Among the presents received for our wedding was a turntable, a real, late 70s model turntable with a seriously heavy foundation, given by bunny_hugger's father. But to hook it up to bunny_hugger's audio equipment we needed a proper stand for it. It would easily crush any of these modern DVD players or satellite boxes or such. We got one, in flat-pack form, and then just delayed actually putting it together because to fit all the equipment on the new shelves would require removing an estimated all the wires the world has ever produced and putting them back together and that certainly could never be done correctly.
I impressed bunny_hugger with my determination to actually count the equipment, screws included, before tearing anything out of its plastic sleeves or assembling it, and identifying which pieces were which letters (from A through X, I believe). After that fine start I earned negative points by repeatedly screwing up the orientation of pieces A, B, C, and D. In my defense they were very slightly curved and very slightly asymmetric, and the diagram did not clarify any of this; it only warned us not to put some shelves on perpendicular to the only possible way they might conceivably have fit.
But the wire challenge: how to beat that? We got some small-size post-it notes and before unplugging anything wrote down what device and what port it plugged back into. There were some glitches, with a couple post-its coming loose (some tape helped that), and the discovery of several wires which were held up by the others in the nest and were unattached to anything in either direction. A couple were plugged in on one side but not to anything else on the other. And we were stymied with one speaker cable for which we couldn't tell the red and the black apart and which didn't match the speaker they were connected to. (We used the theory that this one was plugged in the way another speaker was, and it seemed to pan out.)
And then, in the most incredible event in the history of incredible events, after this massive multi-hour project of unhooking wires, building a new tower, putting thing on it, and plugging wires back in, we had ... nearly perfect success. We forgot to plug one gadget into the power supply, but correcting for that, everything worked on the first try. It might be our greatest feat of wire tangle work.
And it meant we could finally play some of our records. The first choice, naturally, was the Buggle's The Age Of Plastic, which is the one with ``Video Killed The Radio Star''. Perhaps we played it a little louder than was wise, but, how could we not?
Trivia: Among the items not specified in the Knickerbocker baseball club's famous rules of 1845 (the earliest known written rules for baseball) were the placement of fielders, the number of players, the direction of baserunning, and how a run was scored. Source: But Didn't We Have Fun? An Informal History Of Baseball's Pioneer Era, 1843 - 1870, Peter Morris.
Currently Reading: Group Theory In The Bedroom, And Other Mathematical Diversions, Brian Hayes.
PS: Reading the Comics, September 11, 2012, rounding up comics that mostly aren't about the first-day-of-school math panic/anxiety stuff. Mostly.