I had a great time accompanying the editors of Truckin' on this year's Truck and SUV of the Year testing. Sure, it was a lot of standing outside in the sun, drinking lots of bottled water, and eating some surprisingly tasty truck-stop pizza.
But the most memorable part of the trip for me was the demonically-possessed TV in my room at the Bakersfield La Quinta. No matter which channel we selected, about every 10 minutes or so, it would automatically default back to the "Welcome to La Quinta" channel, extolling the virtues of pay-per-view movies and how great La Quinta was.
Either this was subliminal advertising at its most insidious, or our TV was possessed with a channel-changing poltergeist. The room was clean, well-maintained, and there was an IHOP conveniently located across the parking lot. Strangely, unless there was some sort of comical conspiracy to make the web geek feel like even more of a dork, I seemed to be the only person on the trip to experience this frustration. Let's see if our mysterious friend makes an encore appearance at next year's event.