When your kid commandeers the car radio

MONTCLARION: July 22, 2010

I have no idea what’s coming out of my speakers, but I think it was recorded in Oakland.

We’re on the road home from Eugene, Ore., and my son has commandeered my car stereo with one of those plugs you put into your iPod. As luck would have it, his iPod has every rap song ever recorded.

There’s an unwritten rule in our house that the one who drives gets to pick out the music. I’m beginning to question that rule.

Yet, there’s something sweet about the way my son skips past the songs he knows will offend me. And I, for my part, play only “new” country — no songs about old dogs and drinking and pickup trucks.

To that end, we’ve found a way to compromise on those long trips between Oakland and the University of Oregon. But I look forward to the day when he matures and finds real culture — the kind only my music can offer.

WORTHY CAUSE: If there’s one disease that’s touched everyone’s life — it’s cancer. So it’s good to see Montclair Village getting behind the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life at Skyline High School on Aug. 13 and 14.

Local US Bank manager Linda Foss is organizing the event to honor her husband, Ken, who lost his battle last year with bladder cancer. They were married for 40 years and she misses him every day.

Would you stand by her side to fight this disease? Please log onto www.relayforlife.org/oaklandmontclaircafor details.

SCHOOL DAZE: There’s nothing like the sound of heavy equipment to get you going in the morning. Neighbors near Montclair Elementary School are complaining about the frequent 7 a.m. construction starts as the school undergoes major renovations. Yes, crews are supposed to wait until 8 a.m., but there’s reportedly more work than expected, and they’re already a month behind schedule.

CAR CRAZE: It’s not even autumn, and the leaf peepers are out in full force. Readers are reporting more sightings of the Nissan Leaf — a sedan so popular there’s now an eight-month wait at area dealerships. If you are lucky enough to find one in the showroom, brace yourself. Dealers are getting as much as $6,000 over list for these all-electric vehicles.

WASP WACKERS: Got yellow jackets? Do what one reader did and call your friendly neighborhood beekeeper. Rather than trying to spray the wasp nest himself and then run like the wind, he called Elaine Hoffman, who owns honeybees and has a full protective bee suit. Smart thinking. The guy literally saved his own skin.



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