December 28th, 2007

christmas 2008

Friday night random update

This afternoon I got down to the business of spending the $500 worth of stored value on the gift cards I received for Christmas. My first stop was Eastern Mountain Sports, where I purchased the North Face fleece I spotted a month ago - and it looks great on me, if I do say so myself. It's even got super sleek pockets; one can barely see my phone and keys when they are stored within the fleece. I also purchased a Nalgene water bottle, to replace the one I bought on my visit to Cornell two months ago. That bottle met an untimely demise last month, when I fell halfway down one of the ladders onto the boat. After that it was on to Best Buy, where I bought two DVDs - The Kingdom, which I saw in theaters, and Idiocracy, which I did not. I then picked up some food at Wal-Mart.

When I went to start the Minivan o' War for the short trip back to the Nexus of Hate, I discovered a most unfortunate anomaly - the bottom half of my car key was missing! It had snapped off in the door lock. I was unaffected by this turn of events - I pulled out the spare and started the van. Not wanting to continue to operate with a single copy of the key, I drove first to Ace Hardware and then to Seacoast Lock and Safe - both of which close at 5 pm, which was right about the same time I snapped my key in half. I went home, pulled out my micro-screwdriver set, and used two of those tools to extract the bottom half of the key from the driver's side door. After that, it was back to Wal-Mart to have new spares cut.

I mentioned this three nights ago, but I must provide this picture of the coolest non-gift ever: