I’m sitting at my desk, looking at a small wide-screen monitor, watching these words appear on the screen as I type them. I’m wearing a dark blue hoody (though I’ve never gotten used to that term) with a silk-screened drawing of birds flying on the front and back. I’m wearing blue jeans and a pair of old swede slippers. The slippers have fake fur on the inside. It doesn’t look like fur. It looks like the same material teddy bears are made from. I don’t know what that material is called. I’ve had the slippers for about two years. They cost $70 and they’re not worth $70. The fake fur wore out within a couple weeks, and my feet get moist and give off an odour when I wear them for more than 20 minutes so that I have to take them off just to air them out and cut down on the stink. My feet don’t rank and clear out the room. I doubt anyone notices it like I do, but the point (which really isn’t a point at all) is that I do notice the smell. I just took off my slippers as I began writing about them. I could use a new pair of slippers.

Bob Dylan Quiz

The CBC posted a Bob Dylan quiz. Only 10 questions. I got 8 of them correct.

I didn’t know the answer to number 6.

On July 13, 1985, Dylan appeared at the Live Aid concert for Ethiopian famine relief in Philadelphia, and made some controversial comments on stage. What did he say?

Same with number 9.

In 2004, Dylan appeared in his first-ever TV ad. What was the product and the Dylan song used?

And this is what a ticket to a Bob Dylan show looks like.


Pop Culture Quiz (I scored 16%)

Do a quick read of CBC’s Top 100 “pop culture mementoes of 2008” and see how many you’ve heard of before. A quick copy-and-paste from the list and I score 16 out 100, and most of those 16 are pretty weak points. (My score would be even lower for popular music.) I am so out of touch. I like #14 the most.

1. There Will Be Blood. — Saw the movie.

2. I’m F**king Matt Damon (YouTube video). — Saw the video.

3. The fifth and final season of The Wire. — Saw it and loved it. It’s so good you don’t even know it’s good. It’s that good.

4. In Bruges. — Read reviews for the movie.

5. Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler. — Read about it.

6. Electric Arguments, The Fireman. — Heard about it (Paul McCartney’s new band).

7. Tina Fey. — Big deal. She does Sarah Palin.

8. Robert Downey, Jr. — I saw him a in a couple movies. He’s a good actor.

9. Tropic Thunder. — Saw the movie and could have done without it. Ben Stiller doesn’t make me laugh. (Flight of the Conchords makes me laugh.)

10. Slumdog Millionaire. — Read about the movie.

11. Andrew Lloyd Webber on How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? — Didn’t see the show, wouldn’t if you paid me, but I’m aware it exists.

12. Man on Wire. — Read reviews about the feature documentary.

13. Cloverfield. — Saw the movie.

14. “Mexico City” by Jolie Holland. — I have the album, but didn’t see the video until now. It looks like it was shot behind J-Walk‘s house.

15. Burn After Reading. — I saw this Coen Brothers movie.

16. Happy-Go-Lucky. — I read about this Mike Leigh movie.


BARI just had a craving for a bag of chips, some heavy duty artery-clogging clips like Doritos. I also get cravings for pizza at specific times. Next in line would be chocolate. After that apples and carrots, fruits and veggies that are juicy and crunch.

Once in a while I get a craving for single-malt scotch, which I satisfy with Lagavulin or Laphroaig, but that’s the only drink I ever get a hankering for.

Got any cravings?

UPDATE: The best answer gets a signed copy of my next album, It Seemed Like a Good Idea at The Time – Vol. 2, as soon as I record it.