Somehow over the years, in the process of everyday life and raising two children, we have accumulated mountains of cassette tapes, CDs, VHS tapes, DVDs–not to mention the vinyl records that were in residence before we got married. (No 8-tracks here!)
Collections of Disney movies from the 80s intermingle with ska tunes and Hammertime. Buffy the Vampire Slayer DVDs stand shoulder to shoulder with every Jimmy Buffet song ever recorded. Singing out from the corners are jazz standards, big band classics, Johnny Cash, everything Irish (think Flogging Molly and the Pogues), Blink 182, Blondie, and Pat Benatar (just to name a few) and a wide assortment of Christmas music from every era and in every style.
Geoff has been in the process of trying to corral these collectables that seem to be multiplying under the beds and in the dark corners of the closet. It might be fun to watch and listen to these time capsules, but the problem is, the devices that play these gems seem to wear out and fail long before they do.
So, what should we do with outdated technology? Maybe we should open a little free Blockbuster library on our street corner. Establish an ebay store and sell them to discerning collectors–making a fortune in the process. (Ha!) Hold a garage sale in hopes that someone near us is pining for the opportunity to own priceless bits of nostalgia (for the low price of 25 cents each or the whole lot for $10). Or just dump the whole mountain in the trash (that will never happen as long as my husband is in the picture).
I’m taking suggestions.