1. The iPod Shuffle (I got the $99 one because I’m cheap that way) is the coolest toy I’ve bought in years. I’m only not running today because I need a day to rest, but I want to run! With my toy! Run all day! Run everywhere! It’s sick.
2. Having someone else fill it for you is a lesson in acceptance, because there’s no way you can figure out what you’re listening to. (Although if a song is just so damn good, all poppy with a banjo backline, you can memorize the chorus and learn later by googling that you’re listening to Tegan and Sara’s "Living Room." I didn’t even think I liked them.)
3. Lala may tell people that she’s all, like, country’n’western and old time, and people may believe that line as they watch her play the banjo, guitar, lap steel, pedal steel, fiddle, mandolin, mandola, accordion, harmonica and what-all else, but she’s got the soul of a house party DJ. Really. I was running through Mills with "Because the party ain’t started till the speakers blow, no no no," playing in my head, realizing this. Sure, there are some twangy songs on my playlist, but most of ’em had a bumpin’ bass line.
4. The iPod Shuffle is so cute that people smile at you as you run past. Much as I would like to think they were checking out my rack as they stared at my chest, they were mostly straight-looking girls, and you could almost see the thought-bubble above their heads: Oh, there’s one! And it is that adorable!
And now, if you need something to do, you can go cull sheep. Poor, poor lambikins….
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