The Ultimate Driving Mixtape*

I’m pretty sure there’s something wrong with my mental state. I’m off in the head.

For the past month and a half, my girlfriend has been in the hospital and I’ve managed to visit her three or four times a week. This is a bit of an inconvenience as she’s about an hour drive away**.

So last week I took a vacation day… to drive two hours in the other direction and take an introduction to solar energy systems and design class in the southern part of the state. It wasn’t until I was cruising back on the highway that I realized this isn’t something most people do. In fact, most people would probably say I’m in desperate need of a psychiatrist.

And after I finish installing these solar panels and save on my electric bill I’ll make an appointment.

The insane part is that I actually enjoy the drive. Southern Ohio/Northern West Virginia is filled with beautiful scenery. It was a gorgeous day, and I got to enjoy it in my own way.

The best part is that my new*^ car has one of those newfangled ‘radio’ contraptions so I was able to listen to music the whole way. When I needed a break from the Creedence CD I brought along I was able to scan through the stations and usually land on something descent that made time pass a little quicker.

This got me thinking “what would be on the ultimate driving playlist?” And because one of my hobbies is blogging I had to turn it into something.

Granted, most of this is low hanging fruit, but give me a break; I’ve been doing a lot of driving lately.

Tom Cochran “Life is a Highway”

The Rolling Stones “Gimme Shelter”

The Carpenters “Superstar”


Beastie Boys “No Sleep Till Brooklyn”

AC/DC “Highway to Hell”

Elton John “Tiny Dancer”



Meat Loaf “Bat Out Of Hell”

Heart “Barracuda”


Jimi Hendrix “All Along The Watchtower”

Red Hot Chili Peppers “Soul 2 Squeeze”

Queen “Bohemian Rhapsody”


So I know all of your typing fingers are burning up right now to tell me which I missed. And that’s great! I purposely left enough space on this virtual disc for a little feedback. That’s what comments are for.

Have at ‘er!


* I’m sure someone has already done this post in a different way, but now it’s my turn!

**But she’s totally worth it.

*^Actually, it’s a year older than my previous vehicle, but the owner took much better care of it so it’s like a new car.



I Was So Close…

Sisters_PosterArtDo you remember Snow?

No, not the crystalline winter precipitation that we see less and less of thanks to global warming, but the one-hit, Canadian rapper/ reggae artist.

I swear I almost forgot all about him. It was beautiful. For several years now I’ve been in a state of bliss because I never got his 1992 hit song “Informer” stuck in my head.

Then I watched “Sisters” The new movie where they feature that song during a dance routine.


Seriously, all because of one silly scene I get that song stuck in my head all the time now. I don’t know what to do. I’m thinking about suing Amy Poehler and Tina Fey.

This has caused me some serious mental distress.

Awesome Movie Gigs III

After the first few editions of “Awesome Movie Gigs” bombed I wasn’t going to do a third one. But I found this draft cluttering up my post list and I thought, “What the hell? It’s not like I have any better ideas this week.”

Into The Wild (2007)

Lost in Translation (2003) – Seeing the sexiest woman alive sing a song from a band in Akron in Tokyo makes me proud to be from Ohio. And that’s not a feeling we Ohioan get very often.

Star Wars (1977)


The Little Mermaid (1989) – Well it would have been an awesome movie gig if Ariel hadn’t been off chatting with the seagull

Scent of a woman (1992)

It’s Pat (1994)


Mr. Holland’s Opus (1995) – I’ve never actually seen this movie. I just assume that there’s an awesome music scene in it.

Mars Attacks (1996) – Boy it was awesome to see Tom Jones singing Lenny Kravitz’s “Are You Gonna Go My Way.” or was that in The Jerky Boys?

The Cable Guy (1996)

10 Things I Hate About You (1999)


Southland Tales (2006)

Eddie and the Cruisers (1983)


The Wedding Singer (1998)

Beavis and Butthead Do America (1996)

Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)



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