Friday Fives – the clothes horse edition

1. What is your favourite part of your body and why?

weird question.  I’ll tell you what it isn’t, how about that?  My feet.  They are gross.   No more gross than yours… but just the same… ew.  Oh, I still have a favorite part.  It’s real, and its fantastic.  That’s all i can say, since we are a family organization.  Mostly, though, I don’t much think about myself or my attributes.  Why?  I don’t see me.  You see me, but I am looking at you – not me.  So, I am more interested in how you look than how I look.

2. What is the first thing you look at when you meet someone new?

face, hair, clothes, and if its a girl – boobs.  Can’t help it, America.  It’s a biological imperative.  I am judging you by your appearance.  How together are you?  Are you dressed the same as you did in 8th grade?  A tacky Ed Hardy shirt?  Did you take any effort or pride in your appearance?  I know it’s awful preachy for a guy who could barely dress himself 10 years ago, but these things matter.  Last year, I had a kid come to a job interview wearing a baseball cap.  what the hell is wrong with you people?

3. Do you match your shoes to your outfit/accessories?

My shoes always match my belt.  That is about it.  If I am wearing a tie, it will match my shirt nicely.  Also, if I am wearing a tie, I can guarantee you it is a Garcia tie.  I have about ten, and they are the only kind I ever wear.  It’s my way to stick it to the man, and show my freak power.  I rail against the establishment by wearing designer clothes from old dead heroin addicts.  Not as cool when you say it that way.

4. Do you like getting dressed up or prefer to be casual?

Jeans and a really nice dress shirt – brooks brothers or ralph lauren.  Then, a nice pair of super comfy leather loafers – Doc Martens are the only choice for this.  Allow me to explain – a few months ago I got called out during the super bad Colorado floods.  The Red Cross needed me to pick up a shelter trailer in Castle Rock and take it an hour north to Boulder so we could open some shelters.  I drove around in the floods for 8 hours, and never got to Boulder.  Every road was closed.  Anyhow, I realized after about 6 hours I was in my work dress shoes tromping through rain all night.  I thought they were ruined.  I didn’t even want to look at them.  I was in the middle of a pretty heavy weather emergency.  So, I figured ‘don’t think about it’,  Just get the trailer back to HQ safely and get home to sleep.

When I got home, my shoes were FINE.  How could they be fine?  Well, they were Doc Martens. It was a regular commercial for those shoes after what we went through.   AND… most importantly, those shoes are super comfortable.

5. What’s the most expensive thing you’ve ever bought for yourself?

probably sunglasses.  That is my one vanity.  I have no hair or jewerly, so its the only way I can adorn myself.  Keep in mind, I am basically blind.  So, these sunglasses have to be prescription.  So, a nice pair of comfy and cool prescription sunglasses cost around $500.

However, it’s worth it.  I look great.

Mostly, though, I am not a clothes horse.  I wear nice fitted dress shirts, but everything else is generally costco or old navy.  I rarely even shop.  Generally, I am at Coscto for dog food.  While I am there, I look at their jeans.   Or… if I am at the outlet shops I am usually tracking dog or camping stuff.  BUT – while there – always check out the brooks brothers outlet, and the Polo outlet.  At any point in time, everything on my body doesn’t total near $100.  Even my Doc Maartens are from the Outlet stores.

Friday Fives

iTunes Five

1. What song do you play the most?

‘All in All’ by Toad the Wet Sprocket.  It’s on ‘in Light Syrup’, and it will change your life.  Funny, it only made the outtake album after they broke up.  It is triumphant. Btw, in case you are a fan or casual listener… they are somewhat back together, and still gig as Toad.  I can’t say enough good things about this band.  They are under-rated, and under the radar.  Some of the best music of the ’90s.

2. What song do you play the least?

Anything by Kiss.  Oh my god do I hate Kiss.  Last year, Brian,  Ginther, and I all swapped hard drives to trade music.  Result?  I have, like, 6 Kiss albums.  I am pissed, and everyone is a suspect.  Even though my iPod is only 1/3rd full, I removed all the Kiss immediately.  Ok, I did keep Beth.  That song is dope, but don’t tell anyone I like it.  It’s like digging ‘Glee’.  Just keep that a secret, broseph!

Listening to Kiss is like taking a Bon Jovi album, and removing what little musicality there is.  Then, make sure it is poorly engineered.  After that, replace every single lyric with an overt reference to sex, as written by a 9 yeawr old.  Then, you have Kiss.  I’d rather listen to dance music, and that just hurt to type.

3. What’s the last song you added?

A lecture from Scott Berkun.  I am reading a really cool book from him right now.  Details over here.  But, that isn’t a song, is it?  So, the real question is what is the last music I bought.  Probably Brandi Carlile’s new disc.  Her album ‘the Story’ is amazing.  Five Stars.

4. What’s your favorite playlist?

* caution > monster tangent alert

I put together an annual Christmas Rock list, but I am really using Pandora for everything now.  I just discovered Pandora two days ago, and it is a game changer. I am not even using my iPod anymore.  I had heard about Pandora for years.  I knew it took your music and gave you similar music you would like.  Well, that idea kinda offended me.  See, I don’t need ANYONE telling me what I would like.  Plus, I have everything… so what can Pandora do for me?   didn’t need Pandora.  I thought it was beneath me as a master musicologist.  I was wrong.

