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I’ve made seven cross country trips (The USA) during my time both in the Navy and sailing for MSC, as you can surmise from the number of trips, they were not all round trip. But all were solitary or at least six trips were, most taken on I-10 Florida to California or vice-versa and one on I-20 California to Athens Georgia. I made most trips in one of two Lincoln and one in a CJ- Jeep (Not recommended) The Town Car and Mark IV are highly recommended even with the cost of fuel.

I once made a cross country trip in Puerto Rico, it took an hour.

Survival Cebuano

My buddy told me that certain truck stops had a selection of audio books for rent along the road I can’t remember the name now..

This was in the late 1970’s and was news to me. So I got off the road and rented a cassette book and plugged it in my cassette player, my first was a John Grisham, and I enjoyed that put the car on cruise control and get on down the Highway. The time will fly by.

So all those trips from Virginia or Florida and South Carolina to Massachusetts were wasted in the 1960’s to early 70’s without those audio books, but then I have no idea if they had them in those olden days maybe on 8-track?

But my Navy time was over and Military Sealift Command pretty much flew me everyplace I needed to be so audio books fell by the wayside. But I had my E-reader.

None I'd read a book

None I’d read a book

But now, due to a cataract in my right eye, reading glasses no longer function for me, which drove my optometrist insane (Me too) So off to see my ophthalmologist where I found out about an operation that could solve the problem maybe, but he recommenced I wait. I never found out why I should wait but knew that not reading just didn’t cut it at all. My book reader is now sitting idle full of books that no matter how large I make the font, it blurs. I remember a Twilight Zone Episode about Burgess Meredith A henpecked book lover finds himself blissfully alone with his books after a nuclear war. … Who simply yearns for enough time to indulge in his favourite pastime: reading. But he broke his glasses.

Here is something I thought about:

E-Books or regular books work very well at home, but not so well while traveling because of vibration that cause “ME” a headache, while on planes, trains, busses, or cars, whereas, the audio books are no problem in those situations. But that is just “ME”.

My wife, whom I should listen to more often; said, “Mahal Ko, try an audio book reader.” The next thing she said was Google it, so I did. As I was browsing and reading all the technical specs on the commercial book readers I came across a site named; “How to make an Audio Book Reader for your Grandmother!”

Being I’m a Grandfather I felt that was close enough, so I read it.

Buy a TAB Android 4.4 (My old book reader was not up to par. The Tab must have 8 or more Gigabytes of memory I added 128 Gig card.

Get a set of Bluetooth equipped headphones, unless you can tolerate those ear buds that come with the tab, which I don’t like but outside in public I will use.

I bought those headphones that are Bluetooth capable, mainly because the headphones will also work with my flat screen (Smart) TV and I’ll no longer disturb my family, my neighbors and most important, my dog army will now stop baying and howling at my house while my TV is on.

So I’m not yet 71 and it’s my vision and hearing both giving me crap, I’m on that slippery downhill slope. Damn it sucks to get old, but I’ll gladly accept it over the alternative.

I’m at the point now that when I type the articles for LiP I use the number 25 font. And still miss the little red line trying to correct my spelling and grammar. So I guess I’ll raise the font higher for proof reading.

Back to the Audio book reader, while having lunch with my family at TGIF I down loaded the APP required to play the MP3 Audio Books (Homer Player). But changed the APP to another one that would also be simple for a grandmother to use, and do all that I want it to do, it plays the book, and when you shut it off it remembers where you stopped and not another damn thing. Well the second APP will store the books in a readable liberty. And that is all I need it to do. My “Puter” guy installed that new APP and all it is called is “The Audiobook Player”. Catchy name don’t yeah think? Remember I don’t make this stuff up.

Did I tell you it's a TV also

Did I tell you it’s a TV also

The Tab is an a Philippine made “my/Phone” WALAKASAPHONEKO “MYT3 DTV- Digital TV Tablet” about $45.00.

Oh and it is a Smart (Cell Phone) too, yes I’ll be putting my sim card in it and dumping my two month old CKK phone, to become a hero again to another niece or nephew. Shay got the phone!

The “my/Phone” has a Huge screen, plus it is loud and easy to use, and my books will be on it too! And it is so big it won’t even fit in the pocket of a pair of Cargo Pants Shorts, I tried!

So it will be on my dresser forever now. Can life get any better? I now may stop buying phones? I can only hope. We went to the Carlton Hotel in Pampanga, and I read (Listened to a book both ways)

Yesterday I finished Clive Cussler’s Oregon Files #9 and enjoyed it, plus my eyes don’t get tired while reading. So three decades later I’ve re-discovered something that brought me pleasure and is doing it again, but this time without a cassette tape to clog up my player.

And my Sainted Grandmother Molly thought talking movies were a big deal… But I know Facebook would not please her at all. I hope no reader will ever need to do what I had to do by reverting to machine just enjoy a book, but technology is there to help and as much as I fight it, I’m pleased it is!

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Paul Thompson; has resided in the Philippines since 1993, living close to Subic Bay. I’m married to a wonderful girl named Maria (AKA Mayang).Who is from Gordon Heights in Olongapo where she grew up with her Mom & Dad and seven siblings Our two daughters are both grown up and have left the nest, the eldest married to a wonderful guy named Chris, and they have blessed us with our granddaughter Heather Colleen Our youngest daughter and her husband Cecil have blessed us with a grandson named. Jayden Logan. I’m a retired U.S. NAVY Senior Chief after 22 years of active duty. After retirement from the Navy I lived for 7 years in Puerto Rico as a Night Club owner. Then Hurricane Hugo told me to find a new line of work, I was hired by Military Sealift Command and went back to sea in Asia as a Merchant Seaman for 10 years. After 30 plus years at sea I buried my anchor on a mountain in the Philippines and am now residing in Dinalupihan (or DinBat for short), Roosevelt, Bataan where we built our home. And last but not least, anything I writes will be pure "Tongue in Cheek "If anybody is offended, I'll lose no sleep over it, but here's a quick Mea Culpa in advance!

