Monday, October 8, 2012

My Radio is Possessed!

I rarely listen to the radio in my car, and one day, radio most definitely off, a talk show host spoke to me. Was this some sort of Candid Camera game?

I glanced at nearby cars as I pressed the mute button and once again, blessed silence. The stoplight changed to green and as I drove through the intersection, again, the talk show host spoke!

Was my radio possessed?

I pressed mute a third time and a few seconds later the bloviating invaded my car yet again. Definitely possessed! Or was this the first sign of an alien invasion? Or… or… sentience! A yellow Camaro cruised nearby and my car might transform at any moment!

All of that and more flitted through my mind with each burp of life from the radio. Did I ever really consider it was simply a wayward computer chip? Where's the fun in that? I then wondered whether everyone’s mind worked in this fashion or if it’s a manifestation of story tellers.

When I shared the tale with my Sisters of the Quill, one speculated that it might simply be a right-brain versus left-brain function and that those who are predominantly left-brained might not link such random stories to a cranky radio. So if left-brainers tend toward logical thinking, analysis, and accuracy, and right-brainers are more creative, then my right-brain must have been steering the car on that hot afternoon.

Regardless, I do know that I’m looking forward to the next time I go for a drive.

by Janet Fogg
Janet is the author of Soliloquy, an award-winning historical romance, and co-author of the military history bestseller, Fogg in the Cockpit.

Edited and reprinted from July 2011 for our Halloween edition!


angela parson myers said...

Yeah, I'd have certainly considered possession before computer chip. : - )

Patricia Stoltey said...

This is kind of creepy, Janet. Let's hope it's just harmless gremlins and not evil demons.

Dean K Miller said...

The importance piece is not that it came on, but what it said...