Patrick and JP discuss the value and limitations of digital recorders and other media. I believe this was recorded in his hotel room in L.A. during a brief layover on his way to visit other family members.
Here’s a transcription:
J: … The audio files are so huge.
P: Good idea. What are you recording onto?
J: It’s digital, it’s recording into internal memory and then I just plug the whole thing into a computer, download it, run some software to convert it from one audio format to another. That way I can post it on a website so you can listen to it while reading the transcription that my friend is doing.
J: It’s a great way – I know I’ve advocated it before but – when you want to tell your story, rather than … If you don’t feel like writing it out, just talk it out.
P: If you’ve got somebody who will type it.
J: There are a lot of people who can do that. But even if not, at least you’ve got it recorded in some fashion and it can always be transcribed later.
P: I did a lot of that before but the media has changed so that they can’t be played anymore. Types of little disc, tape … and stuff like that.
J: You just have to record those into one of these.
J: Actually I have a friend in Albuquerque who had been saving on her phone for two or three years some messages that her mom had left her before she passed away. [The messages said] “I’m really proud of you and I’ve never really been good at expressing it” but, anyway, she’s always saving these recordings. I was visiting and I just held this thing up to her phone. She played them back and we listened to this recording of it. She said “Yeah, that’s good, now I can erase the phone … or not .”
P: I accidentally erased a good one from Stephanie. But you can’t keep everything.
J: That’s right. Where would you put it? [That’s a Stephen Wright joke.]
J: That’s a noisy door!
P: Hopefully it’s not someone falling from the roof … onto the terrace!
Transcribed by Corine M.
I’m the son of Patrick of Meadows.