Love the story. My family has several C64's, Amiga 1000's, 500's & 2000 and LOVE them all !!! As a geek family we have a home network comprised of an AS/400 model 150 (file server), and 6 or so wintel boxes (everyone has one).
Sitting next to it all is a C64 with close to 1000 programs. My kids (teens) and their friends fight over who has to play the new games and who gets the honor of playing on the 64. Family favorite: M.U.L.E. My 18 year old requested from thinkgeek.com the "I Adore My 64" T-shirt and wears it proudly.
If you had a 64, my husband used to host the Year of Darkness BBS.