November 20th, 2007


Presents of Mind

Well, the other birthday presents bethje said she was getting me came yesterday, and they consisted of:

  • Death's Domain, a Discworld Mapp. [1] Since I already have the entire-world and Lancre ones, I believe the only one that remains is The Streets of Ankh-Morpork, which is no longer available from the American Amazon. If I can't find it elsewhere (which I haven't been able to as of yet), maybe I'll brave the shipping charges on
  • A Decemberists DVD, which I haven't checked out yet.
  • The second and final volume of The Super Mario Bros. Super Show on DVD. I believe this set has more episodes I haven't seen yet, or at least don't remember having seen. I watched a few of these, including "Do You Princess Toadstool Take This Koopa?", last night. That episode is presumably the only appearance in any known medium of Bowser's mom. It also features Triclyde as a minister, with a book with what looks like a Christian cross on the front cover. I wonder how he managed to get ordained. The live-action segment accompanying it involves Captain Lou and Danny Wells dressing up as Mario-Joe and Luigi-Bob, the Mario Brothers' country cousins. They did that quite a bit in those segments, presumably because it was an easy way to introduce new characters without paying any more actors (and I use that term loosely). I think they used up their entire casting budget on getting Magic Johnson to appear twice.

I also went out to the Olive Garden with Beth and Dorothea for my birthday dinner. The food there is always good, although none of the current specials were to my liking. They still have the seafood alfredo, but I found that disappointing compared to other seafood dishes. They need to bring back the shrimp and crab ravioli. Beth and Dorothea both got the Chicken Florentine, but I've always been somewhat leery of Italian food containing chicken. My mom used to make chicken cacciatore occasionally, and while I like both chicken and spaghetti, I never cared for them together. The weird thing is that I ended up having the Tour of Italy, which includes chicken parmigiana, so I guess I don't always mind Italian chicken dishes, but I wanted something else as well. The Tour is a lot of food, and I didn't eat much of it, so I guess I know what I'll be having for dinner tonight. Beth and I also split a pitcher of peach sangria, which was pretty good, but even sweet alcoholic beverages usually have a bit of a sour taste that I don't particularly care for.

[1] No, that's not a typo, but a reference to how Morporkian spelling is usually shown to be somewhat archaic and not totally standardized. I don't know whether "mapp" was ever actually an accepted spelling, though.