Wednesday, July 21, 2010
The Best Five Dollars I Ever Spent
I bought this little radio for $5 from Walmart a long time ago. Like maybe 10 years. Maybe longer. And I've only changed the batteries in it one time. Seriously. It is a marvel.
So I went to the pool yesterday, and since I was going by myself I decided I needed to take some music. I didn't want to take my Ipod, because trying to balance it on my chest while I'm floating around the pool seemed a recipe for disaster, or at least for a ruined Nano, so I opted for the little blue radio.
After 2 hours, yes, 2 hours (I was really taking in some rays) I decided to try another station. When I couldn't find a good one, I turned the radio off and left it standing, apparently, a little too close to the edge. A few moments later, I hear a "plop" and my head pops up and I see the radio going down! I swam as fast as I could to rescue it, but as I held it up to let it drain, water was dripping from every seam and crack, and I thought, "Oh no, I've killed our faithful little radio." I pulled the batteries out and left it in pieces laying in the sun to dry out. Since it was 108° out, I figured it wouldn't take too long. I tried it when I got home, but no go. Maybe if I let it dry overnight?
And sure enough! It's back! I'm so impressed with this durable little miracle. It really is a marvel.