Wednesday, April 26, 2006
I've just started doing weekend weathercasts for a number of radio stations in the southern U.S. - I'd always wanted to be a Weather Lady (that's one step up from being a Weather Girl, by the way). Because I record in a booth, I can't see the countdown timer on my computer screen. So I decided to go out and buy a stop watch. How difficult could that be, right?
That's the kind of thing Radio Shack would carry. Circuit City bought out the Canadian Radio Shack chain and it is now called the Source. To save time and aggravation, I checked the Source web site. Sure enough I found two LCD stop watch models and found a store not far from me that carried both of them.
As I'd never been to the mall where this store is located I of course parked at the opposite end of the parking lot from where the store is. No matter, this just afforded me the opportunity to look around (and buy a cool hat for the summer!). I also noticed they had a Winners store (like Loehmanns in the States, except Winners has private change rooms) and I decided to stop in there on my way back to the car.
After wandering around for a while, I finally found the Source and asked a sales associate where the stop watches were. He checked and announced that they don't carry them at that particular store. That, despite the fact that online it says that this store carried both models. Great system they've got. But then I remembered had passed a Battery Plus store in the mall earlier so I popped in there. They told me to try the Source. Thanks folks.
So after wasting close to an hour driving to, and wandering around, the mall, I ended up with a hat but no stop watch.
On my way out, I stopped in at Winners to see if they had any interesting clothes for spring or summer. While there, I walked by a display for exercise equipment and lo and behold - an LCD stop watch!
There has to be a moral here somewhere.