Sunday, October 16, 2011

Pink Bulbs in Silicon Valley

For decades, Carolin & I slept in a very cold pink bedroom above Wellesley Sq. (built in the the 1920s, the house wasn’t insulated) with a pink lightbulb in its only lamp.

Now that I live with our Maine Coon cat Reggie on the 4th floor of a 4-storey apartment block in Santa Clara, I can’t paint my bedroom walls pink, but I do keep a pink 60-watt lightbulb in a faux ginger-jar lamp. The bulb died a few days ago, so I assumed I could easily get a replacement.

Not so. Most Silicon Valley stores don't stock pink incandescent bulbs: my nearby Ace/Do It Best hardware store, Home Depot, Orchard Supply Hardware (OSH) don't, & referred me to Target (assuming it has everything; it doesn't.)

Lamps Plus graciously gave me the phone number of Batteries & Bulbs, a tiny specialty store in a small strip-mall in neighboring Sunnyvale, who gladly told me they had what I was looking for.

Braving Friday's afternoon rush-hour traffic Ginny drove us there & waited nearby in McDonalds while I limped to the strip mall to buy (2) 2-bulb packs of Sylvania Go Pinque 60W bulbs @ $5/bulb. Steep, but worth it; via internet, the shipping alone is as much.

So once again I can sleep softly in Silicon Valley with a pink bulb on.