Wednesday, May 03, 2006

lost and found

True story: Returning home from work last week, getting off the bus, I realised I was without my discman, complete with favourite CD’s and computer backups. Location unknown.

In despondency, I chased the bus. Great idea in theory, but I soon realised it’s easier to stop a bus in the movies than in real life. In greater despondency I returned to the original bus stop and posted a sign. “Lost discman.”

Two days later the phone rang. A passer by had seen the discman and picked it up. Unsure what to do, they had then seen my “Lost discman” sign. My faith in human nature is renewed. What was lost is now found. I’m sure there’s some sermon material in this somewhere.

Posted by steve at 11:05 AM


  1. i for one am glad you carry a discman. i know that if i was to purchase a personal sound system like that i’d get a discman (one that can play cd’s wiht mp3s) and not a iPod. POWER TO THE DISCMAN

    Comment by Andrew Brown — May 3, 2006 @ 11:46 am

  2. As a manager of transit bus services, I can attest that you are lucky. The chances of recovering anything lost on a bus are slim. You found the good samaritan.

    Comment by Nels Cross — May 3, 2006 @ 12:59 pm

  3. Andrew, regarding my choice of sound, I brought the discman in 2003, b4 iPOD’s existed, so make sane a long distance flight.

    Nels, appreciate your perspective from a transit perspective. makes me savour the re-newed sounds even more. thanks.

    Comment by steve — May 3, 2006 @ 1:27 pm

  4. sorry to be picky but they came out in October 2001 but they just weren’t cool back then, now they are a symbol of just how cool you are. fight the power steve, don’t do something just because it’s cool, stick with your discman!

    Comment by Andrew Brown — May 3, 2006 @ 3:25 pm

  5. Don’t apologise for being picky Andrew, it’s your middle name 🙂 (and probably part of your gift-mix I suspect).

    So, in a spirit of pickiness, given that I was shopping in New Zealand, are your dates exact for when they came out in New Zealand (I was shopping in Auckland in April 2003).

    Comment by steve — May 3, 2006 @ 3:33 pm

  6. The difference between being “out” and being “affordable” tends to be a fairly long period of time … !

    Comment by lynne — May 3, 2006 @ 3:40 pm

  7. to be honest i don’t know when they came out here, but no-one knew about them then.

    and lynne, i wouldn’t really call spending hundreds of dollars on an mp3 player affordable. a nano is kind of affordable but you KNOW we’re in the top 1% of the world for income when we can afford to spend that much on something to listen to music when we’re out and about :V

    Comment by Andrew Brown — May 3, 2006 @ 4:39 pm

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