Newly Discovered Radio Station

I just got my car back from the shop. $1500. Ouch!

On the way home, though, I turned on the radio. All my preset stations were gone. Right. Whenever they reset the onboard computer, it resets my radio station presets. Kinda weird that it would, actually. Doesn't the radio have its own “memory” separate from the car's computer? Apparently not.

Anyway, punching the buttons just to see what the radio decided to set for me, I happened upon 107.9, apparently known as Q108. They were actually playing songs from this decade! And it wasn't rap/crap! No way! Yes, way. The reception is spotty here because the station actually comes out of Clarksville. I guess they've got that large younger population stationed at Fort Campbell that they're catering to. Anyway, I love it.

So, for those odd occasions when I forget my MP3 player and am forced to listen to broadcast radio, I'll tune in 107.9, so long as it comes in. Or, I can go to q108.com and listen through the internet.

Speaking of which, I came across an article yesterday about internet radio in your car! It was being offered by Blaupunkt in partnership with someone else. Unfortunately, it was only offered in Australia, apparently. Even there I'm not sure it ever came to fruition. Sure would be nice, though, assuming the 3G reception is acceptable. Then again, if you're going to pay for a 3G connection, you'd might as well go with Sirius XM radio. I used to have that, and loved it. It's just that when I had to start tightening my budget, that was one of the first things to go. God, I hate budget tightening! 🙂

But I digress …

A Day Without My Car

I'm just testing this Windows Live Writer software. UPDATE: There's now a newer, “open-source” version here.

It was a dark and stormy night … No, it was an unusually cold day … yeah, that's it … for the first week of December when I was forced to go without my beloved — well, maybe not beloved, but much appreciated car. It's in the shop because it's running roughly, “missing” is the technical term. I hope to get it back tonight.

Just last night, seeing some people at a bus stop, my daughter asked what they were doing there. I explained they were waiting for a bus. “Why?” she asked … of course. “Because not everyone has a car,” I said. She seemed to accept that. She could relate, having just a tricycle, scooter and bicycle herself.

Holiday World video

And the verdict is: This Windows Live Writer is a pretty nice piece of software!