My rental reservation said, "FULL SIZE: Monte Carlo or equivalent." I had no idea that a Hyundai Sonata was 'equivalent', and I would have never voluntarily driven a Hyundai, but...This was one nice sedan. And the integrated 6-speaker mp3 compatible CD-Player prevented me from swallowing my own tongue during the 40 mile trip which took me a full two hours to drive, as this was the first time I was able to listen to the disc I brought. I greatly enjoyed All the King's Men, which, at times sounded a lot like Parcher's Theme from A Beautiful Mind so as you can imagine, I was thrilled. Followed that up with half of Masada and half of Serenity before concluding with STRIPES.
I dropped off my rental and walked to Chipotle meeting a recently work-released photogoot and for the second time since I've been here, enjoyed a tenderly hand-created organic burrito as big as my head. It was very satisfying. My wife called from Wichita; she's picking up little girl and will then beat me back home, and photogoot drove me to the mall so I could buy a new pair of New Balance. This turned out to be a challenge. "I'd like to find something in a 600-Series New Balance." I would say.
"Can't help you, all we carry is the 631."
I finally said to one salesman, who was sorry he had only had the 612 & 650, "Yes, those would fall between 600 and 699. Thank you."
A cow in a field staring at me with only a look a cow can give would have better understood my words.
And poor photogoot - he'd forgotten how particular I was. "All the times I've accused you of being gay, I was kidding. Until this very moment..."
I like white, leather, New Balance in the 600-series for tennis shoes. Nothing else.
My first pair were 608's. From there I bought a pair of 663's and then two-pair of 609's. My most recent pair were 620's. But they had such a small selection across the five stores I visited, I ended up with something I never though I would buy, the 451 - Light, inexpensive, and good for walking around D.C. all day Saturday without killing me after my 17-hour days on my feet this past week:
A stop at the liquor store so I could purchase a bottle of scotch for us to sip on, and we were back home. After photogoot's comment in LaPlata about where they have a real marching band which plays there during special events, and reminding me of STRIPES I'd heard later that day, I put the score on for him, and he loved it. That led us to watch the movie last night on Video-On-Demand, and I hadn't laughed that hard in a long time, and made him a CDDA copy he could enjoy in his car on his drive in. I'm turning people onto scores one at a time.
I listen to XM Radio channel 866 exclusively at home. photogoot's comcast broadcasts an opera channel! It's playing throughout the house now. I feel I need an opera channel too. I used to run an opera shoutcast server, but I only put up my full sets, and full sets are expensive. I have under a dozen. Just puttering around the house today, playing with the dogs and eating on this gigantic pan of lasagna photogoot's wife made the evening I arrived from the tomatoes she grew
in her garden. As always, it is fantastic. So I'm doing boring things like dishes and laundry, only I've very excited about doing these things because I'm not working. Of course to maximize me staying off my feet, I've been low-crawling around the house from room to room. If anyonoe were watching, I'm sure it would look quite strange.
I did eventually put on my new shoes and walk down to the creek behind the house.