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Friday, March 17, 2006

I finally broke down and bought a new purse. I know--new purse? so what?--but I can never find a purse I like and so I've been lugging around an enormous leather messenger bag for about a decade. I finally realized that its scratches and odd stains had crossed the line from 'lovingly worn' into just plain 'worn,' plus the annoyingly dinky cell phone I now have kept getting sent to the bottom of the bag, so I'd never be able to find it when it rang.

And I don't know about you, but my phone always seems to ring when it's the least appropriate time to, like when I'm talking to someone, or am trying to carry bags of groceries to my car. So I got a new purse, only the salesperson at the Coach store forgot to take some anti-theft device out, so I've been setting off alarms EVERY time I walk into a store, and while I've always dreamed of making a grand entrance somewhere, it's never to be to the sounds of "BEEP! BEEP! BEEP!" blaring at ear-splitting volume.

Anyway, I had no idea what to do--I'd gone through the purse twice trying to find any anti-theft devices--but then, last night, I went to Borders. Naturally, I set off the alarm, and apologized in my usual blabbery way as a salesperson came over to investigate. ("I'm so sorry! I have this new bag and it keeps setting off alarms and I don't know why it's doing it and I don't know how to stop it and oh wow, is that book thirty percent off?")

And then the salesperson fixed it for me! I don't know how he did it, but he asked me to clean out anything magnetic or electronic, and then waved it over something behind the counter and boom! A non-alarm activating bag!

Now I just have to figure out how to keep my cellphone from disappearing into the depths of my new purse....

eta: wonky spacing fixed. I will figure out how to do this post by email thing. Maybe.