Tuesday, January 27, 2009

My New iPod

Well it's new to me, anyway. Take a look.


See how thick it is?


In the last year, Maybelline received an iPod Nano, Oatmeal Head a Shuffle (story to follow), the Hunny a Nano and Little Guy a newer Nano. The above iPod is my Hunny's original one, picked out of the lost and found about four years ago. Very old, but 20 gig. Yes, the screen is black and white. Horrors! But now it's mine!

Maybelline loves her Nano, using it to learn new languages, listen to podcasts, keep as a daytimer and address book. She's attached to it in a very shameless way. I'm proud of her, that she's kept it so well for an entire year. Her first iPod, a Shuffle (like the one in the blonde pregnancy test video), went through the washer and was destroyed.


Oatmeal Head wasn't originally so careful with his iPod Shuffle. About a week after he got it (last Christmas), he lost it in a bamboo forest in central Louisiana. We looked high and low, scouring the house, not knowing where it was. My uncle found it a month or so later, after torrential rains, and mailed it back to us. I don't know how he found it, since the thing is only about an inch square.

I put it in a Ziploc bag with a couple of moisture absorbers (at the Hunny's suggestion), the kind that come in pill bottles and shoe boxes. We charged it and
plugged it in and it worked! All of his music was still there and everything! And oh! What icky music my boy listens to! We had a long talk about that. The Hunny and I did. He convinced me to lay low. Smart man.

For Father's Day/birthday, the Hunny got a Nano. We all went together to the Apple store at the mall and let him choose one, along with the little thing for his shoe, so he could keep track of his walking. What fun! He loves his Nano and listens to all kinds of history and technology podcasts, as well as entire books of Scripture. Oh, and music. Seems Oatmeal Head gets his taste in music from his father.

That left Little Guy, who has used the Hunny's ancient Classic since Father's Day. His taste in music tends to run to Weird Al (he's his mother's child) and classic rock. You know, Fat Bottom Girls and what not. It's a little disturbing to hear an eleven year old boy belting that out at the top of his lungs.

But as I reported a few weeks ago, Little Guy saved his pennies and gift cards and purchased his very own Nano, the newer version. He's ecstatic. Takes excellent care of it. Has loaded all of his favorite music onto it.


And it only took me two weeks to realize that that freed up the old Classic. For ME!!! And why am I writing about this seemingly silly turn of events, my getting a very old iPod? Hmm. Let me 'splain ...

The writer's group I'm part of will be discussing the music which inspires us to write. Folks, I have a very sad confession to make. I don't listen to music. No, there's nothing wrong with my hearing. It's not that I don't like music. I've just grown accustomed to life without it.

At one point I went from the music which made me happy to every type of children's music known to man kind. Then on to the local Christian radio station. Which played same freakin' 18 songs OVER AND OVER AGAIN. For ten years. No lie. And when I stopped listening to all of that, I found that I was so far removed from the current musical trends that I had no desire to listen to anything.

Yeah, I occasionally listen to some SC squared, or some ELO or Journey. Maybe some Marty Party or Simon and Garfunkel. But most of the time I love the quiet. Doesn't occur to me to turn on music when it's quiet. Why ruin perfectly good silence?

So my musical muse - don't have one. *sigh* Once in a while I'll pop to Pandora and click on one of my stations. Three or four times a year. But I'm hoping the iPod will jump start my listening time. Or at least keep me entertained while I'm in the shower.

Until I write again ...

Flea

P.S. We're having a wonderful little ice storm here in Tulsa. If I don't write again for a day or two, or if I don't drop in on your blog, it's not because I don't love each and every one of you. Well, there are a couple of you I don't love. I think you know who you are. :) But it will be because the power is out. Think warm thoughts for me, bloggy friends!

28 comments:

Laura ~Peach~ said...

ack on the ice storm hope you dont loose power....

what ever happened to Global warming?

Robin said...

Yikes, I hope you don't lose power! Stay warm!

And yay on the ipod :-).

Evil Sister said...

Congrats on the iPod! I squishy heart mine with Cool Whip on top! I have all my music on it, but have discovered the awesomeness that is the podcast. There are some very cool ones out there. I download Charles Stanley's weekly sermon, study Spanish almost everyday and I'm even subscribed to a sewing and a science podcast. Oh! And who could forget The Ninja? :D

Try some out. You might find that you listen to them more than your music.

Stay warm!

Mayberry Magpie said...

I have an iPod just like yours! I've had it for five years and I only recently stopped using it when I got an iPhone. It's shocking how the little devices evolved over the years.

Ohhhhhhh the ice storm! My kids and I are comfy and warm in Tulsa's downtown Doubletree after our little AC/DC rock-fest last night. But getting here was harrowing. And getting home today might not be any fun either. Thank god school is cancelled and my office is closed.

