Matt Lichtenwalner

Mobile mapper for TomTom - roaming the US and Canada constantly. Maybe a bit of art and/or writing here and there to spice things up.

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So it looks like I may get a new P/T job to supplement my job at TomTom. It’s still a bit of a long shot, but my buddy Brad said there might be an option where he works. We were talking about it last night, and I said that I would love to get some hours there if they would be understanding about my weird “it would have to be on rainy days” thing.

He apparently had some turmoil there this morning including the firing of a beloved coworker. They were already understaffed. They normally have paid interns, but those positions had been frozen until recently which threw them out of the school seasonal hiring schedule.

So we will see. I’m hopeful. I could use the extra hours and the extra money. What’s more, the position, while not anything like any ‘illustration’ gig I would ever think of, does have the word illustrator in the title, so it might be a bit of a resume builder. What’s even more, I know that I will learn a lot - which is enough to be enticing all by itself. I’ve been so stagnant in recent years when it comes to learning anything. I feel like my brain is turning to mush.

Anyway - this all has me looking at my resume and touching it up / adding the TomTom relevant information. That, in turn, had me wandering down my work history in my head. I’ve long thought I need to better document the jobs I’ve done in my past. It’s a pretty broad spectrum and it would be nice to reference them.

Keep your fingers crossed for me and the potential new side gig!

[ x - posted this to my DW account ]

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I really hope this works out!
Thanks! Keep those fingers crossed!
Yes to updating your resume! Yes to jobs that wake the brain beast!
Indeed! This would teach me (at least) more about CAD (specifically Artios CAD which I'm completely unfamiliar with), Illustrator (believe it or not, I don't have much experience there) and some others as well as equipment like specialty cutting machines for prototype building.

It's enough that it has me intrigued.
Good luck! I look forward to more details about what the work entails.
Rob 8/28
Thanks! Will do.
 

I created a FaceBook Group (groan) for my coworkers and myself. Just those of us who are 'grunts'. Working at a job like ours, it's suuuuper easy to feel alienated and alone. This was a little way for us to band together for everything from support in work stuff to telling random funny stories that the others would appreciate.

It's one of the (very) few reasons I check back into FB occasionally.

Recently, someone posted to the group and asked about "Ultimate Road Music". They didn't give much in the way of stipulations. A bunch of folks dove in and presented what I think is a rather excellent list of music.

While much of it is what you might expect - classic rock is a high percentage of the list - there are a lot of gems that I either didn't know or had forgotten.

Instead of doing any one of the million things I should be doing right now, I just took a bit and sorted through all the comments to compile a list of all the recommendations. Since it has a very 'mix tape' feel to it, I thought I would present it here for your enjoyment.

Feel free to add to the list if you've got something that has to be added!

