Oh yeah, home improvements and the honey do list. She is always complaining about this and that right guys? This week it’s our shelf that holds our media; VHS, 8mm home movies, our high8 camera tapes, DVDs and the like. She said, “It’s cluttered and looks ugly.” Turns out she is right gentlemen. I broke out the measuring tape and it turns out one VHS in a cardboard sleeve is exactly one inch wide by nine inches tall. That’s a lot of space for one old graduation, wedding video or vacation tape that we rarely watch right? Hey I was in high school in the eighties and we didn’t have DVDs so am I really to blame? If we were to convert one VHS tape to DVD we could get five jewel cases with DVDs into the space of one VHS. Better still we wouldn’t have to endure the fast-forwarding to our “special part” of the tape, as we could now skip to the chapter that we are looking for. So this Christmas I was asked to dumb down, or re-size the video shelf near our television. I did some research and I made a change.
When I was 26 years old my father died, and for whatever reason my mother deemed me the protector of the family films. I took the footage to my local mall and found a company that would transfer all the footage to DVD for $300.00 and my jaw has yet to lift off the floor. I realize the importance of saving these images for my children and my grand or great grandchildren but $300.00? Come on. So I did my due diligence and found a company that can take care of both problems and solve all my Christmas gift problems as well. Some companies do all of this and so much more for half the price, and I was sold. You probably have the software on your computer to do some of this but it requires time and energy on your part and some pretty fancy equipment as well. Plus they just do it better.
Trust me let someone else do it and be the hero. You can solve all of your gift problems in one click, everyone gets a DVD of the family patriarchs and matriarchs and it looks like a well thought out gift. I am now out in the shop building the new cabinet to house the new dimensions of the DVDs and staining it light oak to match the other furniture around the television, plotting how many DVD spaces there are to hold the converted videos and pictures to DVD. I will say this is one of those gifts that pleases me as much as her. I admit I am almost, or a little OCD and cannot stand clutter in the house, so this is a gift for both of us. I researched some companies in my state, as I like to buy and shop locally and found one that I called and spoke directly to. I sent off VHS, VSC, High8 and three photo albums worth of stills and received nine DVDs in custom cases with chapters to send out as gifts for all of my Christmas list recipients.
I feel good about this gift too, my nieces and nephews should know more about there deceased grandparents and great grandparents, and since they are gone now this is cool for the kids too see them and watch them as young and old people that really existed. All I am saying is make her happy, get rid of some clutter, move into the digital age and get your gifts out of the way, all for the cost of a couple oil changes. If nothing else preserve your memories in your fire proof safe in case of something unforeseen happening to your photos and films. One frozen pipe or water leak can destroy all of your precious memories in an instant. Talk about the little lady getting on you! Protect and share your heritage today, if you don’t who else will?