As a consumer, I tend to be pretty awesome. And by awesome I mean that I spend money on things I don't need and usually regret my purchases soon after they're made.
So I'm awesome for the guy selling the useless, regret-filled product.
That said, I do occasionally make a purchase that I don't regret. One such example has been my decision to add a Sirius/XM satellite radio to my car.
I have a pretty long commute to work each day, and having something of constantly high quality to listen to has helped my sanity. I can honestly say that some days, the best part of the day is spent in my car listening to a good clip of music or a killer talk show.
Sad? You try being a book editor, then you tell me.
Anydepression, this week I came across a channel on Sirius that I'd previously never heard of. See, I'm one of those people who, once I set my channels in the car, I keep them that way for the long haul.
So when a buddy mentioned that he listens to a station called Lithium pretty much nonstop, I was intrigued but a little hesitant to not be so set in my ways.
But after flipping through the stations on my way home the other day and coming up mostly empty in terms of a decent song, I decided to give this new station a try.
When I tuned to Lithium, I was immediately transported back to the mid-90s, my glory days of music listening.
Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews, Soul Asylum, Gin Blossoms, Smashing Pumpkins, Blink-182, Foo Fighters, Nirvana, The Offspring, Counting Crows, Green Day, Temple of the Dog...it just kept going.
And it was good stuff from these bands--Gone Away, Ants Marching, The Man Who Sold the World, My Hero, Rain King.
I know it makes me sound old, but sitting in the car heading home and listening to bands I grew up with really took me back.
With Lithium, the 90s don't seem like they're that far away.