Individual Songs
AC/DC - Are You Ready
AC/DC - Highway to Hell
AC/DC - Riff Raff
Allman Brothers - Midnight Rider
Allman Brothers - Ramblin Man
Animals - It’s My Life
Arlo Guthrie - City of New Orleans
Billy Joel - New York State of Mind
Black Sabbath - Fairy’s Wear Boots
Black Sabbath - Neon Knights
Black Sabbath - War Pigs
Blackfoot - Highway Song
Blackmore Night - Locked Within the Crystal Ball
Bob Dylan - Like a Rolling Stone
Boston - Peace of Mind
Bruce Springsteen - Born to Run
Bruce Springsteen - Thunder Road
Buffalo Springfield - For What it’s Worth
Cake - The Distance
Canned Heat - Going up the Country
Christopher Cross - Ride Like the Wind
Creedence Clearwater Revival - I Heard It Through the Grapevine
​​​​​​​Credence Clearwater Revival - Proud Mary
Crosby Stills and Nash - Marakesh Express
Cyndi Lauper - I Drove All Night
Damn Yankees - High Enough
Darryl Worley - A Good Day to Run
Deep Purple - Highway Star
Depeche Mode - Route 66
Dire Straits - Sultans Of Swing
Eddie Rabbit - Drivin my Life Away
Elvis Presley - Hi-Heel Sneakers
Eric Clapton - Let It Grow
Fleetwood Mac - Go Your Own Way
Fleetwood Mac - Gypsy
Focus - Hocus Pocus
Foghat - Drivin' Wheel
Freddy Jones Band - In a Daydream
Gary Allen - Highway Junkie
Get Set Go - I Hate Everyone
Gladys Knight - Midnight Train to Georgia
Golden Earring - Radar Love
Gordon Lightfoot - Carefree Highway
Grateful Dead - Truckin
Hank Snow - I've Been Everywhere
Heart - Straight On For You
Honeymoon Suite - New Girl Now
Howlin’ Wolf - Highway 49
Iron Maiden - Run To The Hills
Iron Maiden - Wasted Years
Jackson Browne - Running on Empty
James Taylor - Carolina in my Mind
Jefferson Airplane - Wooden Ships
Jimmy Buffet - Changes In Latitudes, Changes In Attitudes
John Denver - Travelling Song
John Deniver - Country Roads
John Deniver - Leaving on a Jet Plane
Johnny Cash - Hurt
Johnny Cash - I've Been Everywhere
Joni Mitchell - Circle Game
Led Zeppelin - Achilles Last Stand
Led Zeppelin - Dancing Days
Led Zeppelin - Tea for One
Led Zeppelin - Ramble On
Lee Clayton - Silver Stallion
Lindsay Buckingham - Holiday Road
Linkin Park - Castle of Glass
Lulu Santos - Como Uma Onda
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Call me the Breeze
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Free Bird
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Sweet Home Alabama
Megadeth - Peace Sells
Men At Work - Down Under
Metallica - Wherever I May Roam
Molly Hatchet - Boogie No More
Montrose - Bad Motor Scooter
Motorhead - Going To Brazil
Nat King Cole - Route 66
Outlaws - Green Grass and High Tides
Pantera - Cemetary Gates
Pantera - Cowboys From Hell
Prince - Little Red Corvette
Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody
Rare Earth - Born to Wander
Ray Charles - Hit the Road Jack
Rise Against - Ready to Fall
Roger Miller - King of the Road
Rolling Stones - 2000 Light Years
Ronnie Milsap - Prisoner of the Highway
Rush - A Passage to Bangkok
Rush - Red Barchetta
Rush - YYZ Slayer - Seasons In the Abyss
Steppenwolf - Born to be Wild
Steppenwolf - The Pusher
Steve Miller Band - Jet Airliner
Sting - Desert Rose
Stone Temple Pilots - Interstate Love Song
Sweet - Set Me Free
Talking Heads - Road to Nowhere
Tesla - Comin' Atcha
The B-52s - Roam
The Doors - Horse Lattitudes
The Doors - Riders on the Storm
The Eagles - Take It Easy
The Mamas and the Papas - California Dreaming
The Marshall Tucker Band - Heard it in a Love Song
The Proclaimers - I Would Walk 500 Miles
The Way - Fastball
The Who - Who Are You
Toad the Wet Sprocket - Walk on the Ocean
Tom Cochrane - Life is a Highway
Tom Petty - Running Down a Dream
Tom Petty - Time to Move On
Tony Bennet - I Left My Heart in San Francisco
Tool - Sober
Tracy Chapman - Fast Car
Traveling Wilburys - End of the Line
U2 - Where the Streets Have No Name
Van Halen - Poundcake
Waylon Jennings - Honky Tonk Heroes
Waylon Jennings - Lonesome Ornery and Mean
Whitesnake - Love Ain't No Stranger
Willie Nelson - On the Road Again
Yes - Rhythm Of Love
ZZ Top - I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide
ZZ Top - La Grange

Whole Album Recommendations
Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin II
Metallica - Black Album
Metallica - Unforgiven
Pink Floyd - Animals
Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon
Pink Floyd - Division Bell
Pink Floyd - The Wall
U2 - Actung Baby

Band Recommendations
5 Finger Death Punch
Avenged Sevenfold

ETA:
New Additions from OPW Folks
Beastie Boys (See below)
Black Sabbath - Johnny Blade
Black Sabbath - Never Say Die
Black Sabbath - Psycho Man
Blue Oyster Cult - Godzilla
Blue Oyster Cult - Veterans of the Psychic Wars
Deep Purple - Space Truckin'
Depeche Mode - Never Let Me Down Again
Depeche Mode - Nothing
Don Felder - Heavy Metal
Eagles - On the Border
Eagles - Witchy Woman
Eagles - Victim of Love
Eagles - Heartache Tonight
Eddie Grant - Electric Avenue
Golden Earring - Twilight Zone
Nazareth - Crazy
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Blood Sugar Sex Magick (entire album)
Sammy Hagar - Heavy Metal

