Some stories are 1 part mystery 1 part romance or 1 part danger 1 part triumph. This story is 1 part shopping 1 part stochasticity.

On a Monday afternoon a young couple goes into Costco. They shop happily enough, joking and sampling, agonizing about whether to get guacamole, unaware that disaster is so near. They purchase their few selections and enjoy some food court refreshment, still unaware of the DISASTER lurking. They approach the exit, receipt ready. She begins looking in her purse, “Why can I never find my keys?!?!” He looks to his right, past the girl, eyes lazy but something gets through. “Those kinda look like your keys,” he says, also lazily. Ice cream and heat make him lazy. She looks, “OMG!” They step slightly out of line. The customer service woman hangs up. “These are my keys.” “They were found outside.” “Do I have to show…” “No.” They rejoin the line and live happily ever after.


Public Service

Sidney came down for a day last weekend. With her mother. We watched one of the brothers play baseball. On the way home from the game the car in front of us got cut off by an old lady running a red light. There was a minor impact. It happened right outside a fire station, so the fire men came jogging over pretty quick. It wasn’t a real wreck, but it still counts as excitement.

And in the same vein Lauren and I saw a women being escorted from Costco by the police. She appeared to be Asian, early middle aged, and alone. Of course, we caught barely more than a glimpse of her and know nothing of the situation really, but we suspect shop lifting. If I were a shop lifter I don’t think I’d target Costco. Their tendency to strap everything together into 12 packs seems like good theft deterrent to me.

Pretty much every time I leave the house it seems the authorities have to intervene in situations around me. I will do my part to help society by staying indoors, maybe even in bed, as much as possible. You’re welcome.


PAX and stuff

Tomorrow is PAX! Big times ahead. Pat’s coming down today, and tomorrow morning we’re gonna head over the mountains and enjoy the nerdfest. The show is completely sold out in all it’s forms, and they bought the whole convention center and increased hours this year, so it should be crazy. I’m probably most excited to see Jonathan Coulton and the CO-OP and TRS shows, plus all the demos of video games to come.

In preparation I’ve already purchased many snacks while at Costco last with my parents, so I’ve gotta figure out how I’m going to carry all of that w/o smashing/melting it. I got PuzzleQuest Galactrix so I’ll have something to play while I wait in lines. I also want to buy ear plugs, cause I’m not into hearing loss. I’ve gotta get our sleeping arrangement figured out a bit better still, too. And possibly see if I can meet up with the folks and get the GPS and stuff like that.

Now that I’ve written all of that down I’ll probably remember to do it. What else? Pat and I might camp after PAX w/ his folks for a day, although I don’t know the odds of that since I haven’t talked to Pat in a bit. He’s always sleeping, or working. He apparently doesn’t get chances to chat much at work. /shrug

K, so in work related news, all the other interns left last week, so for this whole week I’ve had the biggest office in the building. People are circling, though, so I think others might be moving in soon. I’ve been told I’ll be moved out at the beginning of October, though. I’m getting an office with a window, and an officemate, but just one. Her name’s Cara. She seems acceptable.

I got my picture taken to be put in the records. I’ll be up on the wall and in the memory game soon, apparently. I also have to write up goals for the next FY soon, as the current one is ending. Not sure how I like the non-coding aspects of work, but it seems like they’re unavoidable.

Last post I mentioned I didn’t think I’d get to see Lauren again before she left, but I did. Mother was kind enough to find and excuse to drive me over there for the weekend so I got a good couple days to say goodbye right before she left. It was all good. I think she’s got herself aligned properly and she’ll be fine over there.

Also saw my cousin’s new baby. Mother and Aunt took many pictures with it stuck in my arms like a prop, so they might show up on the internet soon. I’ll stick in a link maybe.

Home life stuff… Aaron mowed the lawn, which is nice. (I’ll mow the lawn if you guys keep it clear of dog feces, ffr roomies) He also bought an aerator for the faucet in the kitchen so it doesn’t spray water everywhere. Kim and Kelsey paid rent early, so that’s going well. We still haven’t gotten a utility bill, so that’s a bit concerning. I think I’ve done all I can to try and get things set up, except possibly the check-up nagging. I really don’t see how society developed to require such nonsense, though. Seems like we should try and evolve past the need to nag.

Oh, also last post I said the aquatic ape theory discussed on that TEDTalk was probably bogus and to let me do research. Well, I didn’t have to, cause the Skeptical Rogues did it for me. Here‘s the episode of interest. The specific chunk is from about 29:30 to 46:10, but you should listen to the whole thing. 😛