austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,
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austin_dern

Pretend you're in Australia

The 7-Eleven cashier wanted to be sure I understood the free pin I was given. With a S$5.00 purchase they're giving away Disney Cartoon-themed pins. I thought the commercials and posters were pretty self-explanatory, but the cashier repeated the points. ``It doesn't cost anything.'' No problem there. ``It's a free pin.'' All right. ``For purchasing at least five dollars.'' Yeah.

I don't mind the explanation; it's just odd that she singled me out. I grant I don't look much like a Disney merchandise collector, but who does? I didn't get that sort of attention in explaining the Hello Kitty fridge magnets last year, but we were all younger then. Unfortunately the Disney pins aren't magnetic, so I can't do what I did with the Hello Kitty magnets I got, namely, stick them to my fridge or my office whiteboard without taking them out of the wrapper (so I have no idea what they were), a notion so bizarre even for me as to have quite amused spaceroo when he was here last year.

These aren't magnets, so there's not much to do with them while they're in their bags except let them occupy desk (or drawer) space, so I opened it and found I had ... Kanga walking, with Roo in her pouch, and the caption ``Mrs Kanga. Yes dear!'' I don't know who's talking there. From the posters there are a lot of Winnie the Pooh pins, a fair number of miscellaneous princesses, and Pixar Movie characters. I noticed The Incredibles even has one for ``Elastigirl,'' which I'd like to get. DC Comics had a superhero by that name (her power was making herself large at will), and -- if you believe the Internet Movie Database, which is not necessarily wise -- didn't object to Pixar using that name in the movie, as long as they used Mrs Parr or Mrs Incredible in the marketing.

And I finally finished watching my Star Trek original series DVD sets, that I got for Christmas 2004. I was kind of savoring the experience. Boy, that was a good show.

Trivia: When the House of Representatives voted to subsidize Samuel Morse's experimental telegraph line in December 1842, 89 voted for the subsidy, 83 against, and 70 members abstained. Source: The Victorian Internet, Tom Standage.

Currently Reading: Camelot 30K, Robert L Forward.

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