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We have a lot of similar music tastes. To fit in with your theme here, I'd suggest adding in Red Hot Chili Peppers, Blood Sugar Sex Magick, the whole album, is one of my all-time fave road trip CDs. I would also add in Beastie Boys (too many songs & albums to pick from, but I'd prioritize Funky Boss, So What'cha Want, Professor Booty, Super Disco Breakin', Sabotage, Brass Monkey, High Plains Drifter, Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun, Car Thief, Ch-Check it Out, Hey Fuck You. From Black Sabbath, I'd add Never Say Die, Johnny Blade and Psycho Man. Blue Oyster Cult--Godzilla and Veterans of the Psychic Wars. Deep Purple--Space Truckin'. I'd add waaaay more Depeche Mode, but if you only would add in one or two, it would be Never Let Me Down Again and Nothing. How bout some Eagles? On the Border, Witchy Woman, Victim of Love, Heartache Tonight. Eddie Grant--Electric Avenue. Golden Earring--Twilight Zone. Sammy Hagar--Heavy Metal. Don Felder--Heavy Metal (Takin' a Ride). Nazareth (Crazy)...

and a million more, if I can think of 'em :-)
Rachael 2/22
Damn. You've got seriously good taste lady. Hope you don't mind - I added them above. :)
Thank you! I think we *both* have seriously good tastes. ;-)

And of course I don't mind...I mean, that was kinda the intent and I'm glad you liked my suggestions.

I gots more...if you're still interested?
Rachael 2/23
Sounds great! But I should probably make a document somewhere that you can edit so we don't keep double working. :P
Sure, whatever works for you. :-)
Rachael 2/23
I loooooove Space Truckin’ as a road trip song. I thought I was the only one!
:-) It's a road trip classic! Well...in our worlds, apparently.

As are...

"Cars" by Gary Numan
"Road to Nowhere" by Talking Heads
"Little Red Corvette" by Prince
"Take Me Home, Country Roads" by John Denver

And I'd also ask, Matt, do you know Joe Bonamassa? He's amaaaazzzziiingggg and I get the feeling you'd totally love him. He's great solo, and with a band he plays in called Black Country Communion.

From Black Country Communion, check out:

Down Again
The Revolution in Me
Stand (At the Burning Tree)
Too Late For the Sun
Man in the Middle

Joe Bonamassa, from the album An Acoustic Evening, "Live at the Vienna Operahouse"

Slow Train
Black Lung Heartache
Woke Up Dreaming

From Joe's album "Live at the Beacon Theatre"

Blue and Evil

From Joe's album "Live at the Borderline"

Steal Your Heart Away

...and I'll post more suggestions later...
Rachael 2/27
:-) It's a road trip classic! Well...in our worlds, apparently.

As are...

"Cars" by Gary Numan
"Road to Nowhere" by Talking Heads
"Little Red Corvette" by Prince
"Take Me Home, Country Roads" by John Denver

And I'd also ask, Matt, do you know Joe Bonamassa? He's amaaaazzzziiingggg and I get the feeling you'd totally love him. He's great solo, and with a band he plays in called Black Country Communion.

From Black Country Communion, check out:

Down Again
The Revolution in Me
Stand (At the Burning Tree)
Too Late For the Sun
Man in the Middle

Joe Bonamassa, from the album An Acoustic Evening, "Live at the Vienna Operahouse"

Slow Train
Black Lung Heartache
Woke Up Dreaming

From Joe's album "Live at the Beacon Theatre"

Blue and Evil

From Joe's album "Live at the Borderline"

Steal Your Heart Away

...and I'll post more suggestions later...
Rachael 2/27
:-) It's a road trip classic! Well...in our worlds, apparently.

As are...

