Oldie but a goodie

Friday, August 29th 2008, 7:53 pm
By: News 9

By Christian Price, News9.com INsite Team

Every day while I'm getting ready, I listen to music using a gift my parents gave me in the ‘70s.

I'm one of those people that needs music while showering or brushing my teeth, and my bathroom has limited space. So, on a small shelf, sit's my Walkman with external speakers plugged in. This is an ‘original' Walkman. This dynamo of a radio was made back when boom boxes were the rage. The bigger the boom box, the cooler you were. I remember guys who had TVs in their boom boxes and they took ‘eleventeen' D size batteries just to power the radio. My Walkman is this caliber of product.

I think that without the four AA batteries that powers this monstrosity of a hip radio, it weighs four pounds. Seriously. The plastic tab on the back of it that was a clip for your belt broke off the first time I loaded it with batteries and wore it. That's its only imperfection to this day. (The cassette player even still works!)

I see these things now called iPods. What is that? Those things are so small; I would be constantly worried about losing it, or dropping it and it breaking. Do you know that I remember dropping my Walkman one time on my middle toe and broke it? After screaming and jumping around for a moment, I picked it up and my Led Zeppelin tape was still playing. That's the kind of electronics I like. In a pinch, I could use my Walk Man in self defense if I had too. You can keep your tiny, 1,000-song-holding piece of plastic. I'll keep my four pound Walkman. I'll always know if it comes up missing.

By the way, does anyone know where I can get my 8-track player fixed?