First I feel like I need to start this mornings post off with a discussion of how completely overwhelmed I am by the birthday wishes yesterday. We were travelling and each time we stopped I furiously tried to catch up with personal thanks to everyone who sent me something. I completely missed Facebook unfortunately because I refuse to install the Facebook app on my phone and wound up doing a sort blanket thanks over there when I got home. Twitter however is my social media of choice and I tried my best to keep up throughout the day. I think I successfully thanked each and every one of you… but given how fast everything was scrolling there is a high chance that I missed someone. If I did I am truly sorry because I am super thankful for all of the awesome friends I have.
For the last several years my wife and I have been doing this little mini vacation to the Kansas City metro. As the rockstar teacher she is, she signs up to grade the AP Statistics exams… and for the last several years has been a table leader that is responsible for making sure that all of the essay questions get graded effectively the same way by all teachers. For those who are having trouble picturing this… imagine a convention center filled with tables full of teachers… all of them grading essays for eight hours a day in a sort of weird factory type environment. That is what my wife has been doing for the last week and some change.
Instead of having the AP Board fly her back home I have been driving up on the day she gets released and picking her up. Then we run around Kansas City that night and the next morning and drive back to Tulsa. Because we are lame we mostly just hit a bunch of the Half Priced Books stores there and usually the Microcenter since we don’t have one in Tulsa and pretty much anything else that happens to suit our fancy in the journey. That means as the birthday wishes are rolling in we are usually moving from location to location with me trying to catch up as we go.
I tend to tweet out random things I encounter… like yesterday I made a joke about these being apparently the Amiibos that did not sell, given they were at a Five Below in Olathe KS. Later I found out that no… these are fairly rare and were Amazon exclusives and who knows how they ended up in the secondary market. I wished I had picked up a couple because various folks like Pizzamaid really want the Palutena one. You can find a bunch of odd things that show up at Five Below, which is a discount chain that I wish we had in my area. The Below part is generally a lie because I’ve seen very few things there that are cheaper than $5.
Another weird thing I stumbled across in my journey was this controller at Microcenter. There was no way I was going to pay the $70 price tag but I did snap a photo because I thought it was interesting. Once I got back to civilization I looked it up and apparently it is the Emio 5-in-1 switch controller, but based on the reviews from Amazon it is not a phenomenal product. Apparently the Switch 5.0 update completely broke this controller like it did so many third party peripherals, but it was an interesting idea with swappable button layouts for the different Nintendo control schemes it is trying to emulate.
Anyways this is one of those rambling nothing posts. I feel like I should suddenly feel wiser today given that I am not forty two and apparently the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything. Unfortunately I don’t feel much different apart from the fact I woke up this morning with an insane headache. I remember as a kid anytime I would go through growth spurts my joints would hurt. I wonder if headaches are just a sign of your mind going through a growth spurt too. Personally I like that thought better than the alternative explanations.