Tuesday, August 10, 2010

God didn't buy me a satellite

Not that I expected Him to, nor did I ask.  Certainly, there are far larger things going on in the world than my having to listen to broadcast radio.

All the same, having spent the last three months nearly commercial-free, almost always finding music to suit my mood, whatever mood that may be, suddenly being faced with static, lost stations, non-stop ads, unwitty 'witty morning banter' and country music (actually, it's both kinds: country and western) is like torture.
(And not the good kind, with spankings...)

It was something, driving to lunch with typical early-80's new wave in the background, only to get back in the car after some great tacos to nothing.  Well, an XM advertisement looping non-stop, but not early-80's new wave, to be sure.

I can't say they didn't warn me.  I ignored the mail, the phone calls at inopportune times, even the emails.  Because part of me cringes at the idea of paying for radio.  However, that part is the one with no short-term memory, the holier-than-thou part of my brain that forgets we hate commercials, unwitty 'witty morning banter' and country music.  It's also the same part of my brain that hates buying bottled water or paying for cable, but those are completely different subjects.

I'm just going to have to break down and pay the XM piper, aren't I?

On an unrelated note, have you noticed the trusty sidebar here at CDS Enterprises?  There's a nifty little PayPal button over there, where you can achieve great esteem in the eyes of this site's author by donating to the XM cause.  

No?  Then at least click the email link and ask the nerdy fat guy an interesting question.  It's the least you could do.


Nej said...

I've taken to listening to audio books because my hatred for commercials and crappy morning yabber is just too much for me to handle any more. :-)

Flame said...

Blues Brothers AND Monty Python reference makes this post full of WIN.
Word verification: redness

Bev said...

I'll contribute to your XM fund just as soon as you contribute to mine. In other words, I listen to shitty terrestrial radio too, and it really chaps my hide....

KLo said...

The iPod dock in my car just broke ... and I'm back to FM radio. In fact, I just bought the first CD I've purchased in years.

Feeling your pain ...

Cul-de-sac-ed said...

I exclusively listen to my iPod in the car, but I did listen to commercial radio the other day for the first time in about a year. (I choose to spend my money on bottled water rather than satellite radio) I don't know why I was surprised to find the "alternative" station still plays Blind Mellon and Stone Temple Pilots on a constant loop with a sprinkling of The Toadies for variety. According to 103.9, the music industry dried up in 1992.

Sarah J. Bradley said...

I think you are, Elliott, my friend. Personally, I never leave the house without a case full of CDs, especially since The Boy clings to the one iPod dock like it's a magic talisman, and sharing it will weaken its power. (Somehow he feels if I use it to play Rick Springfield, he'll no longer be able to hear Paramore.)

Be nice and share!

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