The first semester of my second year at the university was like no other. I literarily handed over the bulk of my living allowance in exchange for my first stereo player, an Original “Sharp Twincam Cassette Player”, cost me about N4,500. This was almost two decades ago.
You see, first semesters were probably the best time to embark on such “projects”. It is a start of a new session and you get to have just a little extra money on you than you ordinarily would, thanks to the inflated school fees and course handouts fees i get from my Pop, both real and cooked up ones.
A year or so later, through the same routine, I got myself a SEGA GENESIS game console, coincidentally, for the same magical amount of N4,500. It really did not matter much to me that I would be arriving in school without new “baffs” (clothes) for the new semester, my gadgets were more than enough consolation.
I have always been what can be termed a gadget junkie, music freak and a movie addict. It is not something I am always proud of and thankfully, growing older has weaned me from some of these vices, at least the obsolete ones!
Before I trashed them over a decade ago, I had well over 200 cassette tapes. Yeah, laugh about it, cassettes were kind of cool back then. And recently, just a few months back, I also (reluctanctly) threw out my vast collections of CDs and DVDs, running into hundreds too. Of course I still retained a few favourites, just about 30 of them (smile). Funnily, i am yet to come to terms with doing away with the LPs i got from my Pop from way back. Albums from Fela (Zombie), Bongos Ikwue (rumoured to have had a thing or two to do with Maryam Babangida, former Nigerian first lady), Cloud 7, Prince Adekunle, Sonny Okosuns, Osibisa, Sonya Spence and a host of others. Old nostalgic vibes, they don’t just make them that way again.
Also, my over 25,000 MP3 collections and a 500GB hard drive full of movies would not be going into the recycle bin anytime soon. I do pride myself that I run a music library that most radio stations would be envious of.
Most people have their addictions too; alcohol, women, sports and the likes but for me, I kind of get a high playing with my “toys” and dreaming of what next to lay my large paws on.This perpetual cycle kind of gives me something to look forward to, something to keep me going.
Yes, i know it is an addiction and a bondage, but i am absolutely loving it!!!