Were your gadgets affected by last week’s solar flares?
Mine were. Last Friday, my phone – although functioning – couldn’t connect to the Wi-Fi. Not just mine but my mother’s as well. At first, I thought it was the modem. So I rebooted and reset it. After a while, my mother’s became okay. But not mine. I tried a few more times but nothing. In my panic, I reset my phone. And still nothing! Worse, each time the phone tried to connect, it would reboot. I just gave up. By midnight, it finally righted itself. And I thought that was the end of my worries.
Come Saturday night, I began to charge the MP3 player. But it couldn’t be detected by the PC. I tried different ports, resetting the player, and tweaking the cable. Nothing. I used the power bank. Still nothing. I thought that it could be like the phone; just wait until Sunday morning, maybe it’d turn out okay.
But Sunday morning still saw nothing from the player.
I officially declared its death that day. Though it may have been dead for days. Maybe even since Friday. And I just didn’t notice.
Funny that I find symbolism in the death of my player. I bought it in 2008 with my then best friend. Our friendship formally ended last Friday. How coincidental. Not only do I mourn for dead relationship but also for a no-longer functioning gadget.
And because I thrive on my tunes, I couldn’t be without a music player. Of course, the phone has that function. But if I used it as I would the player, it would need charging far more often. So, by Sunday afternoon, the search for a new MP3 player began. I was particular: 8GB, because I was on a strict budget. I wasn’t picky with color; as long as my favorites were available, I was okay. But only 4GBs and 16GBs were sold at the mall. So I would have to try at another one the following day.
Monday afternoon saw me running around two malls. At the first one, I looked at appliance stores. While they sold Sony phones, they no longer had MP3 players. Guess that is the trend now: because phones are already built with music players, there’s not much demand for separate gadgets with the same function. So I went to the second mall where the Sony Center was. Predictably, I found music players there. Yet none of what I wanted. So I faced the decision of getting less than I wanted or going away with none.
I went home with yet another 4GB MP3 player.
Once home, I compared the old and the new. Shape, size, weight. The old one needed a cable to connect to the PC; new one didn’t. One thing that they have similar with each other – besides the brand – is that I felt like both cheated me out of the belief that I would actually get 4 GB. Not only did I choose my second choice, I got less than what I wanted. The new one came with five songs. Can’t say about the old one because I don’t remember, same way that I now have begun to forget things about the recently dead friendship.
Maybe these songs as well as the new player would help me get through this rut.
Fall – Mayu Wakisaka
Harder Than Mine – Freshman 15
It’s Complicated – A Day to Remember
Silence – Edisun
These Are the Days – Just Left