Evil Sister said...

P.S. Little Guy has excellent taste in music. ;)

Nipper said...

I've found I love silence too. One of the benefits of getting rid of the TV is that my home is more peaceful. I'd get irritated when we walked in and my son would instantly turn on the TV. I also like driving in silence. Gives my brain time to relax, you know? However I've met a few people, my son is one of them, who suffer from such anxiety and fear that they feel like they must keep some sort of noise turned on all the time to distract themselves from the anxious and fearful thoughts. How sad. I am glad that you are at peace with silence.

Ellyn said...

Congrats on the iPod. I am the same way about music. Drives Jason crazy. He would listen to music 24 hrs a day if it were up him.

Hope all turns out well with the storm. Stay warm. It is coming here next with another foot of snow. Just what we need.

Daryl said...

What fun .. a family with tunes in their ears!

I dont think taking it into the shower is a big idea, I am not sure that second generation iPod will bounce back the way the newer one did .. the old ones actually have a mini hard drive while the never ones dont ... or maybe its the reverse ... ummmm

Trisha said...

Yeah for iPods! I have written in my blog before about my love affair with my iPod. I love all kinds of music and love the different types all shuffled together! Fun! However, I also have times when I just want silence. It is needed to recharge the brain, I think!

Mental P Mama said...

Ya'll should do a commercial. ;)

Karen said...

No kidding! I had no idea that you could draw moisture out like that and salvage something. Way to go!

Melissa said...

I couldn't live without music. It just feeds my soul. In fact, as I type this I'm listening to Nickelback!!

So cool that you were able to save the iPod like that...impressive!

Lori said...

Wow, you guys are all plugged in! I don't own one of these pod-things. I am sure I will some day...maybe...but I love music and find lots of other ways to incorporate it into my day. I'm a Journey fan, too!

Brit' Gal Sarah said...

Oh yours is just like mine, in fact I think mine maybe slightly older. But who needs to watch a video on that miniscule screen anyway, I have loved mine for 8 years and will continue to do so - ENJOY!

Jan Parrish said...

Writing music is a hard topic. I like the quiet too.

I know what you mean about the Christian radio station. I have the same gripe. No secular station would play such old stuff. I'm just saying...

Daisy said...

wishing you good luck in the storm! You certainly had good luck drying out the shuffle.

asthmagirl said...

Like you, I don't listen to music or even rush to turn on the TV if the house is quiet. I enjoy the silence because then I can listen to the voices in my head! Hubbs offered to get me one because he loves his, but I told him it would just sit on a shelf...

Sorry about your ice storm. I hope your power stays on!

Mighty Morphin' Mama said...

I like the silence too. I love music, adore it, but I will specifcally listen to it, rather than have it in the background. That makes me nuts.

Mighty Morphin' Mama said...

Oh and stay warm and safe!

Toia said...

My husband has hinted on more than ocassion that he wants an ipod The later version that is).

Enjoy the read!!

Egghead said...

I bought my first shuffle this year and the darned thing is so small I can't find it half the time. I bought it so I could listen to music and books on tape while walking on the treadmill. Thought it would keep me inspired. Sometimes.

Karen Deborah said...

It's almost stinkin hot today, can't get used to these huge weird weather swings. It's supposed to get cold again tonight, good thing since I woke up soaked in sweat last night. Went to bed with the blankets on and it warmed up.
Umm yes, I was teasin you about Celine Dion, gotcha too, BWAHAHAHA

noble pig said...

Yeah for you!

thedailyelephant said...

flea - power outage shmoutage - i live in CHICAGO okay? sibera is jealous of our frozen terrain.
seriously though, hope everything is okay. like the blog

Warty Mammal said...

Hooray for you! The Classic is good technology and has life in it.

Trying moisture absorbers on the Shuffle was brilliant. There comes a point when has nothing to lose and everything to gain by giving problems some time and noodling with them a bit.

I'm about in the same shape as you regarding not having a musical muse. I quit being current on music in 1982, when I graduated high school, started college, then started supporting myself in short order.

Stay safe and warm during the ice storm! Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to go google some character named "Britney" and find out who in the heck she is.

Casdok said...

Hope your ok during the storm. Staying warm listening to music!

Trannyhead said...

I loved my ipod ... until I found my iphone. *drools* It takes the awesomeness of ipod to a whole new level.

Keri said...

I'm not a big fan of music either... i can't remember the last time i listened to the radio while driving by myself. I just love the quietness of it all.
Although at Christmas i can listen to the All christmas all the time radio station while beebooping around decorating.

oh and thanks for sending the ice storm up this way... it's pretty as long as you can stay inside nice and warm.