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I couldn't wait to get this Nano off my hands.

For a while now, I've been thinking about getting one to keep in the car. When they handed these out to every single employee at a company meeting last month, I should have been jumping for joy. But I wasn't, not even close. It was all that I could do to crack a crooked smile to thank the smug powers-that-be.

I don't enjoy being an ingrate, but I am, 100%. This "gift" symbolized everything that's wrong with our company - "Too Little, Too Late". Unfortunately for the company, I wasn't the only one feeling this way.

First of all, it was a cutting edge and grandiose gesture when companies handed out iPod's when they first came out and were novel. Now, they're dime a dozen and there isn't a child around that doesn't have one or two or three. I know, I'm being hideously bitter and cynical.

And even a misguided gift could skate by, even be well-received, if it weren't for all the heinous stunts that the company has pulled in the past year or so. It's the proverbial bouquet your drunk, cheating boyfriend brings to you after he beat you black and blue. In this case, a rose is not a rose. Cue up the Country Western playlist, please.

Anyway, I actually have a good ending to this post.

I was on the phone with Mishan one day and she happened to mention at the end of our conversation that she was about to go buy an iPod that afternoon.

"Hold it, now!" I said. "I have a brand new one that you can have!"

"What do you mean?" M asked.

I explained the blah blah blah's about how I came upon a free iPod that week and how I really can't stomach using it, even after I filled it with my favorite music.

"What color is it?"

"Hot pink."

"Really? That's the color I was going to get..."

"Do you want it?"


At first she offered to buy it from me and I insisted that no money should exchange hands in this round. She even said that should I ever change my mind and want the thing back...I stopped her right there and said NEVER will I want it back.

I packed up the Nano and shipped it UPS. When she got it, she was so happy and grateful. Moreso than I could have ever faked within the confines of a conference room. If some diseases can skip a generation, so can gratitude toward a gift. Anyway, all's well that ends well.

I wanted a yellow one anyway.

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  1. That's the best way to get rid of an unwanted gadget.