Saturday, May 27, 2006

Tales of the Easily Amused

On the Friday before a long holiday weekend, commuting to a work-related meeting on a nice, sunny morning is not the worst assignment you can get. And my Friday was considerably enhanced by discovering a great radio program.

I usually listen to CMU public radio, our local public station -- honey-tongued hosts playing soothing classical music on weekdays, plus BBC News around the lunch hour; the only news program I take seriously. I hardly ever twiddle the dial on my car radio. But for the past couple of days my reception has been wonky, so I had to nudge the tuner over to an affiliated station, Delta College public radio. Its offerings range from something called the Linda Lee Polka Show to Ed Gordon to Latino music and news, and lots of other programming; it's an interesting change of pace, to say the least. But the show I've absolutely fallen in love with is Women in Music , which it broadcasts Fridays from about noon until 2:00 p.m. Wow. Wow. It's all women, all the time -- classics by the likes of Joni Mitchell, but also a lot of new, independently produced music crossing the genres -- jazz, Celtic, worldbeat. Yesterday I was freakin' my freak to some funky Brazilian tune in a manner that I'm sure frightened several oncoming drivers. (My dance aesthetic can be described, in the words of Seinfeld's George Costanza, as full-body dry heave.) Now, if it makes LC bounce around in the car, you know it's good music. 88-percent-cocoa candy bar good; "hairdresser who doesn't make me look like Moe of the Three Stooges" good; waking up at 3 a.m., thinking, "'s Saturday" and happily falling back to sleep good.

I know some of you more cosmopolitan folk are probably chuckling right now...but in a part of the world where local radio is pretty much limited to either fundamentalist fulminating or the Toby Keith school of Kaiser kurios country jingoism, finding a program like this is remarkable. It made me smile for the rest of the afternoon.

And -- bonus pleasure points -- I had some time to kill before my meeting, so I zipped around to a little greenhouse just outside of town. I felt like one of those contest participants who get two minutes to fill a shopping basket; I basically sprang from my vehicle and raced through the place like a mad woman. I was looking for heirloom tomato plants, which I did not find, but I did find a fancy-leaved geranium with cream, burgundy and chartreuse patterned leaves. Gorgeous; a Victorian painted lady deserving of more respect by gardeners. It joins my maple-leaved burgundy-green fancy-leaved that I resurrected from a nubbin this winter.

It really does not take a lot to amuse and delight me.


Trish said...

I always thought that the best way to go about life is to be easily amused. :) Have a good one.

Rainbow Pastor said...

Your geraniums sound lovely! HOw I wish DP liked them; I woudl fill the garden with them--all kinds. As it is, I have one in a pot on the front porch.

Lest you think I'm a doormat, they smell bad to her; just one of those things! So I can hardly ask her to put up with something that is (to her) stinky.

Have fun with them!

Mata H said...

1st to Rainbow -- did you know there are scented geraniums (geranii?) Here is a ton of info. They can actually be very much NOT stinky :-)

LC Yahoo from one in-car-scary-bopper to another. I have found new artists at which is a nifty site that basically builds you your own computer radio station based on your pattern of likes and dislikes. It is now costing me $$ at amazon to by (used) all these new artists I am hearing.

Darius said...

Btw, another good news source, in addition to the BBC, is a program out of Canada - "As It Happens."

I haven't been able to listen - well, suppose I could download it - since leaving the DC area. The NPR station where I am now doesn't carry it.

It's more of a "news magazine" format, includes a bit of light stuff, but the news portions are in depth and by no means a mouthpiece for Dubya. I first became aware of the US as implementing torture years ago when they reported on a Canadian citizen who we sent to Saudi Arabia for that purpose.

St. Casserole said...

I'm amused and delighted by these same things.

Rainbow Pastor said...

Mata H,--yep, I know. I've tried, She says they all smell like pepper. Sigh.

So I'm sticking to iris until I have a whole chunk of garden for my very own (our plan, once we get more space for a garden, is for each of us to have an area that is our very own).

Thanks for the info, though!