Sigh. This is sort of embarrassing, sort of pathetic. At some point in the past, I decided I needed a companion watch for my pocketwatch. There were times when I was wearing a pair of pants that didn’t have the extra little pocket to hold it safely. So, I set out on a journey to find “just the right watch”. It had some embarrassing consequences. Now I must warn you, I am not rich, materialistic, or into fine goods. I do appreciate well made, Italian or USA made goods. Usually the sticking point is the price.
It all starts off on a nice day. I’m surfing the net, and decide to pop into Urban Outfitters, a “trendy” store with questionably dressed models. And what do I see but this:
It was on sale, but there was one slight problem that caused some frustration. I get the watch, color labeled brown, and inspect it, decide I really like it, and wear it around campus. I’m meeting some teammates for a project we were working on – am in the basement of this horrible library – and look at the watch. To my horror, the watch is PURPLE. Not only is it purple, but it wasn’t purple when I left home. I do a frantic search on the net, and find out Urbn seems to have mislabeled it. Thankfully it’s purpleness is subdued under most light, but it gave me a shock that day. The proper color name is “eggplant,” though it varies in intensity depending on the type of overhead lights.
In the meantime, Urbn had another watch on sale, but this one was out of stock:
It kind of bugged me, because I did NOT want to pay list for this watch. I checked eBay, did some searching, and could not locate the watch. Via Google I finally found a seller who had it on sale, and in addition to the Yota, they had this radically different “film watch,” made by Casio:
Problem was, they wanted a lot of $$ for the film watch. Stupidly, I ordered both. While those were eventually going to arrive, I decided to search for the film watch. First Google – no luck – then eBay. Sure enough, one seller, in Taiwan no less, was selling EXACTLY the same watch, at half the price. I jumped on the eBay deal. This meant I could send the costly film watch BACK when it arrived. But then something happened, I decided to order a second so if something happened to my new watch, I would have a replacement. Bad move. This means I have:
1) Space Yota and $$ Pella
2) Pella on eBay
3) Backup Pella on eBay
4) wrong watch
All in the mail headed towards me. Items 2 & 4 arrive, the correct eBay Pella and the wrong watch (I didn’t know it was the wrong one until I opened it). The next say or so item 1 arrives, and I set out to return both $$ Pella and item 4. Confused? Because the seller sent the wrong watch, I had to return not one watch, but TWO. So, I decide to send them from work, since it’s easier to pay my UPS tab. I bring one watch to our UPS person, have her fill out the forms. I laughingly tell her about getting the watch but finding one cheaper. Problem is, I had both watches to return, and when I walk into the work area, one of my coworkers is holding the mistakenly sent watch. The person who wrote the UPS order followed me into the area, and seeing the second watch was a bit confused. There was no way I could explain myself.
The last watch, the Casio, is probably the coolest (and is certainly the cheapest) of the three. Not only are the numbers in the round, but the time display has three modes; 1) Digital time + date; 2) Digital time + pendulum (little animated animals); 3) Digital Analog Hands with seconds sweep. The address book is cooler – the names and number shoot in from the sides, and if the number is too long, the numbers and names rotate. I don’t really use world time, but it is nice to know I can tell the time in 24 time zones.