If you've never been to an Apple Store...it's interesting. Not nearly as F.A.O. Schwartzy as I expected from some people's descriptions, but still not your typical store experience. Probably the only major corporate retail outlet that encourages blue hair ('cause you gotta have blue hair!). They also go out of their way to hide all clues that they are, in fact, a retail outlet. No registers. Almost no stock that you can see. Everything is hidden behind counters and only brought out when needed.
So, I get there at 12:30 and the next available "Genius Bar" (insert mental image of my moving my hand back and forth, wrapped around an invisible cylinder of indeterminate nature, here) appointment was around 2pm.
So, I spent an hour and a half wandering around Memorial City Mall, to which I'd never been before, kind of aimlessly. Malls are just not made for me, probably unapologetically so. Sharper Image, blah. Radio Shack, double blah. Sun and Ski Sports...kind of interesting, since I'm thinking about getting a bike again. I got as far as wandering around Sears looking at washer/dryer combos for a house I don't have yet before two o'clock arrived.
Once back at the Apple Store, the tech/sales guy determined that it was still under warranty, and after fiddling with it for a minute or so, determined that they would just replace the whole thing. Dang. Of course, they had to order one in because they don't stock the 60GB model anymore. Also, it turns out that "replace for free" actually means "replace for a $30 processing fee", unless you have AppleCare. Since AppleCare is $60, that basically meant that it was $30 for another year of not having to worry about my iPod breaking, so I went ahead and got that. So, I walked out with an AppleCare box, a dead iPod, and a sheet of paper saying that they will swap a brand new one for my dead one once they've got it in. Hopefully they will call me before I leave for Austin.
The one nice thing about today is that wandering around the mall for 90 minutes counts as my daily exercise.
Then I went to Kroger for a few random things and my copy of HP 7. It shall sit on my table, unopened, tempting me, until I get home from tomorrow's matinee performance.
Oh yes, the show. I had written up a whole diary about how great opening night and the patron party was around 3am this morning after getting home and before going to be. However, in my somewhat inebriated state I guess I forgot to hit submit. Oops! The short version is that the show was great, the patron party was great, the piano bar after the patron party was great, and I got a little tipsy on overpriced whisky. Given the headache I woke up with, I guess "a little tipsy" is all I can handle these days.
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