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The Indefinite Article.

Saturday, August 06, 2005


I played Super Mario Bros. in the Godfather's Pizza my family went to most Sundays for our weekly family outing. While waiting for pizza, I'd play Mario and I don't think I ever got any good at it.

Then at some point we got a Nintendo at home. And I played Mario. I still don't think I ever got any good at it. We didn't buy many games for the Nintendo because we preferred our Sega system, on which we played Alex Kidd.

(Sidenote: Another favorite was Bubble Bobble, but I can't remember if I played that at a friend's house or if we owned it.)

Anyway, back to Mario. When you're in one of the castles at the end of a level, I can't remember which world, you have to travel on the correct path or it won't let you move on to the next area. But you don't know this at first. So you're just walking along and think, ah, it looks safe to walk along the bottom, so you do. But then when you get past a certain point, you hear a little sound that I can only describe as "boop." It's a negative sound, this you know, but it's not flashy and you think it's maybe a glitch. So you keep walking and you realize that you've seen this area before and nothing is happening. Boop. Oh, I get it, I'm doing something wrong. Finally you understand that you should be walking on the top, not the bottom, and it lets you move on to the end-of-level boss.

This is all to say that I was driving around Katy this week for work reasons that aren't important to the story. As I'm coming back to civilization on I-10 East, I notice a Jared jewelry store (anyone else immediately reminded of Jared the Subway guy when they see these stores?). Then, about ten seconds later, I see another Jared jewelry store in the same spot that I saw the past one.



  • was it the same hewlery store? was it like seeing into the future or deja vu?
    i love your writing

    By Blogger CarolinaDivina, at 8:39 AM  

  • Because of Jared the Galleria of Jewelry's aggressive radio advertisements sometime in the period when I moved to Houston, I have strong associations between the store and a loud female voice singing, "That's Jared!" Then I think, "hmm, Todd's brother is named Jared, I think." Then she sings, "It can only be Jared!"

    By Blogger Adolph, at 9:00 AM  

  • The Jared commercials are troubling to me. I believe the standard commercial goes something like this: two women (or more) are talking one is showing off her recently acquired engagement ring and the other says, 'did he go to jared'? in other t.v. spots i seem to recall a gaggle of women gathering around a woman's limp hand with eyes agog at this enormous diamind ring. the explicit implication of 'good man = big diamond ring' is sickening. i'm sure by now the women reading this blog have had this same experience (staring into a fat diamond that someone has recetnly received) - so what goes through your mind? do you think anything more than the ring itself? has it ever prompted you to think of the man that gave it to her?

    By Blogger Killy, at 11:01 AM  

  • giant diamond ring...
    i personally always think they are fake - then i think - if it's real that is - that it's ridiculous for a man to put himself in debt for such a thing - the girl might inherit the debt herself once they end up geting married too
    i would be terrified to wear such a thing for fear that i would lose it - i like small delicate items myself - and as far away from diamond as possible - something in the 20.00 range and shiny and fake
    that's much more fun

    By Blogger CarolinaDivina, at 2:47 PM  

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