This one has been a long time coming and I think will take a bit of introduction, fortunately I have the e-mail I sent to my uncle that I think will explain it all (edited bits done by me in square brackets ():
"Before I get to the random favour of this e-mail's title, let me give you a bit of backstory, so you can appreciate what this means.
It all started when I went into Topman (British purveyor of stylish and fashionable clothing). Actually, that's not quite true. It all started when I was walking around the university's campus [specifically next to Level 2] and saw an advert with a blue and black longsleeved stripey top. I thought "that looks nifty." and thought no more of it. Sometime later, I went into Topman and found said t-shirt on sale for cheap I bought it and was very, very happy. [you've probably seen me wearing this, usually with another t-shirt on top of it]
I then started talking to my girlfriend [the lovely Kate] about other stripey tops I should buy/own. Blue, we agreed, looked good. Purple would look even better. Then began our hunt for a longsleeved, purple and black stripey top. The stripey thing is apparently extremely fashionable here at the moment and it seems possibe to get things in nearly any combination of two colours. Save, you might have guessed, purple and black. We looked everywhere in shops it might have appeared. And everywhere in shops it might not have done. Alternative clothing stores across the internet were scoured for weeks in an attempt to find a suitable item. Nothing, nada and zilch were the results of our efforts.
We even went into a local fabric store, boasting "the largest selection of cloths in South Wales". No joy there either. Nor in any of their catalogues. Eventually, we resolved that the cost of buying a stripey top from across the wide, wide ocean would be offset by the strength of the pound at the moment. We looked further afield, searched more sites until, finally today, there was success! I assure you that this meant a lot to us, anything we had found previously that was purple and stripey was tailored for women and therefore somewhat unsuitable. This is, I am almost certain, the only longsleeved purple and black stripey top designed for men that exists in the world today:
So you'd think that would be a happy ending right there, wouldn't you? Not so, I am sad to say. They only ship to the United States. And they probably won't accept payment from my credit card either."
So I asked him to buy it and ship it to me and I would then pay him back and he did and I did and everyone was very, very happy. Especially me when my top arrived. This is me barely containing my excitement at my acquisition: http://www.sucs.org/~wedge/PurpleStripey.JPG
So now you know what it is to have a quest (I first bought the blue and black top back in December sometime) and the joys of completing it. Never let anyone tell you life isn't enough like a video game. :)
Also, if I lived in or near Jersey (possibly on a fishing boat or poorly-positioned oilrig), I'd love to visit http://www.haveaday.co.uk and find out about nifty stuff for me to do. Can't wait for term to restart and to get on with more learning.
[ Entry posted at: Sun 26 Aug 2007 12:49:46 BST | 1 comment(s)... | Cat: Celebrations ]