I have been listening to This American Life with Ira Glass since I can remember. Not every week, nor every year even, but sometimes several episodes together until I need a break for a while. He is the usual narrator of or the radio program, which relates stories about American people organized by theme. I bring this up not because I am recommending the show, but because I want to give a feel of how much time I spend in the car.
Last month, and December too, I was listening to mystery novels on Audible or Librivox. Librivox is especially cool because it is a huge collection of public domain texts (most of which are classics) read by volunteers. Some readers are about as good as I must sound reading to the kids with background noise included. Other readers are AWESOME. I good list can be found on Forgotten Classics, a which mostly consists of even more, well read, audio books. I have finished 15-20 books in the last 3 months.
In an earlier blog post this year, I described a day in the life of me in the car, but I am reluctant to try and add up the hours. I will probably be forced to identify myself as sedentary and will inevitably feel the attached self loathing which I already have enough of related to “baby weight.”
The thing is, I love walking around here. Everyone does. I have seen pedestrians every outing, every time. I have seen as many or more cyclists. Last snow, I saw the neighbor across mounting her bike to take off in the middle of a weekday (in the snowy driveway). If I could spend the time walking, I would, although this probabably would also include book listening too.