My usual birthweek celebration starts soon (um, I don't know... tomorrow? Schedule below!) And I almost never get presents, at least not historically. I guess people usually don't have an idea of what to give me. Which is why I think it's cool that Amazon now has a Universal Wish List, that lets a user add items from any site they want. This lets me get as obscure as I would like to be. I have included at least a few items that people CAN'T buy, because why break with tradition?
(Oh and the complete series of the Wire is currently available at $134.99, which is 50 bucks more expensive than the price I got it yesterday and still a hundred bucks lower than retail. Go get one!)
Just to give you an idea of my lack of present-accumulating prowess, last December, I got three presents that weren't cash. One was the new Nerdcore calendar (thanks Mike!) and the other was two pairs of boxer shorts - one featuring Stewie from The Family Guy (and boy do I hate that show) and the other emblazoned with a skull and the logo from Miami Ink; since the only person I know who might be interested in that also is a producer on the show, extra-awkward. Anyway, it's nice to have new boxers. At least they're comfortable. But Mike made it clear why people had trouble knowing what to get me: can't get me games because I probably already have them and what else does anyone know about me? Mike does understand that I like nudity and nerdiness, so his present is probably the most me-appropriate item I can remember receiving. The other item in that me-appropriate list was a hand-made clock featuring the cover of the first issue of Zot!, and I took that so dearly that I nearly ruined my life over it. Long story and not for reading.
I really didn't mean for this post to be a plug for Amazon; I think it's interesting to see the items that people crave. That's what I'm after here. I really don't expect someone to go buy me the Vivid-Ed titles or Sex Scenes (how awkward would that be? Maybe awesomely awkward!) but I really appreciate the thought that someone might try to learn me from a consumer perspective. It's also a list for myself of things that I should remember to buy.
Anyway, back to the original reason I was posting. Here's my schedule for the week:
Tomorrow: dinner in Little Ethiopia with a cast of dozens.Here's a video from The Floor:
Sunday: Farmer's Market breakfast, Pitchcar tournament at Game Empire, open gaming and dancing at the final night at The Derby (I'll be verklempt) featuring Jonathan Stout and his Campus Five.
Monday: Disneyland (free admission, baby!) and The Floor, and probably dinner at Lucky Devils next door! The Floor is probably the coolest dance place I have visited and Lucky Devils has the best veggie burgers (made in store, not packaged) that I have had.
Wednesday: Open gaming at Game Empire
Thursday: Lindy Groove (I'd like to invite 5 non-experienced folks by Tuesday. Let me know if you want in)
Friday: Stompy Jones at Memories!
I'm gonna plug the hell out of this place, because I want everyone to be there!