At work a few days ago, I had to listen to a picky customer. He had his daughter by his side and he was acting rude to the staff. You could see the disappointment in her face, that she wanted to disown him. He was asking about the used games we sell...
"So, these PlayStation games I'm about to buy... what kind of condition are they in?"
My co-worker replied, "They should work. We offer a seven day return policy."
Ignoring the response because it wasn't what he wanted to hear, the man said "I'd like to know the shape of these discs before I purchase them."
I clocked off for my break, and as a parting comment, mumbled loudly enough that the girl giggled and cheered up, "They're round."
I helped a friend of mine find the Uwajimaya in Seattle. Uwajimaya is a supermarket full of Japanese groceries, but in our case, the only aspect of that, that could possibly matter, is the obscure Japanese candy. After going for the more obvious and famous candies that can be seen in good anime stores, I've been trying some of the more obscure types of candy, the discounted stuff left on the bottom shelves, away from eyesight and sunlight. I'm a fan of cola-related products, and so have tried out some kind of sour cola candy which has a brown monster sporting American boxing trunks and a puckered mouth, from all the sour. It tasted quite average, but definitely gets bonus points for the picture, which I can't find, so have an equivalent creature with shrivelled mouth, but imagine Rocky-style boxing trunks and you're all set.
For any fans of board-game-like stuff, I really enjoyed playing Apples To Apples. Not sure who's a board game junkie around here (and if you are: Super Scrabble FIFTEEN DOLLAR GOOD TIME) (and even though Apples to Apples is not a board game, but it's that spirit you have to get into, you know, the preparation for looking like an ass) but you get seven noun cards and must choose the most apt (irony usually gains bonus points, which suits me) for the adjective displayed in front of you. Examples never sound as funny when you look back on them, where you realise you might have overstepped the mark with politically incorrect responses that suited the humour of the judge in question - New Orleans, unfortunate? No idea how that happened.
Immigration paperwork is as good as done now. That's the big thing all taken care of. I've got the money in the account for the processing fee and I've got all the paperwork I could find completed and/or photocopied, so just got to be patient on one or two more issues and then get on with the waiting around, and work on some other projects instead. The chaos of getting through something like this makes me want to keep on working on chaotic little ideas in my spare time. I used to say that I'd make all these little bits and pieces. Now's a good time to get serious on this. Tomorrow I work until five, and after that I'm looking into gold paint and the hammer and sickle stencil for the Communist DS. I must get that one done. It's practically no work at all versus the positive reactions it'd receive. Unless I want to get elaborate and work out if it needs a layer of lacquer on it to prevent scratches and blemishes. Not like me to overcomplicate situations, oh no.
My plans for travelling in 2008: I will visit Canada (most likely Vancouver) and Oregon (most likely Portland) and possibly Northern California.
Long-term plans involve looking into a trip to Australia or New Zealand, to say I've visited four continents.
That then leaves a place to look into in Asia and South America. And maybe a realistic place to stay at in Africa. I mean, I was in Africa, but it wasn't really a place with an African vibe. It was the most beautiful and un-touristy tourist trap I'll ever go to, I'll say that much. There was personality to Ceuta, but it was a personality that seemed to be limited by its links to Spain. Something'll come up there.
Otherwise, where else should I visit? I'll think about that one a bit more.
I wanted to write a lot more and/or be a lot funnier.