A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from December 15, 2019
“I paused my game to be here” (gaming saying)

"I paused my game to be here” is a jocular gaming saying that has been printed on many images. For a gamer to pause a game, something else must be very important!

“Rocket Factory I Paused My Game to Be Here Kids and Toddler T-shirt http://goo.gl/D0dZGa” was posted on Twitter by Bryan Fernandez on March 14, 2015. The saying has been trademarked with a date of first use in commerce of January 2, 2015.


Twitter
Bryan Fernandez
@15zzUwUli1ys3cV
Rocket Factory I Paused My Game to Be Here Kids and Toddler T-shirt http://goo.gl/D0dZGa
4:20 AM · Mar 14, 2015·Manou Tweeting

Twitter
Marius
@MariusMmmmmm
Rocket Factory I Paused My Game To Be Here gamer T-shirt Men’s Sizes Black XL http://wp.me/p5rLMM-1dL
6:08 AM · Apr 6, 2015·WordPress.com

Twitter
MetaTees
@TeesMeta
#tshirt #tee I PAUSED my GAME to be here t-shirt Men’s and Ladies Sizes
12:48 PM · May 4, 2015·IFTTT

Twitter
SurvivlRetweeter
@Retweeterstein
I PAUSED my GAME to be here t-shirt Men’s and Ladies Sizes https://twitter.com/TeesMeta/status/676605186366955520 Custom Clothing Here->[http://ift.tt/1IjlqRW]
Quote Tweet
MetaTees
@TeesMeta
· Dec 14, 2015
#tshirt #tee I PAUSED my GAME to be here t-shirt Men’s and Ladies Sizes
10:36 PM · Dec 14, 2015·IFTTT

Google Books
Sombra
By Leslie McAdam
Published by author
2018
Pg. ?:
His beefcake body hides under my least favorite shirt of his, the one that says, “I PAUSED MY GAME TO BE HERE,” which is not only ironic but likely true.

Google Books
Title I Paused My Game to Be Here: Jottings Drawings Black Background White Text Design Unlined Notebook - Large 8. 5 X 11 Inches - 110 Pages Notebooks and Journals, for Minimal Design, Sketching, Funny Gag Gift for Coworkers, Funny Gag Gift, Funny Gag Gift for Adults, Sarcastic Gag
Author The Lights The Lights Hunter
Publisher CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2018
ISBN 1721796282, 9781721796281
Length 110 pages

Reddit—TShirt
Posted by u/draxter7 December 1, 2018
I Paused My game To Be Here T-Shirt

Good Housekeeping
25 Birthday Gifts for Him (No Matter Which Guy You’re Shopping For)
The key to any man’s heart? Unique ideas that revolve around beer, sports, and video games.

BY AMANDA GARRITY
Aug 9, 2019
(...)
“I Paused My Game to Be Here” Shirt
ANN ARBOR T-SHIRT CO.
amazon.com
$14.95
This phrase on this tee works for just about anything, whether it’s the video game he left behind or the hockey game he was watching on ESPN.

23 October 2019, The Advertiser (Adelaide, Australia), “The Last Word,” pg. 20:
INSIGHT “I paused my game to be here.” – T-shirt message.

(Trademark)
Word Mark I PAUSED MY GAME TO BE HERE
Goods and Services IC 025. US 022 039. G & S: T-shirts. FIRST USE: 20150102. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 20150102
Standard Characters Claimed
Mark Drawing Code (4) STANDARD CHARACTER MARK
Serial Number 88225963
Filing Date December 12, 2018
Current Basis 1A
Original Filing Basis 1A
Owner (APPLICANT) WENJIE ZHANG INDIVIDUAL CHINA RM508 C1 BUILDING BANTIAN INTERNATIONAL BANTIAN STREET LONGGANG DISTRICT SHENZHEN CHINA 518000
Type of Mark TRADEMARK
Register PRINCIPAL
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