GETTING MORE TALE #745: Lost Things, Found Again
When you accumulate as much stuff as I have over the years, it’s no wonder things get tucked away in a box and eventually forgotten. I’ve been doing a massive purge/reorganisation. A huge undertaking. Many hours logged, and many many things ejected from the house.
I accidentally donated our cable remote to the Goodwill store. Whoops. New remote should be here by Wednesday. Sorry, Jen.
Some things were put into storage, but a lot was flat-out given away because I ain’t got time to sell all this stuff.
My personal goal through this is to completely re-file all my music. Right now, the many thousands of CDs I own are in a weird sort of limbo. Some are filed alphabetically (by band; and then chronologically by album), but many have spilled into my computer room. They sit in huge unsorted piles; stacks of newer purchases and recently reviewed albums. When I’m done I want them all organised and accessible again. Something to show off, and something to use as a properly filed library.
But I’ll tell ya, it ain’t easy. I have doner’s regret over a lot of the movies I ditched a couple weeks ago. Some of the items I boxed up for storage are notable by their absences too. I miss having my Star Wars guys hanging around me.
Emptying out some boxes, however, revealed numerous treasures that I had forgotten I owned. A sealed tin of Star Trek Uno cards. Three sealed sets of “The Making of Star Trek: The Next Generation” cards — two “gold”, one “platinum” edition. My rubber Spock ears that came right from Vulcan, Alberta! I’m going to open some of the cards. May as well enjoy them, after all these years.
I also found the last of my missing video tapes…and the key to unlocking them all.
Stuffed into my box of treasured comic books, I found my meticulously kept, nearly completely intact VHS directory.
The original was hand-written, in pencil. The last was typed out in IBM Writing Assistant 1.0. It looks like I noted every single thing I recorded, with some additional details like the year. All my video tapes were numbered, and these pages use the same numbering system. At least one page is torn out, but this is a huge discovery. I should be able to locate with ease anything I remember having on tape!
I obviously want to keep many of these things as surprises for you. I don’t want to spoil everything that’s coming. Here are a few pages to whet the appetite. Everything that’s allowed will eventually be uploaded and posted right here.
Among the missing video tapes was the very first one, with that sticker of #1 still on the spine.
This tape has a funny history, much of which was deleted when I wrote up my video directory. Tape #1 wasn’t my tape — it was the “family tape”, until I hijacked it about a year later for myself. As such, it has a lot of weird stuff taped on it. The tape began in 1984, with my sister’s Madonna and Glenn Frey videos. “Material Girl” is the very first thing on Tape #1. My mom’s 20 Minute Workout. Boy, I used to get teased by my friends for that being on tape. “Sure, it’s your mom’s! Then why is Iron Maiden on the same tape!” There’s a Transformers episode (“A Plague of Insecticons”) and all my earliest music videos. My mom and dad also taped a movie on here called Nate and Hayes, however after many years of them not watching it, I decided to erase it. Over that, I taped two longer MuchMusic specials: “Rock and Roll all Nite” (Kiss) and “Capitol Punishment” (Iron Maiden) some time in 1988.
There’s not much on Tape #1 that I will be able to show you. “Thor popping hot water bottle” is good, but the Maiden and Kiss specials will probably be blocked by Youtube copyrights unless I heavily edit them.
The special thing about Tape #1, to me, is that it shows all the earliest heavy metal songs and bands that I heard, almost in the order I heard them. With very few exceptions like Quiet Riot, recording these videos happened before I owned any of the albums.
Among my first true loves: Triumph, Kiss, Helix, W.A.S.P., Twisted Sister, Iron Maiden, Van Halen, Judas Priest, Motley Crue, and Queensryche. Originally the last song on this tape was “Queen of the Reich”, but a couple years later I wanted to make sure I used up all the tape, and squeezed on three more videos.
So sad to let old things go, but so glad to have hung up to the important stuff.