Just as I was about to put another old jazz record on the turntable to rip it, the swing-arm desk lamp came loose from the desk and crashed down onto the record--which at the time I was holding in my hands just before putting it on the turntable, leaving two horrible gouges across tracks 2 & 3 of side 1. Five seconds either way and the record would not have been in that exact spot at that exact moment. It's things like this that make me think there's some kind of curse on me sometimes.
It's not a great old record. In fact it's by a guy who is credited with inventing "smooth jazz." I don't know how accurate that credit is, but it's in Wikipedia so it must be true! But still, it's very aggravating.