I was listening to 1040 WHO Radio this morning. Let me back up. I used to listen to this radio station all the time when I lived in Iowa. When we moved to Indianapolis I couldn’t listen to my favorite shows on WHO anymore. I was frustrated that Indianapolis had no equivalent radio station.
Last fall I got an iPod touch through a program at work, and about a month ago I discovered the “iheartradio” app for iPod/iPhone. Now I can use my iPod to listen to WHO (so long as I’m in a wifi zone). Then I discovered I can use my phone as a mobile hotspot! So now I listen to WHO radio in my car on the way to/from work sometimes. I can imagine that I still live in Iowa. It’s actually nice to hear the farm report (even though I don’t know what some of it means, but I’ve heard about “pork futures” since I was a kid, so it feels right).
This morning I was driving home from work listening to WHO’s Saturday Morning Live with Dick & Cheryl. They were talking about businesses that operate under the “honor system.” For those of you in Detroit (and other places unfamiliar with the “honor system”) I will explain. There is a store with good set out (food, produce, crafts, other products or whatever), and there is a box where you put your money. Sometimes you can even make your own change from what other people have put in. Most people pay, some people don’t, and some people pay more than asked, so it all evens out in the end. I would think this practice would be getting more and more scarce as the days go by.
So I’m listening to this radio show where the hosts are encouraging people to call in and give examples of places in Iowa that currently operate under the honor system. People call in and give many examples. Suddenly I had a thought: What if there’s a guy out there right now listening to this show making a list of all these businesses that leave a box filled with money lying around unattended. I wonder if they thought of that. Hmmmm.