September 11th, 2003

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Trader Joe's and bad summaries

For those who don't live near a Trader Joe's (which will likely be most of you), they can very, very loosely be called a grocery store. In the past I've always called them a "hippie store"; you can't buy hippies there, but you can get (almost) everything you need to be one! They sell only organic food, vegan stuff, stuff for your "soul", all that "good for the Earth" stuff. In the past, I've had *no* use for them at all.

After living in California for three years, I decided I should check one of their stores out, just because everyone talked about them. So warily I entered and skittered around, darting from shadow to shadow and hoping not to be spotted by anyone I knew. Since I needed milk, I picked some up, even though I was worried it might be "strange milk". ("It is cow's milk, right? And the farmer didn't, like, sing love songs to his herd, right? It's just *normal* milk? Promise?") The guy who rang up my milk could have been a homeless man -- dirty looking, full shaggy ugly beard, and old looking clothing. I left the store and vowed never to return.

However, now, a year later, things have changed. So today at lunchtime I ventured back in. There was still odd as heck stuff, but there was also stuff that'd work for me. On the LJ vegetarian group, they talked about some meatless chicken nuggets and said how much they tasted and felt like real chicken. I picked up a box of that. Also a box of ... I'm going to misspell this. Perogis? Looked like those Chinese dumplings/potstickers, but filled with potato and cheese. My sister used to eat those all the time and loved them, so I'm going to check them out. They had lots of other things as well, but my 'Oh my god! Too much new stuff at once! Run! Run! Run now!' alarms started going off, so I went to check out.

I picked up some things on a whim, including a bunch of cheap Ghirardelli chocolate. (Ghirardelli is a company up in San Francisco, they make the best chocolate around.) I got like a pound or two of it for three dollars. Can't beat that. And also, some chocolate covered cherries. Mmm.

So that was my adventure for the afternoon, now I'm back at work. These darned ChapterOwls keep piling up in my mailbox, so I went through them today.

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Three video reviews!

I'm not sure if folks will be interested in this sort of thing, but I watched three very different DVDs tonight, so I'm going to write a bit up about them.

My very first fandom, a good 20 years ago, was GI Joe. While I was at least as big of a fangirl of it as I am of HP, back then computers weren't common, and there was no Internet (there was MILNET and ARPANET, but they're nothing like the net as we know it now). It was hard being a fan. But through snailmail to people whose addresses were listed in letters to the editor in the comic books (yep, they did print street/mailing addresses back then), I found/created a small network of people who were into it. I remained a fan for many years, though eventually got into other things. However, I never lost my enjoyment of GI Joe, no matter how bad I know it is now.

So I was very excited when they released a new cartoon: A 44 minute DVD free when you bought two "dolls" (large action figures). Having no room or use for giant action figures, I just downloaded the movie instead.

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I've mentioned a couple times that I like reality shows. I enjoy watching people be stupid and ruin their reputations for money. Blind Date is one of the worst of the reality shows -- at least for the people appearing on them. For the viewer though, it's a howling good time.

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Last: I've only recently started getting into anime. I'm not a big fan or anything, but there are some things I've watched, and a few I've enjoyed. I was told Grave of the Fireflies was one of the best movies ever, so I thought I'd watch it.

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And so I killed an evening, as well as got some things off my to-do list. Bedtime!
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