I finally bought something at Target which was neither a peanut butter cup nor a Coke Zero. Well, a Coke Zero was included but it wasn't the point of the purchase and didn't constitute something to buy just so I felt like the trip to Target wasn't a waste of time. Although I did a normal bit of dithering and thinking over what I actually needed or didn't need I did have more than ten dollars' worth of stuff to buy and so felt justified putting it on my credit card for frequent-flyer miles.
Despite a little confusion on the cashier's part about which things were included in my purchase I was able to get rung up just for what I was actually buying, and after feeding my card into and back out of the little digital thingy beyond the end of the counter. The touch-sensitive screen popped up a message about agreeing to pay the charges and before I could take the stylus to give the machine the inaccurate signature styluses on touch-sensitive screens produce, it vanished again and the cashier gave me my receipt.
I pointed out I hadn't signed and she said that was fine, as it didn't need to be signed always. So I remembered: ``Oh, it's got that thing where you don't have to sign for purchases under twenty-five dollars?'' since such small amounts are credit card fraud so petty they can't even dignify it by pretending it's identity theft. She said she didn't know about anything like that, just, that sometimes it didn't require a signature and I was fine. As so often happens the process of reassuring me has left me in greater doubt.
Meanwhile in Dick Tracy, several finger puppets are shocked by the appearance of a tiny giant robot. The tiny giant robot is breaking in to Genesis, and I suppose will later go on to assault Wham! and The Bangles unless Tracy's (tiny?) giant robot stops them.
Trivia: Future railroad magnate Collis P Huntington first arrived in California by way of the coal barque Alexander von Humbolt, after a cruise which included the passengers mutinying, setting the owners ashore at Acapulco, and selling the ship in San Francisco to cover the cost of provisions picked up at Acapulco. Source: Empire Express: Building The First Transcontinental Railroad, David Haward Bain.
Currently Reading: The Great War In Africa, 1914 - 1918, Byron Farwell.