Lessons from the radio

Dear Fellow Journalers,

The following is another one of “G’s” classics:



On my recent trip to Detroit, I had to drive around 150 miles in a rental car at 3am for a 6am arrival. This didn’t bother me in the least, as I have long preferred to make long drives at this time to avoid traffic.

Another thing I like about it is that I LOVE to use my car as a classroom. I simply pop in a tape or CD from my vast collection, and somehow always manage to learn something useful.

For this particular ride I stopped in that evening at a local bookstore and bought a “book on tape” that I’ve been meaning to read. I was set.

So the morning of I arrived at the car rental place and picked up my rental. While driving out I discovered the horror! NO TAPE, NO CD! All the unit had was an AM-FM RADIO!

Now let me tell you: ALL that’s on FM radio at that time of day (3am) are either talk shows, or news. Let me tell you something further– THE PEOPLE WHO CALL IN TO TALK SHOWS AT THAT HOUR ARE WEIRD! AND THE SUBJECTS THEY WANT TO TALK ABOUT ARE WEIRDER!

Frantically, I pushed buttons. I think I hit EVERY FM station available and could find NOTHING worth listening to. I sat back and wondered how I would cope with the rest of the trip at this ungodly (even for me) hour.

Then I remembered that the radio also had the AM frequency. I haven’t listened to AM radio in a LONG time. But I was desperate, and so I switched over to the AM frequency.

Guess what? The very first station I hit on AM was an “oldies” station! There they were. The sounds of my youth. Beach Boys! Martha and the Vandellas, etc! The sounds of my youth that I LOVE! There, in the privacy of my car surrounded only by the dark, I burst into song. And I happily bopped down the road, singing in my terrible voice, having a ball, and crewing up 150 miles of highway! Happy as a clam! The trip was over in no time.

Later, after time to contemplate, I got a life lesson from the experience—

How many of us waste time changing from station to station when what we REALLY  need is a change of frequency? How many of us search uselessly through one area, when we really need another? It’s EASY to change stations, but VERY hard to change frequencies.


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