Kobe and I ended up waiting until yesterday to drive to Ohio, because my family decided to push Thanksgiving off until today so that my older sister could drive up to Michigan to see her in-laws. So we’re doing Thanksgiving today, and so far everyone is on perfect behavior. Sober as judges! (The fact that we have Black Friday to distract us is a good thing).
And the turkey is actually in the oven, so we’re ahead of ourselves. Fingers crossed!
The drive here was long, and felt even longer than usual because I had a 95 lb dog in the back of a convertible (roof on, don’t worry) in a blizzard. Kobe was pretty well behaved but driving in a snowstorm takes a lot of concentration, especially if you’re like me and you don’t drive a lot. Anyway, I was grateful when Ala called to check on my progress, fill me in on the unpleasant details of her hangover, and tell me about the Serial Podcast.
When she first said it, I thought she meant “cereal podcast,” and I was very intrigued because I love cereal. Then she said it was produced by the creators of This American Life, and I still thought she meant “cereal”, because that seems like something you’d hear about on NPR, you know?
But then she went on to explain that it was about “a dude who was convicted of murdering his girlfriend back in the day and someone got a reporter to look into it and it talks a lot about the law and you’d just really like it”.
She had me at murder and girlfriend. I listened to episode after episode – Sarah Koenig could talk about drywall and I’d be hooked, that’s how much I love her voice – and now I’m actually looking forward to the drive home tomorrow so I can finish the rest of them.
I’m obsessed with crime stories. That’s a general statement but its true – my kindle is full of crime books, everything from Ann Hand and John Douglas to the Best American Crime Reporting series to crime/mystery fiction like Gillian Flynn. If Criminal Minds is on tv, I can’t look away, even if I’m home alone and I know that watching means I’ll be sleeping with a knife in the bed with me. And don’t even get me started on The Killing. (Detective Linden scared me off Seattle forever). My focus at school is on criminal law, but I probably would have been happier if I’d gone the detective route, because I just always want to know more about the people involved — their whys and hows.
Anyway, for anyone who has a long drive ahead of them this weekend, or in the coming weeks, I highly recommend downloading the Serial podcast (start here) if you haven’t already. For those of you who have, what do you think? Do you love it as much as I do?
And while we’re on the topic of crime, do you have any suggestions for things I should be reading/watching/listening to?
Happy Black Friday everyone!!