Tuesday, April 29, 2008

The Ultimate Collector's Millennium Falcon

Last night my roommate said that he would love to own the Star Wars Lego set Millennium Falcon -the largest Lego set available.

"Of course," he added, "I would have to keep it hidden when I have people over."

Thinking of the sort of people he typically invites over, I assumed he meant he would hide it to prevent theft, or perhaps damage inflicted by clumsy people trying to re-enact Star Wars scenes. He then clarified that he wouldn't want anyone to think he's not cool. Gabe pointed out that most of his current friends would probably think more of him for building the Millennium Falcon, and in fact the set could act as a litmus test for new friends; anyone who doesn't think it's cool could automatically be rejected as a friend.

At this point I started laughing and told him that he already has plenty of litmus tests. I think he has rejected potential friends for saying 'comic book' instead of 'graphic novel' and I once nearly lost his friendship for referring to magic realism as a type of fantasy.

I'm not innocent of this either. I have rejected potential friends for misusing a pie chart (this really, seriously ticks me off). It's bad to reject friends for something so insignificant, but at least it's free. Using a Millenium Falcon Lego set to reject people costs $679.99.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Dreams Are Strange

I had a dream that Jim Morrison was alive, and he lived in my neighbourhood and could occaisionally be seen at the drugstore making odd purchases.

When I told this to my roommate, he asked, "You mean like condoms?"

"I mean like swim flippers and bargain bin cookbooks," I said.

Jim Morrison would never buy condoms. Although I suppose that would make it an odd purchase, so perhaps my roommate was not totally out of line.

In the same dream I had a t-shirt with a Gary Larson comic on it. That's the part of the dream that I fully expect to come true.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Losing Sleep Over The Sleepless

I have spent the last year or so looking for the second book of Nancy Kress' sleepless trilogy. I read the first one, bought the third one, and I have been to every book store in Vancouver in search of a new or used copy of the second book, Beggars and Choosers. I finally decided to order it because I need closure, dammit, and they tell me it's out of print.

If I had been able to order it, then all that time spent combing through used book stores would have been a waste. Now that I know I can't order it, that time seems well-spent, unlike the money I used to purchase other books that I don't really want, trying to fill the void left by the gap in the trilogy.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

No Name Brand Decaffeinated Instant Coffee

I refuse to believe that anyone buys and consumes this product on purpose.