Right this minute, I'm in the middle of what I call World Tour '07, an annual (except for 2006, which ended on a sour note on the first day) road trip of around four thousand miles. I used to claim that I took these trips to get away from the stifling heat; people subsequently pointed out that most of the time, I went to places that were even hotter, so I've dropped that particular argument. You can read the trip log anytime: these are little bits of something that I didn't think would fit, or didn't remember to post, or for some other reason I didn't add to the log.

Commercial radio is in a sadder state than I thought.
One of the few things I've heard that was at all worthwhile was a program by Jim "The Critic" Voight on Charleston's WAVF ("96 Wave") on Sunday morning. The Critic's choices were interesting enough; more to the point, he was willing to defend them against potential audience complaints. Then again, this was a Sunday-morning show, and nothing in the station's regular playlist makes me think that this is anything other than a weekend anomaly, and that the station normally doesn't sound like that at all. (In their defense, it's better than anything I'm likely to hear on Oklahoma City radio.)

Most of the "oldies" stations, meanwhile, have shed everything from the earlier years of what Casey Kasem always called the Rock Era; so far I've heard only two that hadn't, and one of them was on AM. It is, I suppose, no accident that neither of these stations - WAIZ, Hickory, NC, and KWCL-FM, Oak Grove, LA — is owned by any of the Major Group Owners.

The Mexicans are coming!
Well, actually, they're here, and no one should be surprised by this. I didn't quite realize, however, how many of them have landed in seemingly-unlikely places like Angier, North Carolina, where I stopped to do a couple of loads of wash and found bilingual signs and a largely-Latino customer base. No particular problem, I hasten to add, but it was decidely unexpected. Angier, a town of 4000 or so, even has a Mexican-style tienda in addition to the usual local grocery store.

People don't want to hear about how much rain you had.
Especially, you know, if they're under the threat of water rationing because of drought. Florida has posted