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Yesterday I sacrificed my ipod headphones to my grandfather, who is currently in hospital.





It wasn't much of a sacrifice, really, and in fact I found the idea of the apparently trendy white headphones coming out of this banged up, old radio kind of amusing. The radio is mine, too, though I would have given Pop my ipod, if he had wanted it. He's legally blind these days, so he can't see the tiny TV about his bed, and can't read, obviously, and was going a bit stir crazy since the only thing of interest is his nurses, the tube draining out his bladder, and the guy next to him who one night just started swelling, and whose head is currently three times its normal size and is being fed through a tube in his nose. At the current moment, this guy is very popular with doctors and nurses, and rightly so, I feel. Like I said, I would have given him my ipod, but it didn't have any Alan Jones, Beethoven, or classical jazz on it, so it wasn't of interest to him, and instead he got this radio.

I used to drive a car that had been made before car stereos had been standard and I bought this twenty buck radio to serve as one instead. Dump it into the glove box and off I go. I kept the radio for sentimental reasons, I guess, and also because I'm a hoarder, but fuck you all, cause three years later, it turned out to be useful again. If only text books worked the same way. Anyhow, obviously, there wasn't any headphones round, and Pop didn't want to annoy the others around him by turning it up, so I tossed in my ipod headphones and that made him pretty happy. I felt a bit of guilt cause that would mean he could continue to listen to Alan Jones, but fuck it, sometimes you just got to let go of your principles. Plus, he's eighty eight. He's the demographic.

While I was there yesterday, one of the doctors came by and asked him the last time he was in hospital.

"1941," Pop replied. "I got some gas from a chamber in my eye. Wrong kinda gas. Was lucky I didn't go blind. I got married a week later."

Impressive, huh?

Of course, about fifteen years ago he was in hospital for an overnight thing regarding his prostrate, but it's really not as cool, when you think about it. Plus, I doubt I'd go into hospital and get married a week later, but quite obvious in 1941 you were a tougher kind of person. The war and all. Of course, that doesn't mean you want to hear the story of getting a tube put up your cock. His exact words at the end of telling me this were, "It was the most painful thing I'd ever experienced--I was this close to crying like a man."

At any rate, today is his operation, which is happening right now, I think. I'm off later to see him, to see if it was Good or Bad, since he's having a tumor cut off his bladder (or burnt off, I guess--you know, if you haven't guessed yet, not huge with the medical mumbo-jumbo). So if you've got a kind thought to spare as you're reading this, toss it his way.

As for me, I'm without headphones now, which is cool, but now, faced with the decision to buy a new pair of headphones, I have no idea what to get. I've been existing off cheap five/ten buck sets before my ipod, but they don't last, and I think it's time to get a decent pair of 'phones. I'm open to recommendations. In fact, I think I'd like some. Toss them into the comments if you got a thought.

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wyldemusick
Feb. 20th, 2006 11:16 pm (UTC)
Decent pair of Sony over-the-ear 'phones, alternatively a good pair of Koss (I've been a Koss fan for decades.) If you want to spend a bit on the hgiher end, see if there's something from Sennheiser available for iPod/portable use -- my pro cans are Sennheisers and I've been very happy with 'em for close to a decade.
frogworth
Feb. 20th, 2006 11:30 pm (UTC)
Second! Unless you're desparate for in-the-ear 'phones, I'd go for the Koss Porta Pros. They're a wonderful set of very light, fantastic-sounding earphones that just sit on top of the ears. I got mine from Hi-Fi Trader in Newtown. Here they are: http://www.koss.com/koss/kossweb.nsf/p?openform&pc^pt^PORTAPRO
They come with a little leather carrying bag.

My girlfriend has some nice Sony in-the-ear ones, which she finds perfectly adequate. But for saving your ears, it's recommended that you get higher-quality ones for that, preferably those shaped ones that go into your ear canal - you can listen at lower volume, then, and they have a better frequency response so you don't ruin your hearing.
You can spend megabucks on even little earphones, so it depends what you want to pay, too.
benpeek
Feb. 21st, 2006 04:07 am (UTC)
cool, thanks for the link. i had a look round--there wasa nice looking ear clip pair there, but can you get that site to sell to you out here? noo. heh. the ones you've got ight be a bit bulky for my tastes, but thanks a heap for the brand rec.

