Music: Man...or Astroman?
Mood: drinking coffee
So here we are dear readers, the first post of the new year. 2007 marks the 7th year of the existence of the Athenaverse in some shape, manner, or form. I posted 35 times in 2006, which is the most in a year since this became a bloggish thing in the fall of 2004. I would like to make a bold New Year's Resolution here and say that I will post more than 35 times this year. I think that the Athenaverse could become a widely read blog if only I put some effort into it, what with its fascinating musings on the topics of today and general lack of spelling mistakkes. Feel free to submit comments of any sort and I will answer them personally.
One of the things I purchased for myself this holiday season was an Emerson Nostalgia Audio System which plays records, tapes, and CDs. It also has an AM/FM radio, stereo sound, and a handsome wood veneer, but I mainly got it so I could play my records again. I have always preferred records over other forms of recording media, and have quite a large collection of them languishing in storage back in Boston. I have, however, lugged two red plastic crates of records around the United States with me even though I had no record player. The red crates (which I bought at the Bradlees at the Watertown Mall oh so many years ago) were sent to me within a month of arriving in LA. One crate was personally selected by me and was originally going to come with me in the car as I drove across the US but was taken out at the last minute to make more room for her stuff. This crate represented my "desert island records" as it were; the cream of the crop from a lifetime of record hunting. The second was packed by either my father or my brother and represents an interesting cross-section of my collection.
Although these records have been waiting to be played, I hadn't really listened to them much. An ex-roommate of mine had a record player with mono sound, but it was in the living room and I didn't have much of a chance to use it. Then during the various moves I didn't even have access to one. Since I arrived in Seattle, they have been languishing in the back of my closet. A couple of weeks ago I saw them whilst fishing for something else in the closet and I realized that few things could cheer me up as much as getting a new record player so I began to keep my eye open for one. On a random trip to an Office Max I saw the aforementioned Nostalgia Audio system for sale-not the kind of place you would expect to see something like this, and the price was very reasonable-so I purchased it. Now when I sit here at my computer I don't listen to iTunes, I throw on a slowly rotating piece of petroleum product onto my Nostalgia Audio system instead. Each record has a story to tell, each pop and click an old friend that makes me feel something that my infinitely vast library of digitally encoded music never could.
I have also been working for over a month now at my new job, which is similar to another job that I have had before in that I am working with the public. I have a much better attitude towards the job than I had previously (and a much better location, staff and colleagues). I have also recently watched the documentary The Corporation and am currently reading the companion book of the same name. What we do at work involves creating an entertainment experience for the customer. The other day I wondered if this overemphasis on "the customer is always right" is creating a nation of people of infantilized consumers who think that deferential treatment is an enshrined right. Or I could just be helping people to have a good time. More on this later.
In other news, Athena the Triops will celebrate her one month birthday on Wednesday!