3 generations in 24 months

It’s amazing how fast technology changes. iPods are upgraded every few months. Saving data from computers has gone from the huge floppy disks to small 3.5 disks to compact disks to zip drives in a matter of a few short years. And I know there’s new technology out in the stores to be bought, I’m a little behind the times in the hardware department.

Hub & I had to go to our local electronics chain store (the red store) to look for an external floppy drive for the computer. Neither of our computers, amazingly, have floppy drives. I was as shocked as you are right now.

External floppy drives. Yeah, they’re just as easy to find as record players for 33 lps. It was quite an adventure, let me tell you what, yessiree. It took a second trip to the “other” local electronics chain store (the blue store) to find it because the red store didn’t have any. In fact, the salesclerk didn’t even know what Hub was talking about.

Talk about feeling like dinosaurs!

What was worse was while Hub was looking for the external drive, I was looking for a new holder for my iPod. I never thought I’d get to participate in a conversation discussing the generation of the iPod that I had. After all, it’s only two years old.

And yet, this is exactly what happened.

I was looking at one case and it was really pretty. I asked the salesclerk if it would fit a 1st generation nano. The box said “for second generation nanos” and so I wanted to be sure before I bought it. The salesclerk didn’t have any idea and so I went ahead and bought it since it looked like it might fit.

It didn’t.

The second generation nanos were apparently the same length, but not the same width.

Rats. That meant I had to take it back.

When I got back to the store, the manager and I had the following conversation:

Me: I need to exchange this. The box said it’s for a second generation nano and I have a first but I thought it would fit and it doesn’t.

Mgr: You have a first generation nano?

Me: Yes, I have it right here (as I pulled it out of the bag and showed him)

Mgr: And it won’t fit in the case?

Me: Yes, the case is for a second generation and I have a first generation and it is apparently too wide for the case.

Mgr: Why won’t it fit? It looks like it would fit.

Me: Trust me. I tried. It won’t fit. If you’ve got an identical case for a first generation, I’ll exchange this for that.

Mgr: Are you sure it won’t fit? It looks like it will fit.

Me: (exasperated by this point) Look, if you want me to, I’ll show you. It won’t fit.

Mgr: That’s okay. I believe you.

Me: No you don’t! Here, let me show you what I mean.

Mgr: It’s okay ma’am. I believe you.

Me: Well fine, do you have anything that will fit a first generation nano?

The manager turned to a nearby salesclerk to check. The salesclerk shook his head “no.”

Me: Can I please return this then? Oh, wait! What about this?

as I pointed to a neoprene case with a clip … which is what I had wanted in the first place.

Mgr: Well, that’s for a second generation nano, but if you would like to try it …

So I did. And it fit.

I told Hub about my conversation and muttered, “You know I had to go through all that hell because I’m a woman, don’t you? If you had gone to the manager, he’d have believed you to begin with. Just because I’m a woman, I don’t know what I’m talking about …” He rolled his eyes and groaned. Then he turned to me and said,

“You know what? You’re probably right. Women don’t know what they’re talking about.”

It’s a good thing I knew he was kidding, tatertots. Otherwise, he’d be sleeping alone tonite.

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