(i'm actually thinking it's time to go away from the in the ear stuff)
benpeek
Feb. 21st, 2006 04:13 am (UTC)
cool, thanks, man. someone linked a pair of sennheiser down below. they look nice. all this info from people is total cool.
shadowsandice
Feb. 21st, 2006 12:18 am (UTC)
Something with sound reduction.

I've been meaning to get a big pair of all ear encompassing phones for a while, because I have to have the pod up too loud on the train to be able to hear anything.
benpeek
Feb. 21st, 2006 04:16 am (UTC)
use the information here and go with wisdom :)
shadowsandice
Feb. 22nd, 2006 01:24 am (UTC)
There's too many to pick from!
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benpeek
Feb. 21st, 2006 04:17 am (UTC)
thanks.

(nice cut in the middle of this post, btw ;))
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benpeek
Feb. 21st, 2006 04:39 am (UTC)
i actually don't hugely like the ear canal phones, so i think it's time to leave them way behind.
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benpeek
Feb. 21st, 2006 04:05 am (UTC)
they look nice. are they bulky looking in person?
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benpeek
Feb. 21st, 2006 04:11 am (UTC)
cool, thanks. i don't mind that size--there's another link further up to a nice sounding pair of headphones, but they're a bit bulky looking. these look kinda sleek.

do you know where they were bought from?
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(Anonymous)
Feb. 21st, 2006 03:33 am (UTC)
Hope your pop is okay. Isn't he cute with the whole 'gas in the eye' thing?
Kaaron
benpeek
Feb. 21st, 2006 04:12 am (UTC)
sure, unless you're not paying attention and you link gas and world war 2 together in a different way ;)
kazzibee
Feb. 21st, 2006 04:16 am (UTC)
I had some really good big Koss ones.... excellent bass!
benpeek
Feb. 21st, 2006 04:40 am (UTC)
did you wear 'em in public?
kazzibee
Feb. 21st, 2006 04:49 am (UTC)
Haha no, I had them for at work.... BUT I WOULD HAVE IF I'D THOUGHT OF IT. Big puffy headphones are much better than little pluggy ones. The little pluggy ones make my ears hurt! And big ones look good.... and in wintertime they keep your ears toasty.
benpeek
Feb. 21st, 2006 04:53 am (UTC)
pfft. i'm trying to look cool here.
kazzibee
Feb. 21st, 2006 05:04 am (UTC)
pfft??
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AHAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAA you cannot stop me.

oh, i spoze you can delete me.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA


drjon
Feb. 21st, 2006 10:58 am (UTC)
Dude, dump your iPod to your harddrive and fill it up with talking books. Your Grandad will love it.
benpeek
Feb. 21st, 2006 11:08 am (UTC)
actually, apparently he likes surfing the channels on the radio station. he can go by feel. and i think, since he's blind to any kind of text close to him and not the size of your hand, trying to figure out an ipod control system and what book he's reading might be a touch complication. though maybe i could get blind software for it...
markdeniz
Feb. 21st, 2006 01:08 pm (UTC)
These are the babies I would look at if you want good headphones:

http://www.sennheiser.com/sennheiser/icm_eng.nsf/root/products_headphones

Hope your grandad gets well soon too!
benpeek
Feb. 22nd, 2006 12:00 am (UTC)
thanks, man. i am looking at a pair from there, i think. the koss ones i liked can't get shipped the australia.
markdeniz
Feb. 22nd, 2006 09:16 am (UTC)
No, don't buy Koss, they're evil! ;-)
(Anonymous)
Feb. 21st, 2006 11:09 pm (UTC)
Hope your grandad is OK, Ben. My best wishes and thoughts...no advice about headphones though, I'm afraid.

Clare D (Snail keeper).
benpeek
Feb. 22nd, 2006 12:02 am (UTC)
thanks clare.

if you ever need headphone advice, there's a bunch here :)
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