On another front, the Radio Shack CD player lived up to my low expectations of TandyCorp merchandise and died over the weekend. I dithered over whether I should invest money in another one or just make the leap to an MP3 player of some sort, and eventally went with an inexpensive Memorex CD player from WalMart. (I'd already replaced the broken headphones a couple weeks ago.) Still, I have a chance to pick up a Rio Carbon player for 70% off the MSRP, and most online sites seem to rate it highly. My main problem with getting the Carbon is that I haven't made much headway on ripping, mixing and burning the various mix CDs I've wanted to turn out and am unsure that I'll make any better progress on ripping music for the Carbon...and I'll need to rip a lot of music, since that puppy holds 5 GB. I'm pretty sure I have that much music, though I'm not sure I want to listen to all of it.
Meanwhile, there are clothes and dishes that need washing, and garbage that needs tossing. Whither musical timewasting against the challenge of housekeeping?