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Himelf's birthday wrapup.

Yesterday was a very nice birthday for Himself. I spaced the cake (making it tonight, he just wants a plain cherry-chocolate cake) but we had a fun day and used the end of our funds earmarked for last month's vacation.

We hung around the house all morning before deciding to go to Raleigh, so it was pouring by the time we left. On the way out, we went through the Sonic drive-through and the cherry Coke float I ordered arrived as a cherry slush with ice cream on it. I spoke clearly and slowly, so it was really fixed this time, unlike early May's watermelon Coke float.

The antenna we picked up on vacation (Dad's auto salvage knowledge rules) got Public Radio East darn near into Smithfield, after which we picked up an AM talk station out of Chapel Hill and laughed ourselves sick at Mike Gallagher. He's not quite as funny as Michael "No Relation" Savage, but his railing about how he doesn't understand how things like opening and closing school board meetings with the Lord's Prayer would make Jews feel uncomfortable made me proud to be an agnostic queer brown girl born in America!

We bought a bunch of snacks -- sesame dried squid, cuttlefish, pocky, milk candy (not so good Chinese stuff, I like my Japanese Milky!), and fruit beef jerky -- at the Asian market on Capital Boulevard (by Sawasdee Thai Restaurant) and found out the nearby Edward McKay used bookstore in Raleigh moved a few blocks north. This is a Good Thing, as the old location was a few storefronts from a Chuck E. Cheese, which on a Saturday in May had people double-parked at the curb to spare children walking. Gah.

0531_04laurelatedmckayI'm glad to report that the new Edward McKay location rocks -- way more space, loveseat in the kids' section, easier to find bathroom -- and as usual, we came home with a full shopping bag. This visit's free rack gem is a a lovely piece of Nestle formula propaganda in some Scandinavian language with many pictures of breasts. The illustrations are hysterical!

We had dinner at the Kanki's off Old Wake Forest Road, which Himself prefers to the Crabtree Valley location. You'd be very proud to know I actually managed to eat with chopsticks (I'd been practicing for several months without his knowledge), although the cranky woman to my left made a few snide comments about my taking a couple tries at every bite. I think there was something in her ranch dressing (we usually eat at Hikari's here in town and salad there comes with ginger or sesame, period) because she also complained about a server not giving her sweet enough tea, a girl across the table from her wearing a v-neck top (it didn't show that much), and a bunch of other things. But we had a fun time, Laurel behaved very well, and she loved the tableside chef.

Laurel slept most of the way home, so I just have a little backstitching to finish on her second cross-stitched Pooh shirt. In town, we got a few things and hit Lowe's and Michael's in search of aluminum bronzing powder for our 4th of July plans; we'll be blowing sh*t up until the police make us stop. The clearance rack at Michael's yielded some beautiful things -- a few archival document things I'd been wanting at <$2 per item, a reel of gold Krenik blending filament for fifty cents, and the real coup: 24 Prismacolor double-ended art markers for $40. No paper is safe now, and I have the incentive I need to ink out the Wonder Bread Wendy character sketch and the Rosie Ring-Around (my family's clowning business) coloring sheets for their website.

In case you're wondering what his purchased-ahead-of-time birthday gift was, it was UHF (Weird Al's 1989 movie) on DVD. His purchased-too-close-to-arrive-in-time gift is the Subgenius video Arise! on DVD, and he'll be getting some shaving supplies (he uses a straight razor) for Father's Day.

Speaking of Father's Day, I hope ajayen doesn't take it the wrong way that Laurel and I sent him a Father's Day card. When I was picking out cards for my dad, grandfather and Himself, it only seemed right to get one for him while I was at it.


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Jun. 1st, 2003 06:11 pm (UTC)
... have you ever by any chance read anything by David Foster Wallace?
Jun. 1st, 2003 08:17 pm (UTC)
Not yet. Is this my official order to read Infinite Jest before you bring moosey doom upon me?
Jun. 1st, 2003 08:35 pm (UTC)
Hm, probably. I haven't read IJ yet, but I've found that if you don't really feel like reading a 1000 page novel with something like 200 pages of footnotes by an author you've never read before, I found that "Brief Interviews with Hideous Men" is pretty good to start with.

I'm currently reading "Girl with Curious Hair", which is something he wrote hell of early, and so far, that seems sorta like "someone with talent who wasn't quite sure what to do with it yet", but I'm only, like, 25 pages in or so to the first story (it's a collection). But, well, DFW seems pretty fun to read, because even if the story's boring, it's obvious that he's got a lot of love for language. And can write like a ninja.
Jun. 1st, 2003 09:46 pm (UTC)
*makes notes* Will do next time I go used-book-shopping.

Write like a ninja?
Jun. 1st, 2003 09:00 pm (UTC)
No, not really. I've heard recommending Infinite Jest as being sort of like recommending someone a child -- it may ultimately be a rewarding experience, but it's a incredibly trying and will suck up every waking moment of your life for what seems like forever. I just mentioned it because the "Himself" nomenclature I've seen used in Infinite Jest and nowhere else, and I was wondering... yeah.

re: what Matt said, starting with "Brief Interviews with Hideous Men" is indeed a smashing idea.
Jun. 1st, 2003 09:45 pm (UTC)
Well, if I ever come across a free/cheap copy, I'll be sure to snap it up.

I bought a copy of the gay agenda yesterday. No, really -- I found a copy of The Gay Agenda: Talking Back to the Fundamentalists for $3.50 at Edward McKay's so of course it went into my shopping basket! And all this time I was sure that Michael "No Relation" Savage was hiding it in his capacious rectum...
Jun. 2nd, 2003 01:04 am (UTC)
I recommend half.com. I got a brand new hardcover of Brief Interviews for, like, 5 bucks all together. With shipping and all. And before I started taking it to work, it was mint. now it's a little less mint. Dust Jacket got a tear. Which angers me. But, anyway, though, I figure if you don't care about mint-ness, you can get a more-beat-up one for even cheaper. This is without looking at half.com for this particular book, though, so, uh, yeah. Who knows, maybe ebay'll have a cheap one, too.
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