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Cirque du Soleil And The Workbench

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

This morning, like every morning, my husband, Earl, walked the dog. And like every morning, he ran with the dog for a ways. Unlike every other morning, though, Earl miss stepped and took a tumble. As he rolled forward, he fell partly upon Buddy dog. Much chagrined, he and the dog both limped home to be tended, scolded and pampered. Luckily it appears neither were seriously hurt.

My oldest son, Walter, was here and witnessed the aftermath. Walter made “I’m glad you are not seriously hurt” remarks, then went out to the garage to begin building a workbench for Earl.

Walter is a big guy, has a big heart, but is not a big talker. He usually listens and seems to think deeply before he says anything. So most of his conversations are fairly direct. Some people underestimate Walter at times, because he is a bit eccentric in how he does things. For instance, he is about 6’2″ and recently dug a 3 foot hole using a 2.5 foot fox hole shovel, instead of a regular shovel. The people that hired him to dig a hole thought it was strange. Walter though, was testing the hypothesis that a knife sharp blade (even on a short shovel) made digging easier than with than a dull blade (on longer shovel). His nonconformity, his willingness to try out his ideas, is what makes him both strange and brilliant. I had forgotten to ask if his hypothesis worked out for him. I’ll have to remember to ask Walter about that.

At any rate, I followed Walter out the garage to help him since the design of the custom workbench was my idea. Walter is always patient to me and we work well together building stuff. As we neared the finish of building the bench, my son grabbed the sander and started sanding the table top and the edges. When he finished sanding the squared edges to a softer rounded edge, Walter grinned at me and said, “Thought I’d better put a rounded edge on that bench since Earl’s started auditioning for the Cirque Du Soleil.”

work bench

I love my son’s gentle jokes. Maybe one day when I have nothing else to do, I’ll paint a Curque du Soleil scene on that bench. But for the nonce, we papered over the top to prevent scratches to CD cases.

Why Do Some Music CDs Have Punch Holes In The UPC?

Saturday, April 21st, 2007

Simply put, CDs with punch holes in the UPC have been written off the financial books of their original music label companies. These CDs are no longer counted as NEW CDs, are not tallied in the record label sales, nor are the sales data sent to Soundscan, the data source of the Billboard charts.

When the record labels decide the selling cycle of a CD title is over, and wish to liquidate the remaining stock, the agreement the record labels and distributors often requires that the CD packaging be defaced in some way. Because the distributor wants some funds from their liquidation purchase, the music disc itself is purposely unmarked. The defacing of the music CDs can include punch holes or inking through the UPC. Or it can be a saw cut through an edge of the CD case, or a drill hole through the case and inserts. On more rare times, the corner of the front inserts can be cut away.

If the CDs retain their original seal, then these are CDs that have never been played. Media Medley attempts to be careful in not grading these as NEW, though. Our website will list them as Sealed. You’ll know NEW music CDs by their high prices since their sales must support a whole industrial juggernaut.

Every CD sold by Media Medley is sold at a deep discount and has its condition clearly marked on the page where it is listed for sale.


Thursday, September 14th, 2006

CD Of The Day

Subtitled The Story Of My Life, this CD contains 20 great hits that Burt wrote, performed by the artists that made the songs famous. A great CD for those times that call for light and easy listening.

Media Medley offers Burt Bacharach’s Greatest Hits CD here.