Wednesday, June 20

taking over the cartridge world

I first came across Cartridge World near the Chipotle on El Toro Rd. I thought it was a lonely little tadpole in the big fish world of ink. Battling upstream against giants such as online ordering and Staples I didn't really give them a shot.
Then, in May, I realized they were a global giant. Driving down Parry Avenue in suburban Perth, Australia I glanced over to a small shopping center and there it was, a Cartridge World in Australia!
I guess I was wrong Cartridge World, I am sorry I underestimated you.

learnings from the parking lot

Recently I have spent some real quality time in the car, in the grocery store parking lot, as Jana runs in and buys some quick foodstuffs we need for our kids. As I sit in the car, I have learnt a few things about the brave people who collect the shopping carts.

Learning #1: It seems that the majority of people collecting carts are female.

Learning #2: It doesn't matter what uniform each grocery store has, the cart person is always supplied with a bright vest that doesn't match the store uniform.

Learning #3: If you are designated to collect carts, you need to have a look of disdain and attitude as you perform this humble task.

Learning #4: It seems that the most efficient way (according to how these people perform their task) is to collect one cart at a time and bring them al the way back to the corral, then collect another, and so on.

Perhaps the biggest learning is Learning #4. For years I thought that the shopping cart was designed to be stackable with others of it's kind, so that you can collect and transort multiple carts a t a time, thus saving time, and company money. After seeing these professionals in action and not doing their task in this manner, I guess I got it wrong all these years.

Thursday, June 14

Sizzler: Steak, Seafood, Awesome

We were greeted by the "distressed" signage, oversize wooden door, and floor tiles that could tell many a story of days gone by. We were at Sizzler. The annual Friends Sizzler Night. The reason we do it once a year... because it takes our stomachs that long to recover.
There was shrimp, there was malibu chicken, there was more shrimp, there were kids running around, there was a great waiter, there were lots of old people, there was even more shrimp, there was a mess left on, under, and around the table.
And finally, there was a reservation made for next year.

Monday, June 4

sd marathon: friends

-Mike Howerton 20.5 mile celebration
-A Doug Fields sighting
-Barry soldiering on
-Natalie and Beth Hall still smiling
-Scarlett, also still smiling

sd marathon: me

I almost put myself in the oddball category.

sd marathon: the oddballs

This is a montage of some of my favorite peeps on the marathon track on Sunday...
my fav guy wasn't actually a runner, he was just watching (guy on top of page).
Other highlights included juggling man, muscle man, no shoes man, mr t lookalike man, flash gordon man, spongebob man, and last, but not leat, craz waiter man.

Saturday, June 2

signing up

We are in the SD (ahhh San Diego), as Jana's Dad and siter-in-law are doing the Rock N Roll Marathon tomorrow morning.
The kids are trying to make signs, and Jana is back to her cheerleading days making sweet signs.
We have signs for Barry, Scarlett, Doug Montgomery, James Andrew, Nats Hall, Bethall, and the Howertons.
My favorite is the "Go Powerton" sign I had Jana make for Mike.
More photos to come from the marathon course tomorrow...