I bought an Olympus VN-7000 today. Why? Well after basically saying for years now that I should pick up an recorder I finally did. I’ve wanted one for a while now because I keep coming up with really funny skit ideas along with my wife. We go for long drives sometimes, just to get out and enjoy the open road. Sometimes we travel for hours, but mostly it’s in our local area. I’m getting off track. During these rides we often come up with really funny ideas for things that could be skits on television shows and even songs and things that could be for kids. We have a lot of good ideas but they kept getting swept to the wind since we’d forget to write them down.
Today as I was leaving work I was listening to “Making It with Riki Lindhome.”It’s a podcast about acting and the business. I found it when I discovered that Jorge Garcia (Hurley from Lost) had a blog online. I found it by accident when I was looking for autograph information on http://lostpedia.wikia.com’s forums. Anyway, listening to the podcast made me think of the whole deal with the recorder and I thought about buying it someday. Then I decided to just buy it now. The box it came in was damaged and taped up on top. I mentioned it to the cashier at Wal-Mart when I was about to purchase it. She said it was probably like that because the top tab had been torn and they needed to fix it before adding one of those plastic stick on hanging things to the box again. Okay, that’s fine. I bought the item anyway.
When I opened the box at home everything was there, the book, the batteries that came with it. Everything, all in it’s proper place just like it was new. I tried recording my first message on it but didn’t have it down yet with how the thing worked. My wife gave it a try and set the date on the thing for me. When we tried listening to the play back of us we discovered another person on the recorder. No it wasn’t some ghostly voice. It was a guy testing the audio recorder. The thing was used. I know some people would make a huge deal about it, but I’m not all that concerned. It seems like one of three things happened. 1. A customer bought it and tried it out at home. He couldn’t figure it out and never heard himself being recorded and returned it to the store and they put it back up for sale. 2. A customer tried it out at the store and they just put it back on the shelf, an employee found it and taped it back up. 3. He was allowed to try it at the store and they put it back on the shelf. All three are complete B.S and shouldn’t be allowed to happen. I could go and complain but whats the point? The thing works and now I have some slightly amusing audio to share. Here is the audio of the “Mystery Tester”: