A couple of weeks ago, I ordered 10,000 Maniacs' MTV Unplugged live CD. I know that by the end of that sentence, many of my friends will have lost sympathy for me, and will be rolling around on the floor howling at my lamentable taste in music, but I don't care. There's room for tuneful jangly guitar in my life.
So. I ordered it secondhand from a company called Zoverstocks. The CD arrived. I like it. Another copy of 10,000 Maniacs' MTV Unplugged arrived. I was slightly bemused. I let Zoverstocks know and asked if they'd charged me. They asked me to return the CD, but ignored my question. Then another copy of 10,000 Maniacs MTV Unplugged arrived in the post. And (probably not finally), a fourth copy of 10,000 Maniacs' MTV Unplugged turned up, unwanted and uninvited.
It feels like some sort of satirical torture. What have I done to this company? Why can't they make it stop, or simply answer my questions? I'm away for the rest of the week: I fully expect to return to find their entire stock on my desk. I'll have one CD for each Maniac. Then I'll be King of 10,000 Maniacs.
If you're reading this, Zoverstocks, PLEASE MAKE IT STOP. I promise to listen only to Berio and Ligeti if that's sufficient atonement.