Life Out Here

Just a small way to keep my friends and family, who are strewn about the country, in The Know about my life in Seattle.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006


I left the building at lunch today (which I rarely do....too hard to get back into the swing of things when you come back) and went to REI to get little padlocks for our luggage. They make these new ones that the TSA can open when they search your bags, but no one else can. I called mom when I was there to see if she wanted some because 1)I know she hates not being able to lock her luggage, so she uses twist ties which, I'm sure, effectively deters lazy theives and 2) I know she'll never go to REI in Houston to get some. I'm sure you can buy them at other places, but I just don't know where, off the top of my head.

Anyway, mom asked what REI was. It's funny; it's such a part of my vocabulary now, living in Seattle. Everyone knows what REI is. Everyone knows what Tevas are or ThermaRests. I'm quite spoiled apparently. (Tevas are rugged, strappy sandals that can go in the water and ThermaRests are these cool sleeping pads that you blow up and put under your sleeping bag. Then they deflate and roll up nice and tight. Funny story, we borrowed two from D&S for our camping trip. Sergio pulled them out of the closet and Daniela said "You know, just inflate them." I said "No, I don't know, Daniela. How do you inflate them?" I'm very comfortable showing my ignorance.)

And I'm not an outdoorsy person, but I am now a member of REI. You don't have to be a member to shop there, but if you are, you get dividends back based on the purchases you make over a year. A couple of months ago, I got $7.49 back. Woohoo! This year I anticipate getting quite a bit more back. I've spent a bit of money at REI the last few months.

Just wanted to share....


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