... our friends Ken and Crystal were playing a CD from "Six Feet Under" which Kris & I enjoyed well enough, so they suggested we borrow it.... I thanked Al for the loan. A job really is easier with the right tool, but the first thing I did was to write his name on a sticker, and stuck it on the handle.
Months later, Ken asks casually about getting his CD back. Oh yeah, that. We'll get right on it. Thanks for the loan!
I looked all over. No CD. The most likely explanation is that it got mixed in with all the other CDs and purged in one of our fits of downsizing. Maybe it had been donated to our favorite thrift store, maybe it went to Half Price Books - whereever it was, it wasn't here anymore.
No problem - that's why they make music stores! A quick trip and we had a new CD. I removed the shrinkwrap so our maneuver would not be TOO obvious, and the disk was swiftly returned.
Next day, a brief conversation:
"That Six Feet Under CD?"
"Yes, thanks for the loan!"
"The one you returned?"
"Uhm, yeah. It was ok, wasn't it?"
"Yeah, it's like new. But it's the 1st season. We lent you the 2nd Season."
As Kris says, "If you can't be a good example, you can at least be a horrible warning!"