July 2nd, 2003

The Watch Saga, Part II

Let’s all just pretend I’ve been blogging faithfully so we don’t have to have any awkward silences, okay? Great.

I feel I should update you on The Saga of the Watch. As mentioned earlier, I got a replacement watch that was nothing like my normal watch. It really is a nice-looking watch, and I got a lot of compliments on it. Of course, I’m guessing most of those compliments were based in the “it’s not a geek watch so it’s a good step for you” feelings. Anyway, it was a nice watch, but I hated it. Yes, hated. It didn’t have a countdown timer, and I didn’t realize how much I used that feature. Strike one. Strike two – the stupid hourly chime went off at 2 minutes after the hour. ?!?! Isn’t that ridiculous? In fact, it was so ridiculous that that really counts for strikes two AND three. Strike four would have to be that when I pressed the button to light up the watch so I could read it in the dark, it only lit up the analog part, not the digital part. Major, major lousiness.

I was all set to dig out the receipts and take it back to Wal-Mart. I just hadn’t had time…

On Tuesday, I was having a rough day. Things weren’t going right at work and I just was tired of it. I wanted Tuesday to be done and, oh, I don’t know, Friday to show up. I gathered my mail from the office and decided to take it outside to look through it, just to have a little break. I sat on the steps outside the door closest to my office, and, since there was some sun, I decided to take my watch off to defend against tan lines, however faint they might be. Well, about an hour after I came in from being outside, I realized I wasn’t wearing my watch. I rushed outside to see if it might still be where I set it, and it was gone. You ever get sadness and relief all at once? I was relieved because, well, I hated the watch. I was sad because I’m out the $20 it cost me.

I do get a certain perverse pleasure out of the fact that whoever took it was thinking, “Hey, I’m getting a free cool watch!” when, in fact, what he was getting was a nice-looking watch that beeps at 2 minutes after the hour and doesn’t light up the digital part when the button is pressed and doesn’t have a countdown timer. To him I say this: Nyaah, nyaah, nyaah, nyaah, nyaah! Serves you right!

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