I'll be making the presentation on my colour notebook, and I figure that a little boost in the sound department could spice things up, perhaps even swing a deal my way.
But where do you buy PC speakers in this town? No problem, says a colleague. Go down to Midtown on 5th Avenue, and you'll find a pile of computer superstores, brimming with equipment. Just grab a sales assistant and tell them what you need.
Sure enough the stores are there - CompUSA, The Wizz, Tandy - but grabbing a sales assistant and then getting him or her to understand my requirements is not the breeze it's supposed to be.
In CompUSA, finding a member of staff at all is a total no-no. In fact the only meaningful conversation I have in the store is with the security guard who shakes me down good and proper before allowing me to enter the building, and then shakes me down again as I leave.
The store itself is massive, with the ground floor dedicated almost exclusively to brand name hardware, stacked in row upon row of shelves, with no particular attempt to tell one box from another. Occasionally an aisle is brightened up by a big
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