notes from the land of the easily amused

so. yeah, i know about the plans to do something other than obsessively mess with kazaa this weekend but you know how that sort of thing goes. in any case, this left me, as of this morning, in a mad mad hurry-rush with a week ahead of me that … put it this way, i’ll be about full time at both jobs this week. which is fine. but i had to think of my sanity right? stop laughing, i still have a little.

and i kept thinking about everyone who recommended a cd player with a car kit. now i have a portable cd player. well, two – and they both have anti-shock protection which i have found works just fine if you stand absolutely still holding the player at the right angle, they seem to be able to handle the shock of existence pretty well, but they don’t like being jiggled around. so.

i went to bestbuy.com and searched and discovered that a very backwards outfit called audiophase makes these clever little cd/mp3/cdrw reading disk players with car kits for fifty bucks. well there you go. not that i could afford it but after finding out my computer won’t even allow more than the memory i have, well, i had to spend that money i didn’t have on something else i didn’t really need. and so, i determined that i would purchase the audiophase.

i left work at 8PM in some of the wildest rain i’ve ever seen. it was epic. i think i went about fifty most of the way, forty down the bigass hill, and it was really rather thrilling. coming through oxnard i called chris to tell him of my intentions re: fifty bucks i didn’t have, and he grumbled but not hard enough to prevent any expenditures.

so i procured the device, had the customer service dude open the package for me, and went to try it out. well. the adapter was … bizarre. wouldn’t stay in the cigarette lighters, and then the little metal dealy at the end fell off. nevermind, i can take it back some other time, i figure, i have batteries in my old cd player. well i fuss with it and fuss with it and it won’t play. store’s closed by now, me still trying to get the damn thing to play. well. as soon as i figured out that “off” equals “on”, i was fine. music was playing! and so i turned on the car, or rather, tried. yeah. mmhmm. dead battery. however at that moment a guy was getting into a truck nearby, and he helped. by now it’s … well, by my car clock, one in the morning but anyway – by the time i get to the driveway, the batteries from my old cd player die. fine.

got several miles before the cops started doing the weaving to slow everyone down thingy, so that no one would run into the folks who forgot rain is wet and wet is slippery. i could have got off the freeway, but by this time i’m caught up in the adventure and … curious and … yeah, yeah, i’m … yeah.

so i finally get home … what, 10:30? after stopping for beer and batteries, because at this point, i need both.

for a flimsy bassackwards piece of plastic, the cd/mp3 player rocks. volume! very adequate volume (unlike the other two, which not only reacted badly to being carried around, but also had trouble actally pushing sound through wires into tiny speakers). and all the features! whatever they are! sure, the little buttons are itty bitty and not well labeled, and there’s no manual, but it has this alphabetical search thingy and something about folders? yeah, the audiophase kicks serious ass, in spite of the dyslexia and the deformed extremities and all. gotta love that. the little music player that could. mp3s. on cdrws. in the car. rock!

7 thoughts on “notes from the land of the easily amused

  1. This weekend on KAZAA I found an MP3 of an interview that Tom Snyder did with Charles Manson. I’m not, like, into the hippie killer and stuff, I’m just morbid and strange. So, I’m listening to it at work today, and I realized why Manson’s voice sounded so familiar:

    CHARLES MANSON SOUNDS EXACTLY LIKE GEORGE W. FREAKIN’ BUSH WHEN HE IS TALKING QUIETLY!

    Same clipped Southern accent, same vocal mannerisms. The freaky part was that if you listened to Manson with an open mind, he actually made a little bit of sense and displayed some philosophical thinking and pronounced all his words right!

  2. Just a walk around the block

    I haven’t wandered around the neighborhood in just ages. I have read many blogs trying to find fodder for Out of Context, but sometimes people I read don’t have something I can easily quote. Doesn’t mean they’re not interesting or that I’m not reading …

  3. Just a walk around the block

    I haven’t wandered around the neighborhood in just ages. I have read many blogs trying to find fodder for Out of Context, but sometimes people I read don’t have something I can easily quote. Doesn’t mean they’re not interesting or that I’m not reading …

  4. Da Goddess, you can get perfectly fine DVD players for $60 or less at just about any large retailer. Don’t buy an expensive one unless you have an HDTV, Dolby Digital decoder and surround speakers. (If you don’t know what I’m talking about get the cheep-o DVD player.)

  5. Tell me about it. I’m about ready to spend money on a DVD player….not that I truly NEED one…..but, damn! I won a DVD from a radio station…..and I guess I should just break down and do it, ya know? I mean, who am I to stand in the way of technological advances?

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