….or, dragging my heels up would be the more appropriate term.
future shop epitomizes all that is wrong with the big box shopping experience: overwhelming selection, poor customer service, a cacophony of noise blasting in your face as soon as you enter, upselling and/or extended warranties pushed on you by the *youthful* sales associates…plus electronics is not my bag. i do not enjoy setting foot in future shop. (my apologies to my cousin joel, who worked at future shop, once upon a time!).
however, my beloved little green ipod shuffle is showing signs of being on its last legs.
greenie owes me nothing. i’ve used and abused this device for years. in fact, i had a more recent ipod shuffle version which was a piece of carp (remember the one that looked like a stick of gum, and had the controls on the headphones?), and this little gem has outlasted it by eons.
greenie has just been so moody lately. sometimes he works perfectly, then other times he just suddenly stops abruptly, mid-song, and refuses to play again for a few minutes. cradling him in my palm has proven to be the fastest fix. what a baby.
filling my mind with blissful thoughts like “
serenity now!!!” “peace, calm, happiness!” over to future shop went i.
i exited the rav at 11:31 a.m.
over to electronics…
i peered down and did a double take:
just as i was lining up that shot, sales
child associate “wes” stopped his dusting and asked if he could be of assistance. wow, i didn’t have to go search for someone!! that’s a first (seriously). the thought flashed through my mind that he was going to scold me for taking a photo. thank goodness he said nothing!
wes set me straight on the ipod shuffle story: they discontinued the “stick of gum” ipod because it was so universally detested. in stores, now, is the next generation of shuffle: the design is a return to the model i love and adore, it’s just a bit smaller.
i almost chose another green one, but decided against that colour choice
because greenie would throw a hissy so that i can tell the ipods apart (who wants to waste time figuring out which is which?).
wes efficiently processed my sale (he DID, of course, offer the extended warranty, but as that’s a step in their POS, i’ll forgive him, and he wasn’t pushy about it) and i give him top marks for helpfulness and friendliness. i chickened out of asking him for a photo for the blog. (yet, i’ll stop a stranger in walmart??!).
time upon rav re-entry: 11:39 a.m. not bad.
so, a dreaded retail experience turned out to be really quite dull! isn’t that nice.
silvah cost me $59.99:
did you notice that hst applies?! i did!
silvah and i hightailed it back home.
i introduced the kids to each other:
here is my plan: now that greenie knows his days are numbered, i bet he’s going to start acting a lot more responsibly. in anticipation of such, i am going to leave silvah in his packaging for a few days…
…but still keep him in plain view so that greenie knows he’s there.
plus, then, i can procrastinate on initializing/syncing/whatever you call it silvah. hate that job.
tomorrow: more shopping to tell you about!