I own an ipod.
My ipod has lots of fun stuff on it.
My car stereo has an ipod jack (which is why I bought it) -- but, the darned thing was never great about controlling the ipod from the stereo deck, although it worked until today.
today -- when I had to drive from BNstate to Red State -- thus, traversing Corn State.
Things were fine for a while. In the southern part of BNstate I could get NPR and the signal bled nicely into the northern reaches of corn state. Eventually the static got too bad and I had to hit seek...
First, I came across an editorial rant about the former Secretary of Agriculture. Apparently the only thing this guy did right was to kiss GW Bush's ass, at least according to the person doing the rant. The ranter went on for a good five minutes with much imbedded snarkyness. It was really pretty fun to listen to, especially since his target went to live in Nebraska -- and is going to run from senate from there... the announcer spewed this information with undertones of "everyone from Nebraska is a complete pervert-moron-freak" -- and the idiots from Nebraska deserve him as a Senator. Of course, he didn't seem to realize that editorial rants about the AG secretary aren't the stuff of scintillating radio...
After the rant about the Ag Secretary, I got the farm reports... which I still don't understand -- what the hell is a "barrow" and what is a "gilt" --- I suspect it has something to do with the sexuality or maturity of a pig... but, I wouldn't bet a dollar on it.
Next up was, I kid you not, a reading of the list of ALL of the people cast in the local high school production of Oliver! If you want to go, they are doing it November 2 and Cassie Johnson will be in the play, so it will be worth your while.
Finally -- I fell into an NPR zone and was safe for a while... Ah, the blissful sounds of a repeated broadcast of "All Things Considered" -- complete with a story about how Minnesota is doing a good job trying to prevent re-entry problems for National Gard soldiers returning from Iraq.
Eventually -- NPR turned to static and I had to hit the seek button again...
I came across, I kid you not, the radio version of the police blotter for a small Corn State town.... It seems that Mary was arrested for her 3rd DUI -- and Julie got picked-up on an arrest warrant from a neighboring county. It was so short that the radio personality repeated it twice, with full first and last names. There seems to be a female crime-spree in western Corn State these days...
After the police report I got all the details of the stuff on sale at the meat counter at the local Hy-Vee... obviously pre-recorded, as the beginning of the sale talk didn't exactly match the lead-in.... After the Hy-Vee report, we got what was on sale at Walgreens.
Finally, this station went back to country music and an amusing song about a guy recalling being threatened by the father of a high school girlfriend. The singer's point was that his daughter is about to start dating and he remembers the father's speech all too well.... it made me laugh to recall when hubby met my step-dad... kind of a similar situation.
After the country song I found some good late-80s/ early 90s stations, so I could sing along with the words... which was ok, I seem to learn all I need to know about Corn State on the radio --
actually, that isn't true -- if someone could tell me how to see my hubby without driving in it, that would be lovely... problem is that would require Star Trek wormhole technology that doesn't exist quite yet... sigh.