Well, another icon of my younger years has fallen by the wayside to choke out its last moments of life in the drainage ditch of time.
The LOML and I try to get out at least twice per year to a forest service cabin or fire tower for a few nights of total relaxation. (the fire towers are the most fun!) Most do not have any electricity, gas, or running water. We like to take along some of our classical music to play in the background while we read, rest, or just look out at the scenery.
For some weeks now I've been scouring the Walmarts, Shopkos, Costcos, KMarts, et.al. in vain for something that was once ubiquitous - a portable radio.
It seems that these little gems have fallen prey to the millions of iPods and their offshoots that now reek permanent damage on the eardrums of the 'civilized' world. In a way this is good. Few things were more annoying than going to the beach and having to listen to what someone else 10 'towels' away though was good music. Never-the-less, finding a "boom box" small enough to pack for camping, with decent tone for under $80, seems impossible. I may have to break down and get an iPod as there seems to be lots of devices around for them to plug into for more 'public' listening.