Dave gave me an MP3 player for Christmas. I've been wanting one for a while. I figured I could download some audio books and get my bookclub reading done on the run each day. Normally I read when I crawl into bed at night and read until I fall asleep - which often happens in less than one paragraph. This month we have quite a hefty book to read, The Time Traveler's Wife. The audio version is 17 1/2 hours long. Although I checked out the book from our city's audio book library, I have yet to figure out how to get it from my computer to my player. It doesn't seem like it should be a hard process, but it is.
In the meantime, I transferred all the music that is on our computer and I am listening to random music belonging to various members of my family. I didn't actually plan to do this, but when I started the software that came with the MP3, it automatically scooped up all the music on our computer. I am not smart enough to tell it what to do, I just blindly obey. (Sometimes I think I am a reasonably intelligent woman. Other times I realize I am just kidding myself.)
So the first day, I listened to AFI, then Akon, then Brittany Spears.
Then the second day, I listened to AFI, then Akon, Brittany Spears.
I repeated those artists the third day.
You know why? It was playing alphabetically and the the screen on the player is such a miniscule size I can't read the menu when I'm outdoors in the sun and the type size of the font is .3 and also I can't work the player's menu.
The fourth day, I finally read the menu at home in good light and then asked politely if it would please let me listen to different music. I had a lovely play list while I was out that day.
I didn't know what I was going to hear. I've got to say, I am quite pleased with the selections of music my girls listen to. I enjoyed some artists I had never heard and probably would never have purchased myself. A couple of times there were some songs with incredibly harsh lyrics that surprised me. I got home and had a talk with the girls about standards and lyrics. They told me they had already deleted those songs from their players, and "by the way, Mom, what are you doing listening to inappropriate lyrics"?
Here are three products that are missing on the market. There's got to be some big money made by servicing these specific demographics:
Electronics for the over 40 crowd. Large screens, large typeface. My eyes changed literally overnight on my 40th birthday. I can't read small type anymore.
Swimwear for 'tween girls. Here are the options that are available:
Swimsuits with C cups and plunging necklines.
Expensive team-style swimwear in specialty sports stores.
Swimsuits with The Little Mermaid printed on the front.
What they need are fun, bold colors and prints, that are modest for a 12 year old, and come in ALL sizes. Sixth and Seventh graders come in ALL sizes. Is that so hard?
Also - cute shoes in wide sizes. Enough said.
Well that is all that is in my head today. I realize only my siblings and 3 friends read this, however - here's hoping someone will hear my pleas for the cute shoes, K?