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Turning Lack Into Lemonade
I'm remembering how much I hate the heat. It was in the high 90s yesterday, but that feels like 110 when you're not acclimated yet. Driving around in Old Red tries my patience even in winter, because the windows aren't tinted and it's always sunny enough to create a greenhouse effect. But the absence of air conditioning on a hot day is appalling. Still, I must admit to some pleasure sitting in the Wal-Mart parking lot this morning -- I know, I know, but I needed N batteries for Bean's redoubtable "Twinkle Star" and the first two places I stopped were out of them -- with the windows down, listening to the dreadful screech and crackle of the car's defective AM radio providing me just enough discernible commentary to figure out what was happening at the end of the Tennessee-Virginia game. It says a lot about me -- as much as anyone needs to know, really -- that I'm willing to spend long stretches of time leaning forward -- I wish there were a verb that means what "to peer" does, only in an aural context -- in an effort to extract shards of meaning from what most people would dismiss as sheer noise. Maybe I should write something about it: Sublime Reception: The Search for Meaning in the Noise of the Dial.

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danthered From: danthered Date: March 18th, 2007 08:33 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
How about having the windows tinted? There's a great deal of garbage out there, but there are also some very good and effective field-installed tint films. I like the ones Llumar make.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: March 18th, 2007 10:16 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I might. It's a question of how much money we should put into the car, which is old and has many miles on it.
flw From: flw Date: March 18th, 2007 11:00 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I think you should write that. I read something somewhere, a long time ago, about soldiers in Malta or somewhere like that, straining to hear a faint broadcast of the BBC Wordwide.

Radio means so much more when it is analog, faint and distant.
frostedfuckhead From: frostedfuckhead Date: March 19th, 2007 12:08 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
'to peer with one's ears' has a nice ring to it.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: March 19th, 2007 12:49 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I hadn't thought of the potential rhyme: nice!
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