Cristina and I like to travel, hence the name of this site. Since most of Cristina’s family lives outside of Louisiana, we often travel to see them. For the holidays, we went to Panama City Beach to visit her family that lives there.
On the way home, we decided to do a search for record stores along the way. We limited our choices to two: Central Square Records in 30A section of Florida (more about that store later) and Bay Sound in Daphne, Alabama.
Bay Sound is off of exit 35 of I-10 in Alabama. You drive a little ways down the road and the building is to your right. One of the reviews that came up mentioned how this place had the selection of the big city stores with the hang out appeal that smaller stores have. I can see how that is true on both accounts. Once we started looking through the stacks, our 1-2 record limit was in jeopardy. Cristina found albums she hasn’t seen in other places. I found King of Rock by Run DMC and the Trainspotting soundtrack. I haven’t been looking for that particular soundtrack but I knew that I had to have it once Cristina showed it to me. Every time I looked at Cristina, she found more records she wanted. She also found more records I wanted such as a David Bowie “Ashes to Ashes” single.
We weren’t the only ones in the store. A dad (maybe grandpa) and a teenage girl were in the store. They were just as giddy as we were and soon they were breaking their buying limit as well. They both found Kiss’s Rock’n’Roll Over in two different sections and showed it to each at the same time. I almost called jinx. The store has a great and organized used section. The new records were top-notch as well.
When we went to check out, the owner asked if we were from our home city since I was wearing a shirt. Come to find out, his niece and nephew were in our classes. We talked a little and told him how much we enjoyed shopping here. This is a good thing for him, since we travel that way often to visit family. We talked a little about the albums we purchased and then headed home.
We just need to be stricter about that self-imposed limit.