Oct 25, 2011
Readers, you are to be forgiven if you assume that today's blog post is about my three-plus yards of faux snakeskin, which has been sitting in my fabric stash for nearly two years now. I am still waiting for the perfect project for it and I don't think it will be Prachee's dress.
No, today I am writing about something related to my daily ditch ritual, which continues, btw, though I sometimes forget to mention it. Remember how I recently sold my oversized bike on Craigslist? Well yesterday I finally dumped all the bike-related clutter: helmet (did you know those had expiration dates?) and lock (This is one of those Kryptonite designs it was later discovered could be picked with a hairpin or something, but I still had the bracket and keys, so it might be worth something to somebody.).
One of the best results of the daily ditch was that I have rediscovered my record collection. To those who have no familiarity with records, this was a form of recorded music on vinyl. Most people bought lp's or long-playing records that came in albums, named thus because at one time they were stored photo-album style in multiple sleeves.
I hadn't had my stereo set up for many years, and I had winnowed my record collection down considerably over the years. But I still had my favorites. Hundreds of favorites.
I decided that, not only would I not ditch my turntable and receiver, but I would set them up again, and listen with headphones.
Then, lo and behold, over the weekend I found a pair of Advent mini speakers in the trash. Not great, but adequate.
Yesterday, for the first time in nearly five years, I bought new (to me) records, $1 each at the Salvation Army. I don't think either will be available on CD any time soon, do you?
If you haven't heard Robert Goulet sing "Both Sides Now," you're in for a treat -- or something. Seriously, I love Robert Goulet and was privileged to get to see him "La Cage Aux Folles" a few years back on Broadway and chat with him briefly after the show. He was extremely polite and down to earth. And short.
Friends, do you now or did you ever own records? If the former, do you still play them? Even on relatively cheap speakers, I find they have an aural "presence" you just don't get on CDs. Maybe I'm biased. Even the occasional hisses, pops, and skips sound charming.
And now I must away for rehearsal -- we open Thursday! Come see us at the Duplex.
What am I going to do with my faux snakeskin....?
Have a great day, everybody!