Ah! What a time of year! The first few months of the year are always incredibly busy for me. Work is predictably hectic and coaching basketball is in full swing, so there is precious little time left for doing any new projects around the house or to play much online. This evening however I had some free time on hand, so I thought I might start organizing and thinning out the club room and storage area of our home’s rec level (a nice word for finished basement).
The club room is currently home to my original stereo system, a holdover dating back from my college days along with a fairly large collection of record albums. What memories college and that stereo bring back! Life was definitely simpler, the possessions austere. Furniture motif was “Early Parents”, cobbled together with some thrift store lamps, cinder block bookshelves, and of course, a $1,000 stereo system with dozens of albums. Priorities you know…
Where was I? Oh yes, organizing the club room and storage. I thought to myself, why not put one of those old albums on the old stereo and have some music to listen to while organizing? Just flipping through each album was a fun, nostalgic experience, bringing back memories of when I bought each one, looking at the album art, and feeling the different textures of the album covers. I settled in with one of my old favorites I haven’t listened to in ages: The Beatles – Abbey Road. I fired up the old turntable, flipped on the receiver and put on the vinyl. Man oh man, I forgot how nice that old stereo sounds. I had also forgotten how talented and fantastic the three part harmony was on Because…
With the music playing, my wife peeked in and came downstairs to see what in the world I was doing, which was basically me sitting on the floor and not doing much of anything. I asked her to join me, while I ran upstairs and poured us a few glasses of wine. We both just sat on the floor, and we listened, and we chatted like a couple of college kids back in the day. What a pleasant, nostalgic moment.
No, we didn’t get much work accomplished around the house tonight. Who cares?
Youtube now has the entire album uploaded if you are interested. Here’s hoping you enjoy your evening as well.
Well little brother, just a quick note to let you know we were all thinking about you today. I had a piece of cake at home, called mom and dad to chat a while, and looked through a few pictures of us when we were kids. Jack sent me some pictures last year, and I thought you might like seeing one of us together on Jack’s front stoop.
Your big brother,
Written in 2009
via Random Thoughts