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Monday, January 7, 2008

(Nearly) Fried Green iPods and Crushed Coffee Pots

I washed and dried, and very nearly fried, my green nano iPod. When I pulled it out of the dryer, cords all twisted up in a huge knot, I thought for sure I had destroyed my one source for entertainment at the gym. And that would have really made me mad.

But luckily, the headphones kept the water from completely flooding the inner workings of the iPod, and so my trusty little MP3 spieler will spiel on.

(Update: After a couple days, my right speaker developed an unhealthy-sounding buzz, which really interfered with my chi. No problem, I thought, I'll just get another pair of headphones. So I went down to the Apple store this weekend, and guess how much a fresh pair of ear buds costs? $30. Thirty-effing-dollars! I was appalled, even as I stood in line to make my purchase. Then a guy standing in line behind me asked whoever he was talking on his cell phone to if he should buy a cover for that person's iPod. "Do you want a cover like mine or do you like yours how it is? It's only $30." ONLY $30. For a $0.02 piece of colored rubbery plastic made in China! What is the matter with people? What is the matter with me?)

Meanwhile (i.e., in the meantime, as opposed to in the nicetime), I was using my trusty new mixer that I got for Christmas to make some genuine whipped cream to cream my coffee. (It is the preferred method of coffee creaming.) But suddenly, the cord of my mixer ferociously and spitefully grabbed hold of my coffee pot and thrust it uponst the floor, killing it instantly by means of shattering to a million pieces. I cursed at the wicked irony that the creator of my delicious coffee creamer was the destroyer of my means of making coffee.

After sweeping up the sad remains of my pot, I settled for some black Starbucks coffee instead, and really it's lucky that I had my own cream at home, because it's like pulling teeth to get the Starbucks people to leave room for cream.

A few days later, I went in search of a replacement pot only to find, illogically, that it was only two bucks more expensive to buy a whole new coffee brewing apparatus than to simply buy a replacement pot. The pot isn't even the business end of the coffee brewing process: it's just the receptacle. So why should it cost $15? I bought the new brewing apparatus instead.

Corporate America: 1 2; Sra: (still) 0.


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3 comments:

Sovknight said...

Wow. So sorry about your coffee pot. I admit that story made me kinda sad. I also find it somewhat ironic that your method of finishing off your coffee "finished off" your coffee. :D Cool. Just remember that even a $15 coffee pot is still only about 2 visits to Starbucks. You're coming out ahead.

Sra said...

Thanks for the sympathy, makes me feel better :)

Actually, if you do it right, you could get 4 lattes from $15 (ordered short and no tips). Or you could get like 10 tall regular coffees. That's why Starbucks giftcards never go to waste. But I'm wondering whether Starbucks is Fairtrade? Probably not. I will seek to find out.

Sra said...

Thanks for the sympathy, makes me feel better :)

Actually, if you do it right, you could get 4 lattes from $15 (ordered short and no tips). Or you could get like 10 tall regular coffees. That's why Starbucks giftcards never go to waste. But I'm wondering whether Starbucks is Fairtrade? Probably not. I will seek to find out.

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