Ages ago when I had a long-ass commute halfway across the state of Massachusetts on a daily basis, I’d always have tunage with me. Mind you, my old Cavalier (and later my Firebird) only had a tape player, so a lot of my traveling music was my older tapes or, more often, my mixtapes. That kept me sane, made the time pass, and gave me a soundtrack for when I was pondering what I’d do next in my writing.
Nowadays my travel tunage is on two mp3 players. Much easier to carry, thankfully. I bring them on vacation for in-flight entertainment or background while I’m working on revision. I bring them to the gym for something to listen to while I’m on the treadmill.
I’ll switch out what’s on those players every now and again, depending on my mood. One of them is filled with releases from this year, while the other usually contains an ongoing soundtrack to whatever writing I’m working on. Since I’m not going anywhere on that treadmill and the view is mostly of the ongoing construction across the street, I’ll let my mind wander so I can think through issues I’ve been having, or play out a scene I’ve been planning to write. This works out quite nicely, actually.
Lately we’d been looking into buying a new car. Ours is a 2004 Civic that, while it’s still running strong and has less than 60k on it (thank you SF transit!), I can definitely feel that it’s aging. It’s getting worn out. While A has been looking into the specs and whatnot — she’s more knowledgeable about cars than I am, I will admit — my only major request is that it has a decent stereo, and perhaps a USB outlet so I can plug said mp3 players in so we can listen to our own tunage. Secondary requests, of course, are that I can fit into the car without needing to get into a yoga position, has minimal blocked vision, and that it can climb the hills of this city without significant rollback. Everything else I can adjust to.
So on Friday, we went shopping, and came home (after some delay and some unexpected shenanigans) with a 2018 Honda Fit. It definitely hits all my requests and more, and I’m looking forward to getting used to tooling around town in it. At present we’re just waiting for the dealer to finalize all the DMV paperwork (they’ll take care of the plates/sticker/etc for us), and on Monday we’ll call our insurance guy to update the information. I love it so far.
Now I just need to make an inaugural mixtape for it. 🙂