An O.Henry Story
Published: Jun 16, 2013
In 1989, my stepchildren gave me an Eddie Bauer watch for Christmas. A few months ago, I accidentally wore it when I went swimming in the Caribbean. Once it was waterproof. No longer. It stopped. I took it to the cheapo watch repair in the 86th Street subway. The Eddie Bauer watch, new, cost no more than $75. The guy said it would be $50 to fix.
I gave it to the cheapo repair guy — no charge — so he could repair it and resell it. I bought a $27 Timex. Great watch. (How do I know? The child hates it.)
The other day the strap on the Timex broke. I took it to 86th Street to be replaced. There in the case was the Eddie Bauer watch. Fixed. On sale. For $27.
So I bought it.