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Slippers and Headsets

Sunday, January 27th, 2008

Quote of the Day: “If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.”

- Isaac Newton

I had two things I wanted as a result of my organization frenzy so I went to the mall with Carrie.

OK, I got about 10,000 things I uncovered that I want but I had two things I was specifically hunting for today and I chose unwisely since chances were slim that 50% of my list would not be at the average shopping mall.

Here are the two items…drumroll, please…

1. New slippers
2. Bluetooth headset with boom microphone for my Razr

Let me explain. We’ll start with the slippers.

I wear slippers. I love slippers. If I’m in my house, I’m wearing slippers unless I’m in bed or in the shower. I will likely request to be buried in slippers when I kick.

Years ago, I invested in Brookstone uber-expensive, space-age foam slippers that cost a ridiculous amount. They lasted until a friend’s puggle decided I had worn them way too long and took the initiative to relieve me of them. Or at least puppy-mouthful amounts here and there.

I got some more but then I started to get sick of the open heel and they kept slipping off, especially when I ran up the stairs, grab-assing with Buster.

I decided I needed ones with heels so it was on the list.

We hit JC Penney and they had a sad little assortment. The style I really liked only had a smaller size so unless I wanted to Cinderella’s-sister some toes, I was gonna have to settle for the next best style.

They were on sale but it was on one of those racks that has a RANGE of prices and then tells you what the sale RANGE is. Of course the tag on the slippers I had in my hand did not match the sign so the best I could hope for is the lowest range (~$14) but I figured that was for the ugly-ass pink disaster in size 13.

When they rang us up, the price came to $6.

You gotta be kidding me. This is SO Carrie’s luck.

2. Bluetooth headset with boom microphone for my Razr.

This is the one I thought I had no chance at since it was better suited for a Best Buy, CompUSA, Circuit City, or even WalMart.

Turns out what I wanted was actually vintage half-a-decade-ago.

It seemed to make sense to me: a headset I could put around my head and a little boom mic I could adjust. Kinda Janet Jackson, if you can picture it.

I wanted this one because I got one of those Lt Uhura earpieces and it always feels like it’s about to fall out of my ear.

When I tried to explain what I wanted to the high-pressure cellphone kiosk punk, he looked at me like I had parachute pants on and a Flock of Seagulls scaredo.

He showed up all his $60-$160 thumbnails you put in your ear but I wasn’t about to pay that much for a slightly smaller version of what I have.

If I couldn’t have the Garth Brooks/Madonna/Early-Britney headset, I’d deal with the Borg implant sticking out the side of my head.

At least I got a Starbucks out of the deal.

Free Advice for Today: “Give children toys that are powered by their imagination, not by batteries.”

- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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