as i mentioned previously, both of my pairs of vans i ordered online came in. i'm now thinking maybe i should have ordered size 10 instead of 9.5. the 9.5 fit, but they feel a little tight. maybe they'll stretch some as i wear them. we shall see.
i didn't mention it, but a few days ago i placed an order from rpb industries out of georgia. they sell masterpiece arms guns and accessories (among other things). i received my order today. ordered on the 9th, shipped on the 11th, got it today (13th) -- that's pretty sweet. i ordered 3 sten magazines, a mag loader for them, and a muzzle brake. (all for my mpa930, the mac mini 9mm.) i had purchased a used sten magazine at a gun show, but it seemed loose in my mac so i decided to just buy some new ones. after having loaded the previous ones several times, i also determined a mag loader would be really nice. the muzzle brake -- i just thought it looked cool, and it'll be interesting to see what affect it has on noise level, accuracy, etc.
a couple of nights ago i watched the movie rize. it's a documentary about the clowning/krump movement started in l.a. in the early 90's by tommy the clown (tommytheclown.com). krumping is a very fast, very aggressive dance style -- it involves a lot of style, as well as coordination. some aspects of it remind me of some of the styles i started seeing in mosh pits in the late 90's. i don't know if it was influenced by krumping, but it seems possible. one of the most interesting things is the use of the dancing and group inclusion to help keep kids from getting involved in drugs, gangs, dropping out of school, etc. the documentary draws a lot of parallels between the clowning/krump culture and style and that of the african tribal cultures. some of these dancers are amazing to watch, and the inventiveness and energy put into some of the moves is really cool to see. beyond that, it is interesting to hear about the history of the culture, see its development, and put it in perspective with the culture/place/social fabric from whence it came. despite all of this, i still don't like clowns. : )
i also recently ran across the phenomenon of parkour in a couple of places. not really related, but i thought i'd mention it because it's interesting.
a day or two ago, i noticed a jenni's noodle house sign where i had never seen one before: on the corner of shepherd and alabama, across from ruchi's (yuck) in that strip
center where the laundromat is.
i just went to www.noodlesrule.com (that's jenni's website) and checked it out. it is a second store, not a move. the good thing is the new one -- unlike the original -- is open on saturdays and they're open 11am-10pm instead of 11am-3pm. rock!