You can learn a lot about a person based on...

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

They say you can learn a lot about a person based on the car they drive, where they went to college, the zip code they grew up in, Myers-Briggs type, yada, yada, yada.

And while the descriptors above provide a fair amount of context (Volvo S60, University of Dayton, 44709 and ESFJ), I have a new favorite get-to-know-you question.

Actually two questions, that I've been using interchangeably. 
- What radio stations are programmed in your car?
- What's on your DVR?

What I actually enjoy most is when someone says, "I don't have a car" or "I don't have DVR," because then you can take the conversation a million different directions. 

But for the purpose of this post, I'm going to share my answer to the first question, because you can tell a heck of a lot about a person's interests based on what they listen to in the car.

Let's set the stage: I love my SiriusXM Satellite Radio and I would be lost without it.

Alexa's Sirius Radio Programmed Channels (in no particular order):
1. Jam_On - Jam Bands
2. SiriusXM FLY - Hip-Hop/R&B from the 90s & 00s
3. Howard 100 - The Howard Stern Show
4. Entertainment Weekly Radio - Entertainment talk and news
5. Business Radio - Business powered by Wharton
6. Grateful Dead Channel - Grateful Dead 24/7
7. NPR Now - NPR News & Conversation
8. '90s on 9 - '90s pop hits
9. Classic Vinyl - '60s & '70s Classic Rock
10. Radio Andy - Andy Cohen/Pop Culture

Based on the above, one could gather that I'm a foul-mouthed, liberal-minded, business woman who would be equally starstruck meeting Missy Elliot or Trey Anastasio and has seen every Golden Globe nominated movie and television show.

I'm totally on board with that description. 

Your turn. What are you listening to in the car these days?


Surprise! I'm back.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

It's been almost a year to the date since I published my last post on Cleveland's a Plum.

Shall we blame 2016 for my absence? Sure. Let's simply pretend that the election year was so traumatic I couldn't muster up the energy to write. 

Truthfully? Blogging just wasn't a priority. Social media has changed so much since I started this little slice of the internet in 2008, and I found myself experimenting with more real-time platforms like Snapchat and Instagram Stories.

But you know what? I miss blogging, so I'm going to put my $10 clevelandsaplum.com annual domain name renewal fee to good use and write for me.

It's factual that as my day job writing responsibilities increased, my bandwidth for personal writing decreased. And while I've never been comfortable saying, "I'm a writer," it sure does make me happy.

So here we are, nine years, 1,139 posts and a year-long sabbatical from blogging later and I'm back!

And the good news is.... Cleveland is still a Plum, except that now I'm not the only one who thinks so.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have a blog design to update and personal goals to set.

Happy Thursday, kids.