:: Tuesday, June 05, 2007 ::
Vacation 3: timezones and radios
One thing that is interesting to deal with is the change in time zones. Eastern Daylight in Ontario to Central in MB, and then back to Central Standard in SK, and then Mountain Daylight in AB and so on. back n forth. I never know whether I am showing up early or late! that whole Sask time zone not changing is wierd too. part of the year they are the same as AB and the other part of the year they are the same as MB
If I had to try and keep track of radio stations too it would have been a chore. But I ended up getting a Sirius Satellite radio for the trip. Cheap receiver and a year's subscription. Not going to try n sell you on it but it is a good thing to be commercial free and able to get a signal pretty much everywhere except for under the overhangs at gas stations and in tunnels. It doesn't really buffer anything at all - or perhaps only a few seconds so when you lose signal its not like a CD player and skips are ignored. Tons of channels. lots of crap I wont listen too, but CBC Radio 1 and Radio 3 (only available on the satellite) have been quite cool. I was wondering how they were going to deal with the programming and thought they would default to one timezone like Eastern but they don't they tend to put on CBC Radio 1 programming whenever they feel like it. So knowing when you are going to hear a given program with all the time zone changes on top of everything else makes it always a surprise.
I have listened to the two BBC channels, the CNN, a couple of classic rock ones, and a lighter one called coffee house or something. But the most entertaining is surprisingly the Playboy Radio on channel 198. It seemed that every evening driving around I would hit at one point the call in 'talk' show with Christie Canyon and Ginger Lynn. For those not in the know, they are 90s porn stars and are completely hilarious. I am sure they are hot to most of their listeners, but they are the typical pornstar look. I much prefer the fit n trim ladies with less implantness going on, but they work well as a team and are pretty damn goofy. Hot too of course. Satellite radio has no bleeping or rules or taboo topics pretty much. So their conversations are right all over the map.
I can't even begin to describe what they do, but lets say they do it in the nude and have some pretty graphic discussions and perhaps simulated sex n stuff. Quite funny driving through the northern Canadian Shield area or the Prairies listening to them interview porn stars and strip (never listened to anyone strip before? Well tune into them each evening...) I think they are on for about 3 hours from 6-9 eastern (more or less. the time zone thing confuses me...). Wasn't expecting this when I got Sirius, but it has made the driving more entertaining.
:: Mike Wood 01:42 [+] ::