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Thursday, March 27, 2008 06:18:01 PM
Mood: Amused
The Wii Has Come Home, Asian Easter Encounter, Edge Modification, etc.

Recently I had to send my Wii in for a warranty repair because of a known problem with some consoles playing the new dual layer game discs. Nintendo, being a stand-up company, offered a free repair service so I took advantage of it, but not without due caution. You see, due to the nature of my site, it is very important that my Wii address book and ID numbers associated with my console are not changed. Those numbers represent over a year of contacts and mii creations, and losing them would be disastrous for me. So, before sending in my Wii for service, I spoke to Nintendo's 800 support and they reassured me that those numbers would not be altered. I even taped a note to the console when I sent it in reminding them of this promise and asking them to do whatever they can to prevent those numbers from changing. Today, I got my console back and hastily opened the box. Inside was a couple sheets of paper entitled "post wii repair instructions" with a list of possible instructions depending on the nature of your repair. The one checked of for my particular case said, among other things, "Your system has a new Wii number." NOOOO!!! That sucks! Do they have any idea how much work it's going to take to get back to where I was? Didn't they see my note? Of course they did, because it's still taped to the freakin' console! I was in denial and decided to hook up my Wii to my TV before flipping out. I turned it on... and... all was well! The number hadn't changed. In fact, the only thing that changed was the system time, and that's easy to fix. Very funny, Nintendo repairs. You got me.

Random Thought: Whenever someone describes a situation as their "worst nightmare", they're really just admitting that they are terribly unimaginative while sleeping.

Here's another little story. This past Sunday we took Jenny's parents out for dim sum for their birthdays which are two days apart, and then went to Easter dinner at my Aunt Annie's house. Yeah, that's a lot of eating, but that's not the point of my story. After dinner we had some time and I had recently discovered a new Asian supermarket nearby so we decided to stop in and check it out. My dad wanted to pick up some sriracha hot sauce so we started walking past each aisle checking the hanging signs for something that said "sauces" or "spices" or something to that effect. asian foodsI passed the sign you see pictured here and it made me smile. I got about one more aisle down and I giggled. Then before I was two aisles away I had turned around to take a picture.

So there I was, giggling with my camera phone in hand pointed at the sign when this older Chinese woman passed by with her shopping cart and slowed down. She looked at me, then at the sign, and then back at me like I was crazy, or stupid, or racist, or maybe a little bit of each.

"It's just so funny!" I said.

"What's funny?" she inquired.

"The sign says 'Asian foods'," I replied, expecting her to see the humor.


"This whole place is Asian foods! So what's in this aisle?"

"Chinese things," she said in an apparent huff. "You know, it's a five thousand year old country..."

Before she could give rattle off some rehearsed history lesson for the ignorant I quickly replied, "Yes, I know. My wife is Chinese."

"Oh!" she said, apparently a little surprised and maybe a little disappointed that she couldn't lecture some random bigot. "OK"

And then she gave a half-hearted smile and walked away.

I later tracked down Jenny who was buying some pork buns and told her the story, and we both had a pretty good laugh at the photo.

Tocci Ponders: Why is it that when you're shopping for a greeting card and browsing the wall of selections you can never find the slot where the card in your hand came from? It's not like you moved since you pulled it from the wall, so the rest of its friends have to be there somewhere. Maybe there are little trap doors under each set of cards and when you're reading one some guy inside the display swaps the stack out for another one, and then laughs as you search for where it came from.

Lately a lot of my time has been spent doing freelance work for a gaming website. Much of the work revolves around a new game called Blast Works. I haven't gotten to play it yet, but it looks pretty cool from my end.

Tocci Ponders: Sending a text message via mobile phone is commonly called texting. Yes, "text" is now a noun and a verb. So what's the past tense? Texted? Text? I usually cop out and say "sent a text".

edge storageIn Ford Edge news, I was not fortunate enough to get the "cargo management" rear storage solution when the dealer located a vehicle for me. (There's a $65 option to get these two wells back there that can hold useful stuff like an umbrella, bungee cords, etc.) Instead, mine came with these big black styrofoam things around the spare tire which do little more than support the rear floor and waste space. I figured I could always add the cargo management stuff later so I wasn't too concerned. Much to my chagrin, I discovered that it costs over $400 in parts to add the option after taking delivery. What a joke! So instead, I used spent part of the time that Jenny was away on business to turn our kitchen into an aftermarket car shop and make my own solution by cutting away some of the honeycomb structure of the styrofoam inserts. I got the idea from a post on a ford edge forum, and I must say it was a brilliant. It came out great!

Why do they call Kraft Macaroni and Cheese "Kraft Macaroni and Cheese Dinner" on the box? I didn't know I wasn't supposed to eat it for lunch. I was some rebel in college...

WrestleMania is this weekend so if you're a wrestling fan make your predictions at WrestlingOracle before it's too late!

Link addiction is a dangerous thing. It all starts with just one link. Then you just have to have another... and another...

  • Awareness Test - This thing blew my mind. Thanks, Forrest.
  • Cooking with Coolio - In case you were wondering what the man who sings Gangsta's Paradise was doing these days. You just can't make this stuff up. Thanks, Nong.
  • Dice Stacking - This is probably the product of some imaginative kid who got Yahtzee for his birthday instead of a video game console.
  • Partial Face Transplants - Some of these pics are crazy!