January 2nd, 2005

krazy koati

Gotta catch 'em all

So McDonalds' at Jurong Point (you'll recall the location from Journey to Jurong Point, adapting the Chinese myth ``The Journey to the West'' to a sketch-comedy piece set in the mall) offered a special treat for kids, the chance to meet the famed Neopets ``Scorchio'' and ``Chia''. How could I pass up the chance to see what the heck was going on, and based on the later name, possibly pick up something to needle chefmongoose about? (Plus, on a day far too rainy to spend outside, it let me get away from tsunami coverage. I don't mean to sound callous, but I can't keep staring at it. I thought I'd heard a report that relief operations have now become the largest deployment of Singapore Armed Forces troops on record, but I can't find the source.)

Well, they were people in fursuits wandering around in that slightly lost manner you get when the holes don't quite match the suitor's eyes, with McDonald's staff taking pictures (at S$5.00 each) of kids who looked excited and a little scared. Scorchio, I think (nobody actually said their names), is a fairly cute dragon-like creature with stunted wings. Chia seems to be the result of Sigmund the Sea Monster not realizing there was an eggplant hiding in the transpod with him. Chia was noticeably enough less popular that I felt sorry for him and came away liking him more for that. I feel the same way about Ringo Starr.

According to the signs at McDonald's I could, by the correct purchase of qualifying products, get a Neopets toy, a Snoopy toy, an Incredibles cup holder, or something having something to do with the Special Edition Releases of Disney's Aladdin and/or Mulan. What I did get was a grilled chicken pita wrap that was pretty good.

Trivia: The regular ice trade in Savannah, Georgia, began in February 1819 with a cargo of 160 tons of ice. Source: The Frozen-Water Trade, Gavin Weightman.

Currently Reading: In Memory Yet Green: The Autobiography of Isaac Asimov 1920-1954, Isaac Asimov. (It'd be his birthday today, more or less, were he still alive.)