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Things that are Just Wrong

Fair warning - I'm about to show my age here.

Clerks at Radio Shack are not supposed to be cute/handsome.  That is Just Wrong.  It's *supposed* to be that I shouldn't be able to get any service in a Radio Shack, because the clerk (singular) working there is completely socially inept and at best won't talk to girls, at worst is actively afraid of them.

That is how it's supposed to be.  The clerk at a Radio Shack is supposed to be a socially underdeveloped geek who is incapable of dealing with females and who is working there because a) he can get a discount and b) so that he can spend his day talking electronic geekery with other social misfits.

Of course, the store *itself* is supposed to be little alcoves of blister packaged components, where in order to find your button batteries you have to search among the resistors and capacitors and such.  Back when people actually knew how to build thing.  Back when you could walk into Radio Shack and buy all the components to build a radio, damn it.

I don't even know where I would go to buy a resistor any longer.

Some mornings I wake up old...



( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 10th, 2010 10:14 pm (UTC)
OOH! OOH! Pick me!
Edmund Scientific should still sell resistors.

Snerk...ever see "This Island Earth" (or the MST3K treatment of it)? Resistors are a plot point :-D

Jun. 11th, 2010 01:31 pm (UTC)
Re: OOH! OOH! Pick me!
I haven't, but perhaps I should if it's cheesy enough.
Jun. 11th, 2010 01:44 am (UTC)
I had a friend who used to work at "Shadier Rack" while doing his PhD in psychology. Definitely an early days computer nerd -- but with long curly black hair and a wikked sense of humor too. I'm sure he flipped people out by being soooo outgoing.

Rob was once told they didn't have the part he needed, and he kept talking about it until the salesclerk realized that they did have it... sigh.
Jun. 11th, 2010 10:54 am (UTC)
We is old
1) This new alternate reality RS sells cell phones. Therefore, the clerks must be able to handle all flavors of 11 to 23 year old females of the species.

2) There's a nice shop on the Berlin Turnpike in Newington that has most, if not all, of what you'd need. Across from where the Drive-In used to be.
Jun. 11th, 2010 01:30 pm (UTC)
Re: We is old
"This new alternate reality RS sells cell phones. Therefore, the clerks must be able to handle all flavors of 11 to 23 year old females of the species."

Yes, and they have to be charming, because they're commissioned. It's just inherently wrong. I remember many, many times having to chase down a clerk to take my money. It was axiomatic that you could not get waited on in a Radio Shack if you were female.

I never thought I'd miss that.

But it's good to know that there are still places selling supplies for people who actually *build* things

This getting older thing sucks sometimes. I'm too young to be waxing this nostalgic...
Jun. 11th, 2010 04:22 pm (UTC)
Re: We is old
And apparently I have somehow lived here a long time. I know exactly where you mean and what shop by a reference to a long-deceased business. ODL am I losing my New Yorker status???
Jun. 11th, 2010 04:23 pm (UTC)
It's the economy--cute guys can't find jobs in cute guy places, so they have to work at Radio Shack.

Never Fear: when the economy improves, they'll find jobs at Abercrombie and Finch (or wherever), and the guys who work to support their WOW lifestyle will be happily back at The Shack, awkwardly plying you with Verizon phone contracts.
Jun. 11th, 2010 08:00 pm (UTC)
Yeah, but it's still wrong. They should be actively hiding from females, and the store should be selling things to build your own phone, not one that's already put together.

I'm actually waxing nostalgic about something that used to annoy the crap out of me. :-)
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