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24 May 2005 @ 03:57 pm
The jet-lag I thought I was experiencing is actually some kind of head-cold/sore-throat thing, accompanied by mild fever. The depressive bouts and cloudy judgment I thought were the result of not taking my medication were actually just the way I was feeling.

I guess I think a lot of things, and that seems to be my problem lately. I have too many projects left open, but will (hopefully) soon have enough time to work them.

I visited two stores that I had never been to before when I was in Irvine - a Fry's and an Ikea. A Fry's is like Best Buy + Radio Shack + NewEgg - it was amazingly awesome (I'm not used to full-service electronics stores, and it's a shame they're only out West). Everything I knew about Ikea I learned from Fight Club, so I was a little biased going in on my first visit. While I'm not entirely up on their corporate philosophy, they seem Lawful Neutral on the Corporate Alignment Scale™. Your input would be appreciated - they seem to have some awesome stuff, but I'm big on corporate responsibility now.

seiryu_16: The VO guy you need to hear is Keith Szarabajka. Probably can't get him for Taxi Driver, but his voice is awesome.

"In a moment, it will be time to execute Rock Concert Movement Number 3: The Up and Down Jumping Motion.

Here are your instructions:

Step 1: Bend your knees, and then jump into the air.
Step 2: Let gravity bring you back down, and upon landing, rock your head forward.
Step 3: Repeat.

Ready? Go!"
Current Music: Blue Man Group - Time to Start
stemware on May 24th, 2005 09:23 pm (UTC)
Although Ikea is known as the Walmart of Scandinavia, they have some interesting stuff. Here, their service sucks, their stores are usually crowded, and their parking lots are chaos, but it is indeed possible to furnish an apartment tastefully on a reasonable amount of money entirely with purchases from Ikea.
astcetc snafu: bwkatwonderlandkat on May 24th, 2005 10:32 pm (UTC)
according to the trib when Ikea moved to MN, they treat their employees, or at least the ones in the US, very very very well (i.e. very cheap healthy employee caf, daycare, decent wages, etc).

I hear they use tree farms for their wood as well, but I think that was told to me, not read in the newspaper.
lyght on May 24th, 2005 10:49 pm (UTC)
Dude. They're Scandies, the last great hope for social and environmental justice on this planet. Give them your money!
masui on May 25th, 2005 12:44 am (UTC)
a high school boyfriend used to drag me down to Fry's from time to time.
I remember it as being pretty neat. Or maybe I'm remembering the reward for my patience.
Virtual Traveller: Eyevtraveller on May 25th, 2005 12:31 pm (UTC)
Wow. Never been before? Welcome to the Dark Side.

Ikea makes stuff that falls apart or comes in non-standard Swedish sizes (damn you lampshades - what are you good for? :shakes fist:).

Fry's ... ahhhhh. I've always felt the Fry's contains all teh stuff you *should* have been able to buy else where but can't.

Random Fry's Shop 4 Hrs Before International Departure on Friday
Mario Party 6 - GC
Super Monkey Ball 1 & 2 Double Pack - GC
Klonoa 2 - GBA
PGA Golf - DS
iPod Photo 60GB
Set of luggage pad-locks
Various pieces of confectionary
Bottle of weird purified, mineral added water

We skipped on the 25c for a hotdog and canned drink (20th Fry's Store Anniversary when we turned up - madness).

I'd rate that as an average visit. Every time I'm on the West Coast, without exception I go to Fry's. In fact I often visit multiple Fry's in one go. I tend to pillage the games as they're half-price compared to the UK.

How sad am I? Pretty sad. I know that most Fry's are constructed with a theme. The 2nd nearest one to the airport has a flying saucer crashed into the side of it and an alien invasion going on inside the store. Another is an Egyptian Pyramid.

I even saw my first internet fridge at Fry's. 8000$US when they first came out.

The only thing I wish Fry's also offered was internet ordering and click'n'reserve, but hey I'm picky.

You can put me back in the box now.