It's funny how one thing leads to another?
I mentioned a little while back that I had rejoined the library after an absence of some years.
That was fine. I took a few books out and have already finished and returned a couple. I did one of their online courses and finished it with an grand score of only 93% which was pathetic [must do better next time, as my old school reports used to say]. I also ordered a book for Herself.
This book ordering lark is a little minefield as I discovered. I logged into the website and went into the book ordering section. That allows a search of all books in all the libraries, so if your desired book is there, they'll have it delivered to your local branch. Excellent! The book herself wanted was listed so I ordered it.
A few days later I got an email to say it had arrived. I was in the village the next day so I dropped into the library. The librarian proudly presented me with a fucking box! Somewhere there had been a mix-up, and they had just presented me with an audio book – ten fucking CDs!
Herself likes to read in bed, and staring at ten CDs doesn't really do much for the old brain. She said she needed some way of listening to them. Women can be so fucking picky! So yesterday I went out and bought one of those portable CD players. They are more or less obsolete these days so I picked up a brand new one for about €20. I got home to find herself all excited – she had just found a second hand version of the one I had bought and it only cost €30! There are some enterprising fuckers out there….
Anyhows, come bedtime, she settled down to listen to her audio book and everything was grand, until she started complaining – the reader was saying the same few words again and again. This didn't make must sense in the context of the story so I had a listen in. The fucking CD was scratched!
So now I have a brand new CD player and a box of scratched disks. Now I have to go through the process of ordering the same book in readable format – i.e. on paper.
And Herself has decided she wants all my music put onto CDs [I have them stored as files] as she quite likes my selection. Apart from Queen, apparently. There's only about 95 Gigabytes which I presume I have to convert from MP3 to WAV [which will probably run to a Terabyte or two].
That's my spare time for the next few years neatly sorted then……