I was working out today at the gym, listening to my iPod, reading my book. When out of the corner of my eye, I catch a lady- in her late 40’s- walking up the stairs. Clipped onto her pocket was a large silver box, coming out of the silver box were headphones. I kept looking at it as she walked up the stairs to see if I could get a better look. As she got closer I could see a tape inside. It was a tape player. A portable tape player…

I couldn’t remember the last time I’d seen a portable tape player. I couldn’t remember the last time I’d seen a portable CD player for that matter. I was dying to ask her what tape she was listening to. You know it had to be something pretty old because they stopped selling cassette tapes a while ago, right!? My first thought was Simon and Garfunkel, she seemed like the type that would enjoy them. But then I was thinking it was probably a book on tape. Maybe a mystery- the intrigue!

I couldn’t help but think back to my high school days when I’d take my CD player and book of cds to every basketball or soccer game. I’d listen to two songs on a CD, take out the CD and return it to the sleeve only to pull out another to listen to for a short period of time. I take for granted the conveniences of the iPod. Thousands and thousands of songs at my fingertips. I make random playlists for every occasion. Similar to me recording songs off the radio in particular order and playing them back!!

I couldn’t help but smile to myself as I imagined this lady walking on the treadmill and getting to the end of the tape. Opening up the side of the player and flipping it around to the other side. Or waiting the 15 seconds to rewind the tape. Classic- it’s something we all remember, and at the time- they were pretty sweet. The original WalkMan. Those were the days.

I can’t fathom what my kids are going to think when they see pictures years from now of the iPod- Are they going to laugh at me in 15 years when I hit the gym with my iPod? Will they be so embarassed at the dinosaur iPod, they’ll beg me not to walk with them when I’m listening to it, or even better, they’ll be embarassed enough to buy me a new gadget for Christmas, something so cool? Who knows!