I and mine got there a little later than we originally meant to since one of the things I had to do was order a new set of sunglasses at Lenscrafters. I was pleasantly surprised to find that they had the lenses on hand, so P and I decided to hang out and wait the hour it would take for them to slap the new pair together. This we did mostly by hiking down to the Bose store and drooling over the hi-tech audio gear.
Said drooling included sitting through a demo of their new Lifestyle home theater system, which is nothing short of mind-blowing. It's not just the little bitty jewelbox speakers that turn out sound that the old 401 quadraphonic speakers back in the day or the PC-box-sized subwoofer or the 200 hours of digital music storage - it's the adaptive software that susses out the room the system is in and adjusts the speakers automagically, plus the software that learns what you like to hear without the tiresome programming of playlists. If you had told someone this sort of system would be available in thirty years when I was a teenager, they would have locked you up in the loony bin, yet here it is. About the only thing you can't do with the system is load music from an iPod or other MP3 player into it, but I have no doubt they're working on that at the Bose labs.
Apparently you can also get Bose speakers and the Adaptiq audio software for stadiums and theaters as well. The saleswoman informed us that just such systems had been installed at the Metrodome and the Xcel Energy Center, which makes me seriously consider going to one of those venues for a concert sometime. Wow. In the meantime, once I get the bills paid down some, I'm going to give serious thought to picking up a couple of the Bose 201 speakers. Taking inflation into account, they're probably half the price now that they were when I bought my first pair back in 1980.
So. Today's going to be appallingly dead at the Evil Banking Neighbor. I expect I'll get some work done on the novel, or at least its background, before heading home.