9 Ways To Pass Time On A Roadtrip

9 Ways To Pass Time On A Roadtrip

On the road again!

A new year means 365 fresh days that can be used for road trips. As someone currently on a road trip right now, (well, at the time of writing this article), I’ve had to improvise some things to do during the ride that could get us through the dark nights, the two-hour traffic jams, and the big open interstates.

1. Scan Radio Stations

Especially when traveling across many states. This helps find just the right tune (or increasing amount of static) for the drive ahead.

2. Riddles and Brain Teasers

This helps especially when you hit those rough traffic spots. Who knew that the red house was on the left, the blue house was on the right, but no matter what the white house was in Washington DC.

3. Put on a Personal Concert for the Driver

Refer to number one for the perfect station (Spotify and YouTube are acceptable alternatives). It makes the monotonous road signs for the driver more bearable when you sing hit songs word for word with corresponding actions.

4. Have a Jam Out

As you can see, a radio or aux cord makes any trip more tolerable. If you find a song that all passengers love, then turn it up and jam out.

5. Catch up with Friends

In my case, it was my mom. I hadn’t really had the opportunity to catch up with my mom on life, and this trip together allowed for this to happen.

6. Find Things to Laugh About

Personally, we found that we got the most laughter out of the designs on 18-wheeler trucks. For example, the side of the truck said “Pioneer Trucking,” but the beyond obscure font used made it look like “Pioneer Twerking.” I’ll let you guess how long my mom and I laughed about that…

7. Judge Other’s Poor Driving Skills

This will certainly pass the time, as seemingly rude this sounds. But you can’t help but get frustrated and irritated at those drivers who weave between people or drive like they’re super tipsy. You know EXACTLY what kind of driving I’m talking about.

8. Draft Articles for the Odyssey

See what I did there? Put your computer in airplane mode to conserve battery and just slap out some drafts into a word document. There’s nothing more inspiring than the open road in the gorgeous mountains.

9. Sightsee

There’s so much of God’s great creation that you can see just by driving the roads connecting it. Traffic jams can be good in this aspect because it allows you to absorb beautiful skylines… or bountiful road signs.

There you have it, nine ways to make a multiple-hour road trip seem over in a pinch. If you have any other cool ideas, share them with the world. I’d love to know the ways you personalize your road trips. Above all, be safe out there. You never know what may happen!

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7 Reasons Grey’s Anatomy Is Still Popular After 14 Seasons

It’s not a miracle this show still has a dedicated fan base after all these years

It’s kind of hard to believe that Grey’s Anatomy first premiered in 2005, which was a whopping 13 years ago. I know, I feel old, too.

I can still remember the first episode I watched. It was somewhere towards the beginning of the second season. I was hooked instantly. The rest is history! I’ve been a faithful fan ever since.

Despite 13 years of popularity, many people wonder how this show could still be on the air. Well, I have a few ideas why!

Nostalgia Without the Reunion Show

Think about how many TV shows are being brought back: Full House, Boy Meets World, the list goes on. We live in an age of nostalgia, hoping that one of our favorite shows might just come back!

With Grey’s, you don’t even need to think about that – the show is still on! If Grey’s had ended back in 2012, we would be in 2018 hoping for a reunion show or a reboot.

The TV Version of Comfort Food

Tons of TV shows get us emotionally invested in the characters, at least the well-written ones do! Some of Grey’s characters have been there from day one. Even if they haven’t, they’ve been there long enough for us to feel truly connected to them.

Watching these characters every Thursday week after week makes us feel like we’re in the company of friends.

Shonda's Cut-Throat Elimination of Characters

If you believe all the gossip you read (which, obviously, you can’t, but there may be some truth to it!), there has been some drama behind the scenes. (I’m looking at you Isaiah Washington). Shonda has no problem just letting these actors go. They cause issue on the set? Bye, bye!

That certainly helps moral and therefore makes the actors more comfortable on set!

Rotating Entrance of Characters

To piggyback off the elimination of many characters, as heartbreaking as it is, it leaves room for new characters. Admit it, some of your favorite characters haven’t been on the show since day one!

The introduction of new characters keeps things fresh and exciting! More storylines, hello!

