Friday Fives – you know… that thing?

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.

Saturday Sixes

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1) What was the first song you remember hearing and enjoying on the radio?

 I have a very powerful and distant memory of waking up in a cabin in the woods from a nap of some sort.  I am about 5 or 6.  There is no one there, just the peace of the forest, and John Denver’s ‘Country Roads’ was playing from somewhere.  It’s a good memory, and I wish I remembered more of the context. 

2) If you could only listen to five CDs for a year, which five would they be? (Boxed sets can count as one CD. Sigh.)

In the business, we call this ‘desert island discs’.  Ok, off the top of my head:  Bob Dylan – Blood on the Tracks.  Grateful Dead – From the Vault (live 1975, the Help/Slipnot/Franklins will blow your fucking mind.)  Metallica – Master of Puppets.  Guns & Roses – Appetite for Destruction.  Pearl Jam – Yield.  No, wait… the one with the avocado on the cover.  I think it is just called ‘Pearl Jam’.

3) What was your favorite year, music-wise?

1977 seemed to be a sick year for rock and roll, as my buddy Eric pointed out.  You have the Led Zeppelin ‘Destroyer’ bootleg out of Cleveland.  Steely Dan is landing Aja.  Grateful Dead drop ‘Terrapin Station’ and Fleetwood Mac put out ‘Rumors’.  Also, I think that is the year for Eagles ‘Hotel California’.  So, that was a seriously epic year for rock.  Too bad I was only 5 at the time.

4) If you could witness one historical music event through all time, what would you pick, and why?

Not Woodstock.  Every musician there said there set sucked.  People romanticize that festival.  I mean, it was a landmark.  But, if you were there, it kinda sucked.  It rained the whole time, traffic was a nightmare, food and bathroom were almost non existant, and that sound system sucked.  None of it was built to support 500,000 people, which is how many showed up.  That was 1969.  The event I would choose, musically, would be the Monterey Pop Festival in 67.  This was the peak of the San Francisco scene, and it coalesced perfectly at that moment.  It is also when Jimi Hendrix was introduced to America.  My summer of 69, the San Francisco scene had gone to crap because of meth and freeloaders.

So, musically… that is my choice. Non musically?  The Kennedy assasination.  that is if I am just a witness and can’t stop anything.  If I could go back in history and stop something, it would be to protect either Bobby Kennedy or MLK.

5) Do you have a song that never fails to cheer you up? What is it and why does it do that for you?

Well, if I am bummed, I don’t listen to music to try and cheer me up.  I just get afraid that listening to that music will later make me remember the time I was bummed.  So, I don’t to ruin it.  But, some songs that bring me pure joy and happiness are > Come on Eileen, Take your Mama (scissor sisters) and Skookian from Louis Armstrong.

6) Ok, so you wanna know what I think happened with the Kennedy thing?

I do believe Oswald was the lone shooter.  However, I do NOT believe he acted alone.  I think elements of our govt put him up to it.  I think Lyndon Johnson was involved on some level, and I believe it had to do with the Vietnam War.  Now, keep in mind… in 1963… EVERYONE wants to kill Kennedy.  The mafia want him dead, because they feel they got him elected… and his brother (as attorney general) is busting their balls.  Casto wants him dead, because he has been overtly trying to kill Castro for some time.  The war machine (er… the possible Johnson connection) wants him dead because he said he was going to draw down Vietnam and get of out of that mess.  Note that after Kennedy is killed, the war goes on another pointless 8 years.  Also, the bible belt want him dead because he is a womanizer… and beleives black folk have rights.  So, a better question is… who didn’t kill Kennedy?