I kept meaning to transfer them all over to N64 for safe keeping but never got round to it. That'll teach me to procrastinate
That sucks. That nearly happened to me with my first Silver version, but I got it over to my N64 a few weeks before my silver shut down for good.
I never really had any problems while going through the pokemon games, I guess I was a smart little kid, so I can't really share any stories about getting stuck in places for days. I guess my best memory of my first pokemon game would be finally getting my first pokemon ever, a venusaur, up to level 100. Those were the days.