So, got up pretty early this morning. 7am, actually. That’s pretty early for a Saturday, isn’t it? Though admittedly it could be earlier. But not much.
I was up early to accompany Simon to his Subaru dealership in Tampa. It’s a 70 mile drive there, and takes about an hour and a half on the highway (taking the #75->275). We missed the turnoff but luckily found it in time for his appointment. An hour and a half later and we were on our way.
Went to the Apple Store, since it was so close by, and the staff recognized me from last week! Of course I was wearing my WWDC2002 developer shirt again (can you say “Developers” four times?), so I’m sure that helped. Thanks go out to applestudentdevelopers.org, who helped make the shirt a reality.
To thank Simon for his help I took him out for lunch at the Bamboo Club, a nice restaurant at International Plaza that specializes in “Asian Pacific” food. What did we get? A mouthwatering order of pot-stickers to start, and we went from there — grilled asparagus, (north? it was sweeet) korean style beef, a spicy chicken dish and a big bowl of rice. All very yummy. And I’ve got leftovers to boot! I can hear my tummy growling now…
Last night, I got a dining room table and 4 chairs (all 70’s dark brown veneer chic), as well as a futon and mattress, free. Not a bad price. Simon saw a posting up by the mailboxes at Heron’s Run, so I had to check it out. Turns out the folks who were giving it away were moving and needed to get rid of it in a hurry (they had to be out of their apartment by today).
How would you get this stuff from their 3rd floor apartment to my place, a good 700 meters away, on the second floor?
I did it by enlisting Simon’s help, of course. We took the mattress over to my place in the back of his car. But the futon frame was too large — even when folded — and being about 100 pounds of clumsy metal, it was too far to carry. How were we going to get it over to my place?
With one half of the frame in my arms and the other half in the back of Simon’s car, of course. We drove at 2 mph through the pelting rain to my place. I instructed Simon not to drive through any lakes on the way. The whole process took about 10 minutes and we got all sorts of great stares from the nearby residents on the way. Worked like a charm!
Well, let’s see. What’s happened since last Friday? A few major things. I’m gonna keep it short ’cause it’s 1:37am, and it’s a workday:
-On Saturday I turned 26 (had appetizers and a jug-o-beer bought for me)
-On Wednesday I finally got the keys to my mailbox
-Yesterday two major things happened: (1) I got a phonebook (somehow the mailman managed to cram it into my mailbox) and (2) I got a license plate for my car. Finally I can take that German plate off the back. The previous owner wants it back as a momento, so I get to give it to her grandma (who also lives in the Heron’s Run apartment complex).
-Oh, and today: this blog entry is brought to you by the gracious free-trial-cd folks at AOL, who somehow managed to include their software with Verizon’s phonebook. I’m connected at 46,667 baud, what a novelty!
Weekend plans: Re-visit the Tampa Apple Store, this time with Simon and keeping an eye out for decent digital cameras. Oh yeah, maybe throw the disc around with Marc on Sunday (as I did last night).
Someone remind me to send Ulti propaganda today (Friday). I’m trying to convince four of my co-workers who have never played ultimate to spend the evening of their Labor Day Holiday Monday playing at Siesta Key. In a way, we’re in the same boat, since I’ve never played (on a beach :).
That’s all for now, time for bed!
On Friday night I took a roadtrip with subcontractor Mike and his wife, Carrie to see Apple Computer’s “100 Minutes Of Jaguar” presentation at Tampa’s Apple Store International Plaza.
The event was taking place at each of Apple’s 35 retail stores, but the Tampa one was special, at least according to Macminute.com:
Mac Design joins “100 Minutes of Jaguar” event in Tampa
August 22 – 15:34 EDT
Mac Design Magazine today announced that Mac users who attend the “100 Minutes of Jaguar” event at Tampa, Florida’s Apple Store will receive a free one-year subscription to Mac Design Magazine when they purchase Mac OS X 10.2 (Jaguar). The store is also giving away limited copies of Scott Kelby?s book, Macintosh?The Naked Truth. Kelby, Mac Design Magazine’s editor, will also be in attendance to sign his book. “100 Minutes of Jaguar” takes place on August 23 and goes from 10:20 PM to midnight.
Anyway, I spent my 100 Minutes of Jaguar waiting in line! There must have been at least 200 people waiting when we got there at 11pm. Apple Store staffers promised to make sure everyone was served (i.e., got in the store). Yipee. 🙂 But they actually made up for it by giving those folks who were at the end of the line a chance to win a 17″ flatpanel iMac. Suh-weet!
Loot I took home includes a copy of MacDesign Magazine, a Jaguar sticker (woot) and a Jaguar mousepad. Macminute.com reader Jason Ediger posted pictures from the event in Costa Mesa, California.
Oh yeah, I took a video snippet of myself, too [10.2 MB, Quicktime required].
Went to Target yesterday, bought all sorts of goodies, including (off the top of my head):
-a 12 1/4″ T-Fal saute pan
-a lid for above pan
-a set of 3 knives (8″, 5″, and 3 1/2″ blades, full tang)
-a cutlery organizer
-a set of 4 serrated knives
-a shower liner
-2 dish scrubbers
-a wall clock
-a screwdriver set including 44 bits
-6 AAAs and 6 AA batteries
And probably some other stuff I forgot. The grand total was $167, which I put on my check-card (it’s debit, so it comes directly out of my chequing account, though I’m not sure it’s as instaneous as Interac).