Thursday, October 30, 2008

Is it me???

Do I give off some kind of crazy magnetic vibe that causes compasses not work? Have you ever heard of this? Here's the deal...we use compasses for letterboxing and it has been hard for us to find a reliable compass. My mom had gotten the girls each one and we have used those but they haven't always worked. I thought maybe that had gotten to close to some kind of magnet or something. You know when you are pointing it, let's say East and it says North. So one day we were near a Gander store and I figured I could get a descent one there, it is a outdoorsy type of store. So I spent 10 bucks and got one (I know you are thinking way to splurge Cris, hey...I didn't choose the $2.99 one). On the way home I noticed it seemed funky. And we tried it out several place and it still wasn't consistent. So I have carted this compass around in our car for probably 4 months waiting to get back to that area (about an hour from our place) and exchange it for one that works.

I brought it in and told the lady that it didn't always work and she graciously let us exchange it for a different brand. I hunted all around and found one that seemed to point North. Did the exchange and headed home. You guessed it. It doesn't work either. Is it me? Is it the car? Is it the area we live in? Are we too close to some crazy power lines? Is it the cell phone to close to it? What is the deal? Any ideas? I am beginning to think it is me. I must give off some powerful magnetic vibe that I am unaware of. Maybe that is why Chuck is still attracted to me after all these years.

10 comments:

Kris said...

I'm having the same problem. My husband pointed out to me (using his "engineer" tone of voice) that the thing has be held level to work. Fine. So I try that. Its level... pinky swear... and it keeps changing its mind about where one might locate "southwest". We were letterboxing in Oakland at the time and I found that box no where near where the compass said it should be.

crispy said...

I agree on the level thing. I am very careful to make sure it is level. It really throws off the ability to trust the compass for LBing. Nice to know it isn't only me. Though it is VERY frustrating.

fitncrafty said...

Cris...
I might not work in the car, because the car is made out of metal that may interfere with magnetic fields. (per my hubby)

I like the idea of being so magnetic that it messes it up!

Tonya said...

That IS strange. Maybe you could ask someone that works in the store about it??

In catching up with your other recent posts, I agree with you about waiting to start the child in school. We did that with Gabe. His birthday was in December so "legally" he couldn't start for another year anyway. However, I DID start Brent early under the same circumstances. I mean, it didn't matter if I started him a year early.. I had NO INTENTIONS of EVER putting him in "real school." He did GREAT, but I can see why they have the "age rule" in place.

That extra year has made ALL THE DIFFERENCE in the WORLD for Gabe. He's been a GREAT little student!

Good luck with that compass! ;-)

Susan said...

Hey, being magnetic might not be so bad if it keep Chuck around. he he

chewhi said...

one of my boys has problems with things like that. Things work funky around him. We aren't sure if he's just particularly hard on things or if it's something else but watches, ipods, cameras, all those kinds of things go quirky on him.

Lee and Bev said...

Interesting! Your "magnetic personality!"

~S~~~~~ said...

i think it isn't working b/c you aren't in the right city! you need to be up here and then it will work!!! you said that when you were facing east, it was pointing north.. TOWARDS TENNESSEE!!!

crispy said...

You are very ! ...and I guess that makes me your man of steel. =)

Annie said...

Isn't that odd?