As I've mentioned many times before, I'm a big hard rock and metal fan. For years I've kept my radio on music stations or blasted nü-metal CDs on my way to and from work and everywhere else I've gone.
I don't know if it's the gloomy weather or all of the other things that are making me struggle to keep a positive outlook on life right now, but I've suddenly lost my tolerance for grim, minor-key ranting during my commute.
Fortunately, one of my local radio stations has recently changed to an all-comedy format, so now I have a much less road-rage-inducing form of in-car entertainment.
The station mainly plays little snippets of stand-up acts with a few SNL shorts and other satire bits interspersed. They don't limit themselves to the past couple of decades either; I've even heard some of Bob Newhart's classic one-sided phone conversation routines. Of course, not everything they play fits my sense of humor, but the material is curated pretty well.
It took about a week before I heard a repeat, which I thought was a pretty good sign. My only criticism is that the station's signal is weak and breaks up at random locations and under overpasses.
It feels almost therapeutic to laugh most of the time I'm in the car. Right now I need all the happy energy I can get.
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