Friday Fives – waiting on Jamie G


If you had a year off (with pay, to make it interesting), what would you do with it?

Easy, travel.  Do maybe a third around America… and I want a small motorhome for the wifey and I.  yes, she gets the year off, too.  Or I ain’t doing it.

Then, a third to travel overseas.

Then, a third of the year to do absolutely nothing at home.

Please process this sooner rather than later, btw.

What are two things you would do to improve the country if you were in complete charge?

Stop taking overtime at 42%, and stop taxing unemployment benefits.  Did you know those were taxed?  It is a pot that you have been paying into on every single job you have ever worked.  Just in case, god forbid, you are unemployed and need to still pay rent and eat and stuff while you look for work.

But when you finally get those payments, the Fed takes their cut.  WTF is that?  The one time you need money… YOUR money… they want their cut.  Also, the OT thing is stupid.  Though I haven’t been hourly for many years… there is very little incentive for Americans to work OT when the govt takes nearly half.  Time and a half pay quickly becomes about half time pay.

What three TV shows do you like watching?

I assume we are talking about shows on right now, not classic?   Saturday Night Live, Modern Family, and I can’t think of a third.  I work nights, and don’t have a DVR.  So, I don’t get to watch any of it.  If I am home, and I do get all the over the air networks, it would be PBS.  Frontline is the BOMB.

What are your four favorite ethnic dishes?

Everything Mexican.  Sesame chicken, and Pho.

What are five words you love to use?

Not sure, that makes me self conscious.  It would be a better question to ask my wifey.  how about ‘i am correct maybe wrong


Friday Fives – quit yer job


If you could quit your job and pursue your hobby full-time with financial security, what hobby would you pursue?

Writing.  I enjoy all writing.  Obviously, I prefer the kind of writing where I can inject my opinions, perspective, and humor.  However, I think I would even enjoy mindless drivel like writing for People magazine.  I mean, as a full time job?  Yeah, writing is great.  I do it anyway… why not get paid?

If you enjoy my writing, and I truly hope you do… here is some more.  There is this site we are on right now, of course –  I also have a site that is just my music writing.  Quite pleased with myself, that url is Maybe I am  Get it?  On social and popular culture issues, I pretty much am confident that I am Correct.  Music, though, is subjective… so why be a dick about it?  I also used to write for Blogcritics, and have done a good little bit writing for various guitar magazines.

Oh, there is also my newest endeavor – Remember the 27.  This is a website specifically dedicated to looking at the phenom of rock stars dying at 27.  I assume you have heard of it… a freaky disproportionate amount of rock stars die at age 27.  It goes back to the 60s, with Brian Jones, PigPen, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Shannon Hoon, Bradley Nowell, Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse… and on and on.  Oh… how about this, the original 27 club member – bluesman extraordinare >   Robert Johnson

What’s a hobby others have taken up that just baffles you?

Golf.  I am neither for it, nor against it.  I just don’t get it.

What was your’s father’s hobby? Is it relevant now?

Running.  No.  In fact, one of my favorite HST books (and the last long form book he ever wrote) is about running.  At the time, 1980, it was a hip new odd trend.  So… Rolling Stone sent Hunter to Hawaii too look at this phenomenon.  Side note – this very book is where I took my pen name, Lono, from.

What is your mother’s hobby? Is it relevant now?

tennis.  Yeah, still being played.  That sport is not lost on me, I think it’s terrific.  In fact, in case you are curious just exactly how incredibly Caucasian I am… when I was young… mom sent me to tennis camp at the nearby country club.  I don’t thinks that was so much to teach me strength and sportsmanship… but just to get me the hell out of the house during summer.   Well played, mother.  Well played.

What do you imagine your favorite superhero or celebrity’s favorite hobby is?  

Eddie Vedder?  I think we can safely assume he spends more time than he cares to admit googling me.