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Frap on Steroids

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Frap on SteroidsWhat I really wanted and needed were some good batteries for my camera so I could have taken snapshots of that traffic accident. (Still pouting.)

But when we were back in our corner convenience store, I mentioned to Susan about having read in Texas Coffee People about Pretend Espresso: Stōk, describing the product to her as best as I could remember.

She perked up and said she thought she recalled seeing those up at the counter. And the guy at the counter brightened up and said he’d already had two today – he drinks them straight, apparently. (Would explain that quirky smile he had, eh?)

I’m dumping one of them in a dark chocolate peppermint mocha frappuccino, then giving the other one to Nat to try out.

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Written by macheide

16 February 2008 at 6:29 pm

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No Guarantees

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No Guarantees

Smack dab in the middle of a night video I was making of a Texas gullywasher on our drive back from San Jac’s basketball win, my camera batteries went dead. Atrociously poor planning: I had not recharged nor switched them out since midway through last weekend’s visit with Jenny, before my Deion Sanders’ dog-biting post. We were only 10 minutes from the house and Susan quipped that I don’t need to have the camera watching each and every single minute of my day, but I pouted anyway. See?—I am spoiled after all.

Susan needed some soda, so we stopped by our corner gas station before heading onward. She asked me if I needed a frappuccino or anything else. Still pouting, I muttered that maybe they had batteries, despite now being within 2 minutes of the house, adding that you never know when there might be a traffic accident to record. Laughing, Susan asked, “If I can guarantee you there will be no accidents ahead, can you do without new batteries?” Still pouting, I didn’t respond, consoled only by the special new caffeine treats we found in the convenience store.

Yeah, but then look what I had to resort to my cell phone’s crappy camera for just outside our neighborhood! Oh, that’s right – On my old (very non-spoiled person’s) cell phone’s pics, it’s hard to make out details when it really matters, whereas I would have taken shots well enough to send to the local paper if I had only been allowed to get my camera a few extra good batteries back at the corner convenience store. But look right there ahead!—that’s a police car and a damaged vehicle getting hooked up to a tow truck, clearing up an accident. Hrumph, so much for a certain potential “guarantee”!

One should always listen to the actuary when he is advising preparations for contingencies.

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Written by macheide

16 February 2008 at 6:25 pm

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Spoiled As Spoiled Can Be

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Obviously I no longer waste my time writing over at ADASTW, and I barely spend much time reading there either. But recently I did come across the following survey at the journal of one of the last few friends I still keep up with back in the old neighborhood, and it captured my interest for a spell. It’s an informal non-scientific diversion, put together I believe by a teen, so to be taken in that spirit. I tabulated my basic response back there, but now I add some further commentary here, along with my own personal revisions to the survey. Casual apologies if it seems I’m taking this all too seriously—I just found it an interestingly different way to explore how one sees certain aspects of his life in the context of the lives of others within this particular framework. But enough spoilers; on with the survey itself:

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Written by macheide

16 February 2008 at 4:16 pm

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