Clearly the thing to look for would be --- well, first, clear directions on how to get to the hospital, whose location I roughly knew but which had passed from conscious memory. But after that, where was there a toy store on anything like the path from work to the hospital? I've driven along that way many times, and surely saw a toy store somewhere, but any exact locations had never affected my memory, so far as I could remember. There was one very likely rich target spot, though, a good-sized mall just along the route.( Collapse )
When I got back to my car, with cookie and toys, I had a momentary panic when I thought I'd spent over 90 minutes in the mall. I never got around to setting my car's dashboard clock back from Daylight Saving Time. While all sanity assured me I had not wasted so much of the time available to me before the early bedtime, you try convincing my mind of something like that once it's got a fright like that. The traffic is always bad going up that route, however much Google Maps's Traffic thingy claims things are moving right along; now, the rest of the ride up, I felt a very irrational anxiety at losing time with my sister-in-law, niece time, and time to get ready for the flight in the morning, and time to get my phone working in case anything went awry.
Trivia: Between 1693 and 1791 grain consumption in Flanders fell from 758 grams per person per day to 475 grams, with potatoes replacing about two-fifths of all cereal consumption. Source: Floods, Famines, and Emperors: El Niño And The Fate of Civilizations, Brian Fagan.
Currently Reading: Asimov's Choice: Black Holes and Bug-Eyed Monsters, Editor George H Scithers. I think it's a spinoff or transmutation of Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, with some right fine content (John Varley's ``Good-Bye, Robinson Crusoe'', which alone could found a decent online roleplaying game), some oddities (Martin Gardner doing variations on the probability puzzle where mothers who give birth to females are sterilized and how this affects society's gender balance; a Black Widowers mystery), and miscellaneties of late 70s science fiction writing (Earth gets conquered so aliens can outsource a particular job to India). Interesting but easy-reading stuff.