Saturday, April 01, 2006

Off to nap town!

Joanne and i are going to see my nephews for their birthdays. We stopped in Best Buy for gifts, and Joanne needed some tech things that I couldn't get good deals on buying from Inacom.

Here i an playing guitar hero! It's a PS2 game where you get a Fender style guitar with 5 buttons on the frets. You press the fret(s) indicated on the screen and then "strum" when the screen tells you to. This makes your character play the guitar part in the song. If you are kicking butt, you can gain extra points by holding your guitar high in the air.

The publisher of the game chose some of the best guitar rock songs ever, including Boston's "More than a Feeling," Black Sabbath's "Iron Man," and more.

What Joanne bought at Best Buy:

1) Lexar Jumpdrive Sport (1 GB) - The problem with most jumpdrives that attach to your keychain is poor design. Either you have to plug your keys into the USB port, or you lose your jump drive and keep the cap (This is what happened to Joanne). That's why we got her this jump drive - it keeps the drive in a rubber holder that holds it snugly. I've had mine for about a year now, and it's the best one I've seen. You can get this from, too. It's not in BB stores, though - you need to go to their business web site.

2) Canon Powershot SD450 - Imagine a 5 megapixel camera with a 3x optical zoom that takes great pictures and fits in your shirt pocket! I've had the SD100 for a few years now, and have loved every minute of that camera. Joanne liked it enough to get this version, which is 3 years newer and cooler! This camera is offered by one of Inacom's suppliers, but it's severly backordered. Retail is $299 - Amazon has it for $250!

While at BB, I signed up for their free business program. When you register, they give you some cool perks. I got about $50 knocked off of Joanne's stuff, a free bottle of water, and a personal lackey that doubled as a shadow. You also get $5 gift certificates for every $150 spent - 3% doesn't sound like a lot, but it adds up. There's $10 coming in the mail for me! You also get "priority checkout," meaning that you can pay or return at a special register in the back. I hate lines, so that might be motivation enough.

Next time I go to BB, I'm going to try and be a big shot with my card, like when Homer had that all access pass at the Rolling Stones concert!

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