Saturday, November 28, 2009

Black Friday

So how did all of you (perhaps I am being presumptuous since maybe there is no one reading this but to answer the philosophical question that begs to be asked, yes, this blog still exists even if no one reads it) spend your Black Friday?

For me it was off to Costco to take advantage of their opening earlier, at 9:00 this morning. As usual, I arrived a little before opening time and stopped to get gas first. When I glanced over at the store to see how many people were lined up to get in, I noticed that there wasn't anyone. They were already inside the store, filling up the aisles! What?? How could I be out of the Costco loop like that??

There were already quite a few cars in the parking lot, although it was nowhere near being filled. That was such a difference from two years ago when I suppose no one knew the store opened earlier and I had the pleasure of parking in a nearly empty lot and walking through nearly empty aisles. Not so this time - the secret was out, and apparently the secret had been kept secret from me because they had opened earlier than 9:00!

Today I did more of a leisurely browse to see what was new but didn't really find anything out of the ordinary worth buying. Despite the number of cars in the lot, the checkout lines weren't very long.

I was surprised to see Julie's car in the garage when I got home. I expected her to still be out fighting the crowds at the sales but she was disappointed. Whatever she had gone to buy was already gone when she got there. But then she didn't leave the house until after 8:00 so what could she expect?

We ate lunch at this burger joint called T-Burgers in Monrovia and I mention this only to tell you that today the french fries were just about as perfect as could be. To me that's a significant event!

This afternoon I got a chance to turn up the stereo really LOUD and listen to some of the good old stuff: Steely Dan's "Aja," the Beatles "Abbey Road," side one of "Chiacago Transit Authority" and "Who's Next." Ah, soooo good..

One of the items that came from Amazon Vine this month is an Omron Full Body Composition Monitor With Scale.

Looks pretty fancy, huh? Along with measuring weight, this also tells you things like your percentage of body fat, visceral fat, skeletal muscle and your body mass index. I only tried the scale part today. I weighed myself on the old digital scale and the new one and weigh exactly one pound more on the new one. I think I like the old one better. Julie weighed the same on both so I don't know how that could be. Tomorrow I'm going to try out those other features and see what they say.

Here's the last bit for today's hodgepodge. Below are two links for high-end audio products. If you have a moment, take a look at both and see if you can tell which one is supposed to be serious.

Product #1

Product #2

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