What ten dollars will get you
So one night not long ago I’m riding in a part of east Dallas which I am no longer very familiar. While I recognized the names of the streets, I could not figure out what direction I was riding. I wanted north but the sun was down so I had to rely on my cell phone GPS…The cell phone with the dead battery. The cell phone that has a nice compass app that works perfectly…When the battery is charged. Luckily things worked out for me but I realized an old-fashioned compass was in order.
So the other day I’m in my local bike shop picking up a brake cable for a Fuji road bike that’s headed for the CL auction block and the compass you see below called out to me from a display rack. I’m convinced this is one of the best $10 investments I’ve ever made.
On the other hand, last week I paid $10 to see the 2011 remake of the 2009 Swedish movie, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, with a good friend of mine. I heard the book was good, and that the Swedish movie was compelling. I’ve only seen the 2011 movie and as far as I’m concerned it was a waste of a perfectly good ten-dollar bill. I had a nice time hanging out with a friend though, only the next time I pick the movie. I thought this one was a stinker. Most of the reviews are positive and that should have tipped me off that I would not be very impressed.
So the moral to the story is there are good ten dollar investments, and bad ones. I’m convinced my clip-on bike compass is a good one.
update – Pista reminded me of the film’s opening bad ass music and video by Trent Reznor and Karen O. I finally found a copy on Youtube.