It seems like nowadays most people wear earbud-type headphones instead of the old school kind, which I vastly prefer. That said, I realized recently why I hated earbuds so much – I was shoving them too far into my ear! I finally discovered that the little bastards need only be placed on the cusp of your ear canal to impart plenty of sound. But now I’m beginning to wonder if my, um, ear holes are unusually small or something, because my earbuds fall out all the time. It’s so irritating! I’ve always had ear problems, starting with needing tubes in my ears when I was a tot, so maybe I’m also the carrier of some mutant gene that makes one’s ear canal incompatible with certain shapes, which come to think of it, is probably a useful trait to have.
I miss proper headphones! Am I the only gen Xer whose had difficultly making the transition from voluptuous, cushiony pads to oddly-shaped nobules destined to be coated in ear wax? Even the headband was useful for holding back my hair while I was exercising. In fact, I still insist on wearing formidable Sony headphones when I’m exercising. I don’t have an iPod either so I lug around my Discman, further making me look like a Neanderthal among modern folks, but I’ve long since grown accustomed to mortification, so it doesn’t bother me much anymore. Still, if you see someone waddling along jammin’ to Baby Got Back on her massive headphones, give ‘er a thumbs-up – it will make her day!