just so you know – i am a RADIO LISTENER. i absolutely love the spontaneity that comes along with turning the dial – you never know what’s right around the corner. no satellite for me, i like to keep it local and i only put a CD on if there is nothing, and i mean nothing, on the radio. i’ve been in a little bit of a funk all week because my favorite local radio station (92.9 fm) is going away, and taking with it atlanta’s most hysterical and fabulous veejay, mara davis. i always got so excited when i was in the car when her show, radio free lunch, was on the air – she played songs with a theme every day, and her commentary alone made it worth listening to. i actually got the extreme privilege of sitting in the studio with her on-air (I KNOW!) years ago, with my friend drew, her brother-in-law. drew and i were work friends, and during a group lunch outing, he was saying something about how he got free tickets somewhere from his brother and sister-in-law, who was a local radio host. he was so nonchalant about it, i thought it must be a total nobody, thinking like the outer edges of the FM dial or graveyard shift…but i asked who it was, and he said “her name’s mara davis, she’s on…” and i cut in went something like this.
YEAH, DAVE 929 FM!!!! OMG I LOVE HER!!!!! OMG YOU ARE RELATED TO HER?!!?? IS SHE THE COOLEST PERSON EVER?!?! WHAT IS SHE LIKE?!?! WAIT, YOU HAVE HOLIDAYS WITH HER!??!? START AT THE BEGINNING. I’M GOING TO NEED TO HEAR EVERYTHING.
luckily drew is super cool and arranged for us to sit in the studio with her for an hour as her mid-day show was winding down…and i swear it took everything i had not to lose my sh*t when i was in there. she was just how she is on the air – cool, funny, hip, self-deprecating, hilarious and of course has that great voice. radio in atlanta will truly not be the same without her on the air waves.
this has got me thinking about bigger issues regarding today’s world. i love technology, don’t get me wrong. i couldn’t live without my iphone or my DVR. but it makes me sad that good radio stations can’t stay afloat, printed magazines are fading (domino…still miss you! i love lonny but it’s just not the same.) and last week, i tried to print some photos online for a birth announcement order at wolf camera and was told that my closest store was located in tennessee. whaaat!? they closed all of the stores in georgia, just like that. the paper printing industry as a whole is touch and go… i can’t tell you how many printers and paper suppliers i’ve used that closed their doors, or consolidated, or just sold themselves to a big conglomeration to get out. and companies like paperless post are trying mightily to convince people that it’s okay and totally acceptable to send electronic invitations and letters. i don’t care what it looks like on screen…if you can’t feel it in your hand and it didn’t arrive with a post-marked stamp, it is not a real thank you note or party invitation. (i just totally got myself uninvited to every evite party.)
here is why – in my eyes – mail, letters, books, the printed word and paper correspondence in general… will never go out of style. because you can’t write a surprise note of thanks on the back of something that comes to your inbox.
good mail day on tuesday.
i told one of my friends i bought this book (carole radziwill’s memoir…omg i can’t wait to get the inside scoop on the kennedys!) and she asked me if i bought it digitally or in paper. come again?! i will never buy a digital book. ever. i need to dogear pages, look at the typeface, check out the book jacket, and then see what color the spine is and put it on the appropriate shelf on the bookshelves (natch). really though, in 50 years will bookshelves even exist anymore? or will they be full of docking stations for kindles or an LCD screen flashing titles you’ve recently bought online?
i feel like i’m that old lady, waxing on about how things used to be better back in the day – but i’m just 32. am i the only one that feels like they’re getting left behind – but would prefer to stay there? maybe this is just part of getting older. i don’t know, i’ve never gotten old before. but right now i feel like tossing some wooden shoes into the new machines.
speaking of old fashioned, rinne’s favorite book is pat the bunny, first published in 1940. maybe i’m raising a little old lady.
at least i’ll have someone to write me letters and to share real books with!
and lastly…here’s one age-old tradition i wouldn’t mind seeing go obsolete. making the bed – i mean, why do i bother?!
this is the bed in the nursery that no one sleeps in – so should, theoretically, stay perfectly made up 100% of the time.
this was seconds before he pulled down the flat sheet and just hopped right in with his dirty feet.
an automatic bed-maker. let’s quit with the electronic books and get on that, yes?
your faithful luddite