Quick Rant

Went into Target today to apply for one of their credit cards. None of my Canadian credit counts down here, so I have to start with department stores.
This involved filling out a big form with my address, social security number, birth date, home phone, work phone, previous address, and other details. My application was rejected because I didn’t have a US driver’s license with a picture yet. That’s fine, I didn’t meet their requirements. But then they wanted to keep my rejected application. *That* I had a problem with. They said they’d keep it in their safe for me. I said that I wanted it back. They wouldn’t give it to me. I asked why, and the best answer they could give me (and believe me, it’s not very good) was that it’s store policy. Ugh.
Meta-rant: I never had any rants before I started blogging.

New music: Sheryl Crow: C’mon C’mon

So whilst at Target picking up an 25′ phone extension cord so I could place my computer anywhere in my tiny apartment, I picked up Sheryl Crow‘s new album, “C’mon C’mon” for $13.99. That’s $20.99 Canadian. Yikes.
But it’s worth every penny. Every song on the album is strong melodically and lyrically, and of course, features Sheryl Crow’s strong vocals. I found this album begging me to play it again. I can’t wait to play it in my car.
There’s a number of pleasant production/arrangement surprises on the album too. I won’t spoil it here, though. Just go buy it already. 🙂

On Tampa, Food and the Apple Store

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…

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