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Monday, June 4, 2012

Nothing Like Crackles and Pops

What a great afternoon I had.  Me and my friend Jenn went thrift store shopping!! It was a good time to fellowship and it was nice to be with another lady who enjoys looking through lots of junk to find that one priceless treasure.  The daddies agreed to watch the babies.  Living it up!!

While searching among the shelves of cast off electronics; VCRs, old scary food processors, electric woks and curling irons, lots and lots of curling irons...I came across an almost brand new coffee percolator...I know I know...avid coffee connoisseurs will preach against their use because of their very violent treatment of the coffee ground...

"It is generally agreed the percolator is the worst possible way to make coffee, because it violates two cardinal rules of coffee making, namely the coffee is reboiled as it goes around, and coffee is sent through the grounds more than once. I have read in several places that of all brewing methods coffee experts generally prefer the french press."....a coffee expert

Well, personally I think anyway coffee is prepared is good, it's all a matter of taste...percolator coffee is a bit watered down and it does lack the depth of flavor that drip or french press coffee has, but its good points are that its extremely hot when it's done...the way I like my coffee is like what kind of shoes I want to wear,  I like variety and choice, one day I may want dark espresso, on another day I may want light flavor and all the warmth...anyway,in my pursuit of everything coffee, I have now in my possession a percolator, and anyways isn't the sound of it so vintage...the hissing, the crackling, the popping.. and so reminiscent of grandma's house...ahhh memories.  My next conquest will be the french press.... 

If we ended the day on this note then of course I would come out a winner but the story goes on and the winning gets bigger. 

As I was checking out, my very lovely friend, Jenn, pointed out something on the counter....ohh baby!!  (if you want to go thrifting, get there early...) There it was a reproduction of a classic style turntable...a Thomas Museum Series...I was so excited...and it worked.  Needless to say,  I have it playing now.  I'm listening to one of my favorite records, one I grew up with,  my dad gave it to me the last time I was home.  And I have been wanting to find a record player to play it on,  "1721", it's a collection of greats in Baroque music, Bach, Marcello, Vivaldi, Handel... I really almost was getting choked up when Bach's "Sheep May Safely Graze" came on. Isn't it amazing what music can do to you?  It's almost like getting into a time machine and going back in time to a specific place.  In my "time travel", I am sitting in my parents living room at the blue farmhouse, mom is cooking supper and dad is sitting on the's one of those fond memories that make you smile..

I like to listen to music on a record player because I think that the music is at it's most raw, like if you were sitting in the same room.  You can hear every movement of the string on the violin and the breath of the person playing the's before the digital enhancements.  These enhancements make the music sound so manufactured which causes it to lack that human touch. 

For your enjoyment:

This version is in the original German and it's not the version on "1721"....but its good none the less.

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