Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Am I Obsessed?


I made a decision a few weeks ago, that I was going to stop collecting LaserDiscs. I have over 600 of them, all filed and stored in plastic sleaves for protection. I have set up a small media room to view them all (when I retire) and have them all cataloged online.

So, last weekend, the wife wanted to go out and find a new area rug for the dining room prior to Easter dinner and she wanted me to go with her(to help her carry the thing if she found one she liked). I agreed, even though I was bone tired after having worked in the yard most of the day.

We found the rug she wanted and loaded it into our truck. On the way home I needed to stop by Ace Hardware to pick up a toilet part for the toilet that was re-installing. Before we go there, we deceided to stop by a local Savers (a type of thrift store here) to see if there was anything that caught our eye.

While browsing through the old record albums,.....I came upon the Holy Grail of Laserdisc collections. I found over 45 of them, many unopened and all either hard to find concert disks or foreign films that are rare as hens teeth, even on DVD. [Brucie loves him some Truffaut, Goddard and Fellini] At $3.99 each, they were cheaper than anything I could find on ebay. Needless to say, I plunked down almost $200 for the whole collection and wheeled them out to the truck.

So now my collection is pushing 680 Laserdiscs. According to my online LaserDisc tracking database account, that is over 1,199.3 hours of video that I can watch, which is well over 50 days worth of viewing, non-stop. If you want to browse my whole collection you can see it on the LaserDisc Spreadsheet in my Google documents account.

So, is this healthy, or am I a some sort of obsessed fruit cake?