Dateline Tuesday 14 February 2012 our two daughters and their husbands want to take Mayang and I to lunch. We are going to meet at Olongapo’s new SM Mall at 12:30 at the Pizza Hut, their idea, but I like pizza so I was fine with that.
But I thought to myself: “Hey Paul, remember that story you wrote last week about Computer Hell?” This would be a good time to pick up that new terra byte hard drive that Marlon the magnificent said you needed. Oh yes my old one was fried, ceased to function, bit the bullet, and was a dead piece of junk.
Electronics, oh God bless them! On Monday my cell phone would not open and buzzed with a message telling me to; “Take it to your nearest Nokia Repair Center. Ahh one more reason to go to town.
Before the Mall opened, and directly across the street is the old Green Lanes Bowling Alley, which was converted to a retail outlet that caters to those searching for Pirated Movies, Computer Programs and of course music. They all so sell and repair all things Cell Phone”
First the cell phone is tops on my list, so in I go and run into a guy my daughters went to school with who just happens to fix the Nokia (or any other type) cell phone. He plugs it into his laptop and ran a diagnostic program and told me not to fret, that in less than an hour I’d be back to calling and texting. All for the low, low price of P500.00. Being I’ve learned that there is nothing the Filipino cannot fix, (except my terra byte hard drive) off I went in my quest for that new Hard Drive, In the SM Mall on the third floor is the electronic section and into one store I go. I ask; ‘Do you have…” “Oh yes sir, we have two types’ was their reply. I requested to see them and then asked the price, P 6,500 and P 6,000 respectably. My brain told me that was a very high price but I wanted it and was not going to spend my family day hunting for a cheaper one. I made my selection and was promptly informed that they had no way to possess a credit card. I smiled and thanked them and left. I ran into my daughter YoHanna and she scolded me and told me to go up the street to Data Works the place I had purchased everything else computer. They had one, took credit cards and the price was P3, 800. The trumpets’ blared, a bright light appeared from the sky and my day was 100% successful and I still had time to spare to meet the family at Pizza Hut for lunch.
I reach the front door of the HUT, and was informed that the long line I saw were other people waiting to get in. I grabbed my now working phone and dialed my daughter to tell her where I was and I’d be awhile. Out the door came the manager and explained to the waiting people that my family was inside and had a table waiting for me. The nice people seemed to understand that I was not fronting the line and allowed me to safely pass through.
My friend Tommy and his wife just happened to be there for lunch also and we all had a great time. The food was good, and the time spend with the kids was wonderful.
Now here’s the part of my day that was weird, I had started the day in a blue funk; I stayed in a funky mood the whole day, but never let it show. And believe it or not, I pulled it off.
There was no reason for me to feel that way, everything sort of went well, but it was just one of those days that very seldom ever happens to me, and since no one was the cause of it, I refused to take it out on anyone. When I got back to the house later in the day my wife did ask what was wrong (I can never fool her) and I honestly told her I really didn’t know. I retired to the upstairs and started reading a novel, and two hours later I was feeling fine The mood had passed and I rejoined the group, as the kids had all showed up to our house for the evening . Some would say I should have had a beer, but I say; “Have a beer when you’re in a good mood, and never have one to try and cure a bad mood.