For those who know me, this is old news. For those who don't, feel free to steal my brilliant ideas.
For years, I have had a process for "retiring" CDs. What the hell does it mean to "retire" a CD, you might ask? It is simple -- I must know a CD well before it gets filed away into the vast collection of music that I have. I found out fairly early in my music listening career that once a CD was filed into the collection at large, then it often times disappeared into the abyss. Imagine the 1989 Listmaker missing out on an important Lightning Seeds or Material Issue discussion because he had accidentally filed a CD away before its time and then forgotten about it.
Of course, once a CD has been retired, it can make repeat appearances but it isn't in heavy rotation the way that newer CDs in the new "featured" section are. One of the major sticking points of my marriage is that I have yet to fully integrate Youthlarge's vast music collection into mine. I mean, sure, I have merged our doubles, but the music that she has that I don't know that well will eventually need to be listened to, dissected, and then retired into the larger collection -- just like all CDs that find their way into my vaunted collection.
And I have even added a new feature -- the on deck shelf. That is right, there are a few CDs (box sets, music by a band that I already have another CD of in the "to be retired" section, etc.) that now have to wait for the right time to even be called over into the listen pile.
Recently, Youthlarge has been coming home with many CDs. I haven't been listening to nearly as much music the past few months because of all the baseball that is on. My "to be retired" section has taken over the entire designated shelf. In fact, I had so many CDs in this section a few days ago that they were spilling out and needed to be stacked on the CD player below the shelf.
This kind of thing (along with an overflowing DVR to worry about clearing, too many movies to see, too many fantasy teams to manage, so on and so on) is an example of the kind thing that keeps me awake at night and clearly must make it quite difficult to be married to me. Is there a medication to make a person less of a listmaker sort?
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