Mister Eclectic (howeird) wrote,
Mister Eclectic

Plan A-minus

I was getting ready to wake up at about 9:30 when the phone rang, and it was Automation Guy checking in. I had texted him that Amazon (he works there now) said no. That lasted almost an hour

At about 12:30 I was thinking of hitting the road, but someone from the contract agency which sent me to Amazon called. "What went wrong?" he asked. I told him that as far as I was concerned the only thing that went wrong is I wasn't hired. He didn't get it that nothing needs to "go wrong" for one of several candidates to not be hired. And he also didn't get that it was *his* job to find out from the non-hiring manager what made them pass me up. He said he had another job possible, and would send me the job description in a couple of minutes.

He never did.

By now I needed some kind of lunch, so I made a sandwich and had some olives with that. The new compost bucket was not quite doing its job so I food processed what was in it, and fed it to the compost tub outside.

Out the door at close to 2, drove to Mountain View and deposited a return in one of the Amazon locker boxes. There are six lockers closer to me, but they all were marked full. Online Amazon sets a very short time limit for returns and pickups, but it seems they don't enforce it.

Since I was in MV, I drove to the nearest free light rail park and ride and caught the train, and went all the way to the end of the line (Winchester). Along the way I realized that was a stupid move because we basically took 20 minutes to get to the station a mile from my house, and I really should have driven to the park and ride closer to San Jose. VTA has FAILed on park and rides for me, there is nothing near my home station, even though there is a parking  lot there for a grocery store. The next free parking lot is halfway to downtown SJ.

So by the time I got to Winchester it was after 4, which means I missed Pete's Dragon at the nearby cinema, so I saw Kubo and the Two Strings instead. It was really 3 strings, but I see why they chose the title. A well done animation, powerful story, several small characters with actual personalities. And as usual for Japanese style animations, the objects (coins, fish, origami) looked real, but the people did not.

The voiceover work was excellent. George Takei even has a small role. Imagine that - a Japanese-American voicing a Japanese person in a story set in Japan.  There are several other Japanese names in the cast, but not in leading roles.

It's a bit dark for a children's show, and a bit more violent than it needed to be, but a lot of that is offset by the CGI magic.

It was after 6 by the time I got out, and there were a couple of places to eat, but I wasn't hungry and just wanted to get on the train and go home.

The first train out was only going as far as the civic center, but that was okay, I got off at Paseo and stopped in at the pastry shop and got a pair of Napoleons to go. Trainee behind the counter needed me to repeat the order 5 times, punched in the wrong price, asked me to confirm that I'd also ordered a drink (no, I didn't) and punched in the amount I paid in the wrong place and was a deer in the headlights when the register said that 20 - 9 is 13.

She was saved by the manager, who took less than 10 seconds to void the order and re-enter it correctly.

Back to the train station and it was about 10 minutes before the Mountain View one came by.

Home, gave Spook some treats, topped off her water, and took some spanikopita and a serving of lasagna out of the freezer and made those for dinner. Grapes for after, and then I remembered the Napoleons, so I had one and put the other in the fridge.

Missed the meeting about Mathilda/101/237. Sigh.

Plans for tomorrow:

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