I'm a geek at heart, so wandering around an electronics store is pretty fun for me. I'll ogle the computers, ooh over the fancy cameras (I would love to get a fancy one like this so I can take fancy dance photos of people), wander the aisles of video games (I own an Xbox 350 and a Wii), and anything else that catches my eye. Well, I was on a bit of a mission today. First was to look at a new digital camera (sadly not one of the big fancy ones like I linked above, but one to replace my eight year old beastie). Second was to take a look at a multimedia shelving unit as my DVDs and games have outgrown my little shelf. I found this one in the Best Buy weekly ad, and thought that it deserved a looksee in person.
So I'm wandering around the store with a basket balanced on my footplate, getting a few odd looks because of the basket. I silently whine at the cost of the computer with ten gigs of RAM, then head to the digital cameras (looking longingly at the big fancy ones). I find a camera on clearance that I dig, then traipse through the video games. I turn my nose up at the Xbox Kinect and its associated games (it's barely accessible to folks who are seated for whatever reason). I then try to find the shelf, which was in this weird narrow aisle. I find it, then found out that the box had wheels on the bottom!
Wheels! On the bottom of the heavy box!! It was amazing. I was on wheels, moving furniture unaided because the box also had wheels! Granted, it was awkward to move it, but I was so thrilled that I could move something that heavy by myself, unaided. I don't know if I would count that box as an example of universal design, but it was amazing. I was giggling as I was rolling myself and the shelf to the register. Customers looked at me, asked if I wanted help, but I turned it down and continued to laugh. I couldn't tell if the clerk was amused or horrified, but I think it was more amusement when I pointed out the wheels at the bottom of the box.
Fast forward to later this evening, and because of using my wheels for that shopping trip and a trip to WalMart afterwards, I was able to get some housework done. A good day indeed.