Super Bowl Math

$49.27 – Average amount Super Bowl watchers spend on snacks for the game.
$2.4 million – Cost of a 30 second Super Bowl commercial.
25% of young adults (18-24) watch for the commercials. (you mean I’m not a young adult anymore?!)
20% of young adults watch for the game. ( the other 55% watch the Super Bowl to socialize with friends, for the half time show [?!] or don’t watch)
(via adfreak)

Best Radio Station Ever

Today at approximately 3:00 p.m. it became official. The first chords of U2’s “In God’s Country” echoed over my radio and 89.3 FM The Current became the best radio station ever. I’d been listening non-stop for five or six days and though I loved what I was hearing, I’d yet to hear my favorite band ever. With those opening strains I stopped what I was doing and sent The Current an e-mail telling them the news: Best. Radio station. Ever.

They’re a Minnesota Public Radio station playing a vast mix of music–I hesitate to call it rock or indie rock or alternative rock because they’re all over the place. They also play some folk, electronica, country, hip-hop, straight-up pop–even oldies. It’s amazing. In the several days I’ve been listening I’ve liked about everything I’ve heard. Only once or twice have I turned to the radio and frowned. Most of the time I’m shaking my head no: “No, no, no–don’t stop a rockin’!”

And did you hear that first part: public radio. It’s non-commercial. Can you imagine the joy of not ever hearing obnoxious radio commercials? It’s the joy of NPR with hip music! They’re playing all sorts of music I like (Johnny Cash, Radiohead, Polyphonic Spree, Badly Drawn Boy), introducing me to lots of new stuff (Arcade Fire, Ted Leo & the Pharmacists, Arthur Yoria) and playing tons of local music (Low, Valet, The Olympic Hopefuls).

I never have to listen to another pathetic endorsement from a Cities 97 DJ (“You know, when I want to put my hair in dreads, I call the pros over at…”). I never have to listen to Drive 105 play another single into the ground. I can listen to good music and get the weather and news. Sorry iPod, you’re looking lonely.

The Pulse of the Twin Cities has a lengthy interview with the staff of 89.3 FM and the Star Trib has a factually inaccurate little piece. You can also listen online, supposedly (I’ve yet to get the stream to play).

The Satisfaction of a Job Done Yourself

The other day I took my car to Tires Plus to get an oil change and have the tires rotated. I usually change the oil myself, but the prospect of writhing around on the dirty, wet and cold concrete in sub-zero temperatures wasn’t too appealing (of course this week the temps are in the 30s so it wouldn’t have been so bad). While in the shop I noticed a “rainy day” special they had to change your oil and your wiper blades–which reminded me that I needed to change my wiper blades. Their “rainy day” service cost $50–more than twice the price of an oil change.

I decided to stop at AutoZone on the way home and do it myself. The wipers cost $12 (but only because my wipers come in two different sizes–wha?!–and I had to buy two sets. Though next time I won’t have to buy them, so they really did cost only $6.) and trying to install them in the parking lot took maybe 15 minutes.

But more than the cash saved, I drove home with dirt on my fingers and the satisfaction that comes with a job done yourself. I felt nothing about the oil change and tire rotation. For all I know they just put a sticker in my window and drove the car around the block. Even though I was doing the responsible thing and taking care of my car I gained nothing. Doing it myself, however, had tangible benefits.