|added Sun February 23 2003 at 4:27 PM
|Ahhhh.... home at last...
Actually, things went remarkably well. Everything just lined up perfectly with the transportation... I even got home about 3 hours earlier than I had expected to. I had a marvelous time with my family. It's always good to be able to spend a day with my brothers and sister. Sometimes a week is too long, but it's most enjoyable to spend just a day, talking about this and that, doing things together.
One of my recent projects was finally finished on this trip to Mesa. I made ten copies of a CD of my Grandpa's favorite songs. Because so much of my family was there for my grandma's birthday, I was able to distribute them. I think overall, it was a great success... everbody seemed at least a little impressed, which means that everybody appreciated the gift at least a little. It was interesting, though, when somebody asked where I got the music from. I politely told them that they really didn't want to know. When it was discovered that I was downloading them from the internet, there seemed to be a little bit of dissaproval from certain parties. I found it rather entertaining that the same certain parties also were the ones whose kids were bragging about the copy of the Lord of the Rings that they now have (of course, before the release of the movie). Also the same ones who make a habit of copying every movie they ever rent. Ah well... such is life.
Personally, I don't stand on one side or the other of the debate. I can certainly understand that artists want to be justly compensated for their work. I can also understand the various arguments for wanting to keep free exchange open. I personally feel that an artist should make more of their money from live performances rather than CD sales. But at any rate, I do (admittedly) have quite a lot of downloaded music on my computer. I also have a few movies. To be perfectly honest, I don't know why I've kept the movies... I haven't even watched some of the few that I have. I think the biggest difference between me and the afore-mentioned relatives, however, is that I don't frown on other people doing the same (with good reason).
Well, in the absence of something meaningful to rant about, I bid you a fond adieu. Until tomorrow, when I *hope* to have an update on my computer... (unless something amazing happens this evening)