We are currently in Massillon, Ohio, visiting with Valerie’s aunt and uncle, and it has been a lovely experience. We decided to skip town for a week and these were the nearest relatives who were willing to put us up. Valerie’s aunt Cindy owns a beauty salon called Chrysalis, and is the perpetrator of Valerie’s new haircut. She’s one of the best hairdressers I have ever met. (Incidentally, she cut my hair before our wedding, saying “we want it to look like you got this cut two weeks ago…”) Valerie’s uncle Dean owns a Christian bookstore, [The Light](http://myspace.com/thelightcbam).
Er, sort of. I mean, he’s there at the bookstore every day, and he owns it. But what he really does is hold his finger on the pulse of every Christian music event in the state. It’s been an amazing thing to behold.
A few days ago, as we were heading to pick people up from work and acquire pizza, Dean decided to make a phone call. He called the owner of a local radio station he does some work with and asked a personal favor. Could he put in a couple of songs for us? We had a few seconds discussion about what we liked, and then, at 8:00 we turned the radio on.
Apparently this station normally only runs on Wednesdays and Fridays. The rest of the time, it’s just static. And at 8:00 by the radio clock, we heard static. Wait, the truck is 2 minutes fast. Sure enough, at 8:02, the music came on: Two songs by [Leeland](http://www.myspace.com/leelandmusic), whom we had just heard in concert at [SoulFest](http://www.thesoulfest.com/index2.html).
Between the songs, the announcer came on: “You are listening to the Valerie and Kyle show on…”
It was a blast.