Tomorrow we are bound for Washington, and we’re headed there in a Ford CMAX. It’s a hybrid, which puts my mind at ease about money and environment.

I love driving this car – quiet, smooth, with extra little features like the rear camera that we don’t have on our car but I find very useful. Today I even used the navigation system to get us from gymnastics to the kid’s hair appointment in the allotted time. It also has that cool Ford sensor thing that lets you open your trunk hands free, which is genius.

If/when I head back to work in a real office or we need a second car for some other reason I am going to want a Ford hybrid. I’ve driven the Focus and now the CMAX and become a fan, despite my family’s Hyundai/Toyota history.

Actually my grandfather owned many, many cars in his life before giving up his license in his 80s. Maybe that’s where I get this love of driving.

Because I love to drive.

I have loved to drive since I got my license and first discovered the freedom of driving with the windows down and your own favourite music playing.

And thus we come to the thing I love the most about being allowed to borrow media fleet cars because I have a social media following: Sirius satellite radio. I love Sirius satellite radio. I love the Broadway station, I love 80s on 8 and 90s on 9, but today I mostly love Lithium. The Lithium station is me in high school. It’s 90s angst and blown out guitars. It’s beautiful.

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I took myself to a movie today – Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, totally inappropriate and hilarious with many cameos – and along the route there and back I heard Shine by Collective Soul, Glycerine by Bush, El Scorcho by Weezer, Where it’s at by Beck, In Bloom by Nirvana and Fell on Black Days by Soundgarden.

All those songs that I still remember the lyrics to, that I can still rock out to. I had a Soundgardern Superunknown t-shirt that I wore to pieces in high school because Black Hole Sun was awesome but The Day I Tried to Live was more awesome.

I recently referred to the early-90s as a golden age, but really the early to mid-90s is where my music lives.

I mean, I still listen to new music. Just last year I went to an Ed Sheeran concert and was totally blown away. And I love music from the 80s – the pure cheese that abounds. But the 90s, that’s where my taste in music was really born and where it’s stayed.


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