Actor Chemistry

If you follow the cast on Instagram or any other form of social media (are you even a superfan if you don’t?) then you know that this cast gets along pretty well! You can see how friendly they all are. That has a major effect on the overall show.

Shondaland Is A Top-Notch Company

With all the talk about the Times Up movement, it’s been clear that the set of Grey’s Anatomy is a respectful place to be employed. That certainly is another tick in the column for keeping the cast happy! In addition, the show has a cast that comes from a variety of backgrounds. It seems that ABC has been make similar efforts for quite some time (remember the cast of LOST?). But still, it’s great to see more people of color represented on television.

The Stories Are Realistic

Ha! Gotcha there. But seriously, they do take some pretty heavy storylines straight from the media and hash them out, even if it does anger us or make us cry into our Chardonnay.

I admit, the storylines have gotten pretty crazy. (How many tragedies can happen to one person, in one place!?) But I’ll be honest, I’m not looking for too much reality! I get a daily dose of reality, well… daily! It’s nice to drop into a world that’s a bit out there and provides some entertainment!

I, for one, will be incredibly sad the day Grey’s Anatomy is cancelled. It’s a show that will forever hold a special place in my heart and I’ll continue to be a fan until the very last episode!

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10 Iconic Songs To Remember Avicii, The Late Swedish Dj Who Once Ruled The EDM Genre

"One day you'll leave this world behind, so live a life you will remember."

On Friday, April 20th, Tim Bergling, better known as Avicii has passed away at 28-years-old.

"It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii," his publicist Diana Baron said in a statement. "He was found dead in Muscat, Oman this Friday afternoon local time, April 20th. The family is devastated and we ask everyone to please respect their need for privacy in this difficult time. No further statements will be given."

Avicii was one of the most successful DJs in the world of EDM. Before taking over the electric music scene, Bergling released beats on Laidback Luke Forum — a popularly used forum where DJs and producers would upload music and seek feedback from uprising peers.

The Swedish DJ shattered the charts on an international scale in 2011 with what became an iconic progressive house track "Levels," which hit No. 1 in Sweden and in the United States. With other big-name DJs taking notice, David Guetta collaborated with Avicii in the hit, "Sunshine."

"Levels" and "Sunshine" both earned Grammy nominations. That very same year, he became the first electronic artist to headline New York City's legendary performance arena, Radio City Music Hall.

The success continued to roll for the Swedish DJ with multiple top-chart bangers, including "Wake Me Up," featuring Aloe Blacc the first country/EDM mash-up back in 2013. His second album, "Stories," then dropped two years later and featured vocals from recording artists like Gavin DeGraw, Chris Martin, Robbie Williams, Matisyahu, Wyclef Jean, and Brandon Flowers.

With so much success, fame, and fortune the average person might think he was living the dream — but this lifestyle of being a world-renown DJ is not ideal for everyone, Avicii included.

The Swedish DJ had publically known health issues several years prior to his unexpected death. He suffered from acute pancreatitis primarily caused by excessive drinking. He even had to cancel shows in order to recover after having his gallbladder and appendix removed after issues with his pancreas.

When being interviewed by "The Hollywood Reporter" in 2016 he announced he would quit touring altogether for the sake of his well-being.

"To me, it was something I had to do for my health. The scene was not for me. It was not the shows and not the music. It was always the other stuff surrounding it that never came naturally to me. All the other parts of being an artist. I'm more of an introverted person in general. It was always very hard for me. I took on board too much negative energy, I think.”

In 2017, Bergling was in the midst of making a comeback when collaborating with Ria Ora in his EP, entitled "Avici (01) with the hit "Lonely Together."

Just six days before his death, he released yet another banger featuring Marshmello and Shawn Mendes entitled, "Fly with Me."

In honor of his brilliant work, creativity, and passion for mixing, here's some of his well-known work:

1. "Levels"

2. "Hey Brother"

3. "Fly With Me (Wings to Fly)"

4. "Wake Me Up"

5. "Lonely Together"

6. "Friend of Mine"

7. "The Nights"

8. "I Could Be The One"

9. "Sunshine"

10. "Liar, Liar"

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