I can not believe the trials and tribulations that I am enduring regarding cellphone holsters.

  1. In January 2008, I bought a cellphone holster for $30, as I didn’t want to take the chance of losing my BlackBerry.  I once lost a Nokia 8260 back in 2000 when it slipped out of my pants pocket (that’s what you get for being heavily inebriated with your friends (see Aug 30 2002) walking out at 4am.  BTW, check out this page from PC World — I used to own both of these Nokia phones, in chronological order.  They were nice phones, but archaic by today’s standards.  Ah, the memories.
  2. I appear to have misplaced the holster somewhere, so I purchased one online for the amazing price of $8.  I proceeded to break it within 24 hours after getting in my car, and snapping the clip off against the driver seat.
  3. Afraid to lose the phone while attending meetings in the city, I found an AT&T Wireless store in Times Square, and purchased another holster for the now-I-realize-marked-up price of $30.  For a short time, I thought maybe the $8 one was inferior, and that’s why it broke.
  4. 48-72 hours later, I proceed to break the holster. On the driver seat.  Again.
  5. This week, I found the holsters online for $6, and ordered TWO of them.  I figure the price is right — if anything happens to the first one, I have a spare.  They arrived today.  I’m going to construct a glass case, put the holster in it, and hang the case on the wall.  One of those “In case of emergency, break glass” type deals.

I did consider getting one black and one red, but I wasn’t sure if the red one was considered “unmanly.”  When in doubt, always bet on black, as Wesley Snipes eloquently put it.  I decided to purchase two identical black holsters.  I also resolved myself, going forward, to carefully enter and exit my car.

Nokia 6160

Nokia 6160

Nokia 8260

Nokia 8260

Curve 8300 Holster

Curve 8300 Holster (black)

Curve 8300 Holster (red)

Curve 8300 Holster (red)

In other news, I have been searching the Earth for decent in-ear headphones. Here comes another stupid history lesson:

  1. Back when I had purchased my 4G iPod in November 2004, I used the included white headphones, but I wanted something better.
  2. In Sept 2005, I purchased the well-reviewed Sony Fontopia Headphones MDR-EX71SL in-ear headphones.  Within 3-5 months, they literally fell apart — insulation opened up exposing the wires.  So much for Sony brand name quality.  Feh. Sony, your Quality Control Department sucks.
  3. Fast-forward to this week.  I’ve looked at the Shure, Etymiotic, Jayz, Bose headsets, and they have been all more than what I want to comfortably spend.  I could argue spending between $50-$100, but they gotta be good.  Well, the fat lady sung.  CircuitCity.com is offering a 15% discount on MP3 & accessories until Sept 13 2008.  I also had a $75 Circuit City gift card to spend unwisely.  I had my eye on the Shure SE210 headphones in black (good reviews all around), but they were out-of-stock on Monday.  They just restocked on Friday, and I put the order in.  Instead of $124, final cost (and free shipping) is $38.  This Indian in me rejoices.  Should be here in 4-10 business days.

Original iPod Headphones

Original iPod Headphones

Sony MDR-EX71SL

Sony MDR-EX71SL

Shure SE210 (black)

Shure SE210 (black)