Button-front: Goodwill (Express) — Skirt: Thrifted (Yili Ren) — Sandals: Goodwill (Target) — Belt: Thrifted — Necklace, bracelet, and earrings: Gifts
Do you guys like to drive? For that matter, can you drive? Where I live, here in Central California, driving is pretty common, especially since towns are usually separated by 20-30 minutes of farmland at minimum, but I understand that’s not necessarily the case everywhere. (True story: the first time I drove to visit Tito in Berkeley I missed a turn and, before I knew it, I was two towns away without having ever left the main road. That is just way too weird for my valley-oriented mind, where the nearest town where many of my coworkers live is still a 20-minute commute away.)
I try to minimize the amount of driving I do, especially if I can bike or walk somewhere, but I will admit that I rather enjoy doing longish drives by myself. I think it stems from going to university two hours away from home, and especially after Michael and I got together, I was doing that drive just about every other weekend for two years. Any solo drive between one and two hours long is a nice chunk of time to chill, think about things, and listen to music.
I especially miss the music thing now that I don’t travel so much anymore–I can listen to music while doing other things, sure, but there’s nothing quite like driving for it, since (as long as it’s a fairly easy/familiar drive) my brain is just occupied enough by the road that I don’t feel fidgety, but I can also listen without getting drowned out by, say, dishwashing noises or whatever. So I do get kind of excited when I know I’ll be heading out to the Bay Area for the weekend, and I’ll start going through my sizable, eclectic selection of CDs to try and decide what I’ll be jamming to on the way.
Even though I try to cycle through my music pretty evenly, there are certain albums that tend to go in more often than others, such as:
1) Anything by Radiohead, especially Amnesiac or The Bends
2) Illinois – Sufjan Stevens
3) Yes, Virginia – The Dresden Dolls
4) Life in Cartoon Motion – Mika
5) Way to Normal – Ben Folds
6) Guero – Beck
7) Aqualung – Jethro Tull
8) Restaurant – Jumbo
Well, looking at it, I guess that’s not such an eclectic collection after all. I shift between favoring moody, quiet stuff and poppy, high-energy stuff, but I like to sing along to all of it. I don’t have a very good voice, so maybe the fact that I’m usually in the car by myself is for the best.
So yeah, how ’bout you guys? Music? Cars? Driving? Huh? Yeah? Huh? Road trip? I call shotgun.