2007 Nov 11 | American BBQ

Come on, it's only a week past the "sell by" date. Seven days surely can't make that big of a difference.

I wanted a Swiffer but couldn't find one anywhere in the mops section. I had given up and decided to just buy a regular mop, so I grabbed one and went to get some floor cleaner. Well, apparently that's where the Swiffers are kept. I still think they belong with the mops.

Ever been in the "10 items or less" line, grabbed some of the snacks right by the register, realized that makes you have 11 items so you switch lanes and get behind a long line because you hate people who have more items than the lane says and you don't want to be a hypocrite, and then you realize you actually have exactly 10 items? Sigh.

I love this pickup. Everything is broken on it (it even looks like it has plants growing out of the bed), but it appears to run just fine.

I'm terrified of this parking lot. It's hard to tell, but that's about a two-foot dropoff right in front of the parking spaces. So if you accidentally put your car in drive instead of reverse and hit the gas, it's going to be an interesting few seconds.

I don't like when they hang the lights in the middle of the road rather than on the sides because it's hard to tell from my angle when they're switching, and I like to see the other light turn orange so I can get ready. I guess it saves some money, though, because you don't need two sets of lights this way.

I needed yellow cake mix, and every single cake mix except yellow had an "on-sale" tag. So I spent at least a minute trying to decide if it was worth an extra dollar to be sure I got what I wanted or if I should get the butter yellow which was on sale but could possibly taste completely different. In the end I went with the normal yellow. It didn't matter, though, because it was also on sale even though there wasn't a tag on it.

This was insane. There was one of those twisty ties holding the cord at the bottom of the container, but there was no way to actually twist it because while there was enough space to fit your hand inside, there wasn't enough room to actually manipulate the tie in any way. I had to just tug it off from the other side.

Our now approximately bi-monthly pool party plus BBQ has lost the pool party part because the sun is at too much of an angle to provide any light to the pool area in the afternoons. There's still good food, though. Goekcen is going back to Turkey next week, so we decided it would be good to have an American theme. I made chislic, pork and beans, and poppy seed bread, which everyone absolutely loved.

Why aren't all laundry doors designed to swing both ways?