One of the many joys of being home in HOH for what seemed like three and a half years over the holidays was being able to cruise around the tri-state area in Larry’s tricked-out whip. When I’m in DC, I have to walk everywhere. No really, everywhere. I almost never have bus/metro fare on me and the last time I rode a bike in DC I ended up riding only on the sidewalks for fear of being mowed over by crazy drivers with road rage and diplomatic immunity. According to the pedestrians I terrorized (not to mention the laws of the District of Columbia), biking on sidewalks is not allowed.
As cushy as the warmth of a luxury automobile may be, there are two problems with Sven’s wheels:
1. It reeks a wee bit too heavily of the remants of a day spent fly-fishing (i.e. creek water, B.O. and soggy waders)
2. SIRIUS. Otherwise known as the devil’s radio.
The problem with Sirius is that it can’t surprise you. You know that if you turn on the 80s pop channel you’ll probably get a little taste of I Think We’re Alone Now. You know that if you turn on Sven’s favorite, the Grateful Dead channel, you’re DEFINITELY going to have to sit through a 20 minute long version of Casey Jones from some 1979 concert in Utica or Asheville or Akron or whereverthehell. And you know that if you turn on Howard Stern you’re going to hear a frizztastic schnozztastic skeezenugget giving Jews a bad name and interrogating David Arquette about his former sex life with his former wife.
I am FM radio’s biggest fan. #1: it’s free and I’m poor. #2: it changes from place to place, which is fun on road trips. #3: you never know what you’re going to get.
Take last night for example. Snags and I are in our Toyota Tacoma (Zipcar codename: Tilapia). We are on our way back from a long day of moving/ shopping at Ikea. We are tired and exasperated and dirty and bedraggled. And then, like the sound of ten thousand angels appearing from the heavens to save us from our torpor, comes Middle School Monday on 93.9! Seriously, when was the last time you turned on your SIRIUS and heard Busta Rhymes circa 1998?!