Chris Walsh (chris_walsh) wrote,
Chris Walsh

General Miscellaneous Whatever

Grab-bag time:

* I was kind of a "secret shopper" this afternoon. So I shouldn't say where I was shopping... ;-)

* The next few days, I'll finally ship off my former employer's equipment back to my former employer. The way that's getting done is thus: the company sent me packages with pre-paid packing material. So I'll unpack packing stuff, then pack stuff into that packing stuff, have FedEx pick up that packed stuff, and then deal with the packing stuff that all that pre-paid packing stuff was packed in...

What I should've done was ask if I could've schlepped the equipment to a FedEx Kinko's, have them pack it, and then send the receipt to my company for reimbursement. But an undefined something seems to amuse me about them shipping me shipping stuff. I must be easily amused.

* Sweet-Tooth Me strikes again! On the spur of the moment on my way home from Dundee I stopped at the Tualatin Haggen (not my Secret Shopper place). I first bought Swedish fish. My next sweet buy: Coke. A Coke bottle in a bucket of Coke Bottles, with the bucket labeled "Made in Mexico (higher sugar content)." I was sold.

I admit to my sweet tooth. Must mean I don't have a problem.

* Having watched Serenity twice last weekend, plus having watched bits of it on Mom and Dad's big-big-big TV, I've finally realized who the Operative really reminds me of: a more focused, capable, with-it Kent Mansley from The Iron Giant. Except I "buy" the Operative's change over the course of the film better than I "buy" how Mansley changes. Mansley's last scene in The Iron Giant has always rubbed me the wrong way. When the general gives him That News That Sucks (those of you who've seen The Iron Giant know what I'm talking about), I thought he should've reacted by being genuinely shocked that the "Duck and Cover" maneuver would do no good. I wanted him to be more shocked by what he'd see as his employer's betrayal of trust than his selfish, opportunistic "Screw the country, I wanna live!" The Operative's reaction to the climax of Serenity seemed more honest.
Tags: film reviews, peregrinations, work

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