When I had my lounge decorated in 2011, one of the first things I had to do was pack away all my DVDs and CDs that took up two walls. They got packed into an assortment of boxes. The new lounge doesn’t have the same dust-traps, so I have a small book-case with my “not-watched” stuff downstairs and several shelves of “stuff I’ve watched, but might want to watch again” in my office. This still leaves some more boxes which are mostly bound for the charity shops, but needs me to sort through for any hidden gems.
However, there were some things that I just couldn’t find. Stuff that I vaguely remembered buying, but never watching; DVDs that I said I would lend or give to friends, that couldn’t be found.
Meanwhile, I have a large flight case, for my Roland hard disc recorder, which has sat in the corner of my office for the last couple of years. Having a tidy today, I went to move it, and thought “that really shouldn’t be that heavy”.
Of course, I had found the missing DVDs – at the time, I was packing them in anything that came to hand.
Plenty of DVDs for the charity shops, but also a number that I am pleased I have found again, including a complete Hornblower boxed set I have never watched (I had previously seen about half the episodes on TV), and pure gold like “The Usual Suspects”, “Vanilla Sky” and “The Thirteenth Floor”. The last of these I had searched high and low for, thinking I must have lent it to someone, and never got it back!
It also contained some guilty pleasures: “V, the original series”, “V, The Final Battle” and “They Live”.
The only real casualty was “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”, which – because I couldn’t find it – I had assumed I misremembered buying, and bought again. The dumb thing is, I never got around to watching it, so both copies are still in shrink. Still, my loss is RSPCA’s gain.