A bit of a frustrating day today. Chris and I woke up fairly early for a Saturday (around nineish in the AM), and I figured to head in to Manhattan to pick up birthday gifts for my grandfather and sister, which I really ought to have taken care of earlier in the week, and to catch the free shuttle bus to the New Jersey branch of Ikea to pick up some cheap cutlery (my 1997 Ikea catalog lists a 20-piece set of "Traktat" cutlery for US$9.95). See, our sink is so full if unwashed dishes that I figure the best solution is to toss out what we've got and start over. We've already got a spare set of unused dishes that Chris's relatives gave us, so all we need is the cutlery. And being limited to four settings worth of dishware would force us to wash the dishes more frequently.
According to the 1997 Ikea catalog, the shuttle bus starts from the Ikea Manhattan showroom at 57th and Lexington. So after showers, dressing, and checking email and Usenet, at around noon Chris and I headed off to Wo-Hop's (the basement version) on Mott Street for breakfast, where I had a bowl of shrimp congee and a couple of egg rolls. Then we went our separate ways, me up to 57th Street and she down to J&R's music department to see if anything interesting was on sale. I arrived at the appropriate corner to find that the Ikea Manhattan showroom had either moved or ceased to exist entirely, probably the latter since the yellow pages I borrowed from a nearby security guard didn't list it. I didn't feel like paying US$2.40 to call the New Jersey branch and ask what was going on, so I headed down to Crossover to see if the office had a more recent copy of the catalog (it didn't) and check things out on the web.
So, off to Barnes & Noble to shop for gifts, where I discovered that the new They Might Be Giants album, Severe Tire Damage, was out. Huzzah! And then off to Bradlee's to see what they had in the way of cheap cutlery. Not much, as it turned out, but they did have a sale on cookie sheets, and a good spatula, and a nifty-looking DK book on spices. I've got the CD in my computer's CD drive now (just finished "First Kiss," starting "Spider"), and I'm wondering why the CD app shows 24 tracks when the CD case lists only 17.
Ah, that explains it -- the last seven are "hidden" tracks. The 17th track, "About Me," has a couple of minutes of silence at the end, tricking the naïve listener into thinking that the CD has ended. The titles for the final tracks, according to Amazon.com, are:
I used to have a link or links here that would let you buy Severe Tire Damage through Amazon.com, but due to their Amazon's policy I've removed them. NoAmazon.com offers a lengthy list of online book and CD vendors, as well as an explanation of what's wrong with Amazon's patent policy.
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