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HEADPHONES: Yes sir, they even have a built-in FM Radio, and volume controls for each ear. Wow, I don’t even use the radio or CD player in my car or living room as I like the convenience of the USB memory stick. Have you figured out what this is about?
Back to my My/Phone, audiobook reader (I’ve mentioned in the past) I tried the little headphones that come with most cell phones including the 8 or 9 sets in a drawer around our house..
But I have a phobia about putting things in my ear. The Navy gave me wax ear plugs to use when I fired the five-inch gun belonging to mount “51” on USS Mullinnix DD-944, and other large guns on other ships. I fired very few small arms, albeit I did once shoot a Corvette with a Colt 911, Navy Issue 45 Caliber while it was on the pier in Newport RI. But that’s another story.
The wax ear plugs in those days were not great in protecting hearing. But now forty years later the equipment has improved considerably. My phobia stems from after eight hours of firing the large Naval Gun while stuck in a steel echo chamber, the wax melted in the heat of the South China Sea and was difficult to remove.
So off to the Mall I go with my wife and granddaughter, to buy a pair of Headphones for my book listening enjoyment.
The set I bought was ITEC HD Wireless Headphones (Bluetooth) with FM. The charge lasted less than three hours and I had to return to the mall to replace the charger that didn’t fit my unit. The two workers tried their best to help me, they had four more units and the charger fit none of the units including mine. Damn inspector 12 at that factory.
We did find a charging unit off the shelf that worked, but I had to pay P180.00 for it.
Did I mention my unit had no guarantee on it? Are we surprised? The new charger fit, but the unit has still only held a charge for three hours. I was heading back to the Mall again.
I should know to never buy a set of headphones from a store where everything is marked down and all items were branded “Hey Joe” Did I mention they have no guarantee on anything in the store.
Now you can believe me or not! But the young woman and the young man were still extremely helpful but were restricted by company rules. The last thing I did as I left was to thank them both and tip them P 300.00 each and told them to have a nice lunch on me. They looked at my wife and granddaughter with a questioning look in their eyes, my ladies just smiled as we left.
As we walked through the vast electronic section of the mall, my granddaughter steered me into the Sony Store. I smiled as I was thinking that there was something there she needed. But I was wrong, she pointed out a display of high-quality headphones that didn’t even have the FM Radio option.
Colleen spoke to the saleslady (Her Tagalog is perfect) the girl showed me a set of headphones (Bluetooth of course) that were lightweight and extremely comfortable. I was convinced these are the one, to be the one.
The price was P 8,000.00 but they really were that nice, and my granddaughter asked that the charger be fit tested. (It worked very well) Now for the part that should make you laugh, as it did me. She told me; “Sir this is the display model we are NIS.” (NOT IN STOCK) I turned to my granddaughter to see if I’d taught her anything in her 15 years of life. Yes, she was smiling, as was my wife. The saleslady unfortunately just didn’t get the joke.
Miss, which Headphones do you have in stock, that would be the best headphones Sony has IN STOCK? She showed Colleen another set that cost P 5,000.00 Na Lang. I see the logic, she saving me P 3,000.00. I thanked her.
Time has passed, I read (Listen?) three hours every day and also on car trips when I’m not driving (Of course!) I like my new Sony MDR –X8650BT Extra Bass wireless headphones. And one three hour charge lasts eight days, and the charger fits very well. Henceforth whenever I shop for electronics my granddaughter will be with me, and yes I’ll buy her a new outfit or anything else that catches her eye. That is what Lolo Daddy Paul’s do in life.
The reason I drive less now is my legs cramp up slowing my reaction time from the accelerator to the brake pedal. It is my decision due to my concern for the safety of my family, and the innocent drivers on the road with me. (Innocent drivers, that is funny, isn’t it?)