Cord Come Home

1 Apr

I’ve been on a little hiatus for a few days.  Why?  Cordless.

After a couple of years of me beating the bejesus out of the little box that attached my cord to my computer (it’s a laptop, so I always bring it over to the couch, and while doing so, bash up this little box thingy on my tile) it decided enough is enough.

It quit.

Just like a Wendy’s employee throwing down his visor after his manager yells at him about how lousy his Frosties were.  It had enough, and quit.

At first I didn’t think much of it.  Then, I continued to use my computer for stupid things – you know – like Facebook or this blog, and it dawned on me…

“The battery doesn’t last long!” I thought.  “I’d better make good use of this time until it dies on me…”

I didn’t make good use.  In fact, I think I was looking up how many calories were in an unfrosted Pop-Tart.

And then…

It dies.

Well, QUITS (like stated before).

So, I’m stuck with a worthless computer.  No way of getting into it.  I tried to look for a gas tank or something for a temporary fix – but to no avail, nothing is available.

Okay, no biggie.  Right?

Just take a deep breath, do without the stupid computer for a night, and go to Best Buy in the morning.

That’s exactly what I did.

Best Buy was were I bought this thing at, so I assumed they had replacement cords for them.  They did.  They sure did.

FOR A HUNDRED DOLLARS.

I asked the kid if this was the normal price.  He said, in his squeaky voice, “Yes, sir, it is.  You won’t find it anywhere cheaper.  In fact, this is a good deal.”

While at Best Buy, I thought to myself, “No way.  How?  Why?  It’s a damn cord!”

I knew there was better.  So, I pulled up Amazon.com on their laptop computer that they were trying to sell.

WHAT DO YOU KNOW.  New Compaq Presario cord – $10.99.

I pulled an employee aside, showed him the computer screen with Amazon up asked a him, “Would this work just as good?  I mean, honestly, I just want a simple cord.  I am looking at pretty much the same thing, right?”

He said, “Sure.  That would work just fine.”

So….

Why would I buy a hundred-dollar cord?  For it’s chrome rims?

I didn’t want to wait for shipping though.  So I thought I’d try my luck at the nearby Radio Shack.  JUST TO SEE.  I mean, isn’t there a physical store around here that is somewhat competitive with Amazon?

Nope.

Radio Shack:  $104.99

I got home and got on the public computer and ordered Amazon – ala 2 day shipping.

Total came to twenty-some bucks.

The thing got here this afternoon (after ordering Tuesday afternoon) and my computer works.

Please be a good cord.  For that price, I’m just waiting for this cheapy to rob me at gunpoint or something for bringing it in.

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One Response to “Cord Come Home”

  1. Bearman April 2, 2010 at 11:13 am #

    That describes my day when my Wacom pen went missing. I didn’t know what to do.

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