When life hands you lemons, go shopping!

I was a man possessed yesterday – had a very long day, with a few more on the way.  My final MCSE test is tomorrow, I have a little more studying to complete today before I’m ready.  If I land my ’03 MCSE, I get some more options to open up for me – and I won’t feel so locked in to my current state of affairs.

So I finished my practice test and headed out for a bit.  Bought some new Monroe Sensatrac shocks for the pickup, they’re not as heavy-duty as the Reflex models, but since I mainly do on-road driving with the truck – these make more sense.  I’ll be glad to rid myself of the bouncing that plagues this truck over most bumps.  I’m sure more suspension components need replacement, but I need to start somewhere.  $50 a shock, not bad.

Since I was at the mall, I ran over to Hot Topic and grabbed the latest Metropolis compilation.  Looks like they’re getting a little more diverse as far as their artists.  This set had 2 discs, one strictly electronic – the other rock.  What bothered me about the Metropolis 2006 compilation was the lack of real gritty electronic material.  I hope the new plan works out for Metropolis, but I don’t go to them for anything but electronic – and I likely never will.

Next up was Yankee Candle Co for those air fresheners.  Not the gel ones, I can’t vouch for them – but the normal candle shaped air fresheners last MONTHS.  They do a pretty good job of hiding the ‘old truck scent’ so to speak.

Then I stopped in at JC Penney’s to check out their Big & Tall selection.  All my shirts have to be 2XL cos of my shoulders from lifting, all my normal XL stuff doesn’t fit anymore.  Still my favorite clothing store – by far.  Also did something I vowed never to do again and bought a pair of Levi’s, this time I got their black cargo pants…  Last few pairs of Levi’s and even Arizona’s didn’t work out well.  The Arizona’s tore right up the back at a mixer, and the belt loops on my current pair of Levi’s have been snapping off.  Hopefully the cargo variety are a bit sturdier.

Got a haircut at the barber shop, it was like $16 for a wash and cut plus a $5 for tip.  Not bad, I usually go to DJ’s in Vernon but by th etime I got down that way, they’d have been closed.

Topped it off with a new pair of sneakers, my Avias have slowly been falling apart.  They’re amazingly comfortable but within a few weeks of buying them the soles started to peel off.  I ended up getting a pair of plain black New Balance cross trainers.  They’re just as comfortable, a bit more heel support than the Avias, but I miss my ultimate shoelaces.  I’ll have to buy some more.

After the mall, I changed into my new clothes, headed over to the Tuscan for some coffee and study time.  They had more trouble with their wi-fi as apparently a wireless user started pumping out a virus that affected Warwick Online’s own network.  I had fixed their wifi once before, as someone had set a password on it, and was randomly shutting off the DHCP server.  I’d take a wild guess that the same shithead was behind this stuff too.  Right now I’m looking to find them a good wireless router that allows for adjustment of the signal strength, and some advanced firewall functionality would be nice too…

Ended the night over at Harpoon Bay for dinner, had a swordfish & penne dinner – I would eat there every single day of the week if I could – the food is THAT good.  I’m definitely digging the bar at the new place, makes it all seem even more down to earth than they used to be at the old location.  Just pull up a seat and get to business, no need to wait for a table or anything.  One thing I miss about the old place tho – the fish on the ceiling.  There used to be these paper cutouts of various fish that were stuck up on the ceiling, and one of them looked like some sort of Ninja if you saw it the right way.  Ah well, I’ll live. 🙂

Anyhow, break is up – back to work.

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