The Earphones Saga My Life 16 APR 2012

So a little while ago I decided to relocate the handy chest of drawers from the office to the braai room in order to provide more storage space for Chantelle’s burgeoning baking supplies. Of course, this in turn meant a sorting out of some of the existing drawers in the study to make space for the items coming over from the chest of drawers, an unenviable task of sorting out and discarding in other words (made particularly difficult by the fact that these are all “man drawers”).

In the process of cleaning up my drawers, I came across quite a large selection of old in-ear earphone sets collected over the years, and based on the fact that they’ve been lying dormant in the drawers for so long already, I without hesitation chucked them out.

Needless to say, the next day on arrival at work, I discovered that my iPod Nano’s earphones had somehow inexplicably been crushed in transit (well, they were four years old already), rendering me earphone-less for the day, and with the stomach-sinking knowledge that I had just tossed out all of my possible replacements the evening before!

I quickly turned to online shopping to order another pair, and after paying over my money to, I realized that the combination of upcoming public holidays in April meant a heavy delay in delivery date. Not cool.

Back home I rummaged through a couple of other drawers in the office which I had yet to get to, and came up with a two sets of in-ear headphones which I had missed in the previous clean-up sweep, the one being a pretty good quality set at that.

Pleased with the fact that I now had a functional iPod again, disaster struck the next day when an ill-placed decision to punch the punching bag out of frustration with Jessica (who wouldn’t stop crying and with no mommy in sight), resulted in the cord of the ear piece being caught in my punch and the earphones being literally torn apart in a single punch.


And to my dismay, the second set of earphones which I had retrieved from the dark recesses of my drawers wasn’t functional, meaning that I now sat with no earphones whatsoever!

Thank goodness for the old universal 3.5 mm audio jack though, as I still had one alternative left to me – a dusty old set of over the ear headphones I used to use back in the day when I didn’t want the PC to disturb anyone, and praise be to the heavens, they actually still worked!

Now I’ll admit it looks a bit silly going for a jog with these fluffy ear muffs on, but at least they work and I have music in my life again – Just a pity that they stay so damp with sweat for so long after every morning jog!


And for the record, I’m still waiting for my order from to come in…

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About Craig Lotter

South African software architect and developer at Touchwork. Husband to a cupcake baker and father to two little girls. I don't have time for myself any more.