The drive home today was a great deal more pleasant because it was cool but sunny. Yesterday it was raining and nobody knew what to make of it. To borrow from roho, "Oh no! Water from the sky! We must cower in terror!" I did make the drive a bit longer by stopping over at our neighborhood Fruitful Yield, where I picked up $55 in supplies. I bought a bunch of Atkins Advantage bars (they've come out with yet more flavors like "Chocolate Coconut!" I have to try this) and some more Endulge bars and Endulge peanut butter cups. I also got some of the carb-free chocolate flavoring syrup that I've experimented with in my coffee. I'll be taking this bottle of it to work so that I can flavor the otherwise mud-like fluid the company tells me is coffee. gen, you might want to investigate those new Advantage flavors. Definately investigate the syrup!
Once I got home I did some skimming of the web in an attempt to learn more about the incredible products offered by Alpine so that I could finalize some of my plans for the stereo component upgrade in the Expedition. I've rapidly come to the conclusion I really need to go talk to a dealer so I can try and figure out what parts I need for my new truck when I get it. If I don't talk to the dealer first I'm going to end up getting parts that may not be the current model year or just may not be compatible. I also need to ask them questions like "What is the difference between a tuner and a receiver? Why is it a difference you feel justifies a $90 difference in price?" I found there's a dealer about four miles from the apartment, so I think I'll drop in on them tomorrow on the drive back home and see if I can't look at some of this gear up close and personal. Once I know how it all goes together (and why it goes together that way) I can go scout it down and buy it for the impending installation. I must have CD changer goodness and XM satellite service!
I'm also considering buying a C. B. radio for this truck, something I've done for every vehicle I've owned in the past. All my radios have been Uniden, and I'm thinking that with this new rig I won't break that tradition. My Pro 538W performed pretty well in the current pickup until my cheesy antenna broke apart, so I think I might just grab another one and install it in the Expedition. The only concern I have is the antenna, which is a mistake that I don't want to repeat. I want a good one that I know will push the signal out and pull it in. I'm tired of not being able to hear people I don't have line-of-sight with. At the same time the Expedition stands pretty tall, so I don't want the antenna smashing against things and getting busted after a few weeks. I guess I should go consult some of the various amateur radio experts for their input. The main reason I don't want to do that is that ham folks seem to be programmed on the genetic level to be elitists, and prone to rambling on and on about how much C. B. sucks and HAM is the "one true radio." I don't need a lecture about why I'm a philistine, I just want to know what antenna will meet my needs. On second thought maybe I should just skip the consultation and buy one based on my own intuition.
For some reason this evening I also found myself trying to figure out where I can buy silk boxers (Logical choices to me seem to be Kohl's, Wal-Mart and Target). I've got one pair (silk, with a leopard pattern) and for whatever reason I can't help but think I should go out and buy a couple more pairs with different patterns. I just don't know where I'd go to get them, what a good price would be, or why I'm even considering this. .. although I have a good guess that it has to do with this URL that somebody showed me online. No, I'm not going to buy anything from there, but I bet it's what set the wheels turning on this whole undergarment thing.
Boxers? Me? Highly dubious.
Skateboards, I've almost made them respectable