Friday Fives – we are bad for your health edition



What are five good health habits for one to have? 

Look at me.  Do I look like I need to be giving health advice?  Speaking of that, yesterday… I watched the same news channel report on NEW news about red wine being bad, and it being great.  This was inside 3 minutes of each other.  The anchor who reported the initial story said in his wonderful dry way “and this study will be valuable for approximately a week, until the next story comes out saying it’s all good again”.  That was the end of the morning news.  The commercial that came on immediately was a tease for their 9 am show saying “new benefits of red wine… bla bla bla”.

All the more reason you need to be watching Tom Green every morning, on news 2.

So, how about if I choose four things that CONSTANTLY change in the media about whether they are good for us or not.  Red Wine, Coffee, Eggs, Salt.

Name any four things that you want to do before you die?

See the Aurora, skydive, get back to Italy for a while, and get back to Thailand for a while.  Maybe ever.

Name three songs to which you know all the lyrics?

As a guitar player for 30 years, I know hundreds.  Impressed?  How about this, I can name 3 Dylan songs.  Why is that impressive?  Most songs have 3 verses and 2 choruses.  Not most songs… all songs.  Dylan songs have 8 to 10 verses.  It’s insane!

What were you doing two hours ago?

Driving in to the office.  I live way out in nowhere, America.   Dirt roads and such, and it’s an hour drive in.  I don’t mind it, though.  I get a lot of reading done, via books on tape.  Currently listening to ‘Secondhand Souls’ from Christopher Moore.

If you could smash and break one thing and one thing only, what would it be?

Willie Nelson’s ‘Trigger’, the most important guitar on earth.  It would be a Buddhist lesson for us all about impermanence and attachment.  Plus, just look at this thing… it won’t take a Hulk to smash it.  How nervous is his guitar tech every time he has to change the strings?

Plus, Willie is an epic stoner… so I can’t imagine he gets too emotional about anything.  Before I smash the guitar, though, I would give it to Martin and the Smithsonian to study and copy and x-ray and do whatever they want to do with it.

I got to finally see Willy live this year.  I was genuinely as excited to be in the presence of Trigger as I was with Willy.  What an iconic pair!


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