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Converting VHS to DVD

I have a box of 77 VHS tapes of varying lengths to convert to DVD by March 17th. It’s a birthday present for the husband of a client of mine. I hope he doesn’t read Posted Note. You wouldn’t know it, but I actually get about 400 site visits a day and 5,000 unique visitors a month. My herpes post seems to be the most popular along with “how to make my wife laugh”. Yep, have her read Posted Note, that should do it.

So when I agreed to convert these videos I had no idea that I would be watching most of them. You put these babies in the VCR and then they go through this DVDXpress doomaflatchy and out comes digital content. It’s fun to watch videos from 1989 of people on a cruise ship. Big hair and big sunglasses. Men in short swimming trunks and women laying topless face down. How ribald! I’ve been wearing board shorts for so long I forgot that we used to wear short swimming trunks and even worse – men used to wear short shorts. I remember my dad wearing short shorts and thinking that his legs were ultra hairy – and they still are. He is one of those men that should not ever be caught mowing the lawn in cut off jean shorts and a wife beater, but that used to be his weekend attire – minus the wife beater.

Insert tape two of a 1989 Christmas Concert. Again with the huge bangs and large lapels. I thought those collars went out in the 70’s, but apparently not completely. This had to be the longest and most boring Christmas Concert I’ve ever seen or heard, but maybe that’s because I wasn’t watching it on Youtube and there wasn’t any pyrotechnics or people texting while they were singing.

So that is what I will be doing until St. Patty’s day… speaking of which, I wonder if there are any St. Patrick’s day parade tapes in here…

By Evan Stark

Eddie Renz is an avid fan of Egyptology, Wilbur Smith and bacon. Not a fan of humility but often finds himself humbled when he is around people who understand numbers like the Fibonacci sequence and Pi.

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