As you tug to pull it out in hopes of not ripping the tape, wondering exactly how bad it has been eaten. Back in the day when your electronics were indeed real live monsters, eating your prized possessions! Will this be a quick fix or do we have twenty feet of loose tape to deal with here, tangled in a big heaping knotted mess!? This is where the #2 pencil comes in handy!
But even worse you pull your cassette from the mouth of the monster to find it has been chopped into two separate pieces. This is where the true concentration comes in! I bet a lot of great surgeons today learned a lot of their skills from fixing a torn tape! You must have a steady hand! You must get the two pieces to fit back together perfectly to avoid any skip in your favorite song and to function properly the next time you push it into the player. You finally get the two pieces aligned perfectly, then you need some scotch tape! Tear off a tiny itty bitty piece and tape the two pieces back together! The joy you get when it works is to not be compared! SUCCESS!
What about when the eject button decides to not keep it's end of the deal and decides to not return the cassette which is rightfully yours! This my friends is when you need a butter knife! Gently place the knife inside the compartment door and try and release the little grabbers and pry your favorite tape in hopes of not ruining the player or cracking the cassette case. If you don't get it out you are stuck listening to the same cassette for the rest of your cassette players life!
The new generation of children are sure missing out on all that cassettes had to offer, the intuitiveness and the drive to fix what's broken, and mad problem solving skills!
Have a wonderful Thursday...til next time :)