Note that it contains two bulbs — or, it did until I used one of them.
Now, given that my car has almost 180,000 miles on it and just passed its tenth birthday, you can imagine that I’ve replaced others of its tail-lamps, and, indeed, I have. According to my records, I’ve replaced two bulbs before. (That’s all? My, but these guys last a long time!) Each time, I bought a package that contained two bulbs. Each time, I put the package, with the second bulb, somewhere on the shelves in my garage.
If your garage is like my garage, you’ll know that they’re hopelessly lost in there somewhere. Perhaps they became food for a mutant breed of spider. Maybe they’re just hiding in some cranny, to be found by anthropologists in the year 2525. In any case, they’re not likely to find their way into my car.
Do the manufacturers do this on purpose? Do they know that 92.7% of them will disappear into the abyss, and have they planned it that way? “Hey, if we package them in twos, we can sell nearly twice as many! And people won’t mind, ’cause they’re cheap enough that we can get away with it.” (Note the price tag: three dollars for the pair.)
On the other hand, when I buy household bulbs I get them in packages of several — four, usually, or six — and I know where all of them are. This time, I’m stashing the car bulbs with the household ones. The spiders won’t get them there, and when next I need one...
...I have only to remember that I did this.
stolen borrowed from David Sedaris, from my favourite essay in his book Me Talk Pretty One Day. Very funny book. Go buy it.]