Today, I woke up to this. It made me feel like this: Then I found…
It took me all of 6 minutes to drive to my old job. During my hour-long lunch break, I’d zoom home, fix lunch, and catch up on Doctor Who, Lost Girl, or X-Files while playing with my cat. During the Summer, I biked to work. It was heavenly.
Unfortunately, my new job offers none of those little perks (although it makes up for it by being significantly less soul-suckingly boring than my last job). I have a 30 minute commute now, and an equivalent lunch break, yet somehow my days fly by much faster than they did at my old job. Probably because I actually enjoy working in marketing and PR, and also because I no longer have people on the phone telling me to go f**k myself on the daily.
I’m also currently dipping my toe into the wild, uncharted waters of podcasts, and I’ve combined my podcasting and commuting, which makes my drive much more enjoyable.
My current (and as-of-yet, only) podcast? Welcome to Night Vale.
If you’re not listening to Welcome to Night Vale, you probably should set aside your wheat and wheat by-products and give it a listen.
Here’s the official description:
WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE is a twice-monthly podcast in the style of community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff’s Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events.
Turn on your radio and hide.
The podcast is Lovecraftian in nature. Weird happenstances, floating cats, dog parks that may or may not exist, wheat–and it’s byproducts–and the ensuing poisonous snakes they produce. The podcast is kind of like the X-Files and Are You Afraid of the Dark had a love child that grew up to be a radio show.
It’s everything I’ve ever wanted in a podcast.
Plus, the typical Welcome to Night Vale podcast length is about 20 to 25 minutes, making it the perfect listening length for my commute.
Do you guys use podcasts to dull the drudgery of your daily drives? What are your favorites? Toss me some recommendations in the comments!