How To Shake The January Blahs:

Drive a pickup truck through downtown. Turn up the radio. Car dance to MC Hammer. Make as much eye contact with other drivers as possible.

It works. I tried it. I don’t know if the pickup is crucial, or if it has to be MC Hammer*, but it worked for me.

Need cheering up? Let’s go for a drive.

  • Dee-Lite might work as well. I bet Duran Duran totally would.

9 Comments to “How To Shake The January Blahs:”

  1. By jo(e), January 14, 2009 @ 6:29 am

    Damn, I need a pickup truck.

  2. By rachel, January 14, 2009 @ 8:47 am

    Dee-Lite?! I don’t even know what that IS.
    But I, too, have felt the glee. Once even to Billy Joel, in a Saturn, so I think the crucial ingredient is really just the driving.

  3. By Liz, January 14, 2009 @ 10:00 am

    Joe, it might work with other vehicles. This isn’t an exact science, I don’t think. See Rachel’s comment. Even Billy Joel can work in a Saturn!

    I think the crucial part is the car dancing and making eye contact.

  4. By Beth, January 14, 2009 @ 6:14 pm

    I find that Bonny Raitt is great road trip music. I love to open the windows, feel the wind and sing loud. Maybe that’s not so January though.

  5. By cheesefairy, January 15, 2009 @ 12:52 pm

    I think the cheese is the key. If you are singing along to something in the current top 40, you are a knob. But if you are singing along to something very cheesy, you are totally cool.

    I love Meatloaf for this purpose, but MC Hammer is brilliant too.

  6. By stephanie, January 15, 2009 @ 4:02 pm

    Dee Lite is good. MC Hammer. Good. How about Ice, Ice Baby? It’s ok to admit to liking that now, right? It’s ok to say I crank it up?

  7. By Arwen, January 15, 2009 @ 8:17 pm

    Rachel – Groove is in the heart. Ah ya ya ya.
    Groove is in the heart – ah ah ah ah
    Groove is in the he-ah-e-art, yay ya ya yo
    Groove is in the heart.. na na-na na!


    (Captcha: ROAD FLAGMAN. Dance to Dee-lite for the road flagman, y’all.)

  8. By Duncan, January 15, 2009 @ 11:49 pm

    I really like the idea of catching someone’s eye and, instead of looking away all sheepish at being caught in your own world, simply maintaining eye contact and keepin’ on keepin’ on, going “That’s right, Spanky! I’m a-singin’ and a-dancin’! Can you feel it? CAN YOU FEEL IT?”. I have no doubt in my mind that would shake any kind of blahs away.

  9. By Liz, January 16, 2009 @ 1:35 am

    Beth, I don’t know if Bonny Raitt is sufficiently cheesy. Because the cheese, as Cheesefairy points out, is important. But if she works for you, Sing it, lady!

    Stephanie, I can see Ice, Ice, Baby working out. Especially if you go mock-cool about it. You know, irony and all that.

    Dance, indeed, Arwen!

    Duncan, that’s it. It’s about enjoying yourself in public, and that is OK, and letting people know that you’re happy about it.

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