Monday, November 29, 2010

Batteries Not Included

Growing up, I use to always laugh when I would see a package that had a disclaimer on it that read, "Batteries Not Included." I would think, why is it such a big deal about not having any batteries in the box that they have to print that on the packaging?  But then I grew up and started living on my own.
I came back on Friday from doing some Black Friday shopping and I could hear my dogs barking when I pulled up to the house. It appears that a smoke detector battery in the bedroom was going off because it needed a new battery. Hmmm, you would think that Princess Punkin was so smart, that she could have just changed the battery herself. But that didn't happen. Lazy butt Peekingese!
So I quickly ran down to the store to get some new AAA batteries -- the only problem is that the smoke detector doesn't take AAA batteries they take 9V batteries. What was I thinking? I even took out the battery to stop the alarm and so the dogs would quit barking. But I guess I did not look at what type of battery I took out.
So off I went back to the store for trip # 2 to exchange batteries. While I was at it, I just got some extra 9V's and decided to change all of the smoke detector batteries. I had a total of six to replace. I also stopped by Target for any last-minute Black Friday sales since I was out and about and within a 75 mile radius of a Target!!
After hauling out the ladder and replacing the all of the batteries I decided to sit down to enjoy some hot liquid in the form of a nice cup of cocoa and relax by catching up on some past episodes of "Days of Our Lives" I have recorded, but not yet watched! When I went to use the remote the TV did not come on. Houston we have a problem. What else could go wrong I thought? click - click -click , nope, nothing. nadda. zip. zilch.
Hoping it was just the remote, I actually stood up and decided to turn on the TV the old school way by pushing the on button on the TV set itself, instead of by remote. Presto - instant picture. So I am not a rocket scientist, but now I realized the remote probably just needed new batteries!  So I cracked open the back of the  remote and saw that it needs four AAA batteries. Yep, the exact same size of batteries I just took back to the store less than an hour ago!! Grrrr, my Greek temper was really being tested.
So I loaded up the dogs and headed back to the store for battery shopping trip #3. I decided to buy one of those ginormous packages of AAA batteries, just so I wouldn't be caught without them again. I think I got like 100 batteries for $39.00 - sounds reasonable to me. Oh, since I was out and about I decided to stop by Kohl's one last time on Black Friday --  thought you would want to know!
So later last night I decided to boot up the computer to get this blog written before heading off to bed. It's been a long holiday weekend and I thought perhaps I would write about the great time I had visiting my Mom for Thanksgiving... but I couldn't even get that far. You're not going to believe this but my Logitech wireless mouse that I use for my Mac was dead. The batteries in it were dead.
I think there must have been some weird vortex field over my house while I was gone that zapped the life out of anything using  a battery.
So I cracked open the back of the mouse and saw that it only takes two batteries. Thank goodness I bought the economy size earlier! - See the Greek mind does work from time to time!!  The celebratory mood was very short-lived when I tried putting the AAA batteries in the mouse,  I quickly realized the wireless mouse uses AA batteries, not AAA.
I AM NOT running back to the store for battery shopping trip #4. Not tonight anyway. I don't want to show the clerk just how blonde I really am. I will do it tomorrow and tonight I will just use the touch pad on the computer instead of the external mouse.
Soooooo - needless to say, whenever I now see the words on a package "Batteries Not Included" the one thing that comes to mind is maybe it should even be more specific and read:  "Ava, 2 AA Batteries Not Included!" Just sayin'

1 comment:

  1. My rule - If it doesn't say "batteries included", they're not. Smoke detectors, remotes, wireless mice, etc. all point to a conspiracy by battery manufacturers.