Operation Check Every CD Case™

Yesterday evening I decided that I should like to listen to the soothing tones of Halford:

Halford CD

Just to clarify, I do not mean Halfords (with an ‘s’), high street purveyor of car accessories, components and bicycles (at the Bike Hut).


As an aside, I do not believe that Bike Hut will become as popular as Pizza Hut until Halfords offer a bicycle with a frame that is filled with melted cheese.

Back to the adventure … What I meant was Halford (with no ‘s’), the band named after non-hirsute and vaulting tenor Rob Halford, who first rose to fame in the heavy metal band Judas Priest.

However, when I opened the CD box … it was EMPTY!

empty Halford CD case

“Hmmm,” I thought to myself.

The last time I remember listening to this compact disc was in the portable compact disc player in my portable motor car machine.


But alas! it was not there. (The CD, I mean, the car was there. On the drive. Parked. Where it should have been.)

I knew then that I must begin Operation Check Every CD Case™. Again. I have to do this about every two months, or so.

Unfortunately, I have quite a few CDs in my CD bookcase:

Bookcase of CDs

Knowing that the hardest part is just deciding where to start looking, I just started looking at head-height. On the fourth shelf down.

Start here

When I got to the third but last shelf:


I made a discovery in a Joe Satriani CD case:

Joe Satriani CD

What’s that doing there?! It’s a Tomahawk CD in the wrong case:

Tomahawk CD in Joe Satriani case

I was elated. But not delighted. I had still not found my Halford CD.

Reaching the bottom of the bookcase, I resumed my search at the very top. Working my way from left to right, checking CD after CD.

And then, only inches from where I began my search I made my discovery:

Arrow at top of bookcase

Nestled within a CD case filed under ‘B’ for Black Hawk Down:

Arrow on Black Hawk Down CD

I found my Halford CD! Hoorah! The Lord be praised! Now my Halford CD case is once more filled with pounding metal. All is well.

Halford CD in case

It’s true what they say: seek and you will find! What marvellous advice.

Now … where are my car keys? I need to get to work.

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 52 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Scrum master at Safeguard Global; latterly at Sky and Vision/Cegedim. Former web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and previously warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

9 thoughts on “Operation Check Every CD Case™”

  1. a question.

    where was the Tomahawk CD? (did you care – no, that’s a silly question, an IA always cares) what else was in the Black Hawk Down CD case? did you find the way to Narnia?

  2. That was more than one question Andy. But in a fit of generosity I’ll answer all your questions, one by one.

    1. The Tomahawk CD was in the Joe Satriani CD case. I told you that already. I wasn’t looking for it, but fortuitously stumbled upon it in my searching. It was a bonus find.

    2. I did care. I’m always pleased to find CD in their correct cases.

    3. The Black Hawk Down CD was also in the Black Hawk Down CD case.

    4. I didn’t find the way to Narnia. But then I wasn’t looking for it.

  3. I didn’t find the way to Narnia. But then I wasn’t looking for it.

    Only in two out of the seven Narnia books does somone end up in Narnia when they’re actually trying to get in: Eustace & Jill in both ‘The Silver Chair’ and ‘The Last Battle’. In four of the other five books, the children end up in Narnia quite unintentionally. And, of course, in ‘The Horse and His Boy’ nobody travels from England to Narnia. The other folk who end up in Narnia, the pirates whose decendants become the Telmarines in ‘Prince Caspian’ (and indeed the Young Ones in the episode ‘Flood’), also got there quite by accident.

    My point being, you’re much more likely to end up in Narnia if you’re not looking for it than if you are. Still pretty unlikely though, given that you’re 35 and most of those who get in are children…

  4. Right, just to put everyone at ease:

    the only CD that I thought was missing was the Halford one.

    As you know it turns out that the Tomahawk one was also misplaced, discovered in the Joe Satriani (aka Satch) CD case along with the correct Satch CD.

    All other CDs as far as I can see are now safely in their own CD containers. Apart from one Metal Hammer taster CD which is currently in the car, the case is on the floor next to the CD bookcase.

    I hope that alleviates any fears or misgivings that anyone has about this situation.

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