What’s your biggest remaining challenge?

Common sense, or the lack thereof, followed by a nice day on the trails

So there I was, at the jewelery counter this morning, wanting to get a new battery for my heart rate monitor. (On topic, barely.)

However, there was a problem.

The sales clerk told me she couldn’t open my watch to put the battery because I might sue the company if she ruins it.

OK, other places have the same policy. I told her to give me the screwdriver and I would do it.

She told me she couldn’t do that because I might hurt myself and sue the company.

We both stared at the watch for a minute.


I don’t know what she was thinking (probably “please don’t freak out and yell at me”).

I was wondering by what miracle I was going to replace the battery. She couldn’t do it. I couldn’t do it. (And I couldn’t just take the battery and go home because I had to open it to see what kind I needed, first.)

Finally, I said, well, if I buy a screwdriver here, can I open it? Is it OK if I stab myself with my own screwdriver, not yours?

Relieved, she said yes.

Problem solved. (Note: I didn’t injure myself, you’ll be glad to know.)


After that, I came home and took the kids to one of the Rails to Trails projects and we went for a nice long bike ride (them) and run (me). They are really getting stronger and better with their bikes. We had a lot of fun.

I have to say, after all that, the heart rate monitor was kind of annoying.

Sun, January 4 2009 » Everything else

6 Responses

  1. Diana January 4 2009 @ 8:43 am

    Ha! I love it! You actually had to buy your own screwdriver. Crazy world we live in where everyone is sue happy. Glad you figured it out.

    Why does your HR monitor annoy you? I love mine. I almost can’t exercise without it because I want to make sure my heart rate is up where it should be. Did you have the beeper on? That annoys me and probably everyone around me so I usually turn it off.

    Great job on losing while in between BLBEs.

  2. Amy January 4 2009 @ 10:21 am

    I’ve ran into this same problem with the batteries. It is such a pain.

  3. Crabby McSlacker January 4 2009 @ 11:18 pm

    That makes for a hilarious story but must have been incredibly frustrating! You took the high road by buying the screwdriver. I can’t believe she thought she could be sued for lending it to you! I think I would have been tempted to make a Big Ol’ Embarrassing Scene about it.

  4. Alexia January 5 2009 @ 8:57 am

    Hi, Diana — yeah, the beeping is what bugged me. Duh, guess I could turn it off 😉 Also, I’m not used to wearing a watch. Since my Timex Ironman is arriving tomorrow, guess I’ll have to get used to wearing two! Geeks unite! Just wait until I get a Gormin GPS 😉

    Crabby, next time, you’re comin’ with me! 😉

  5. Jill January 5 2009 @ 3:19 pm

    You are a much more patient person than I am. I probably would have given her they eyeroll-sigh and turned around and walked out.

    Although, everyone can always use an extra screwdriver, no?

    You win!

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    I’ve ran into this same problem