May 12th, 2004

When Worlds Collide

I was in the mall today, for no particular reason, and I walked past the Hot Topic store. I happened to notice they had a few video game-related shirts, and I glanced at them as I went by. It turned out they were mostly Nintendo-themed, and therefore didn’t interest me much (I’m a Sega fanboy!). So I walked on.

Then it hit me.

And I turned back and stuck my head in the door and asked the fellow with the 900 piercings in his face, “Do you have any Q*Bert T-shirts?”

He said, “No, but that’s a really good idea.”

And I replied, “You’re durn tootin’ it’s a good idea.” And I went on my way.

Here’s a few odd things about that encounter:

1) Me being anywhere near a Hot Topic store is a study in contrasts. My general attire is khakis and a collared shirt. When I get comfy, it’s jeans and a T-shirt. If you know Hot Topic, you’ll understand why that’s funny.

2) I used the phrase “durn tootin'” to a fellow who could have been half my age and had more face piercings than I’ve ever personally seen.

3) They didn’t have Q*Bert T-shirts.

A strange trip on my lunch break. It wasn’t a total weird-out, though – I got my favorite ever Beatles poster at Suncoast. Nifty.

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