Day 714 – Thankful for the Feeling of Driving with the Windows Down While Listening to Dim by Dada In the Fall

Do yourself a favor and play this song while reading the post tonight, it will greatly enhance the mood!

While driving back from Rice Lake today I had to take a little mental break so I grabbed an old binder of CDs out of the trunk and found something to get me geared up in the afternoon (s you can tell, I was still under the influence of Rick’s playlist!).  As if the disc couldn’t help but be noticed it seemingly jumped out of the page at me.  Without a second thought I popped it in the slot and knew I’d made the right choice.  By the time the first few chords had played I felt an unbelievable sense of freedom.

The song Dim by Dada holds a special place in my heart.  I bought the album used the night before I headed to La Crosse on my first date with Becky.  At the time I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, where I wanted to go, or who I really wanted to be.  I had great friends, but I could tell that something was off or missing.  It was time for a change, something different.

When I’d headed down to La Crosse I’d had high hopes of what could happen with Becky and I, but I tempered them with somewhat realistic expectations so I wouldn’t get too disappointed.  Imagine my surprise when not only did the sparks fly between the two of us, but the Coulee Region really struck a chord for me.  Between the beautiful drive (minus the flat tire), the bluffs, the river, and all the woods I fell hopelessly in love with La Crosse.  It felt right.  When I got back to my place in the Cities I started counting down the days until I’d move to La Crosse, and within 90 days I was here.

On that drive down I was crazy nervous for the date with Becky.  I knew she was the one for me, but I wasn’t so sure she’d felt the same.  When I’d get a little too nervous I’d roll down the windows in that ’79 Chevy pickup (by hand), throw that CD in the radio I’d installed myself, and sing at the top of my lungs.

From those few frantic chords I could feel a freedom in me that I hadn’t felt.  It was my way of knowing that I was in control, I could choose my dream, and only I could pursue it.  There would be no following of anyone else’s path, just my own.  If I hit a dead end I’d recover and blaze a new trail.  I felt unstoppable, even though I wasn’t sure where I was headed.  The song would build and build until it got to these lines which were so right in the moment…

Can’t this car go any faster
Can’t this car go any faster
Can’t this car go any faster
Faster, faster
Can’t this car go cause I can still see where I am

And as we all know, the date went incredibly well, La Crosse won my heart, and the rest is history.


Driving with the windows down today while playing this song reminded me of that awesome sense of freedom, freedom to dream, freedom to be me.  It was just as amazing and left chills on the back of my neck just as it did almost 19 years ago.  That is a feeling I am so incredibly grateful for!




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