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Great post again Paul. It made me laugh. I will try it. I haven’t been on too many “long hauls” since coming to Cebu, but I miss those audio books even when they were cassette tapes. Grisham is always a good read/listen. -Rob

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Long haul? A couple hours in a hammock with the head phones on, perfect haul for me. And in a coconut nipped off and a straw, and paradise is ready!

Paul Thompson
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Steve;
You bring up another good point about audio reading…(LOL)

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Paul Thompson

Bob; After hearing that book (John Grisham), later I saw the movie with Tom Cruise, this is when I noticed that Hollywood changed the ending for their flick. Who does that? From that day hence if I have read the book, I refuse to see the movie, and vice versa. I was shocked that they made the movie Apollo 13, and didn’t land the lunar orbiter in Detroit in the middle of a gang war. But I’m finding and downloading the Audio Books I want, and get a couple of hours a day reading. In the 1960’s the navy would… Read more »

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Interesting set of notes Paul. You as I, likely all-to-well remember walking home from school, strangely let out way too early one afternoon in 1963, scanning the sky for tell-tale re-entry streaks immediately followed by mushrooms on the horizon, followed by immediate incineration barely prior to puberty. You may similarly remember how arduous it was to get access to the “adult” library – meaning arrange for the municipal public library to condescendingly permit parents to get a library card so that the kiddie could read books somewhat beyond the “green eggs” and “pooh” stage, rather some good non-kiddie sci-fi and… Read more »

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Paul Thompson

Ed; In 1963 one year prior to joining the US Navy, I would hook school, if the Red Sox were playing I’d be at Fenway Park but in the winter I would hook school and go to the library on Adams St. In Dorchester (Part of Boston) the librarians thought I was odd but I knew I could read my own books, that I enjoyed vice required reading. (Which I read also, yet refused to do book report, as that removed the joy of reading. I’d tell the teacher to read the book and form their own opinions. I knew… Read more »

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Steve

Been using audio books for well over twenty years now, first cassette, then CD, now on thumb drive. Those Lincoln’s are too old now, these days a Mercedes or a Land Rover for the ‘perfect ride’.

Paul Thompson
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Paul Thompson

Steve;
If I were required to live in the states, I would buy a 1970’s Lincoln and have it renovated to 2018 standards. I would have a better car than the two over priced cars you mentioned and it would look cool too! (LOL)

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Luke Tynan

Paul, I enjoyed your article. Thank you. I am 70 almost 71, not at your stage with my eyes yet but getting closer.. Last year I could read without glasses not now. And you showed me I will be able to enjoy my books still, which is great. Like you I have used the audio books when I was working and driving all over Calif for work/ They eat up many miles..Take care P.S. I have a question- when you where in the Navy, did you ever visit US Naval Comm. Sta San Miguel at San Antonia, north of Olongapo.… Read more »

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Luke;
I was there last month as that is where the Fleet Reserve Association club is, and I’ve been a member forever. It is still a long drive from the Big “PO”
Audiobooks are great, and even after my operation I’ll now stay with audio book, as regular reading makes me sleepy, which is fine at Nap Time, but not reading time.

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Bob New York

Hi Paul, Sorry to learn of your vision difficulties. Your article reminded me on the 4 speed record players so common in the 1960’s. The 4th speed was 16 and 2/3 RPM which primarily was for ” Talking Book Records “. I just took a look on Youtube to see if there was anything about them there. I was surprised that there were also Talking Book records that played at 8 RPM ! My, how times have changed since then . I hope that your vision difficulties may be able to be corrected. As always I enjoy reading all of… Read more »

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Bob (NY)
The talking book records is a first for me, interesting! All my players were 4 speed, but 33/and a third was the one I used most,45 RPM were harder to store without album covers.
I find I must adjust to a new normal every year now, and hope I never quit doing it!

Jay
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Hi Paul,

I remember that episode of the Twilight Zone. Do you remember the one with the guy who had a stop watch that stopped time where he was the only one or thing that moved. He was using it to rob banks and such until he broke the watch with time frozen. That was a great show!

Peace

Jay

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Paul Thompson

Jay;
Friday night just before the Gillette Cavalcade of sports (Friday Night Fights) my brothers and I would line up for Twilight Zone (They were brand new back then. So yes I remember, and over the years I watched them in countries around the world (In English) with their language on sub titles below. 1990’s and I saw them in Japan, but now in Japanese. I’d still watch them. They were timeless!

Paul Thompson
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Paul Thompson

Jay;
Friday night just before the Gillette Cavalcade of sports (Friday Night Fights) my brothers and I would line up for Twilight Zone (They were brand new back then. So yes I remember, and over the years I watched them in countries around the world (In English) with their language on sub titles below. 1990’s and I saw them in Japan, but now in Japanese. I’d still watch them. They were timeless!

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Paul, if you haven’t already discovered Graphic Audio https://www.graphicaudio.net/first-mountain-man-3-absaroka-ambush.html They bring audio books to a whole new level, They are a little pricey though. You can preview any of their books, (from Sci-Fi to Westerns) on their website.

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