Pandora just got loaded onto my Roku box (through Netflix) so I loaded it.  It asked me what I wanted and I said ‘Jerry Garcia’.  So, now is plays Jerry Garcia bootlegs, bluegrass band music, Grateful Dead (live and studio), Bobby Weir solo, the Allman Brothers, Van Morrison, early Dylan, the Band.  What can I say?  Oh, and it played the Beatles.  How the hell did they get the rights to the Beatles?  Seriously, that shit is better protected than Fort Knox.  I bought three of those Beatles re-master releases this fall, and I don’t think I am technically allowed to listen to them.   Apple records is kind of evil.  ‘All You Need is Love”?  My ass, these guys are more litigious than Scientology. Anyhow… it was 100% correct, and I didn’t have a LOT of this stuff.  It was right, I was wrong.  Go ahead and mark the day and date on that sentence.  You don’t get to see it often.

So, I loaded a Pearl Jam list (those are my two favorite bands, see).  It is possibly even better.  Even though I have everything studio album PJ has, Pandora plays their live cuts.  Remember, for the last ten years, Pearl Jam has released every single concert they have played.  So, there are thousands of soundboard bootlegs out there I could never collect.   Also, it picked similar bands I would like:  Stone Temple Pilots, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Smashing Pumpkins, and solo Eddie Vedder stuff.   Yeah, they are dead on with those.

Now, what is cool is that my new cell phone (the Palm Pre) also has Pandora on it.  So, at work and in my truck, I used to plug my iPod to listen to music.  No longer.  I plug my cell phone into my computer and truck speakers.  I stream the Pandora wherever I go.  When I get home, I throw Pandora on the home stereo system through the Roku.  This is the really good quality, because it beams it through the whole home theatre system.  Pandora does all this for free, too.  I was so smitten, though, that I bought the upgrade.

I also made some other stations:  Billy Joel, Johnny Cash, Metallica, and Bob Dylan.  However, the Jerry and Pearl Jam channels are so good… I haven’t been able to stray.  I listened to the Jerry Garcia channel for 9 hours at my desk yesterday, and did the same with Pearl Jam today.  On the PJ channel, they are even throwing down ‘Temple of the Dog’.  That is some deep catalogue dopeness.  Temple of the Dog is Pearl Jam playing with Soundgarden before either band formally existed.  It is disgusting good, find ‘Hunger Strike’.

5. What kind of iPod (or MP3 player) do you have?

My iPod is pretty new, but is a ‘classic’ design.  It is a 120 gig repository of yumminess.  To be fair, though, I really use my Palm Pre for almost everything.  I loaded about 12 really good albums on the memory card, and I have Pandora for everything else.

* seriously, I do NOT watch Glee.  Anyone who says otherwise gets punched straight in the babymaker.  Got it, buster?  Don’t even joke about that.

Friday Fives

Well, Les Paul died and I am bummed.  In honor of Les Paul, we are just gonna talk guitars today.  It’s my main passion, and life’s work.  Cool?  Let’s start with the ‘Les Paul’ you all know.  It is a solid body electric guitar he invented for Gibson.  Let’s back up.  Les Paul invented the solid body electric guitar.  In short, Les Paul invented the electric guitar.  Seriously.

1.       Who is your favorite guitarist?

Jerry Garcia.  Not just my personal favorite, but I believe the best rock guitarist ever.  Yes, better than Hendrix, Page, and Stevie Ray.

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2.       Most guitarists are in one of two camps:  Stratocaster, or Les Paul – you?

with all due respect to the late great Les Paul, I am a Strat guy.  Do you have any idea how goddamn heavy those Les Paul’s are?  In the business, it was known as the ‘the log’.  No joke!  I have written a good deal about that right here.


3.       If you could have any guitar, what would it be?

a specific guitar?  Jerry’s tiger.  In general, one of those 50th Anniversary strats.  Oh sweet lord, it is hot.  Lemme tell what I would do with it.  First, put on a rosewood fretboard.  Then, I would get rid of this kahler shit and put a Floyd Rose trem on there.  Ah hell, I have not used a whammy bar in 20 years (I refuse to)… so I should just man up and buy a hard tail.

4.       Really, what is the deal with Glenn Beck?

I wonder about that.  I used to listen to him years ago on the radio.  He was great, and really funny.  Never partisan, just funny observational stuff.  Then, climate change became a hot topic and he became a big denier.  That is when I lost respect for him.  Hell, even Bush and Cheney have acknowledged climate change.  Then, CNN gave Beck a tv stop and he just turned into an over emotive right wing nut job.  Total shame.  Dude used to be great on daytime radio.  I listened almost every day at lunch and never even knew he was a Repub.  He was just funny and good.


5.       So, just how many guitars do you have?

hmmn, lots.  Maybe ten.  Let’s count.  I have three electrics, two bass guitars, three regular acoustics and a 12 string acoustic on top of that.  Also have a ukulele and two guitar hero guitars.  I think that is all of them.  Oh wait, there is also the BC Rich ST3 with the broken neck.  I didn’t set out to collect them, but I can’t stop now.  So, send in your guitars now, America.  I will take care of them.  Here is a pic of most of them, maybe all.

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