Work life now consists of constant road travel and hours of being on conference calls while I play games on my phone out of sheer boredom. On one hand it’s nice that I’m not required to leave the state for my road trips. On the other hand, this is unfortunate because I might get more geographical variety than what I experience driving through all four corners of this expansive midwestern state. I make the most of my travels by listening to endless audiobooks and albums from bands that I enjoy. If I have a steadily busy week in the car, I might get a long list of albums from a specific genre to listen to. I’ll go to a music forum and find lists like, “20 best post-rock albums” or “most important Jazz albums of all time.” It’s dizzying to me when I try to think back on the sheer number of albums I have listened to at this point.
When I was a kid, you had to buy an album with money or have a friend burn a copy for you with a cassette or a blank compact disc. With Spotify and Youtube, I can listen to as many albums as I can muster, and I’m slowly becoming well versed with obscure genres. I have to be careful though because I love using cannabis at home while I listen to music, but I can’t do that in the car. If you’re traveling in this state with medical cannabis products, they must be in their original packaging with the labels printed from the dispensary. The medical cannabis labels include your name, your patient number, and the name of the cannabis doctor who prescribes you marijuana. If you try to travel with unlabeled marijuana products, you could get into serious trouble and potentially lose your medical marijuana card.