August 20th, 2002

chestnut ramune


Came in to work Monday morning to find that all the computers had spontaneously rebooted over the weekend. I heard Windows servers need to be rebooted now and then to keep them in peak running condition so hooray for power brownouts! :)

Speaking of work, I have a lunch interview with a job candidate tomorrow. Hope he's not the quiet type or we'll have to spend more time eating... wait a minute, what's so bad about that?

Spent some time today adding duplicate find logs to the Navicache website. Navicache is like the Geocaching website but with a different database of caches. However, a number of caches are listed on both websites. So, if I can claim a free find on the Navicache site because I already found that cache using the Geocaching site, that's great. Besides, it's always nice to have a backup. Anyway, I'm up to 22 finds on Navicache, which is not bad for no additional effort.

Navicache may be even better as a backup for caches I have hidden. If anything goes wrong with the Geocaching website, all I'll need to do then is copy the coordinates and description from Navicache back to Geocaching. And hey, other cachers can get some free Navicache finds on my caches. Life is good. :)

Stopped by at Michaels in Paramus after work to see if there's anything worth buying with the 40%-off coupon they keep putting in the Sunday paper. I noticed that they were selling some Great PretendEars, headbands with animal ears. You might have seen that kind of thing at a furry convention but it appears headband ears are now mainstream. (uh oh... now the furries will have to try something else to freak the mundanes :) )

Actually, the ones I saw at Michaels are more than just headbands. There is an additional band going down the front of the head with an animal nose at the end. So those are tending a bit more towards being masks. Pretty neat. Hope the store will carry those in adult sizes eventually.
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chestnut ramune

Just one of many Georgers

Took this guy on a lunch interview... so there he was all suited up and formal, while I was just a shabby mess. Hah. Went to my favorite Chinese and Japanese restaurant in Pearl River, two towns over from work. Well, I guess I know how to make him feel at ease as I accidentally tipped some of my salad over and from there on, who cared about protocol? Just eat up. :) Anyway, I did ask enough questions to make sure he was up to snuff so the interview goal was accomplished.

Went to CompUSA after work to pick up the free items of the week. This week, they had PDA accessories on rebate. Good stuff, and I do need the multifunction stylus, having lost a few of those in the woods already! Anyway, I noticed that the regular cashiers had the day off, and the management and senior sales people had taken over the cash registers. Must be a special day. The 'product specialist' working the register saw the Where's George stamp on my bills and said that he sees some of these every day in the back room. He also told me that he found a bunch of bills with a red stamp. Whoa! Other georgers in the area?? :) (I use blue ink, not red.) Actually, it was no surprise to me as I'd taken a look at the WG profile list for NJ and there are indeed some active georgers in Bergen County. So far, none are as nuts about it as yours truly. Still, it's nice to have some confirmation that they're out there.

Next stop was the Paramus Park Mall. There must be some kind of optical illusion there as what I thought was the center of the mall wasn't. So I had to walk a little inside the mall to get to the food court, where I intended to pick up a box of Arthur Treacher's fish for dinner. Unfortunately, Arthur Treacher's had gone out of business! Waugh!! See what happens when I don't go to the mall for a few months? Stores just disappear.

While looking for Arthur Treacher's on the web, I found this story. What a forehead slapper.

I was also fairly disappointed at the Waldenbooks in the mall because their computer book section had shrunk down to a mere two short columns of shelves. The investment book section had undergone a similar shrinkage. Sign of the times, huh?
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