- 62 months ago
so i went to the mall today (half forced to) and i saw a sign in from of RadioShack for a massive closing sale. i went over to it and EVERYTHING WAS GONE, even the shelving units. i learned that all their mall-based stores are closing within this week.
they had 10 dollar grab bag rushes (put everything you can in a plastic bag for ten bucks!) and people cleared it out very quickly. i arrived too late...
so now, a few words.
RadioShack, you amazing place, made me the nerd i am today. you were where i bought batteries, LED's, speaker wire, and all the assorted goods that any builder could want. you taught me to put things back together after tearing them apart.
It was here where i started my adventures in programming, first learning to make an LED blink in a half-random pattern to teaching a car-bot to chase my cat. it was here where i learned to jurry-rig antennas and and how to hack police frequencies to make a home-made scanner.
if i needed equipment to fix a stereo, RadioShack had it. if i needed assistance on why this stupid contraption wouldn't work, i found it in RadioShack.
you were the Parthenon to all nerds, i absorbed the holy grail of information you brought to us. i respected the acceptance of change you had, moving to selling mobile devices. i always hoped that society would change from the throw-away culture it was becoming. But it did not.
And so what had began as a nerd's dream and a builder's empire fell, crumbling to the power of laziness and fast internet. what had been a metropolis became a ghost town.
the only question i have now: where do i buy my speaker wire?