Thursday, January 28, 2010

Cables are taking over my life

Oh, I do love a cool gadget. I'm not one of those tech geeks who buys the latest and greatest of every new thing out there. As a matter of fact, I'm absurdly proud of the fact that we don't even have a DVD player. I blame that particular circumstance on the emotional damage caused when we were early adopters of the late, great Betamax system instead of VHS. Oh, how I loved my Betamax. Sniff.

But I digress. There are a certain number of gadgets that make my life as a home-based small business owner who travels a lot much easier. My Verizon Blackberry Storm phone is attached to my body 24/7. I'd implant it in my body if it were an option. I'm down to 3 computers (from 4) - my desktop for the heavy duty stuff, the 17" screen laptop because it's fabulous, and the "Barbie" netbook computer because I discovered quite quickly that a 17" laptop is heavy to carry around as I travel. The 4th computer, my first laptop, was gifted to my sister-in-law for her birthday. I have a labelmaker that connects to my computer. I have an iPod. A speaker system for the iPod. USB cables to connect the iPod and phone to the computer. Let's not forget the charger cables too! And cameras! Yes, Mom and I both have them, along with a memory card reader to transfer the photos to the computer. Different chargers for both laptops. Car chargers for my phone and Mom's phone (yes, different.) And don't forget the cord that connects the iPod to the car speakers!

I AM DROWNING IN CABLES! We have a whole box - not a small one either - of various cables that's been sitting in the garage for two years and yet we're terrified to throw them away. I have two other hiding spots for cables that have been growing with wirey protrusions too (don't tell Mom.) I am currently using my handy-dandy label maker to make labels to attach to the identifiable cords and cables so at least I'll know what's what.

So what did I find it necessary to do today? Add to the list! A Plantronics Voyager Pro Bluetooth headset has been added to the Tapestry Beads IT department! You know - I go on these regular road trips every year. Tucson in February. Santa Fe in March. Milwaukee in June. And that's not counting the trips to Dallas, San Antonio, and Houston that pop up. So it only makes sense that I should be safer and talk on the phone through a headset, right? Just nod your head yes, please.

At least it only came with one cord.

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