Friday, January 20, 2006


I got up this morning, looked out the window, and I was confused as to what month it was.

Apparently, we're supposed to hit close to 60 degrees today. What a trip.

I'm not sure if I posted about our dryer when it went tits up, but we recently had to get a replacement. It was two Fridays ago, and I know this because we've dutifully put our old dryer at the curb to be picked up on the Bulk Pick up day, expecting them to pick it up and take it away, like they have with every other bulk item we've put out there in the last seven years.

Today, I stood with my nose pressed to the window as I watched the garbage guys once again pick up our garbage while leaving the dryer sitting there.

After hitting the town website, I discovered that you have to make appointments to have "white" goods hauled away. An appointment. Like what you make when you have to go to the doctor or get your hair done.

So I called them to make this...appointment. The nice fellow on the other end of the phone told me that they would be happy to stop by and pick it up next week. Next week? Another week of looking at this dryer sitting on my property, and I'm calling to order me a double wide and a pile of old tires to go along with it.

"Oh my, and I just hauled that big ole thang right out there to the edge of my driveway. I just don't think I can drag it all the way back in again by myself!" I told the guy in my best helpless but very cute female voice.

"Oh no, don't do that ma'am!" Mr. Appointment guy said. I heard a rustle of papers and he said "Tell you what, we'll stop by and pick that up today. I'll do it personally!"

Oh, I bet you will, Mr. Appointment guy. And I've already closed my blinds and made sure everything was locked and I'm hiding in my puter room 'til the dang dryer is gone.


I was just sifting through my iTunes, and I'm pretty sure that I have the most bizarre collection of music on the face of the earth.

It appears that I've managed to gather every one hit wonder song from the 80's. Yup, pretty sure I haven't missed anything there. Then there's the hair bands from the 80's and early 90's. Bands no one has heard of because I was the only one who bought their album...on cassette tape. Classical? Tons of that. Movie soundtracks? Disco? Techno? Yup, got those, too. Heavy metal? Check. Death metal? Of course. I have like, 3.25 gigs of crap that would make most people say "WTF?"

I have almost every song I have ever loved on my computer. Despite this, I still have a monstrous bin downstairs filled with cassette tapes. Sure, there are some things I have that no one cares about enough to put out on CD, but the rest of it, well, I'm not really sure why I hang on to it. I mean, the bin itself is huge, it's taking up space. I think about going through those tapes and trashing them pretty much every time I walk by the bin, but I just haven't been able to muster the strength to finally do it.

Some of it is just sentimental crap. Like the Madonna karaoke tape that my friend Herb and I rolled coins to go buy in high school, got really really stoned, and then sped down the road in his little beat up Rabbit with the windows down, screaming the songs at the top of our lungs. /hides head in shame.

God, I miss him.

The really weird thing though, is that my son has no idea what a cassette tape is. All he's ever known, are CDs. Coming from someone who proudly owned a record player and more than one Sesame Street RECORD before I was his age, I find this really bizarre. I mean, I even remember 8-tracks. My dad had an entire Neil Diamond collection on 8-track, and I remember that he actually had an adapter that would play 8-tracks in a cassette tape slot in his car.

Holy shit. I'm getting old.

Off for another cup o java. Have a nice weekend. :)


Elle said...

I have an old fashioned record player I inherited from my grandma. My husband just shakes his head at it, but I love it. Its a beauty.

vegas_andi said...

hey Nik?? do your cassettes still have the pink nailpolish in the corners??? he he he

Nicole said...


As a matter of fact, they do :)