themselves that they
carry this nasty illness for quite some time. The following are good indications
that you may have the Gimmies.
1. Uncontrollable moaning whenever you come across an overly expensive item.
2. You begin seeing the color green more often than not.
3. People generally avoid you when you ask something of them.
4. “Please,” becomes a regular vocabulary word in your conversations.
5. Your motto becomes, “Yo Quierro____ (insert whatever expensive item comes
If this applies to you, read on for ways to stop this virus in its tracks.
Step Three: Finding a Vaccine against the Virus
With beautiful expensive paint brushes, petpets, and other accessories always
coming out to market, take the new Maraquan paint brush, for example, it can
become rather difficult to rid your system of the dreaded Gimmies. Listed are
a few ways that may help you get rid of your the Gimmies for good.
1. Enter your pet into a contest.
There are several contests in which your pet may enter. If you’re one that’s
artistic with a pencil and a pad of paper, draw a rather fetching picture of
your pet and place it in the Beauty Contest or even the Picture Competition.
This way, the merit of your hard work is judged rather than by what color your
pet comes in. Also, the Pet and Petpet Spotlight are both great ways to show
your creativity by writing up a story to tell about your pet or its pet pet.
Sometimes the most fulfilling reward is when you know you’ve done a good job.
Or maybe you’d rather steadily raise your pet’s statistics so they can be Battledome
champions. Or give them a good book to read so they can become a progeny of
Einstein. See, there are many ways to enjoy your pet without those expensive
Paint Brushes and such.
2. Play a game. You’ll like it.
You’ve heard it said again and again, but it’s true. Play games to earn yourself
an honest day’s work of Neopoints. Pick a game that sparks your interest and
give it a few tries. If you don’t find the game you like on the first try, keep
looking for a game that suits you. Chances are you’ll love the game. I remember
how I detested playing games, until I found the joys of playing Ultimate Bullseye.
While it’s has a very simple concept, perhaps its simplicity is what appealed
to me the most, making for a fun little game. And before you know it you’ll
have enough Neopoints to buy your pet a nice little gift, without an angry mob
with pitchforks telling you to quit begging.
3. Let your pet develop a personality
Wouldn’t it be dull if all Neopets shared the same personality? Of course! So
why not give your Neopet a trait unique all to its own? How can you do this?
Ask yourself questions such as “Is my pet the quiet type, or leans to the bubbly
type? What interests does my pet have? What are its dislikes? What would my
pet do in such and such situation?” and so on and so forth. If your having trouble
coming up with the right personality, don’t fret! And above all else, don’t
try to force a personality onto your pet if you don’t feel it’s the right one.
Try role-playing as your pet in the chat rooms. Role-playing can often times
give us a better sense of our characters, and can often mold them into an overall
unique and interesting pet.
If you have actually taken the time to read through all of this, taking my advice
to heart, and still have a terrible case of the Gimmies, try this last resort.
Take a tape recorder and record yourself saying, “please,” one million times.
Then replay that recording another one million times. If that doesn’t cure you
from the Gimmies, unfortunately, nothing will. Remember, the Gimmies are quite
serious, and you and the people around you will generally have a better time
while playing this game if the disease is treated early on.
I would just like to personally thank everyone that takes the time to read
my article. I really do appreciate it. This was written on the spur of the moment,
so if it does actually make it to the Times, you can find me hyperventilating
into a brown bag in my room. Just kidding. :)