Tuesday, August 26, 2008

55 things about me....

I got this idea from my friend Nora's blog. Today is my birthday, and these are the first 55 things that showed up on the screen when I sat down and started typing.

1. I used to love live music, now I dread it.

2. I love the novels of Richard Brautigan and Douglas Coupland.

3. New friendships are harder to start, and old friendships harder to maintain as I get older.

4. I regret getting rid of every guitar I’ve ever owned and gotten rid of.

5. I own far too many books that I’ve never read.

6. I love language; I wish I spoke five or six.

7. I love to cook.

8. I like washing dishes and other small tasks because they have a clear beginning and an end.

9. I love dogs and cats, both. I like animals, but I'm not so crazy about nature.

10. I enjoy starting conversations with strangers.

11. I just wish I were nicer.

12. After a couple false starts, I find I like blogging more than I thought I would.

13. When I play guitar and I play a song with a bar chord I feel like stopping and explaining that there will be a slight delay. I’ve been trying to play an effortless Bm for over 30 years without even the smallest sign of improvement.

14. I’m fascinated by the song “Mack the Knife,” especially Dave Van Ronk’s version.

15. I love music with melody. If there’s no melody it’s going to be a hard sell.

16. That we can’t just chose today to have the world we’re going to have eventually anyway, infuriates me.

17. Whenever I overhear some bozo refer to the idea of national health care as “socialized medicine” it is all I can do to not kick him in the jewels.

18. In my head I can dance like Gene Kelly.

19. If I had a lot of money, I’d be broke.

20. Peter Green is fine, but my favorite Fleetwood Mac is the Buckingham Nicks era, hands down. Great songwriting trumps great guitar playing.

21. Lenny Breau, Larry Coryell and Michael Bloomfield are my favorite guitarists.

22. If I could have one super power it would want an ability to heal people. And x-ray vision.

23. Rufus Wainwright is not the worst thing I’ve ever heard, but only because he has a sister.

24. I believe only someone with a heart of stone can listen to Jeff Buckley without laughing.

25. I wish I wasn’t as good at sarcasm.

26. I would love to wear a hat, but I’ve never found the right one.

27. I believe that when all non digital TVs stop working in 2009 there will be a very brief window during which political organizing might actually be possible.

28. I don’t believe there is a nuclear holocaust waiting just around the corner.

29. While it is silly to claim there is no intelligent life anywhere else in the universe, I don’t believe any of it has contacted us.

30. I believe in very few absolutes; I may only believe in one: literacy makes life better. It is always better to know how to read and write than not.

31. I believe that if you have a child, and you love your child, you should never allow your child to major in "Communication."

32. I believe all academics suffer from some degree of autism; mostly serious to profound.

33. I don’t care that much about baseball, but I love baseball history.

34. I love Paris. I loved it two minutes after I got off the train the first time. I love going back to it again and again.

35. I will drive a car until it says “no mas,” and refuses to come back into the ring at the start of the next round. Next year my current car will be allowed to buy liquor anywhere in the US.

36. I hate uncomfortable clothes, but I love to dress up for about 10-15 minutes.

37. I believe there is a veritably unlimited supply of excellent table wine available for under $10 a bottle.

38. If I did not have to, I don’t think I would ever leave my house. I suffer from angoraphobia; I am afraid that, if I leave my home, I will be attacked and mauled by long-haired rabbits.

40. 98% of all art – music, film, novels, poetry, painting, etc. – is mediocre to unspeakably horrible. The search for that 2% is one of the best things about being alive.

41. My favorite car is a 1963 Dodge Dart with a 225 slant-six engine and push-button transmission on the dash.

42. I cook eggs really, really well.

43. I enjoy sitting around a table, talking and laughing with six or seven friends more than anything else I can think of.

44. Spending a lot of money on really good shoes is never a bad idea.

45. For years I’ve thought that I could do so much more if I could only tolerate public restrooms.

46. My favorite time of day is around 2:30-3:00 in the morning.

47. The list of things I don’t understand grows at an alarming rate the older I get. If I make it to 80 I'll be an imbecile.

48. Every time I take flour, water and some yeast and make a loaf of bread I feel as if I have been witness to a miracle.

49. I believe that most of the greatest films ever made are comedies.

50. I am not ready to come out and admit that I have lost patience with LOST, but I’m getting there.

51. After years of wanting to I finally got invited to contribute to the Village Voice Pazz and Jop Poll, but it turned out to be just at the very moment that I stopped caring about new music.

52. I believe that if Lincoln or Jefferson were to try to run for office today, the Rush Limbaugh’s and Karl Rove’s of the world would make sure they didn’t get very far.

53. My sense of time has become so distorted that it has led me to question my sanity. I probably shouldn’t have mentioned that. Forget I said anything.

54. I have almost no ability to remember people’s names. Oddly, however, I always remember dogs’ names. I am always fond of people who name their dogs after themselves.

55. It annoys me that the Democratic Party hasn’t figured out if it takes the White House and has a large majority in the Congress that, if it designs and enacts a system of national health care, the only way Republicans could ever oppose it in the future would be to run on the campaign promise that, “If elected, I will get rid of your health care!” It would change the dynamics in politics forever.


Sam said...

Best. List. Ever.

Had me laughing the whole way.

nora said...

I was already giggling, but number 23: Rufus Wainwright is not the worst thing I’ve ever heard, but only because he has a sister made me laugh out loud.

Have you considered a beret?

Well done.

Stan Denski said...

I thought about a beret but I'm lactose intolerant and the thought of someone wearing a beret makes milk shoot out my nose.

tommyD said...

You will find appropriate hats when you consider hats as functional rather than aesthetic. And you are just about old enough to do that. Hats need earflaps in the winter, visors in the summer.

Stan Denski said...

Yeah, but I still want to look cool doing it. Hence, no berets.

DashingFabrics said...

Happy Birthday, anyway, Stan.

Chef Carl said...

A beret works if you also carry a baguette under your arm.

Stan Denski said...

Yes, but even then, if you carry a baguette under your arm down the Rue de Rivoli in the 3rd arrondissement, and you fought in the French resistance. Otherwise, no, not so much.