September 13, 2004

Reader Participation Time!


My lovely wife had to work most of the weekend. Luckily she was able to do this from home but it left me with some free time. So I embarked on a project that I've been meaning to do for, oh, about three years - update my list of CDs. Yes. I have so many I have to provide a list to my insurance company. Yes. That's sick. Yes. I'm slightly obsessive-compulsive. At the same time, I love music so its really a win-win thing for me and my compulsive side.

Anyway, I couldn't find the original list (I'm obsessive-compulsive yet not all that organized...odd, huh?) so "updating" became "recreating from scratch" very quickly.

Several thoughts and probing questions came up as I was going through this process. Who the fuck is Jet Circus? And Brendan Lynch? Tattoo Rodeo? I have all the Ratt albums? Was I on crack? Was someone holding a gun to my head at Tower Records and I've just blocked that particularly unpleasant memory? Oh good, I have the matching set - both the William Shatner and Leonary Nimoy albums. I can die a happy man now. Wait, this one still has the shrink wrap on it. Kitaro? So, I'm what? 80?

Not that its all crap. I'd say there's really only a small percentage that's crap. I'd give my collection a 10-15% Crap Rating. Not bad considering that there's a world of crap out there I've managed to hold at bay.

The point? Reader participation time! Yes, if you guess the total number of CDs I currently own, you'll get your very own Cactus Compilation (TM) containing the best from the collection. And for a limited time only, I'll also send you a compilation of the worst! So, take your best shot. All comments must be received by Friday. See disclaimer below for more details...

Disclaimer: The closest entry to the total number of CDs wins (in other words, no Price Is Right rules here). If you're within 10, I'll send you something from your wishlist as well, provided you have one. In order to enter, please be willing to give me your address or the whole mailing thing wont be all that successful. Contest participants expecting rap or country music to be present on said compilation are sorely mistaken. Sorry. All entries must be received by Friday, September 17th. Unless no one enters in which case I'll feel bad but probably extend the deadline while I nurse my hurt feelings with booze and cigarettes and become a bitter, bitter man...but no pressure or anything. Contestants with an inside knowledge of my CD collection (i.e., my wife - hi honey) are not eligible. Nor are people who have heard me say "hey, I have ---- CDs!" That would be unfair. Insider knowledge - look where it got Martha Stewart.

Posted by Chris at September 13, 2004 1:09 PM


Posted by: patricia at September 13, 2004 1:24 PM


I want a CD whether I win or lose, though. Because I put a lot of effort into that guess.

Posted by: Martha at September 13, 2004 1:24 PM

Hey Chris, could I send you the cost through PayPal or something to get a copy if I don't win?


Posted by: goodsnake at September 13, 2004 1:27 PM


Posted by: jujubee at September 13, 2004 1:29 PM

i guess i ought to be less vague if it has to be within my guess is 1,900.

Posted by: JuJuBee at September 13, 2004 1:34 PM


Posted by: Granola Spice at September 13, 2004 1:35 PM

I was going to guess around 500 but seeing these guesses makes me think twice... how about 2230?

Posted by: Carla at September 13, 2004 1:47 PM


Posted by: Mindy at September 13, 2004 1:56 PM

oooh - i love this game - like how many jellybeans in the jar? but blind?

let's see . . . . 2701

and now to go create a wishlist :)

Posted by: type a at September 13, 2004 1:59 PM

If the "Price is Right" rules really apply, then no one can go over the amount and win, so I'll be default guy and guess 1.

If they don't fully apply, then I guess 850.

Posted by: Lee at September 13, 2004 2:00 PM

Dude you are Way Cool Jr.

I'm thinking any number above 2000 is kinda high since CD's are around $12 a pop, at best, and without tax, which means you could have dropped something between $24000 to $30000 on music.

If that's the case, I'd like to know what your monthly premium is and why you haven't told us about the Bentley parked in the front yard.

My guess is 792.

Posted by: Colby at September 13, 2004 2:03 PM

484 maybe

Posted by: Hudson at September 13, 2004 2:12 PM


Posted by: Scarlett Cyn at September 13, 2004 2:16 PM

(and that my friend makes YOU a big ole music geek) ;)

Posted by: Another Pam at September 13, 2004 2:22 PM

hmmm anal retentive music lover who obviously falls for the bargain rack ploy!


