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  As long as I’ve been a choir director, I have recorded our Christmas cantata on some type of cassette player.
  In the beginning, I used a small  portable unit like everybody had back then that was better suited for dictation.
  Then I progressed to a mini “boom box” that allowed me to dub tapes and plug in a better microphone. It also has an AM-FM radio.
  I’ve been using that box for over 20 years. It still works. One of the cassette sides does not rewind, so I just take the tape out out and rewind it in the other side. I take the batteries out of the cassette player and the Radio Shack microphone every year after the cantata, so they don’t corrode.
  Sunday was our Emory-Nazareth cantata, and that afternoon I made a sad decision.
  I would leave the cassette player at home.
  What’s the use of recording the cantata on a cassette, when few people have a cassette player?
  Our cantata this year was 51 minutes long, so in order to record it, I would have to find the 120-minute tapes I bought years ago. Finding any length cassette today is difficult.
  So, Sunday night, I put my little Flip Video camera on the ledge of the Nazareth balcony and recorded the cantata that way.
  Like my old cars, I will continue to “crank” the old cassette player from time to time.
  It’s a little sad,  because I think of all the “saints” in the choir whose voices the player has recorded, including my father.
  But that’s progress. Like many of you I’ve seen vinyl records, 8-tracks, and cassettes go by the wayside. Now CDs are not far behind.
  I understand some vehicles today are not coming with CD players. You just plug in your iPod.
  When the radio in my  van got fried, I started using my iPod Nano for radio and music. I got tired of getting ear plugs knotted, however, so I eventually got another radio.
  Yes, vinyl records are making a comeback ... if you still have a record player. Maybe, the 8-tracks and cassettes will rise again.
  I’ll still have a cassette player, just in case, but I’m out of luck with the 8-track.
  Funny how I get attached to objects. That’s why I’m such a hoarder.
  I poured ice out of a tea glass into the sink the other day, and said to myself, “Looks like all that ice could be used for something.”
  “Yes, I could put it one of these plastics bags I’m saving and refreeze it!”
  Yep, it’s a sickness!



  I saw a funny post called “A little nostalgia” on an app called iFunny the other day.
  It mentioned:
  Having to knock on your friend’s door to see if they could play.
  Memorizing phone numbers;
Going to Blockbuster;
  Spending countless hours making a CD with your favorite music;
  Calling a girl and worrying about her dad picking up;
  Having to reel in a cassette tape with a pencil;
  Missing the final episode of your favorite show and having to wait until next summer to find out what happened;
  Blowing into a game cartridge to make it work.



  After our Emory-Nazareth Choir did their usual outstanding job with our cantata Sunday, I breathed my annual sigh of relief.
  I had made it through another season of choir practice and football, mixed in with my other duties.
  When Emory and Nazareth started combining our choirs for a Christmas cantata around 30 years ago, we’d practice at Nazareth on Monday and Emory on Wednesday, then I’d have a Jayvee game to announce on Thursday, then cover the varsity game on Friday, and I was a season ticket holder for Carolina football then, so there went seven of my Saturdays, and, of course, I had church on Sunday morning.
  Tuesday was the only free night I had, and since that was paper printing day, I was always worn out from hauling and inserting papers.
  As the years progressed, our choirs realized we only had to practice once a week, and I gave up my Gamecock football tickets. I still have the Saluda High jayvee and varsity games, but I’m not nearly as exhausted for three straight months as I used to  be.
  As I find out every year after high school football season ends, Friday night TV stinks! Thank goodness for Netflix and Amazon Prime video!





  Read these scores:
  Fort Dorchester 59, Dorman 31
  Northwestern 63, Lexington 13
  South Point 35, Midland Valley 0
  Dillon 51, Newberry 19
  Abbeville 45, Silver Bluff 27
  Southside Christian 42, Allendale-Fairfax 8
  Lamar 28, C.E. Murray 0
  Those are the scores in the S.C. high school’s seven state championship games. Notice anything?
  Every game was a blow-out.
  Abbeville and Silver Bluff had the closest game, 18 points, but at one time Abbeville led by 31!
  I never recall a time when every title game was so one sided.
  I don’t know a great deal about 1A teams, but I know Silver Bluff, Newberry, Midland Valley, Lexington and Dorman are good football teams, and they lost the title by an average of margin of 32 points.
  Everybody in Saluda knows how good Abbeville is, and Dillon, South Point, Northwestern, Fort Dorchester, Southside Christian and Lamar must be awesome, too!