A little over a year ago, I went on a CD hunt, and I recently chose to indulge myself again. This time, I would travel to a remote metro city with a whole new, fresh collection of thrift shops to plunder. The trip would be two hours to get there (and coincidentally, two hours to get back). But that’s quite ok, because driving is something I do. The MX-5 has 263k miles on it right now and shows no sign of giving up.
I plan on making a couple of alterations to the car before this road trip. The first is removal of the Zune integration with the stereo. It’s been fun, but as time wore on, and Zune support in Windows went away, it’s less of a thing now for me. I’ve gotten back into CDs, which seen to have more fidelity than the Zune audio pumped through a 3.5mm cable, even when the files are lossless.
While I have things disassembled, I also plan to implement the traffic power cable for my GPS and hide the ugly bits behind the dash. Right now, I have a frankencable coming up from my center console and up the dash. It doesn’t provide a traffic antenna for the GPS and said GPS bitches about it every single time I start it up. It will be nice to be rid of that stupid alert and also to have the traffic info for better routing. This will involve purchasing an add-on 12v socket that I’ll hide behind the dash and plug the GPS power cable into it. I can’t understand why they don’t design GPS power cables to be either plug-in or hard-wired. Anyway, it’s been a while since I’ve torn the interior of my car apart. I used to do it on a monthly basis.
And then, a trip like this is something that must be done solo. I can’t imagine the mind-numbing boredom of sitting in a car as a passenger for hours on end, then slogging around dingy shops for a full day. I have a list of 20 locations to hit in the remote area, including one bona-fide music store. I’m not sure if I will have time to hit the flea market while I’m there, but I’ll certainly try.
Friday after work, I spent a couple of hours fighting in the car, routing the power cable for the GPS and removing old audio stuff. That was a success, or so I thought until I went out for dinner that night. Now I have an alternator whine in my front right speaker, so I’m going to have to take the dash all apart again and be a bit more cautious with my power cable and audio cable routing. Worse, it means my Saturday trip (two hours each way) will be in silence. Oh fucking no.
I headed out early in the morning and made it to the flea market just as it opened. I found two large CD sellers and spent more than I usually would at a flea market. I paid more per CD, but I think I got some good items. (Wait for the post on this. You have no idea!)
The rest of the day was pretty sad compared to the flea market. Many thrift shops were closed or out of business. The music store I went to had outrageous prices, like $8 for used CDs, and nothing remotely collectable. Well, that’s not true. I treated myself to a Gold CD for $50. I’ve said before, you can’t really go wrong with those. They keep their value.
I finished the day at an old favorite Thai restaurant, which was amazing as usual. Just like the good old days when you would judge how good the food was by how long your tongue would burn after the meal. And it was a while.
The traffic feature on the GPS did its job and told me when construction was coming up and when I would be delayed by traffic and for how long. At one point it was counting down when the traffic jam would end and almost as soon as it said it was over, we started speeding up again. Amazing.
So tomorrow is car stereo repair time. And tonight has been cleaning, logging, and ripping. I’ll do some relative waves posts with some of the new editions I picked up tonight as well.