November 19, 2011
I’ve been away. My Grandma Vaughn passed away last week and I went to Alabama for the funeral. She was 94 and very ill, and she really is at peace now. I’m back home and trying to get back to normal.
I should also mention my parents and I drove to Alabama, from Colorado. I know what you’re thinking: why on Earth did we drive?! Long story. Suffice to say I spent a very long time in a car this week with my parents, whom I love dearly, but still. I need to thank XM Sirius radio’s “First Wave” station — all 80’s alternative all the time, pure bliss for an 80’s kid like me — for making the trip much easier for me (I don’t know about my parents…). See, I tricked my folks into leaving it on through most of the trip. I switched it there during my shift driving (driver picks the music, see) and failed to point out that nobody switched it back after my shift was up. Neat, huh? Actually, Dad tried to change the channel during “Rock Me, Amadeus,” and I cried like a kid who’d lost her ice cream cone, so he changed it back. Anyway, that gave me nearly four days of Depeche Mode, Simple Minds, Thompson Twins, OMD, Duran Duran, the Pretenders, Eurythmics,Talking Heads, Elvis Costello, Soft Cell (extended version!), Alphaville, Echo and the Bunnymen, Clash, Erasure, Cure, INXS, XTC, Psychedlic Furs, Roxy Music, a song by Frankie Goes to Hollywood that was not “Relax,” one by Bow Wow Wow that wasn’t “I Love Candy,” the German version of “Der Kommissar,” which I’m certain I’ve never heard before, and so on.
You get the idea.