2014 Trip Across the US & Canada

Day 45

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Saturday, November 23, 2013, Kartchner Caverns State Park, Day 3 - 0 miles, 4,401.6 For the Trip

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You know, I've always considered that I have a eclectic taste in music. As part of my work at SUNY Oswego, I've chosen the music and designed sound for over 150 productions. My iPod (actually an iPhone) sounds like a mistake, even though I believe I have finally removed all the sound effects (you really don't want to be listening to a shuffle of your music when the next "tune" is a crack of thunder or a drag race).

Everything from a live recording of of Rosalie Sorrels at a local music hall, many recordings of students at a local coffee house, Tom Waits, Thelonious Monk, Randy Newman, Queen, John Coltrane, The Bulgarian State Radio & Television Women's Chorus, even Jason Mraz. So where is all this going? Well, there is one genre of music I just can't get a hold of - Modern Country. Don't get me wrong, I listen to Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers, love bluegrass, in fact one of my favorite sound designs was for the little known musical "The Robber Bridegroom" a production that is about as country as it can get. Still, I can't take much of most of the country music played on radio stations.

So, guess what radio stations I've been able to receive on my trailer radio the last week? Yup, country. While the Sony RDP-XF100P is great in that it is a FM radio, iPod dock, has great sound quality, and will run for 4-6 hours on its internal battery, it FM receiver is about the weakest I've ever owned. Even my jogging headset receives more stations. While I can listen to my previously recorded music, and do, I like to hear what is going on locally. It rained all day, so I'm countried out. It did let up for a bit & I had to get out of my 6'X14' box, so I walked to the Discovery Center (the Visitor Center) for a cup of coffee. Of course while I was there it started to rain again, so I was soaked by the time I got back to the trailer. Still, it was good to get out.

I didn't do much else - did some fixes on my web pages, read a bunch of blogs & forums, read (I'm currently reading the 3rd book of a 4 book series by Jeffrey Overstreet - The Auralia Thread), etc. My reading interests are just as strange as my taste in music.

Dinner was left over boneless chicken fingers and a salad. I hope it clears up tomorrow - I'd like to see some area forts and other historic sites, but none of them sound like much fun in the rain.

Until Next Time -

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