Remarkably, no I have not yet caught the bug. It is a wonder – going into the office nearly every day for 16 months in a call center full of young folks who I doubt were as inoculated with the vaccine as they should be.
2. If not, how, what did you do?
I generally stayed home and my life was work (with a masked and socially distanced) and didn’t eat out or go to shows or other stuff I would have done prior to the outbreak. I also have O-Positive blood which may be a contributing factor. And they say cannabis use has been an indicator to prevent users from catching it. I also take a Chinese herbal approach with doses of oregano oil capsules and Astragalus a couple of times a day (China studies show this is an effective preventative. ) Well, that all all the shots. So many shots.
Or, I was just lucky.
3. What is the future of COVID?
It is here forever. I think over the next five years we will continue to see sporadic seasonal outbreaks but by 2027 or so it will be like the flu – something to be aware of but not the grim reaper that it once was.
4. What is next for the superbugs?
We will continue to see odd and novel viruses pop up and it may be decades before something like COVID hits or it could hit again next week. I had a weird dream that all of North Korea died as the result of a superbug and we were all working to prevent it – and then, well, I woke up to go to the bathroom. I am pretty sure North Korea is still there.
5. It is supposed to be over, but do you still wear a mask, social distance, and stay at home?
I mask in big places like grocery stores and gatherings in unfamiliar places as well as places where still required like doctor’s offices. and I still stay home a lot more than I used to pre-COVID but I have always been a homebody.
The pat answer is Tom Hanks, but I am going with beloved national treasure Dick Van Dyke.
2. Music is my . . .
end-of-day decompression tonic
3. I remember radio when . . .
you would call into the request line. I guess that probably still exists and folks are now tweeting in their requests, but it isn’t the same ad dialing in and waiting on hold from that one phone in the kitchen with the long spiraled cord.
4. I bought … from the Columbia Music Record Club?
The Cars 5. What great life advice have you gotten from a song?
Don’t Talk To Strangers – Rick Springfield. Very apt advice for those riding any kind of public transportation.
I can’t think of a lot – the only one that really comes to mind is “Pinball” by Jerzy Kozinsky. A pop superstar lives a double life as some kind of classical musician and works hard to keep it secret. I read it decades ago so some of the details are fuzzy.
2. What is the weirdest Rock and Roll star story?
I just discovered this one yesterday – Jim Sullivan who mysteriously disappeared in the New Mexico desert at the age of 34.
3. When did Rock and Roll really feed your soul for the first time?
My childhood neighbor Paul was about seven or eight years older than me and I remember him playing me some Styxx back in the mid-1970s and realized that rock, rocked. We also had an album of 1950s-era rock and roll cover songs that I remember playing over and over and over again while a middle schooler.
4. What new music/musicians have you recently discovered?
Well, the musicians are new but the music is – I am really digging the new Wilco album. Very much a return to their alt-country kind of roots.
5. What is the best music-based movie montage?
The drugged-out scene in “The Big Lebowski where The Dude is a bowling ball flying down the lane with “Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)” by the New Edition.