Traffic? What traffic?

Driving in to work this morning, I was a bit miffed because I’d gotten a late start and I dreaded the drive in at the height of rush hour. But my goodness, a faster drive in at 8:30am I have never seen! I was actually upset that I didn’t have more time to listen to “Deception Point” by Dan Brown (I downloaded it for free from this new website).

deception pointI opened the mailer with a tinge of disappointment when I first received the book – I hadn’t been pleased with Digital Fortress and I was starting to think Brown is a two-hit wonder (Angels and Demons wasn’t bad). But this one’s got me double-checking the timer on my iPhone to make sure I have lots of battery left (I’m enjoying it that much).

But what’s up with this traffic? Traffic is usually lighter during any holiday week, but this is even better than usual. Two of my closest friends are on holidays this week. Perhaps this is the last chance for most of us to get away from it all before the return of the “work” season, and it’s being taken advantage of by more people than I’d think. Huh.

Well I for one won’t be lulled. If I start enjoying the next couple of days, then I just know the return to normal next week will feel even worse. So I’m going to drive extra slow tomorrow. If you’re behind me, no need to say thank you, I know you appreciate it.…

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How Do You Decide Which Books to Hear?

A writer for a major national newspaper called me today; he’s working on a story about how couples now negotiate which audiobooks to listen to in the car the same way they negotiate (argue?) which movies to rent from the local video store.

It’s an interesting concept, and I’ve had my own experiences with my wife when we go on road trips. We usually agree on taking one book each that is “ours” and a few that we can listen to together when we’re both awake. What I remember is that we could only listen for 20 minutes or so before we’d get into an argument about what we were hearing (mostly self-help type books).

If you have stories on how you select books in the face of competition from another listener, I’d love to hear them. And I’ll put you in touch with the writer so you can get quoted in the paper.

Here’s my father’s opinion on this matter:

After 47 years of marriage, I find that arguing in a marriage is best avoided. We have been listening to audiobooks for many years.

Tapes and CDs. However, we have different interests. Last year I purchased 2 inexpensive mp3 players (512 MB). I now rip a few audiobooks at the lowest bit rate in mp3 format to “hers and mine”.

For audiobooks, a higher bit rate is really not necessary. We are now both listening simultaneously to our own mp3 players. My wife uses two headphones. I (always the driver) use only the right ear pod. Instead of an earpiece connected to my cell phone, I use an earpiece of my mp3 player.

Same scenario when traveling with grandchildren. They are listening to their expensive Ipods. We are listening to our audiobooks on our mp3 players. Everyone is happy.

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