"Cars" by Gary Numan
"Road to Nowhere" by Talking Heads
"Little Red Corvette" by Prince
"Take Me Home, Country Roads" by John Denver

And I'd also ask, Matt, do you know Joe Bonamassa? He's amaaaazzzziiingggg and I get the feeling you'd totally love him. He's great solo, and with a band he plays in called Black Country Communion.

From Black Country Communion, check out:

Down Again
The Revolution in Me
Stand (At the Burning Tree)
Too Late For the Sun
Man in the Middle

Joe Bonamassa, from the album An Acoustic Evening, "Live at the Vienna Operahouse"

Slow Train
Black Lung Heartache
Woke Up Dreaming

From Joe's album "Live at the Beacon Theatre"

Blue and Evil

From Joe's album "Live at the Borderline"

Steal Your Heart Away

...and I'll post more suggestions later...
Rachael 2/27
:-) It's a road trip classic! Well...in our worlds, apparently.

As are...

"Cars" by Gary Numan
"Road to Nowhere" by Talking Heads
"Little Red Corvette" by Prince
"Take Me Home, Country Roads" by John Denver

And I'd also ask, Matt, do you know Joe Bonamassa? He's amaaaazzzziiingggg and I get the feeling you'd totally love him. He's great solo, and with a band he plays in called Black Country Communion.

From Black Country Communion, check out:

Down Again
The Revolution in Me
Stand (At the Burning Tree)
Too Late For the Sun
Man in the Middle

Joe Bonamassa, from the album An Acoustic Evening, "Live at the Vienna Operahouse"

Slow Train
Black Lung Heartache
Woke Up Dreaming

From Joe's album "Live at the Beacon Theatre"

Blue and Evil

From Joe's album "Live at the Borderline"

Steal Your Heart Away

...and I'll post more suggestions later...
Rachael 2/27
In no particular order...

Willie Nelson - On the Road Again
John Denver - Travelling Song
John Deniver - Country Roads
John Deniver - Leaving on a Jet Plane
Traveling Wilburys - End of the Line
The Eagles - Take It Easy
Prince - Little Red Corvette
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Sweet Home Alabama
Johnny Cash - I've Been Everywhere
Nat King Cole - Route 66
Sting - Desert Rose
Tony Bennet - I Left My Heart in San Francisco
Gladys Knight - Midnight Train to Georgia
The B-52s - Roam
Billy Joel - New York State of Mind
James Taylor - Carolina in my Mind
Crosby Stills and Nash - Marakesh Express
Rush - A Passage to Bangkok
Arlo Guthrie - City of New Orleans
Darryl Worley - A Good Day to Run
Tom Cochrane - Life is a Highway
Metallica - Wherever I May Roam
Roger Miller - King of the Road
Bruce Springsteen - Thunder Road
Bruce Springsteen - Born to Run
The Mamas and the Papas - California Dreaming
Talking Heads - Road to Nowhere
Canned Heat - Going up the Country
Lindsay Buckingham - Holiday Road
Stone Temple Pilots - Interstate Love Song
The Way - Fastball
Jackson Browne - Running on Empty
Cyndi Lauper - I Drove All Night
Tracy Chapman - Fast Car
Ray Charles - Hit the Road Jack
Cake - Going the Distance
Bob Dylan - Like a Rolling Stone
The Proclaimers - I Would Walk 500 Miles
Men At Work - Down Under
Fleetwood Mac - Go Your Own Way
The Allman Brothers - Midnight Rider
Steve Miller Band - Jet Airliner
Credence Clearwater Revival - Proud Mary

Nice! I'll have to add these to the list!
I've grabbed the whole list and curated it. (Thank you, mad Excel skillz.) We're at 145 and climbing. I see I'm going to be spending some $$$ at Amazon to cherry pick the songs that aren't already on my driving playlist.
Nice! The list above is sorted already, but I've been thinking I should just create a Google Sheets list so that I can add new elements easily.
Jimmy Barnes - Driving Wheels
REO Speedwagon - Time For Me To Fly
REO Speedwagon - Riding The Storm Out
REO Speedwagon - Roll With The Changes
Styx - Blue Collar Man
Journey - Wheel In The Sky
Journey - Feeling That Way / Anytime
Journey - Anyway Your Want It
Journey - Stone In Love
Ramones - I Wanna Be Sedated
Joe Walsh - Life's Been Good