Monday, October 25, 2004

you get that? from that?

ok, so I dropped into Stanford Shopping Center before leaving for the airport. I had a gap I'd previously left in my suitcase and I had to fill it. It didn't matter what with. Just stuff. I had an hour, so I figured Macys, Nordstrom, Crate & Barrel, ooh, Apple Store, Hair International (maybe not that one), and just see what appeals. Macys - nope. Nordstrom - how miserable are you? Crate & Barrel - nice bag, got one already though. Apple...

It's not a big Apple store. There's not really much to poke. At best, you get to finger some accessories and try and figure out where the base units are (they're under the base units), but that's about it. Half an hour later, I'm escorted out of the building by Dwight and Chan in their black polo necks, just for drooling onto a30" Cinema Display. They shouldn't make them so rampantly desirable. It's their fault.

Anyway, 10 minutes left and I've looked at all the blow-up pillows in Brookstone, so I'm just heading back to the Chevy Preferred Customer, when I pass the Bose shop. I'll never be able to afford anything in there. Move along. But hang on, what's that thing? That looks nice, must be a new one of those Wave Radio things. I'll take a look. Now, I don't own an iPod, much to my chagrin, but then I work from home and never go out in daylight, and then it's only down to the paper shop down the road, where I'm still allowed to go unattended, so, when I see this thing is a SoundDock Digital Music System for an iPod, I'm walking out. That is, until the lovely Mike, with his bluetooth headset and braces (teeth and trousers) starts showing it to a couple who actually look like they might have some money. "You just take your iPod", he oozes, "or iPod Mini, it works for that too, and you slip it in the dock (ooer) and then...", and then he left the most dramatic pause ever witnessed. I was looking at my watch when the sound started coming out. I thought someone had put the home cinema system on in the next room. The sound that came out of this 6.5"x12" waffle was just unbelievable. I can't begin to explain it here, but I'd just suggest you take your iPod along to your nearest Bose outlet and demand they give you a damn good docking, to hear for yourself. You'll not spend a quicker $299. Well, apart from that time in Union Square...

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