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February 14th, 2007

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1. Leave me a comment saying "Interview me". (If you want to, of course! No pressure at all.)
2. I'll respond by asking you five questions of a very intimate and creepily personal nature (or not so creepy/personal).
3. Update your LJ with the answers to the questions.
4. Include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, ask them five questions.

dafne99 asked me the following:

1. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

I'm pretty happy where I am right now, but if I could choose, I'd live in Honolulu. I spent several weeks there on my last job, and while I had to work during the day, I had the evenings to myself. The weather is beautiful, the city is small enough to be livable but not "funky", and I got a generally good vibe from the place when I was there.

2. What is your favorite book and why?

Milton Friedman's "Capitalism and Freedom" changed my life. Being a typical child of Depression-era parents and having grown up in a family that generally felt that big government was the answer to all of society's problems, it was a real wake-up call for me. I had never thought about the problems that big government could create, and the damage it was causing, in the name of helping people. His argument that individual freedom started with economic freedom was what convinced me. Individual freedom is very important to me, and I guess I had never drawn the connection between the two.

3. How long did you know your wife before you married?

I met her in September, 1976 and we were married in January, 1978. I first saw her in a training class at Marshall Field's in Chicago, and ran into her in the hallways at Loyola University. We had coffee a few days later, and the rest, as they say, is history.

4. What single item have you kept longer than anything else and where did you get it?

Somewhere around here (and damned if I can find it now), I have a lump of half a dozen pliable erasers that I squeezed together that has paper eyes and a mouth attached. Let me explain: There was a kids' TV show in Chicago called "BJ And Dirty Dragon" on which there was a character called "The Blob"; Bill Jackson (BJ) would mold it into different shapes and put cardboard facial features (mouths, eyes, sometimes ears) onto it. Anyway, I was working at a bank in Chicago circa 1982, and our supply secretary (remember, this was the days when IT staffs were huge and IT budgets were just as huge) had ordered pliable erasers by mistake. My cubemate, Rodd, and I (who were a couple of delinquents) grabbed half of them and made Blobs for ourselves. I also have an old white plastic Fender 346 guitar pick floating around that's probably older than that. I guess you could also include the Ibanez guitar that Mary bought me for my 21st birthday. But the Blob story was better.

5. If you could play any instrument for any ensemble throughout the history of music, what would you choose?

Rhythm guitar with the Quintette de Hot Club de Paris (pardon my spelling). That was the jazz group led by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli.
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Date:February 15th, 2007 11:22 am (UTC)
Though I only have a couple of albums by him I love Stephane Grapelli. Have you heard Live in San Francisco? I also like the work he did with Oscar Peterson.

I don't know much about Django Reinhardt, but a guitarist I used to work with told me he's amazing.
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Date:February 15th, 2007 12:18 pm (UTC)
I have heard parts of "Live in San Francisco" and some of his work with Oscar Peterson, but my greatest memory of Grappelli was at Massey Hall in Toronto with Bucky Pizzarelli in the early 90's. I just happened to be in Toronto, saw it in the paper and had to go. By that time he needed help getting around, but the minute he started playing, it was unmistakably him. He brought the house down at the end with "Limehouse Blues".

Django died in 1952 and his recordings weren't widely available until everything started going on CD. Now you can find his recordings everywhere. He was amazing in that his left hand was burned in a caravan fire when he was younger and his ring and pinky fingers were fused together, so he generally only used his thumb, index and middle fingers on the neck to play solos. From what I understand, after the fire he sat in the hospital and taught himself how to play that way. That in and of itself is amazing enough, and to hear how amazing his playing was in light of that makes anyone who hacks around on the guitar (e.g. myself) just want to throw up their hands and say, "Forget it!" Don't take my word for it...see for yourself: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zD6ZD1Igxr0

Chief Jack's Galley

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