The passage of time can affect a geezer’s life in a number of ways (aside from the obvious). In my case it often seems to result in the cobwebbing of previously well-used gizmos. One example would be the activity of bicycling, which I used to do so regularly that I even bought a second bike as an alternate and backup. Unfortunately, my joints and various other parts are too creaky now so both machines are covered with dusty plastic tarps in the garage.
A similar situation has occurred with something I once used almost every day, sometimes for hours at a time. Its current lack of use is still mostly due to the inexorable march of time, but it’s also about the inevitable obsolescence that’s part of our gadget-obsessed world.
Years ago I began spending a lot of time and money gradually replacing all my original favorite records with CDs. I eventually also set myself up with a pretty darn good component stereo system, complete with a fancy CD player that not only had a single drawer but also a cartridge system for multi-play. I even bought extra cartridges so that I could have separate ones for different kinds of music. Needless to say, I used the system — a lot.
But a funny thing happened to music. Time passed, the digital revolution continued, and I found myself mostly listening to music on my computer or my little MP3 player. I still occasionally bought CDs and listened to them in the car, but only after ripping them to my hard drive. I even bought a bass boost thingy to enhance the sound from my computer. Meanwhile, my fancy stereo system was neglected, and it remains so today.