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On the Road will continue, but it will be forever Alain’s.
I made it to ABC’s pad successfully, and I am stealing a moment while she hoses off the children to surf the web. I had a pretty uneventful ride up (the first time I came here the Subaru went tits up halfway there and then on the way home I drove through a snowstorm at 20 miles and hour), so by comparison, anything is uneventful.
I did get pulled over, though, and that is the first time I have been pulled over since 1995. I was on 119 right near the East 22 exit, and the highway splits off in three directions and drops from 70 to 45 in about 300 ft while downhill, and I was breaking to get to 45, but you can’t just slam on your brakes on a highway, so I was still speeding and got pulled over.
Fortunately, I have the whole whiteness thing going so I got off with just a warning (he didn’t even tell me how fast I was going), but I was still kind of irritated I was pulled over for such shitty design. At any rate, I treated the cop like I treat all police when I interact with them, which is that they are pretty well trained to shoot me and inadequately trained in everything else. Pulled over far off to the right so I was almost in the culvert so he would feel safe with enough room, turned my hazards on, turned off the car, rolled down the front and back window (since the back window is tinted), put the keys in sight on the dashboard, and just kept my hands on the steering wheel and let him do all the talking. Took about five minutes and I was off.
Again, whiteness is good. I also think having a clean car really helps. They can see everything in the vehicle and don’t have to worry about guns hidden anywhere.
Thoroughly enjoyed the vehicle, and amusingly enough given that I was pulled over for the first time since the 90’s, I find myself driving slower. The Subaru had all that HP and just wanted to go 80-85, but the Honda has a really nice sweet spot from 65-75. The ride was smooth, I got 30 miles to the gallon, and I really enjoyed the seven point speaker system.
Speaking of the stereo, I had the iphone loaded with music and found myself listening to a weird assortment of music (that I am going to post here in part because I know half of them probably piss off DougJ).
Bjork- Telegram (I played Isobel twice)
Big Audio Dynamite- This is Big Audio Dynamite
CCR- 20 Greatest Hits (skipped a couple that I’ve heard too much- Proud Mary, etc.)
The Cult- Electric. I may have played King Contrary Man three times back to back to back because, well, this is why:
Needed a transition after the Cult so I slowed things down a bit with a couple from Led Zeppelin- Physical Graffiti
OMD- Crush (stopped after track five, Crush, because I think the album goes to shit from there)
Rolling Stones- Emotional Rescue
Rolling Stones:]- Sticky Fingers
Smiths Hatful of Hollow
Squeeze- Singles: 45 and Under
Maceo Parker and the Kingsman- Doing Their Own Thing
Just finished the rest of the ride with the J.B’s Anthology- Funky Good time.
Lot of stuff I have not listened to in a while. It was a fun drive.