What would you do if a random stranger gave you a bouquet of roses?
I don’t know. I think that would be pretty swell. Something like that happened when I was a wee lad… early high school. It was Valentines day, and so the spirit team or activity club or whatever they were called (these groups run high in ‘Beckys’) were delivering roses. You could buy a rose from them for a $1 and they would deliver them during 4th period… or something like that.
These gals came on their delivery and handed me ten roses – one at a time. This was in front of the whole class. Clearly someone liked me. I was super duper puzzled. I had zero idea. I looked around class and saw a girl wink at me – just like in the movies, I swear to you. Well, that was pretty goddamn great. We were briefly boyfriend and girlfriend. I can’t say anything like that has happened before or since. I highly recommend it, though.
What is the most commonly used color in your house?
Green. Love green. Wife loves green. It bring the outside indoors, and celebrates the mountains and pine trees and all that is good about Colorado. There is a reason why out license plates are green. Green is good! Specifically, dark green. Like, a forest green. Whatever color my truck is, I like that color.
What color is your favorite t-shirt?
There is a grey (or is it gray?) one and a green one. The color isn’t what the most important part is. It’s the softness. Polo makes these light weight cotton t shirts that I use as under shirts. They are the softest thing in the world. They are also incredibly well made. I have ones that are ten years old that get worn almost once a week and are still in good shape. So… Very… Soft. Ever been hugged by god? Tell you what; this is what it feels like. I am generally wearing one of these shirts at all times. If it is warm out, I am just wearing that shirt. If it is cool out, I am wearing that shirt under whatever you see.
I think the shirts are fairly expensive… maybe $30 of $40 a pop. It’s worth it, though, I swear! Here is the deal, though, I go to the Polo outlet (pretty much my favorite place on Earth) in Castle Rock and get them on sale. Once they are at the outlet, they are already half off. So, they run about $20 a pop. Once a quarter, though, they cut those prices and sell them in all colors for $10 a pop. At this time, I buy like crazy.
It’s not collared, or anything like that. Even better is they now silk screen the tag. So, there is no tag. I know everyone is doing this, but I really love this development! I can’t find the shirt online. They have zillions of different shirts, of course. So, I found a picture from Facebook of me in a grey one. If you look, you will see just about every picture of me has me wearing one of these. I have four grey and four black ones. Treat yourself to one of these, it will change your life! It’s like a great pillow and great sheets and a nice bed. You are going to spend a third of your life in bed, make it comfy!
If you could go back in time, what time would you live in and where would you live?
San Francisco about 1966-67, Monterey Pop era. You might be thinking San Fran 1969, but you would be dumb. By then, San Fran was overrun and overexposed. Every deadbeat kid from the entire country had set up camp in San Francisco by then, expecting to be taken care of. The great and iconic San Francisco bands were national now, and so not playing around the corner at the Matrix anymore. The Hells Angels had flooded the city with meth, too. So, it was mostly tweakers everywhere.
Wanna know what San Fran was like before then? It was heaven, and paradise. By 69, though… well… just read George Harrison’s account of it. He was disgusted.
I thought it was gonna be all these groovy kinds of gypsy people with cool shops making works of art and paintings and carvings, but instead it turned out to be just a lot of bums, many of them who were just very young kids who came from all over America and dropped acid
For the 70s, Manhattan would be pretty great!
If you could have any ONE thing in the entire world (not including money) what would it be?
A cool old beater convertible, just to cruise around the country in. nothing nice, mind you. Like… a $3,000 car. Not a classic car, by any means. Nothing anyone would ever bother to ‘restore’. Just something timeless and cool. It was someone’s grandma’s car.
Something like this.
OR… how about a thing? You know, Volkswagon Thing? Just ugly and unsafe and unreliable. This car says “know what? I am cool! I am cool because I don’t care if I am cool or not… and that makes me cool, right?” Just that they called it the ‘thing’ is brilliant. What else was in the running? The Volkswagon Aw Fuck it? The Volkswagon This Kid is Never Gonna Get Laid? Perhaps the Volkswagon This Seems structurally unsound and dangerous to give to a teenager.
San Francisco 1966? You would have been the first one Charles Manson would have recruited!
To me, it’s Charlie. Let’s get this straight, btw. The first thing everyone loves to say about Charlie is he never killed anyone… just willed everyone to do it. no, the first murder… I think it was the LaBiancas… he was there and killed everyone. It just wasn’t the famous one. The famous one was the Tate murder. On that one, Charlie brilliantly sent his minions.
oh, and this is likely well out there, but the Tate murder was FAR from random. It WAS the house of Terry Melcher’s. Terry Melcher was the record executive who turned down Charlie’s demo. So, Charlie sent his girls to murder the guy who destroyed his rock and roll dream. Charlie knew there was a tangential connection to Melcher and himself. So, he send the girls to murder Melcher. Problem was, Melcher had moved out and the Tates had moved in.
And Charlie wasn’t a bad songwriter, either. Beach Boys recorded a couple of his songs. In fact, Charlie could have been a great songwriter. The reason he kept getting denied was he was fucking creepy. No one would do business with him. Look at those eyes. He had a history of threatening to kill people. So… no one would do business with him. good move.
How did this turn into a Manson reference? Btw, you know the AMAZING and wonderful actor Brian Cranston? He is the nicest guy. He has a Charlie Manson story. Literally ran into him when he was a kid. Google it. I heard him tell it on Carolla’s podast.