I only ever had a car of my own for the five years I spent in grad school, and for the most part, I hated it. Cars to me were nothing but a giant pain--sitting in traffic, circling grad school town's labyrinth of one-way streets looking for parking, digging myself out after the snow plow came through...plus paying for gas, insurance, oil changes, speeding tickets (ahem)...the day I sold my car was one of the happiest of my life.
That said, I can't deny that I derived a great deal of pleasure from driving around and flipping through the radio stations, loudly singing along with whatever random bits of pop goodness I happened to stumble upon (I have a special talent for remembering the lyrics to pretty much every song ever). At home and in my iPod, my music collection was eclectic but refined; but in my car, alone, I could revel in 80s nostalgia, in cheesy classic rock, and in current, inexplicably catchy bubblegum pop with no risk of incriminating evidence.
This week I made a last minute decision to make an appearance at my parents' Passover seder, and getting there involved renting a car just outside the city. It was the first time in ages that I've driven any substantial distance on my own, and I won't lie, I rocked out like it was 2004. Below is but a small sampling of the quality tunes the radio gods hurled at me to make my trip a little awesomer.
Push it - Salt 'n Pepa
Summer of 69 - Bryan Adams
Don't fear the reaper - Blue Oyster Cult
What goes around.../...comes around - Justin Timberlake
Life is a highway - Tom Cochrane
Thriller - Michael Jackson
Groove me - King Floyd
If you leave - OMD
Here I go again - Whitesnake
Best of my love - The Emotions
I don't want to miss a thing - Aerosmith
Groove is in the heart - Dee-Lite
Don't stop believing - Journey
Young Americans - David Bowie
What a fool believes - The Doobie Brothers
I'm so excited - The Pointer Sisters
Ain't too proud to beg - The Temptations
All of the lights - Kanye West
Hit me with your best shot - Pat Benetar
Howlin for you - The Black Keys
Girls just want to have fun - Cyndi Lauper
Moment 4 life - Nicki Minaj
Tonight tonight - Smashing Pumpkins
DJ's got us falling in love again - Usher
I can't fight this feeling - REO Speedwagon
Don't bring me down - ELO
Big empty - STP
Oh and PS, when I was home I made the most excellent discovery that my mom, also a scientist, has started using pipette tip box tops to organize her kitchen drawers. Isn't that amazing?