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I had a strange dream last night involving contact lenses. My sole experience with them was during my freshman year of high school; I decided to stick with glasses since poking myself in the eye several times a day (they swam out frequently) was unpleasant and since then, I've had trouble simply applying eye drops.

The trick I use to apply them now is to have my eye almost closed, squeeze a couple drops near the inside corner of my eye, then blink rapidly to spread the drops. It's been extremely helpful lately with all the wild tree sex (thanks to sage_and_sea for the phrase) that's been going on here. I was starting to wonder if I was allergic to myself after the side effect rash flared back up last weekend in near-conjunction with an itchy eye day, but now that I'm keeping the doors closed and using air conditioning as needed it's much better.

We went to Fry's Electronics today to look at PDAs; Vogon is thinking about replacing his current cell phone with a Siemens SX66 wanted to compare it to regular non-phone PDAs. I double-checked their website to make sure we get to the Plano store expediently. (We've only been there twice since it opened and got moderately lost finding it the second time.) Laurel was cranky that she didn't get a movie, but I did check out the Mister Rogers' Neighborhood DVD releases.

Neither looks worth the price for just two episodes per disc, although I like the circus episode. Both discs are available with special edition packaging where the DVD comes with a wooden-track car (Neighborhood Trolley or a Speedy Delivery truck) or the DVD case is encased in a sweater-style package with a Trolley zipper charm.

The wooden-track cars are cute, but I'd rather see DVDs of an entire 5-episode series, particularly the operettas (I love the musicals they put on) and Neighborhood of Make-Believe collectibles like reproductions of the miniature Neighborhood of Make-Believe buildings or art prints of the artwork in his kitchen. If those were available, I'd buy them in a heartbeat -- the only reason why I haven't bought the detailed Neighborhood Trolley replica is because I can't justify $60 for a single item right now. I'm thinking about buying the separately available track-size Trolley (not the same as the one with the DVDs) because we've got wooden train parts out the wazoo and I know she loves Trolley almost as much as I do.

Running with that tangent on trains... We have wooden train parts out the wazoo thanks to Target, whose stores carry inexpensive wooden toys under the brand name Lil'Tree Imagination. Their wooden train sets are comparable quality to BRIO or Thomas the Tank Engine, only they're all basic parts (no tunnels, drawbridges, detailed buildings, etc.) except for a railroad crossing, roundabout and plastic elevated track foundations. Laurel has two of the basic sets ($20 apiece), the super deluxe set ($50), and a wooden train table we scored on post-holiday clearance. (This photo shows the table top and combined basic and super deluxe sets, including the aforementioned specialty parts that come with the super deluxe set. Only one of the basic sets is here in Texas; the rest is at my parents' house until we have the room to move it down here.) We also have a battery-powered Big Boy plastic train engine that I scored on clearance in North Carolina and the Chinese Dragon car from the Thomas the Tank Engine wooden train line, but Thomas components are expensive -- it was $10 on sale.

A few recommended links:
- If you're in eastern North Carolina and looking for higher-end wooden train parts, I highly recommend Tom's Train Station at South Hills Mall in Raleigh and The Antique Barn and Hobby Shop in Wilson.
- Whittle Shortline Railroad makes custom train cars with real North American railroad markings.
- If you're curious about making your own wooden train cars, check out the standard specs at Hoogerland National Railways.

On our way back, we saw a sizable smoke plume and started heading toward it, but got stymied by the roads in Bent Tree North. While heading back toward the house and marveling at the luxurious house specs (one house for sale there is a 4/4/3 with a pool, library, four fireplaces and three wet bars) for these McMansions with barely ten feet between houses, I commented that it looked like Stepford without the acreage and imagined the neighborhood being created by a giant monster crapping brick houses every few feet.

While we were out, we stopped at the new Whataburger open on the NW corner of Frankford and Marsh. I love their onion rings even more than I remembered, but learning they serve breakfast from 2300-1100 was the real find of the day for me. Yum. (:


Apr. 23rd, 2005 11:46 pm (UTC)
What does he want in a PDA?

My PDA, which is no longer manufactured, is the size of a credit card made thicker. It does what I want of a PDA per se, but someday there will surely be one of these “palm”-sized things with enough power qua computer that I will be tempted away.
Apr. 24th, 2005 12:38 am (UTC)
Oooh! They're opening a Whataburger here this summer and I can't wait. Their breakfasts sounds artery-clogging and divine! ;)
Apr. 24th, 2005 03:34 am (UTC)
Sounds like you and I came to the same conclusion w/r/t the Mr. Rogers DVDs. When they announced them I got so excited, but when it turned out they were just two episodes (seriously, what _is_ that?), I decided against it, even though the sweater thing and the toys are cool. (Though it's also kind of annoying they have the 2 or three different versions -- isn't it Normal, Sweatered or Toy? No Sweater-And-Toy version?) But, of course, now, since I'd kind of assume a lot of people are having that "2 Episodes? WTF?" reaction, they might not release more/better DVDs, so... yeah.

I wonder why they didn't do more-Episode sets. Like, I can see why they might not do a Season Set (though I wouldn't think twice about pre-ordering that as soon as it was announced, even though, well, Season Set would probably be really huge for Mr. Rogers, being a M-F show), but like you say, I don't get why they wouldn't at least do a Week Make-Believe Storyline disc. It's not like 2.5 hours wouldn't fit on a DVD or anything.

At least I've heard that they're releasing the America's Favorite Neighbor DVD for reals. (You know, the thing I paid 100 dollars for by donating to my local PBS station. Which is actually fine with me, since PBS can use the money (you know, more than a bunch of pregnant teens).)

Also -- even though I know/have always known that Whataburger exists, I still have a weird thing with reading it, thinking of the Whataburger Tennis Open Thingy in IJ.


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