Friday 5: Itemized

August 27, 2021

Today was my last summer Friday (keen, wail) and I spent it at the beach. This’ll be my last trip there for the season, but I might try to get there in September. That all depends on work.

This is the new hotness for the beach: it’s a square umbrella with 4 cloth columns. Fill the bottoms of the columns with sand and you have your own cabana. I can’t lie: they’re really impressive.

a weird umbrella/cabana structure on the beach.
It’s excessive, yes.

Filed under “tell me you’re depressed without telling me you’re depressed” I bought the Oculus Quest 2 VR headset for as an early birthday gift for myself. I had some Amazon gift cards and figured instead of spending them on bulk boxes of dog pill pockets or Scrub Daddy sponges or obscenely large packages of goldfish crackers, I’d buy something fun. So far I’ve played a bunch of Beat Saber, VR ziplined through a forest, and stood on the stage while Dave Matthews Band played “Ants Marching.”

This week’s Friday 5 theme is Itemized.

  1. What item do you own more than one of, while most people own exactly one?
    I have a refrigerator in the kitchen, and a mini refrigerator downstairs. We bought it to keep Max’s insulin cold but now it’s for drinks and Murphy’s toothpaste.
  2. What item do you own none of, while most people own exactly one?
    A microwave. I probably wrote this before, but my previous microwaves came with the kitchens at the Dee-luxe Apartment in the Sky. The kitchen here at the house did not come with one, and we weren’t willing to give up our scant counter space for a microwave. To answer the most popular questions: I heat up water in an electric kettle. I make popcorn in a popcorn popper. We reheat leftovers on a stove. And yes, if we forget to defrost meat in the morning our dinner plans are ruined.
  3. Among stuff you own, what item is most likely to be borrowed by an acquaintance?
    This one is tough, but I’m going to go with the pressure washer.
  4. What item are you most likely to borrow from an acquaintance?
    A microwave. Nah. I think it would be extra tables/seating for parties, back when we used to have them.
  5. What did you most recently purchase and not use?
    I’m embarrassed to say that I bought a Fitbit on Prime Day and it’s basically unused.

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  • SMD August 30, 2021 at 11:20 am

    The cool cabanas are less likely to impale people and take up the same space as two or three umbrellas grouped so I’m down.

    I love the idea of a summer Friday.

  • COD August 31, 2021 at 4:23 pm

    We have a Cool Cabana – love it. It’s good company, too. One or the arms on it broke days after the 1-year warranty expired, and they sent me the replacement part anyway. We’ll be packing it up Thursday for a long camping weekend at the beach.

    I lasted about 2 weeks with a Fitbit and returned it. Replaced it with an analog watch. It tells time without needing to be recharged nightly!

    • Kimberly September 8, 2021 at 11:32 am

      I’m very tempted to get a Cool Cabana for my Mom for Christmas.

  • scrivener September 3, 2021 at 4:07 am

    I totally agree about microwaves, so I went without one for several years of my early bachelorhood. Then my mom just bought me one and I mostly never used it. But I guess something in my life changed and I learned to do a lot of actual cooking in it — and it was amazing. Until I got my Instant pot mere days before the lockdown last year, it was my multi-use kitchen wonder.