5 Things I Have To Have Now

November 26, 2006|By [MICHELLE DEAL-ZIMMERMAN]

Listening to Marc Steiner on the phone is just like listening to him on radio. In a fast-paced, scratchy baritone, he talks about a wide range of topics from his love of the city to his love of reading -- he even confesses a love of large trucks. The Baltimore native, 60, hosts a daily talk show on WYPR-FM that's among the station's most popular. On this day, he's just finished interviewing E.L. Doctorow and preparing to attend a reception for the author, where Steiner will be the host -- of course.


New guitar strings "I've had this [acoustic] guitar for more than 30 years. I'd like to have time to really learn how to play it well."



Spanish language lessons "I need to force myself to really become fluent in Spanish."


Trip to Ethiopia "When I was a kid, Aklilu Lemma, an Ethiopian graduate student from the [Johns] Hopkins School of Public Health, lived with us. It has always been a land that fascinated me as the oldest independent free-standing African nation."


A contractor "I need a second floor. My house is too small. I don't want to move, I just want to build up on the same spot."


Honda CR-V

"I have a VW and everything that's mechanical, that can break down, will break down. I'd like a very small SUV, a Honda or RAV-4. I would love a big truck, but it's politically incorrect and it eats up too much gas."

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