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March 14, 2005

blind retailers, sick leprechauns & monstrous cactii

I used to work at the USDA Headquarters when I first moved to DC, and I still use the credit union there for my banking needs. I recently discovered a rugby teammate works at the branch office where I cash my checks, so we now have lunch when I do things like cash in my DC tax return (I owe Federal, thanks Burl). Anyhow, it is interesting to note that the cash register guy at the cafeteria there is blind. You have to describe to him what you got, and then payment is on the honor system. "This is a $20," I say when paying for my $4.16 ham sandwitch and large coke. He feels for the change and hands me the correct amount. Trippy.

And I am trippy today - totally crunked out on Nyquil/Dayquil, although I'm glad to say I'm feeling better. I spent a lot of the weekend recovering and giving the cold to a certain hunky leprechaun, whom I hope gets better before his flagship holiday which I'll miss due to being in transit.

On Thursday I leave for Tuscon, AZ and will be staying with Homer, and will meet Panchesco. In addition to spring flowers and new bird species, I hope to see the rare and dangerous saguaro sentinel. Copious amounts of rain this winter promise to bring monstrous cactii and other oddities to bloom.

I'm Gonna Hurl Part II: I finally came across some Girl Scouts this weekend selling cookies on U Street, and promptly bought 2 boxes of Thin Mints, now refridgerated of course. Then my roomate bought me a box not knowing I had already purchased some. I have since inhaled several rolls, and now I'm gonna hurl again.

Posted by jimbo at March 14, 2005 1:45 PM


How come no one ever told me about the scary Saguaro Sentinel???

Posted by: homer at March 14, 2005 2:52 PM

Much like Mansquito who appeared on the Sci-Fi Channel this weekend, the suguaro sentinel is a horrid fusion of human and cactus DNA, first spotted around the nuclear bomb test sites of Nevada, and have since spread to Arizona and New Mexico.

Posted by: jimbo at March 14, 2005 3:49 PM

My father (a Scotsman) was obsessed by the fact that US bills were all the same size. At that time there was no other country that did this. He always complained that the blind were getting a raw deal here, and how could they possibly trust people not to rip them off. My dad has been dead for some time but my uncle's continue the tradition of complaining about American money. That and how small US eggs are compared to the American varieties. They do, however, enjoy the American largesse with the sandwich.

Posted by: David at March 14, 2005 6:52 PM

Our money isn't the prettiest either just that blah green and grey. I liked the various European currencies (before the Euro) and Costa Rica's money too.

Posted by: jimbo at March 14, 2005 8:45 PM

Do you remember Dutch guilders? They were so beautiful with bees and sunflowers and things like that that you didn't want to spend them. And Czech money now has a nun with a flaming heart. It's amazing.

American money is so dull. I just want to use a debit card all of the time.

Posted by: Eric at March 14, 2005 10:14 PM

I just hope Scary Saguaro Sentinel can act better then those in Mansquito.

Posted by: Lee at March 15, 2005 4:35 AM

Girl Scouts are evil. I truly believe they are part of a sinister cult. Who's true purpose is yet unknown. But it does involve cookies :-)

Posted by: Dax at March 15, 2005 11:33 AM