Pick Your Pop Culture

So, I've like written about music for 25 years, and like I've got a lot to say and not enough people to pay me for it, and like I like to write about TV, and books, and movies, and stuff like that.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Aunt B, over at the very fantabulous blog Tiny Cat Pants, has tagged me with a series of questions bouncing around the blog world. So, let’s take a day off from writing reviews of things, and talk a little bit about me. Come on, it won’t hurt. I’m endlessly fascinating. Just ask me.

1) What are three of the stupidest things you’ve done in your life?

a. There was the time I got all hung up because some girl didn’t like me, and decided, despite the fact that I had only been drunk two or three times in my life before that, to buy a bottle of ridiculously cheap and far from tasty wine, and just drink it at a party. Well, yeah, lots of folks have done stupid things roughly akin to that very thing, but I upped the ante a little bit. I let a friend of mine put lipstick on me, because she was really into putting lipstick on guys that year, and then I decided it would be really funny to kiss the wall. Did you know that lipstick prints are virtually permanent?

b. I waited until a few weeks before my 18th birthday to get my drivers license, because I was absolutely incompetent when it came to cars. I took drivers education, scored 100% on every written test in the class, and still wound up with a D- grade because I really and truly couldn’t drive. Eventually, I did start to get the hang of it, and my mom took me down to the testing place. When I backed the car out of the parking spot, I scraped it alongside the car parked next to me, and then simply didn’t understand why the instructor decided I had failed the test already. It was only a teeny tiny scratch, really. Nobody was hurt.

c. Just the other day, I was walking the dog, something I’ve done a million times in my life – well, this dog probably has only gone for a thousand something walks, but I’ve walked plenty of dogs in my day. And, even without dogs, I’ve been walking for years and years without incident. But, this time the sidewalk tripped me up, and perhaps in karmic revenge for all the laughter I’ve been giving to slapstick silent comedies this year, I started to fall forwards, caught myself, flailed my arms, continued falling, bent sideways, and finally, after what seemed a full minute, plopped face first on the concrete. I was proud of myself for holding on to the dog’s leash, too.

2) At the current moment, who has the most influence on your life?

a. Well, that’s too easy. It’s Cat, of course, with whom I’ve spent every day but four or five of the last ten and a half years.

3) If you were given a time machine that functioned, and you were allowed to pick up to five people with whom to dine, who would you pick?

a. I remember answering this question in my friend Tim Merello’s old fanzine. Sadly, I can’t remember the name of the zine, which I loved to death, and from which I cribbed many ideas. Any way, who would be on my list today? I think it would be cool to chat up St. Paul, and see just exactly what was going on with that guy for real. So, let’s put the man down for a serious discussion of today’s Christian fundamentalism.

b. I think I’d like to talk to Virginia Woolf, because I love her writing, and I haven’t thought about her in a long time. And, besides, she might have some interesting things to say to Paul.

c. Robert Johnson should come hang with us, too. I bet he could tell some stories, and I could easily get a book and movie deal out of whatever he had to say. And, I wonder if Paul would like the blues.

d. Groucho Marx would liven things up quite a bit, too. I’d love to talk to him about his brothers, but I don’t want to waste picks on three Marxes.

e. My late friend Mick Harris, who passed away about fourteen years ago, just cause I’d like to see him, and I’d like to finally get around to working up those acoustic folk versions of Ramones songs we always intended to do as a joke.

4) If you had three wishes that were not supernatural, what would they be?

a. Guaranteed jobs that we like and that pay us enough for both me and Cat.

b. Heck, I can’t even think of anything else to wish for myself.

c. So, I’ll wish for everybody else that I love to be happy doing what they’re doing.

5) Someone is visiting your hometown/place where you live right at the moment. Name two things you regret your city not having, and two things people should avoid.

a. These are tough questions, because I genuinely love living in St. Louis. I guess I regret that we don’t have another alternative newspaper in this town to tackle truly important issues, and I regret that we don’t have a way of tying the city and the county into one governmental unit.

b. Avoid going anywhere outside the heart of the city/county. In other words, don’t go too far north, west, or south, because it’s all just sprawl and strip malls and giant box stores and pre-fab housing. Well, maybe not all, but most of it. What else should you avoid? Avoid August if you possibly can.

6) Name one event which has changed your life.

a. That night I went out dancing with Cat and another friend, and the way she moved her shoulder caught my eye, and this person who had been a friend for fourteen years was suddenly getting me excited in a new way.

7) Who else to tag? Becker at Occupant’s Journal. It’s on you. And, hey, Twisty at I Blame the Patriarchy, I bet you could come up with some great answers.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Done and done.

Becker

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Blogger Taketoshi said...

How odd that we both put Virginia Woolf on our lists.

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