Today I spent a really awesome day with Kent: we woke up around 9, watched some Rachel Ray, headed out to Guelph, visited Leah at the Fat Duck, visited other Leah at their house for 2.5 seconds while I stole a bathing suit, thennn went tubing at the Elora Gorge! Parts of it were very scary, others were really relaxing and we just laid out with our legs on each others tubes and chatted and suntanned. Next we went to the Elora Quarry which was AMAZING! Such a cool place, I would definitely recommend both. After a trip to Swiss Chalet we went to the racetrack and gambled on horses. I am financially cautious when it comes to gambling, and most other things besides clothes, so I only bet $2 on a few horses but I DID win $4.30 on one! Kent made a large bet of $12 on one race and won a whopping $12.15!
The day was quite excellent until the way home… well the first bit of it was fine, with Kent seranading me with Michael Buble’s “Everything” for a good 15 minutes (sounds muuuch more romantic and less annoying than it really was trust me!!). He also enjoyed belting it out to various songs and changing words around (you becomes poo, me becomes pee, day becomes gay… you get the idea). Finally we got to that point where we were tired and just wanted to listen to music, except we have very different but both very strong musical tastes. It usually leads to arguing, but today we agreed that we needed to set some rules. Kent (the driver today) decided the rule should be that the driver chooses but I obviously disagreed. Finally the rules we agreed upon were:
1. During the day, the driver chooses because the passenger can do other things like look at scenery or read or dance.
2. After nightfall, the driver and the passenger both get an equal amount of time listening to music of their choice (today the time allotted was half an hour but I suppose would be shortened for shorter drives!)
3. If their time is up and it’s in the middle of a song, the chooser can finish listening to a song, but they can’t change the station right before their time is up if its the end of a song, just so they can get one more song in.
4. If they hear a song that they know is one of the other person’s favourite, the nice thing to do is leave it on if they want. “That’s a big IF” Kent said when I suggested that one, although he did leave on a scratchy version of Delilah for me… but maybe that was after I told him that he definitely doesn’t love me after he skipped through it the first time. 🙂
There are probably more, but those are the main ones. After setting all of those rules we had no more arguments about music choices! It worked very well, for now anyways. Let me know if you have any you think I should add or how you deal with differing musical tastes during long car rides.