Posted by: Jeff A at September 13, 2004 2:24 PM



Posted by: Dawnie at September 13, 2004 2:25 PM


Posted by: Pixie at September 13, 2004 2:27 PM


Posted by: julie at September 13, 2004 2:31 PM

LOl this is probably way off...but I can't help but to go for 2112. :)

Posted by: groovebunny at September 13, 2004 2:35 PM

Dammit. I hate it when I'm in the disclaimer. I want a compilation all my own in exchange for not telling everyone the right number. Ah, nothing like a little blackmail to cheer up my Monday.

Posted by: Beth at September 13, 2004 2:55 PM

Bob, I'll say 4,501

Posted by: LOUP at September 13, 2004 2:56 PM


Posted by: Fraulein N at September 13, 2004 3:04 PM


Posted by: Sweety at September 13, 2004 3:10 PM


Posted by: Missy at September 13, 2004 3:21 PM

I want to win this so badly that I'm doing research. My guess? 3201.

But how are they all organized? Alphabetical? Genre? Crap/Not Crap?

Posted by: bmh at September 13, 2004 4:53 PM

3033. Holla.

Posted by: dem i am at September 13, 2004 4:53 PM

Well I have maybe 5 cds, so I'm going to lowball my guess. 100. I couldn't really imagine anyone owning 1000 cd's!~! I guess it's possible tho :) ! Can't wait to see what the number REALLY is!

Posted by: Pink Sun Drops at September 13, 2004 4:58 PM


Posted by: Phillip at September 13, 2004 5:09 PM

2242. That's a LOT of CDs, my friend. I hope I win!

Posted by: samantha at September 13, 2004 5:13 PM

*cough**changes anser to...



Posted by: Phillip at September 13, 2004 5:15 PM

I say 527. you can send my copy with a candian -esque cover on it, ooooooh say bob and doug mackenzie and maybe a moose in the background, oh send some back bacon too, and i'll send you REAL canadian maple syrop. Bribery isnt below me

Posted by: shaners at September 13, 2004 5:24 PM


Posted by: Tjej at September 13, 2004 5:36 PM

Hey I have Tatoo Rodeo too! They were cool guys.

And I might have a ratt cd laying around somewhere...but I wouldn't admit to it or anything.

So my guess is: 3298

Posted by: Amy at September 13, 2004 5:57 PM


Posted by: Priscilla at September 13, 2004 6:02 PM

Inside knowledge? I know nothing of your cd collection... it's not like we've talked about music or anything.
I'll take a shot in the dark here and say.... 35?

Posted by: RockStar Mommy at September 13, 2004 6:07 PM

Um...let's see...I'll guess 3520.

Posted by: doulazanie at September 13, 2004 6:15 PM

I meant 2484.

Posted by: Hudson at September 13, 2004 6:16 PM

yeah, i'm guessing in produce codes...that's papaya.

Posted by: Heather at September 13, 2004 6:23 PM

Seeing as how my husband has over 2000 and I can totally relate to your numerical guess will be 2001.

Posted by: jennifer at September 13, 2004 6:34 PM


Totally my lucky number. But I would LOAVE a compilation disc! ;)

Posted by: alektra at September 13, 2004 7:38 PM

Chris I need that CD! -- 5003....yes it is R. Scott

Posted by: Scott at September 13, 2004 7:59 PM

Wild stab in the dark... 3294... And that's actually my lucky number too ;-)

And you? Obsessive compulsive? No way...
*whispered by the queen of the ocd "have to clean, must clean, gotta clean" club!!!

Posted by: dianne at September 13, 2004 8:53 PM

Oooh what fun!!! My guess: 1,001.

Posted by: Debra at September 13, 2004 9:09 PM

um, you might have given me inside knowledge but I can't remember now. Does that count?

My guess: 3,619.

Posted by: laura at September 13, 2004 9:48 PM

Hmm, my guess would have to be... umm... 2,227 ? :)

Posted by: Heather at September 13, 2004 10:30 PM

Hmmm, 4285

Posted by: Kelley at September 13, 2004 10:42 PM


Posted by: wendy at September 13, 2004 10:54 PM

2001...because where you would keep them all qualifies as a Space Odessey.

