Sometimes, just sometimes, something happens that makes you take a good long look at yourself and the bizarre little things that youve begun to prioritise. For example, the other day I was watching Scrubs (regular readers will remember that a very small windfall allowed us to buy the complete series 1-7 boxset) when the disc ended and it was Kims turn to change to the next one. She slid the series out of the big box, changed the disc over and put the series back into the box… facing backwards. I calmly walked over there and changed it to face forwards again when I suddenly realised that something in my life had turned from an odd little quirk into a problem.
Now, I know thats an odd thing to call the love you have for the woman you want to spend your life with, but anyone sane would have taken a flying leap over the table, tackled her, wrestled her to the ground and put the series in with the cover facing the front instead of waiting until shed already put it in the wrong way then gently correcting her with a three hour lecture about how this could potentially lead to the apocalypse. Why are you all looking at me like that? These things are important to me, okay? I guess it started when I first rented Clue on video and the last person to rent it hadnt rewound the tape meaning I watched half of the ending before I managed to stop the film and rewind it. Ever since then Ive had a mild obsession with common courtesy especially when it comes to media. I face my DVDs in the box so that theyre precisely the right way up and make sure that theyre in the easiest order for watching (special feature discs all go on the middle inlay allowing you to get the movies out more easily and any overlapping discs are put in chronological order with the first ones on top). Whenever were fed up of something and need a little extra cash we trade in our DVDs and theyre in such perfect condition that the guy who runs the second-hand media shop looked amazed the first few times, and now his pupils turn into little hearts whenever we walk through the door.
See, it isn’t really a problem if it brings joy to someone elses life and its just media. Sure, I may pull things to the front of the shelf at the supermarket and face them nicely, but I only do that if its something Im buying anyway and I like to think that it makes life just that tiny bit easier for the next person with the same taste as me. Who knows, maybe theyll pass it on in their own way. Yeah, thats why I do that but it doesnt really apply to the media does it? I guess I just like to have a place for everything and everything in its place. Its a little old-fashioned (and I guess its the reason I spend more time on the layout of my posts than I do actually writing them) but its just the way I am. Yeah, my baby is sometimes a problem that stands between me saving the world with forward facing DVDs but I love her and Im willing to not be the hero I should be if it means spending more time gazing into her eyes. So dont judge me for this lapse in my priorities because Im in love and sometimes, just sometimes, love is crazy enough to make you need to hide the crazy, even though you never have to.