Price Shopping, Pathetic Gifts, and Physics Projects

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There comes a time, even in a man’s life, where you have to buy something for the sole reason that it’s a good deal, even if you only really want half of it or whatever. I’m not sure what that’s called, but as far as I can tell, it tends to happen more to women than to men. All I know, though, is that it happened to me last night. But let me start at the beginning.

I borrowed a car last night so that I could do a few things. One thing I wanted to do was get some new headphones. I lost a little rubber piece on my old ones that makes them comfortable, so I figured that since they’re really worn out anyways, I might as well get new ones. To accomplish this, I also wanted to use up the gift cards that I got from Cineplex for being a good little boy (employee of the month). And, since one of those cards was for Wal-Mart, I figured I might as well go into work and talk to whoever was the usher that night, to see if they could switch for my Sunday shift. These three reasons led me in a sort of loop around town. I first went into Future Shop, since that’s what my other gift card is for. I wrote down on my hand the price of a set of earbud headphones that looked decent, and then, while I was there, looked at some DVDs. I’ve been wanting to go out and get Catch Me if You Can, because I saw it once and liked it. I wrote down that price on my hand as well, and then I saw X-Men 1 and 2 as well. I wrote those prices down as well. So, in other words, I had pen all over my hand. I then walked out of Future Shop empty-handed. I had price-shopping to do.

Next, I went to the bank. Since I really didn’t know how much money was actually on these gift cards, I decided that I might as well have some cash on hand as well. That led me to Wal-Mart, where I looked in the electronics section. The first thing I noticed was the same set of headphones for about $5 cheaper than at Future Shop. Cha-ching. I picked those up. The next thing I noticed was a set of two DVDs, X-Men 2 and Daredevil, for about $7 cheaper than the price of just X-Men 2 at Future Shop. I found X-Men 2 on its own as well, and it was comparable to the price at Future Shop. That didn’t make any sense to me. So I stood there, debating whether to buy the two DVDs just because of the simple fact that it was a great deal. $9.83 for two DVDs! I mean, I didn’t really want the Daredevil one, but hey – it was cheaper to get two DVDs than to just get the one I wanted. Anyways, I tucked that into the back of mind and searched for Catch Me if You Can first. I couldn’t find it anywhere. So there I was, debating whether I should buy the set of two DVDs at Wal-Mart or go back to Future Shop and buy the DVD I had originally wanted. Ahh, what the heck. These two DVDs were right here, and much cheaper. I picked them up.

Heading to the checkout at the entrance/exit to the electronics section, I set the headphones and DVD set down on the counter. She rang up the price as something like $26.82, and then I gave her my gift card. She swiped it through, and then asked me for $21.82. I looked down at the cash register, then back up at her, and asked just to double-check, “How much was on that gift card?” Nope. I was right. Five dollars. How generous. Yes, that’s what Cineplex gives to its most honoured employees – five dollars. Five lousy dollars. I stood there for a second just shaking my head, then muttered something about “how cheap is that?” under my breath and pulled out the extra money. Hey, at least Ron had gone ahead and given me two gift cards – so apparently I’m worth about $10 to the company. Man, you just can’t put a price on quality these days. Wait – apparently you can.

With that said, I then went into Cineplex, still shaking my head. I talked to Jamie, who was doing his usherly duties, but he wasn’t available to switch shifts with me because of his other job. So I just checked the schedule, wrote down all the ushers who weren’t working Sunday, and then left. When I got home, I phoned up Steve, and he took my shift. Score. That was one fewer thing to think about – like how I was going to speak at Life Groups and work at the same time. Perhaps if all the people met me at the theatre…no, I don’t think that would work. Anyways, after I finished all that stuff, I tried to work on my Physics project for a while. I unsuccessfully did so. Well, I got a bit done. Basically, I just cut some cardboard, and then tried to figure out what to do. I didn’t get very far before just giving up and going to watch X-Men 2. Ahh well, I have until Monday night to finish it up, and I think I’m most of the way there. I have most of the pieces; it’s more of a matter of trying to figure out how to put them together now. But that’s what I’ll do tonight.

This morning, I woke up, did all the stuff I normally do in the morning, and then went on my way to school. I decided to put my new headphones into my mp3 player, and that’s when I realized that they sounded horrible. My old headphones are like three times better than these ones. It sounds like I’m listening to my music through a tin can or something; it’s all trebly and nasty. The cord is also about the length of my pinky finger; it doesn’t even stretch from my ears to my pants pocket. It’s ridiculous. So after all that work of writing down prices on my hand and then spending about three times as much as I expected because of the whole gift card incident, I end up with headphones of pathetic quality. And they’re Sony, too. They’re not even some no-name brand from East India or deepest, darkest Africa. So I think I’ll try my best to return them – since Wal-Mart basically will take anything back – and try Sears, where I got my old headphones. I’m hoping they’re not obsolete or anything, because they’re awesome headphones. If I can’t find them, I’ll try to find anything by Panasonic – because I’m much more impressed with that brand than Sony as of now.

Anyways, I think that’s all I really have to say for today. Tonight is basically going to be a homework night – at least, that’s the plan. I’ll probably end up sitting at my table staring at my Physics project for about fifteen minutes, then glue a couple popsicle sticks together and call it a night. I’ve been having such a hard time focussing on anything lately. I think it’s just the pressures of the last week of the first semester getting to me. I’m desperate for a change in classes. Oh well. Four more days of classes, then three days of exams, and that’s it! Then it’s smooth sailing from there – well, if you classify Grade 12 Chemistry, Data Management, and Physics through an Independent Learning Course as “smooth sailing,” that is. But regardless of what you call it, it’s at least something different, and that’s what I’m really looking forward to. But with that said, I’m out. I’ve got some popsicle sticks to glue.

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