Random tidbits from the unsettled jar:
- Grassroots Books was robbed at gunpoint at 7:30 last night, and police think it’s tied to a string of armed robberies committed since January. This sucks for two reasons. 1) Because not only is it hands down the best used bookstore ever, it is arguably the best store of any kind ever. It’s sad to see them take a loss, though it might result in increased security measures, which is a nice lining. And, more personally, 2) I was in the store less than an hour before it happened. They were having a sale on CDs (I got 5 used CDs for a total of 27 cents), so I booked down as soon as dinner was finished so I could catch it and still make it back in time to give Landen his bath. Had I not been in a hurry, it’s quite possible I would have been there when it happened, as I often take over an hour at that store. Nobody was hurt, but I still don’t think I would have wanted to be there.
- One of my childhood heroes recently applied for money at my workplace. I won’t name who it was, since lord knows the guy doesn’t need any more press about him (he hasn’t fared too well in the public eye in the last two years). I was initially very excited because the broker said I’d be able to chat with him for a minute, which would have been a dream come true since I was a wee toddler. However, I started to do research about him online, and man oh man has this guy fallen pretty hard. It’s downright difficult to find positive things about him said anywhere. Even the Daily Show blasted him. We aren’t able to do it anyway for a legal technicality, but reading all those things has put a damper on 25+ years of idolization. I wouldn’t even know what to say to him if I got the opportunity.
- Ashley and I have been actively planning our landscaping and gardening. That, in itself, is unsettling. How old AM I?
- I have an old Sony 5-CD changer, now in the living room. It’s been a unique piece for a while, although the fact that it’s even still working (I got it as a high school graduation present) is an accomplishment. Anyway, for years it’s done something peculiar. While on, it will periodically open and close. And nearly every time you actually turn it on, it will open, close, open, rotate the tray a little, rotate back, then close again, before you can open it to load CDs. Okay, whatever, that’s weird, but it still worked fine other than that. Since moving to NV, it’s started opening and closing WHEN IT’S TURNED OFF. We’ll be sitting there and then randomly its gears will grrrrrr along and it will open up the tray, as if sticking it’s tongue out at us. Very unsettling.
- We got snow yesterday and this morning. While it isn’t the flooding the NE is getting, I still think someone needs to smack Mother Nature around a little and inform her that it’s a) spring and b) a desert.
Working on some new stuff – more DPOD pics and some fresh Smacky pics coming up soon, as well as a long-awaited Fats’ Bad Advice column.