Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Batty's Last Tape

   I deal with various archives from time to time. Maybe a photograph, an old clipping or, more likely, a sound recording. Most of what I do now ends up on a CD, but I still have a couple of tape recorders left for those "special" projects. It's nice to have a fresh, unused reel of recording tape - no worries about splices or damaged sections. I use about one a year, maybe less. I picked up a nice, boxed reel at the thrift store yesterday - 60 cents. It was in perfect condition, maybe it had gone through a recorder once. As I went up to the counter I wondered - is this the last tape I'll ever buy? At the counter, the clerk rang up 48 cents. She had given me the Tuesday Senior's Discount. Without even asking.

By Professor Batty


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