Unlike normal, today’s 7 hour post delay is attributable not to a drunken stupor.
eye of the consumerist
Maybe it was so hard to find the perfect Brooklyn blog spot because it didn’t exist. Barnes and Noble and their lack of electrical outlets certainly didn’t do it. In The Tea Lounge we ended up pulling the Pacman machine cord just to get the publicly breast-fed toddlers away. Then, moments before the razor penetrated our wrist flesh, Palo Santo opened.
I bought three boxes of my favorite pens on eBay. They arrived. Compare the silkiness and plenitude of the three boxes to the two, gnawed, scratchy pens I’d somehow been scraping by with for like, oh, two months. These babies usually retail for $16.99 per box of 12 but I snagged 36 pens for $19.20 plus $3.95 S&H. My life is five thousand times better right now.
We just called Sprint to check on our coverage for this weekend’s trip into the Poconos and experienced something bizarre.
In the ongoing saga of The Consumerist adventures in daylight, today finds us pecking away in a corner at The Tea Lounge. Also, destroying children’s hopes and dreams.
We’re crouching on the floor of a Barnes & Noble in Park Slope, an enfranchised enclave of Brooklyn. The walls of our apartment began to throb and press against our skull, so we escaped, in search of caffeine, wi-fi and a/c. In a perch between the archival scrapbooking section and the leather journals, the sun beats a low hum across our arm and slow cooks our laptop. We glance enviously at the Starbucks tables.
Today, our laptop was fixed. A wonderful man named Vinnie V. came to our apartment and all was right with the world.
Things have gotten really bad for Delta lately. Not only are they asking employees to volunteer to clean their airplanes, but, perhaps more damning, their aircraft are reportedly suffering from interior decoration failures. You know an airline is in straits most dire when they can’t even afford good drapery, without which, steerage class passengers are treated to full-frontal views of the world of delights and splendor that is first class. Bucky Turco was one such plebe and, armed with camera, documented the horror story.
As promised, the results of our Tuesday stroll down 5th avenue, peeking inside all the windows and seeing what we could see. Not all stores are represented in this set; frankly, we found many of the displays tired and staid. Here’s a few things that caught our eye, in a magic Flickr gallery.
We thought there was something a little perfect about this picture we took on Tuesday of a shopkeep lording over his bronze lions and 50% off all NY souvenirs.
We took a stroll down 5th avenue in NYC this afternoon and saw many delightful and several inane things through the shop windowss (a Flickr gallery is forthcoming). But first, we just had to show you this pic we snagged through the open door at Abercrombie & Fitch.
We just got fancy YouTube Director privileges. This gives us the ability to upload videos any length up to 100MB. Sweet.
About once a week, we receive an unsolicited “newspaper” in front of our door. Inside the plastic sheath is a pile of coupon papers and newspaper inserts for Lowe’s and various local supermarkets. We were thinking, damn, this is so annoying to toss into the trash every week. Then we remembered a post we had done on the very same subject.
A clutch of fixup supplies spilling out our arms, we stumbled into the Lowe’s bathroom fixtures area. We asked for casters of one of the red vested employees, where would we find them? He looked up lazily and, with no small amount of disdain, said, “This is bathroom fixtures.”
The Consumerist went shopping for a couch at IKEA this weekend. We made a tight little movie about it.
“Long live rust and jagged edges.”