In real life, The Rain Is Coming = Quick! Let's go to the mall before it starts so we don't have to deal with traffic in the rain! (At least in LA :)
Given the weather yesterday we were a little surprised when we woke up around 10:30 and not only was it not raining, it was actually a little sunny outside. So i grabbed my phone and we checked the weather report and saw that it was supposed to start raining "real soon now." (In retrospect, every time we checked today it said it was supposed to start raining "real soon now," and we haven't seen a drop yet.) Since we'd been planning to go to the mall this weekend before we knew it was supposed to be rainy, we decided we ought to run out and do that while we had the chance. As we were leaving i reflected that i'd really gotten used to grabbing my messenger bag to take along whenever we went anywhere. Now however anything that i had in my bad i could functionally replace with something on my phone.
When we got to the mall the first place we went was the bookstore. The main reason i'd wanted to go to the mall was to pick up the new C.S. Friedman book, "Wings of Wrath," the second book in the Magister Trilogy, which just came out on tuesday. After grabbing a copy of that i started going around taking notes on various books and authors that i either knew i wanted to get, or was curious about and wanted to do some more research on. I have, scattered about who knows where, several pages with notes (usually with just a few lines each) from previous times when i did have a notepad with me, and who knows how many mental notes from when i didn't which i promptly forgot about. This time i was adding them all to the list app on my phone. Of course that means i was redoing at least some previous work, but it's not worth trying to find those old pages and transcribe them now.
After awhile of that shelleycat was done getting her books so we went and bought our stuff and stopped by the T-Mobile store, since i kinda need a car charger for my phone. There's definitely been more than one occasion where i've been "Ooops, almost out of battery, better not do anything else till i get home just in case of emergency."
And since it was right there we stopped by GameStop after that. One of the advantages of listening to podcasts about six months after the fact (i'm trying to catch up, but it's slow progress) is that when i hear them raving about the latest awesome game, that game is usually available fairly cheap in the present. shelleycat is pretty good about making herself wait until games get cheaper as well, so when we looked through and found Mortal Kombat vs DC, Mirror's Edge, Red Faction Guerrilla, and Soul Calibur 4, we were rather happily surprised by how cheap they all were used. But then i got a bright idea. I pulled out my phone and went to the Amazon website, and found that for values ranging from about $5 cheaper to $5 more expensive, we could get the games new from Amazon. Not only do i like new better than used (for silly reasons,) but i like buying new when feasibly and financially possible because it means the publisher gets some of the money. And also, GameStop bugs me a bit. The fact that they'll buy games back for really low prices and then mark them up to within $5 of the new prices bugs me. So given the chance to spend about the same amount to get new copies from someone else i was happy to take it.
After that we went to the Cheesecake Factory for lunch. While waiting for the food i added all the games we'd been looking at to my Amazon shopping cart. shelleycat had pulled out one of the new books she'd gotten, the one that's supposed to be "the next Harry Potter," about a modern day kid who's the son of one of the greek gods, and something about it prompted her to ask why/how ancient greek pottery always seems to be black and orange. So i went to wikipedia on my phone to try and find out. The answer turned out to be more interesting than we had been expecting.
After that we headed home, and i spent awhile arguing with Amazon about who i wanted to buy games from =P I actually ended up getting two of the games used just because they would ship faster that way, but Amazon's used prices were cheaper than what we would have paid at GameStop anyways, so it was still a net benefit. I was going to pre-order FF13 from Amazon as well, since i'd heard you could get "release day shipping" for free. Either i heard that in error, or i waited too long, or i'm just not special enough because they wanted to charge me $6 for it. Now i'm not sure if i should just cough up the extra cash, order it from Amazon with free shipping and wait a few extra days, or figure that despite GameStop presumably not ordering enough copies for people who didn't pre-order as usaul, i'll probably be able to pick it up at Best Buy anyways.