I have had a rather forlorn stereo system sitting neglected in the corner of my living room. It hadn’t worked well for a long time. The speakers emitted crackling noises the last times I tried to listen to its radio or to records. The CD player refused to release the CD within in it. The leads from the speakers were live wires. The whole system deserved a dignified death. I always meant to do something, yet the years saw backpacks and such get stored in front present an impenetrable barrier.
This reminds me of a joke. Wives, when a husband tells you he will do something, he will do it. There’s no need to remind him every six months.
Anyway, after a scant two decades I mustered up the get and go up to get a new system. Yes, I am rather proud of my initiative.
First, I wanted to find my records for there was no point of getting something with a turntable if I no longer had LPs.
So, I set out to find them in the garage. Unfortunately, they had found themselves a well-hidden lair. I had to pull about half of the boxes and containers away from the walls before I discovered the records. At that point, Number Two Son I agreed that I might as well sort out the garage.
Just 40 hours later, we’d discarded scads of loose papers and books that would never get read before our Sun went super nova. We organized everything into categories and put them into new containers. We labeled them and stacked against the garage wells. It looks so much neater. If you’re in the neighborhood, you really should come and see my orderly garage. I regard the place as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World.
I then reorganized my office as I needed to make space for my new system, my records, and my CDs.
My new stereo system arrived just hours after completing all tidying up. Here it is. It works and looks so neat.
– Paul De Lancey, The Comic Chef, Ph.D.
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