Monday, July 24, 2006

I'm in a Rut. A Funk. A Runk?

For some time, the highlight of my week has been going through the Best Buy and Target circulars (Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning), to see what media purchases I can make to best avoid doing anything substantive in my life.

Yes, I'm the poster child for arrested development through DVDs.

Typically, there's minimal damage done, since I usually cherry pick the "2 for $20" type of deals. Mostly, I end up throwing them on the ever-growing stack of unwatched (and oftentimes, unopened) DVDs on my end table.

This weekend was a little different, though -- the DVD box sets for La Femme Nikita seasons 1, 2, and 3 were on sale at Best Buy for $37.99 each. At 22 episodes per season, that's about $1.75 per episode, or about $120 with tax.

That's nearly as good as the Asian grey-market "we swear it's not bootleg" DVDs you see on ebay.

So, anyway, I ended up getting the first 3 seasons, plus a cheap universal remote to replace the one that came with my VCR, and that apparently committed suicide after being dropped too many times.

The total cost of the purchase?


Now, if I'd spent 10 times as much (dammit, not counting the cents part, argh), I would have had $1,270.01, or very nearly a loopback address.

I'm not even that technical, I really don't have a reason for thinking these things.

Lastly, of course, I am not the first to conflate the terms rut & funk to get "runk", though Google suggests that the first real occurance on the Web was just last year, which I find hard to believe.

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