*yawn* “Oh, Doug,” sez you with that first-world ennui that plagues all’a us from time to time, “What can you do to stir my
loins mind? I’m sooo tired of slogging through the same old TV pablum, and the same old talking heads, the same old mind-numbing horrors, and the same old rants served up in the blogosphere. Where can I go for some fresh, good-old timeless inspiration? I’ve memorized the Bible and the Koran, and my porn drives’re full. Where can I reconnect with my mission? What can I do to soak-up something to make me want to fight the good fight? You know, something safer than whittlin’?”
“Wellp … can’t go wrong readin’ the classics,” sez I, tappin’ my pipe.
“Sure, but you’re retired. You can afforrrd the time to sit back and re-read your library,” sez you.
“What the sam hill are you talkin’ about?” sez I. “You got any idea how busy retirement is? Do ya? Tell you what. The secret is audiobooks. I buy 2-5 current books a month and listen to ‘em on my iPod micro on the road, in the shop, and doin’ chores; but you don’t hafta buyyy the classics. You can get ‘em fer free, if y’know where to find ‘em, and you can listen to ‘em on your computer while you do something useful, if you’ve a mind t’. Heck, I’m doin’ that right now. YouTube’s a start. Here, let me get you started with that ol’ gut-wrenchin’ standard, Nineteen Eighty-Four. That ought’a getcher totalitarian-fightin’ juices flowin’. I know dang well you haven’t read it for a long time. Give ‘er a shot. In the words of the venerable Bluto, ‘Don’t cost nuthin’.'”