January 11th, 2002

Rosehip hunting in Alderfer

Invader Zim thoughts... (copied from old weblog)

I've been kicking around getting a tattoo of a Jhonen Vasquez character for awhile, but never found one I really loved enough to mark my body with. 'Nny's too dark, Squee's too cute, Devi's just not me, and filler bunny is fluff. (No pun intended.) We wont' even discuss Happy Noodle Boy since it's already decided he's one of my heroes. So after some consternation -- and a discussion with TODCRA operatives, we decided I should go with Invader Zim. Specifically, the enclosed image showing Zim holding the world in his hands with Gir at his back holding up a piggy in the same pose. (There's a massive -- 630 kb -- copy of this in the World Animation Celebration's press pics, look under Faily Odd. I just made a smaller copy of it to illustrate this post.)

Then we discussed all the implications of Nickelodeon putting their massive marketing behind Zim and realized it won't be good for my geek cred to have a Zim tattoo. But I've been a fan of Johnny the Homicidal Maniac and Squee since high school... and dammit, Zim is funny precisely because it's full of Not For Kids jokes although it's on Nickelodeon. So it's a possibility for the day when I can afford it and I figure it's worth it -- I never had a wedding ring (and if you've seen my engagement ring, it's a plain silver band that's since worn enough that it discolors my finger after I wear it) and it'd be fun as well as a way to identify me should I ever become lost (aren't I always?).

I'm moderately nonplussed about Hot Topic having so much IZ merchandise. I avoid their stores because the strong vibes of trying to be hip and edgy make me nauseous. Also the salesgirl in the pink fur skirt at the Denver Pavilions store smelled like she could use a bath in Febreze, but first impressions go a long way with me. Should you be so brave to wander into one, drop me a line -- I actually like the Invader Zim lunch box and it would go with my existing collection of metal lunch boxes (mostly of McPhee origin, which is much more desirable in my book).

Friday Five: first job, kiss, car, concert... (copied from old weblog)

the friday five

1. What was your first job? Ever? Babysitting, where I learned that I like kids much better after they're housebroken. In high school? Writing code. (Gee, what'd you expect?)

2. How old were you when you had your first kiss? 15, with my friend Steve.

3. What was your first car? What happened to it? You mean my mountain bike? (I'm so granola-crunchy. Bleh.) I still have it, although it now has a baby seat.

4. What was your first concert? [watch my mind melt...] Something at Red Rocks during the summer 1995 season. Saw a lot of shows there thanks to friends...

5. How do you plan to spend your weekend? Getting the rest of TODCRA migrated to the new host, helping clean my brother's new car so it doesn't smell like an ashtray, and maybe even sleeping. (Laurel's spending the weekend with her grandma.)