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.

1

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."

2

iHOLA!

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

3

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."

4

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."

5

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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