bought nothin'

Hope you are all enjoying your holiday. I love long weekends. I can sleep in for FOUR days… yes! Such a bonus.

Today was Buy Nothing Day, of course, and I hope that everyone was able to steer clear of the retail hells out there. I saw many a automobile driving on the streets, the back windows packed to the limit with shopping bags. Pretty sad.

But hey, we honored BND for ourselves, and it was really a good choice. We drove down to Castle Rock State Park (which is down towards Big Basin) this afternoon, to take a hike, enjoy the views, and possibly go Geocaching. Unfortunately, we were a bit late in the day, so the sun was setting fast. We took the scenic route, and stopped along the way to enjoy a lovely valley and ocean view.

Once at the park, we scurried along the Summit Rock trail, with the last fingers of daylight disappearing more and more every minute. Lovely trail, I might add… especially with all the golden leaves falling about. The blue haze of the imminent evening was all we had to see us along the trail… I had to start using the backlight on my GPS to help us along. Hmm. Not too good of a sign, but we pressed on, with about .39 of a mile to the cache.

Darkness was falling. Fast. I could barely recognize the forms of the barren trees around us, and I had to squint to see. My GPS read .28 from the cache, and I peered in the direction that the GPS was pointing. It wasn’t comforting to see a fairly large hill ahead… this meant a quarter of a mile uphill? I was afraid that this was not feasible at this point.

Yup, it was. It was a sliver away from darkness, and we would barely make it back to the car before then. So I made the executive decision to turn back. I had almost forgotten that the hike in was mostly downhill, so we had a nice(?) challenging climb back. Jeez, I am so outta shape. I was horribly winded, but we made it back to the car as the day turned into night.

Oh look, a present.

We got a parking ticket for having the car parked after sunset. Grrrr. I guess that Buy Nothing Day bought us a lovely parking citation!

Oh well, I wouldn’t trade this experience for shopping any day.



The holidays are upon us. For many, this season brings joy.

Throngs of shoppers have descended upon the shopping meccas of our cities and towns. Strings of Christmas lights, images of a rosy-cheeked Santa Claus and a barrage of holiday sales have been foisted upon us. The commercialism of the holidays are unavoidable. For many, this season will bring stress and empty pockets.

I heartily encourage all of you out there to participate in Buy Nothing Day on this upcoming Friday, 29 November.

Simply don’t buy anything. Go outside, spend time with loved ones, read a book… just don’t succumb to the retailers’ “First Offcial Christmas Shopping Day of the Season”. Please do visit the Buy Nothing Day web pages to find out more information, download materials, and read about the history, debates, reports and news about this day.

This year, my holiday gifts will mostly consist of mostly yummy cookies of all sorts and hand-printed photos. Not just because of my lack of fundage, but also to minimize my consumerism during this time. I think that everyone should do something to curb their consumption, especially at this time.

It’s especially hard, for the geek in me, who always wants shiny new things with buttons, but I do try. 🙂

What will *you* do?


I have food on the brain.

I so totally diggin’ The Sandwich Project (aka the URL of Sandwiches, haha). This site features recipes for many delicacies, such as…

  • Bit of Yummy Posh (avocado, feta cheese, fresh asda pesto)
  • The Old Peacock Brie, Bacon and Cranberry Ciabatta
  • Grilled Spicy Chicken with Dijon mustard and Cheddar Cheese
  • Mozarella Salad Sandwich

And some strange concoctions such as:

  • Lemon curd…turd (lemon curd & pb)
  • Milk Sarnie (condensed milk on white bread)
  • Surf and Turf Trailer Park Style (a big mac plus a Filet o Fish)
  • The Spleen (mint sauce and grated cheese)

Make sure you visit the site and enter in your own sandwich creations! I’m interested in learning what you peeps pile between a coupla pieces of bread. Heck, I might even try it out, if it sounds appetizing… share some of your faves with me in the comments!

Since this is a UK site, there’s plenty of Marmite sandwich recipes for the connoisseur of brown yeast spread… which I do partake in occassionally.

do a good turn daily

… so says the Girl Scout motto. This is a story of my good turn today.

I had some free time this afternoon, so I browsed a coupla Thrift Shops (whoo hoo! A set of art pencils for thirty-five cents!) and drove around the neighborhood. I passed CompUSA once, thought for a second about browsing around in there, but didn’t stop.

15 minutes later, I was back.

I was curious to see if The Sims Online was available yet, since I had lost track of it completely. So I found my excuse to go in.

Nope, no Sims Online yet (I know, it’s not being developed for Mac, grr. But there is a Windoze machine in this house just for gaming, heh). So I wandered into the small Mac section to see how it was doing.

CompUSA is notorious for not encouraging Mac sales. Their salespeople cringe when customers ask for Mac hardware, software or accessories. You’d think you had just asked them to pull their toenails out or something. Scott Kelby writes about this in his book Macintosh: The Naked Truth. He also suggests ways for us Mac Evangelists to improve the situation. One of these ways is to visit your local CompUSA store regularly and tidy up the Mac section.

Only a die-hard would do that. I guess I’m a die-hard now.

I went around to all the stations… I think there were 3 iBooks, 5 iMacs, 2 G4s and 1 Ti… and I cleaned up all of their desktops, filled up the docks (they were empty, save the trash and the finder icons), and did a general tidying of the area. It was really sad… all the hard drives were named gobbledy gook like “sadfg” or “../.,;”. The desktops were chaotic. Open windows everywhere! A nightmare for this minimalist Mac user! It made a difference… even though I didn’t physically do much, the section looked clean and consistent from mac to mac. I grinned to myself and walked out of the door, without buying anything, after about 15 minutes.

Who knows if this service will accomplish anything… will someone buy a Mac just because I made them look good? I have no idea. If it helps influence one person’s decision to buy a mac, that’s good enough for me. Someone has to care, and it ain’t gonna be the workers at CompUSA.

So I did my good turn… and a geeky one at that. Maybe tomorrow I’ll save the world or find a cure for the common cold.