This morning, I decided to take a short detour to Radio Shack to pick up some magnet wire. While the decision seemed perfectly reasonable at the time, it lead to a very unreasonable series of events-- Starting with a bike ride across town to visit three different stores, and finally culminating inside a local machine shop where a toothless, semi-drunk store employee wrapped five feet of wire around a pencil and gave it to me free of charge.
It's not that I'm upset about the day's events per se but the confused expressions on people's faces when I asked to buy such a common item. Magnet wire is in virtually everything. I concluded two things:
1) I visited three very bad electronics stores.
2) Tinkering with electronics is not as common as it should be.