Tuesday, November 16, 2010

R.I.P. Pink Lady: You will always be remembered with love and respect.

I just thought I should let you guys know that I sent Pink Lady back to Amazon today. Yes, I was very sad to do it, but she had a defect that made the ink stuff leak into the screen, and it wouldn't go away no matter how many times I restarted it while begging the God of Books to make it better. I had no choice after a week of enduring that growing spot interfering with the words on my screen. It was like having a giant ink blob on every page in a book you're reading, except it was on every page in every book I tried to read. I gave it my best, but it was just too freaking irritating.

On the bright side, if Customer Service everywhere could just watch the Amazon people go and emulate them, there would be nothing but customer satisfaction everywhere (except for those hateful people that just love to be mean to people when something isn't perfect). I literally held for less than a minute, and after less than five minutes of  conversation I had a new Kindle shipped to me scheduled for next day delivery, and an e-mail with a return label for my poor broken Pink Lady.

Now, I should have sent Pink Lady back the day after I got the replacement, but I guess they give you thirty days for a reason. They must have known how attached I was and how sad I felt at having to send my cheerful little companion away. Because, like all of my books on my shelf that I love and cherish, Pink Lady had become one of my favorite take with me everywhere companions, and it was hard to let her go. I feel like it makes sense to Amazon that I would try to hold onto her for as long as I could.

But, I reached the two week mark yesterday, so I printed up the return label, packaged Pink Lady up in the box she was sent to me in, and sent her off with Padawan to the Post Office to send her back to a place that is probably going to destroy her because, evidently, broken screens can't be replaced. It makes me sad to think she's going to be ripped apart and parted out so that she becomes a part of other Kindles sent in for easily handled repairs.

Meanwhile, I've been sitting around with the new Kindle, but I just can't bring myself to call her a replacement. I can't even stand the idea of putting her in Pink Lady's cover, so I've ordered a new one and I'm trying to think of a name for Kindle number two. I have to think of them as two separate entities. One went away, and I got a new one, but they will never be the same, and I will always miss my Pink Lady.

The problem, of course, is that my new cover also had to be pink because it is the only way to prevent Padawan from taking Kindle with him. Which means that "Pink" must be somewhere in the title, or something close to pink. A friend suggest "Pink Avenger," but that feels like she's trying to make up for the loss of Pink Lady, and that is too much like a replacement. So I can't do that.

And of course I realize that mourning the loss of Pink Lady is probably weird to most people, but then most people don't understand the connection between a girl and her books, and a Kindle is not just a book...she's a lot of books. So the love is really strong. On top of that, giving a name to anything makes it that much more special.

So, in order to seal the friendship between myself and the new Kindle, I have to name her. Otherwise, she's just this electronic thing that I own that is useful, but I don't love. And I have to love my Kindle. 

Basically, I'm begging for name suggestions. Ideas?


  1. Pink Floyd?

    Nope, I got nothing. Sorry.

  2. Well, it made me crack a smile, but I don't think my Kindle can live up to the awesomeness of that name.

  3. Hmmm...Pink Princess? Pinky? Pink-a-licious? I'll try brain-storming for a while and get back to you (if you haven't come up with anything else by then.)

    I'm sorry to hear about your Pink Lady. I know how you feel about your books. My first copy of "Jane Eyre" is seriously falling apart and has been for years. I got a new copy, but I may never be able to bring myself to get rid of the old one. It's just too precious to me. Hold strong, Chanel. You will find Kindle love again. :)

  4. HAHA! I begged my blog readers to help me think of Kindle names too! We went with Chekhov. But pink...pink...pink...well, does it have to be PINK? I mean, can it be Magenta? Fuschia? Rose? Hot Pink? Pink Panther?

  5. Candice: I can't put Princess in the title...that's what everybody I work with calls me. I would confuse her with myself. But you're coming along further than my list has...

    Nicki: Well, at least you've given me a shred of proof to share with Padawan that I'm not completely insane for naming my Kindle. I can't be crazy if I'm not the only one who does it.

    The name doesn't have to be PINK exactly, just something related to pink. I want her name to be OBVIOUSLY feminine so that it's DOUBLE incentive for Padawan to leave her alone.

  6. I like what Nicki suggested with "Rose". You could do a lot with that name, and it is VERY feminine. :)


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