Posted by: Krush at September 13, 2004 11:12 PM

I'm going with 1123... that's how many I have.... or maybe a few more ...

Posted by: Bob at September 14, 2004 12:20 AM

Hum..."I" have 435 of my own, hell on Sat I bought 4 new ones! You my friend scare me! I was going to go with 750...then saw people in the 1000s...Now I am ocd'ing about the count damn it! I am going with 750. And I really want your cd too! WHINE! *grin*

Posted by: Gypsy at September 14, 2004 12:33 AM

Hmm...I will say 4,272.

No reason - just the number that came to mind.

Posted by: Jay at September 14, 2004 1:30 AM

i'm gonna say....... 1,357. but even if i'm wrong, can i have a cd anyway? just cuz? =P

Posted by: Judy at September 14, 2004 8:58 AM

At least you don't have any Slim Whitman in the collection --- sad to say, I do! From my drunken college days -- I ordered the thing when I saw a crazy ad on tv -- but man, that guy can yoddle!

Posted by: bob at September 14, 2004 9:13 AM

MAN! They come outta the woodwork for giveaways don't they?

Posted by: Kenn at September 14, 2004 9:21 AM

okay, my first thought was 1327 but after reading everyone else's guesses i'm going to say 2173.

see, i consider myself your average music lovin' run of the mill freak and i have somewhere between 425-475. you, you my friend are a music lover, a connoisseur of sound (as evidenced by the ownership of nimoy AND shatner...

oh, and mine are organized alphabetically by band and then chronologically (by release date). it gets tricky with the compilations!

Posted by: monique at September 14, 2004 9:39 AM

I am married to a man who has so many cds he isn't even sure how many he owns, so I know how this goes. I'm guessing 3,572.

Posted by: bad penguin at September 14, 2004 9:59 AM

I'll guess 1777.

I will get a cd anyway right?

Posted by: Amy at September 14, 2004 10:46 AM


Posted by: Sue at September 14, 2004 11:38 AM

You just need this.

My guess? 1023.

Posted by: Allura at September 14, 2004 12:32 PM

Dude, you have Jet Circus. I have to hang my head in shame because I have that CD too. They're a Christian band and a really bad one to boot. Forgot where I got it from, and I never throw CDs away. I'm stuck with it.

Posted by: whistler at September 14, 2004 2:16 PM

I'm going to go with 3,111.

Call it a hunch.

Posted by: Joe at September 14, 2004 3:32 PM

Sweet Mary! 61 comments! Okay, I am going with 1661, because I like palindromes.

Posted by: supine at September 14, 2004 3:38 PM

Given that I own 300-400 and I don't feel that that is all that many, I'm going to go for...


That seems "reasonable". Unless you own one of everything, then hell, I just don't know.

Posted by: Amy at September 14, 2004 3:44 PM


Posted by: cassie-b at September 14, 2004 4:49 PM

Because anything over 1000 just astounds me, I'm guessing 967.

Posted by: Laura B. at September 14, 2004 6:04 PM

If you're anything like my husband, I'd guess 20,000. Really. I'm not kidding.

Posted by: Susan at September 14, 2004 6:23 PM


Posted by: Debbie at September 14, 2004 7:47 PM

Hmmmm.....I'm just going to throw out 9,595.

Posted by: Nicole at September 14, 2004 9:33 PM

If I win will you please put William Shatner's scary rendition of "Mr. Tambourine Man" on my worst compilation ? I guess 842 !

Posted by: Geezitron at September 15, 2004 10:45 AM

I'll go with: 999

Posted by: Marcia at September 15, 2004 1:29 PM


Posted by: lizardek at September 16, 2004 5:14 AM

Hmm.....Im going with 1649!

Posted by: Dawn at September 16, 2004 10:33 AM

hmm. cds are cool. ummmm, 2813. because those are my favorite numbers. lol :)

Posted by: Manda at September 16, 2004 2:10 PM

1319. Yes, that sounds about right.

Posted by: Heather at September 16, 2004 5:16 PM

Ok, I know I'm too late, but I just like this number.


Posted by: wlfldy at September 20, 2004 9:12 AM