Friday, December 30, 2005

Just one more album...

I haven't had more than seven hours of sleep for probably a month. It's either because of a)work or b) I'm so used to getting up at 6 a.m. that even when I have the reason to stay up past 1 a.m. on the weekends, *bam* at 7 a.m. in the morning, my internal clock awakens.

It didn't help that I was given an IPod by Jesus and Santa. It will hopefully condense my CD collection. I can't part with at least 200 CDs. Those are like books to me. I WANT people to see that I have The Velvet Underground, I WANT people to see that Beck's Sea Change is in my elite 'Tower of 50 favorite' section in the particle board entertainment center my sister purchased for me when I moved to Omaha. But if I plan to move in the spring, I want to travel light.

So, I'm loading stuff on the IPod. Around 10 p.m., I'm nodding in and out of consciousness. But there's still much work to be done. Where's The Arcade Fire's Funeral? It would be criminal not to have your first batch of CDs loaded not include OK Computer. What? No Tool yet? How can you jog at the rec center and be forced to watch Fox News without angry music to at least fire up your muscles?

Finally, I gave up after loading The New Pornographers' Twin Cinema again (I guess ITunes can't recognize a few of the songs since they've been played to death in my home and car stereos). God, that's a great CD.

I'm looking at the sleek, white design now. 200 CDs - stored in a device that is skinnier than a 20-year-old rave boy. I let my hand slide over the circular menu selector.
"My ... precious."

Just like cell phones, I thought these things were luxury items for shallow, materialistic people. Then circumstances warranted me to purchase such devices. Now - like everyone else, I can't imagine life without them.

Preemptive strike
Folks who drink flavored, high-grade vodka. Kettle One and Stoli are great vodkas that are virtually flavorless. I can see people who need a little bit of sweetness to dull the rotgut edge of Barton's, but if you're going to spend $25-$30 on a bottle of vodka, why ruin it with an added sweetner that probably costs pennies? Show some guts and drink up.