Ever since, she has been gently reminding me to Do Something About This. Today, I raided Safeway for essential supplies, and, while there, went to the in-store branch (open on Sundays! *awe*) to find out what happened to my real cheque book. There's a step in the chequebook ordering process here that I haven't done before. Since this is a big cheque culture, you get to choose your cheque book from a range of styles.
To cut a long story short, I will soon be receiving my new book of personalized leopard-print
Next door to Safeway, incidentally, is a camera shop that will sell you a 4" reflector on a fully computerized equatorial mount for US$600. By 'fully computerized', I don't just mean that you can punch in azimuth and bearing and watch it track, and not even that it has a catalog of objects that you can search through and ask it to point at - no, 'fully computerized' in the sense that when you first set it up, you point it at the three brightest stars you can see, and it then automatically works out where it is and which way it's oriented. I want one... and a private roof.
: CD-Rs and Mountain Dew, dammit.