Guess what? I'm getting a car! Yes, you read that right. After 11 years of living in NYC (two in Brooklyn), I'm finally giving in and getting a (very used and very old) car. Will parking be a hassle? Yes. Will I have to start factoring in insurance, gas, and maintenance into my monthly budget? Yes. Will I go mad from alternate side park rules? Almost certainly. Will it all be worth it? Probably...
After calculating how much I spent last year on rental cars, I should be about even. At least I won't have to rush back to return it, and I'll have more flexibility to go wherever, whenever. And now, with beach weather upon us, I hear Rehoboth and the Rockaways calling my name more than ever. Not to mention the ability to take more ski trips and see my family more often.
All of this new potential car time calls for new podcasts, don't ya think?
Here's what I'll be listening to:
The new podcast from the New York Times is incredibly captivating. Reporter Rukmini Callimachi is attempting to answer some of the most difficult questions about what and who make up ISIS and how people become radicalized. Her voice, the editing, and the interviews all make it utterly enthralling.
OK, I know I'm going to get a lot of push-back against this one. The first narrator's voice is, shall we say...grating at best. But hey, at least I won't be falling asleep at the wheel! Plus, the narrator changes for the second story in episode 4 to a much more pleasing voice. I always knew Florida was a...special state, but this podcast totally proves it. If you're missing your "Serial" fix, this might be the cure.
I haven't listened to this one yet, but I plan to for sure. From what I can tell, it's essentially The Real World: Mars. It's more heavy on the drama/personal aspect than science, but I'm all for that.
If "Felonious Florida" isn't for you, maybe you'd rather explore something in Georgia? This true crime story examines the murders of 29 young black males. While there are some issues with it (if you were disappointed with the lack of conclusion in "Serial," you might be disappointed here too), at least it's drawing national attention to crimes that many people had never known about.
Want to pretend like the 2016 election never happened? You're not alone. This podcast explores the years before Obama took office and what made him the man he is today. Be prepared to get real nostalgic and totally inspired.
What are you listening to these days?
**Any Park Slope parking tips are much appreciated**