Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Setting myself up...

I donated to Chicago Public Radio during the end-of-the-fiscal-year pledge drive during an hour when, if 100 people pleadged during that hour, everyone got a CD (not availalble in stores!) with a recording of each and every story told on This American Life's recent US tour "What I learned from television" (Listen to some stories at: So even though different stories were told and retold in different cities, I have one telling of each story (I'd like to think they're the best tellings of each story) here on a cool art-nouveau looking CD....that I am about to listen to.

I actually thought I wouldn't be getting my CD. When I called in and pledged, they asked if I wanted any of the thank-you gifts and I said no, meaning I didn't want the regular gifts offered at my pledge level, and then I just quickly mumbled something about still wanting the cool This American Life CD, not wanting to seem too greedy but simultaneously wanting to secure my CD. I later ruminated on the fact that by saying no to the thank-you gift, I didn't have to pay the $5 shipping fee, which probably meant I wasn't getting the special CD I an 80-year-old lady worried about her next Reader's Digest book of the month or what? Next I'll be taking salt packets from McDonald's (I already take extra napkins to keep in the car for Lily mess moments).

When Oli got the CD in the mail yesterday, we were both a little surprised by my emotional reaction. I can't remember the last time I was this excited....and I don't even listen to This American Life; I've heard it twice. I've gone from 80-year-old ruminator to Ralphie's dad in A Christmas Story, psyched about his "major award."

I can't help but think that I am setting myself up for disappointment blogging about this and all, but here I go all the same.


In moving news, we've been busy bees, selling most of our things on Sunday. Our apartment is almost furniture-less. What's left is for sale on Craigslist, in plastic storage containers going to my sister's, marked as "ship to Spain once we have an apartment," or in a suitcase. We go to Wisconsin this Thursday-Sunday and then move out Tuesday, July 31 to live with my sister until we take off on August 8 for the UK.



Martin K. said...

You do realize that Chicago Public Radio's broadcast range just falls short of Spain, don't you?

p.s. This American Life is great, I recommend you subscribe to the free podcast.

Megan said...

Uhh, I still listen to CPR on the internet. Duh. Congrats on the TAL cd. Can you burn me a copy?

Angela said...

When we see you in August, it's all yours, Smedwards. :)

Jay M. said...


Must be Italian.