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Dorm Digital Video Disk

The memory is a funny thing, often finicky at times. I sometimes struggle to remember what I’ve done over the weekend, or even ate for lunch just yesterday. The thing is…I can usually snap off movie lines, music lyrics, commercial voice overs and television show premises without problem. I can even remember the first DVD – Nay – the first two DVD’s I ever purchased.

I was a young whippersnapper. Not Bro Jo yet, not even P.D.J. yet. I was known as Jon Hagar, college freshman. I opted to stay on campus in the dorms, which is pretty weird since I attended a two-year community college, 30 miles from home. I liked being on my own – even if I did have a roommate…and a few extra housemates. It was fun, for the most part. I had it all – mini fridge, phone line, computer (that had a program different from Microsoft Office…), television and a brand new – state of the art – Orion DVD player.

Fight Club DVD
Fight Club DVD (Photo credit: filmhirek)

To be honest the DVD player came a little bit later. You see, I was a young visionary. Either that or I just had some dumb luck. I can’t remember which came first…but I do know which two they were. Fight Club and Gladiator. I actually owned these movies before the infamous Orion DVD player. That thing was a real piece…but it still allowed me to watch these two wonderful movies.

I am BroJo’s typing fingers. I make words…you read them. (Hopefully)

Sometimes they would get stuck…in the machine. As in, the DVD slot would open, or eject, and the DVD wouldn’t be there. Yeah. If you want to get made fun of in college, buy a Orion DVD player. I was the only one in the house that had a DVD player…but I was still ashamed of it. They even made me a shirt…and wrote a silly song about me and my piece DVD player – to the tune of Bad Bad Leroy Brown by Jim Croce. They named it Bad Bad Hagar Jon. My old roommate was a douche. I throw my computer and junk DVD player at you…

Are you not entertained? Are you not entertained? Is this not why you are here? ~ BroJo

BroJo! BroJo! BroJo! ~ Crowd (Is it too much that have you guys chanting my name?)

I returned the Orion DVD player back to Wal-Mart, thinking that maybe I just happened to get a lemon. Not the case. Not even close. I may have even returned the second one, but I’m not sure. Apparently…Orion DVD players, from around the year 2000, all worked the same. They all had that similar disappearing DVD trick.

Gladiator (2000 film)
Gladiator (2000 film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Now I own a Sony DVD player…and it is pretty awesome. I’m feeling the pressure to switch over to Blu-ray…but all I’m hoping for now is a Orion DVD player endorsement. One can only dream.

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8 thoughts on “Dorm Digital Video Disk

  1. Those are two good DVDs. If only your DVD player was as equally impressive at the time.

    I went the way of Blu-Rays…And then my PS3 died. Now I have a whole bunch of blue boxes and unusable discs. Waiting for the next generation of gaming to get another blu-ray player.

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