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    Do you have a music opinion that you always find yourself defending?

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    Eric, can you detail your military experience? More along the lines of how you dealt with the training and regiman as well as any other countries you saw, wars you faught in and how it effected your life and personality in the long term. Regret or a good experience?
    Here's my novella:

    I spent almost four years as an enlisted member of the US Coast Guard. I joined when I was 23. Basically, I was bored and I was trying to find some way where I would be paid to travel while doing a job that actually made a tangible difference for the better within the World. What better way than to protect the environment and save people's lives?

    The Coast Guard was the perfect fit. My previous college experience and my high ASVAB scores meant that when I completed boot camp I would go immediately to the 'A' School where I would learn how to do the Rating (job) of my choice. I chose to become an Operation's Specialist, which meant that I would coordinate and execute operations, both on land and at sea.

    I joined in late February of 2003 and was sent to Boot Camp in Cape May, New Jersey. The base is located on the southern tip of New Jersey and right on the water. That year the area had been experiencing a pretty bad winter, so when I arrived the whole base was covered in a deep layer of snow. Now, I didn't know what to expect from boot camp, I had of course seen Full Metal Jacket and I spent whole the bus ride to the base wondering if it was going to be in any way like that. Long story short, Yes, Yes it is like that.

    Basically, Boot Camp was the hardest easy thing I ever had to get through. It's easy, because all you have to do is what they say to do and it's hard because all you have to do is what they say to do. You not only get punished for your mistakes, but those of the 75 other people in your company as well. There were times that we were in trouble for something or other and were paying for these mistakes by doing push ups in the snow while in our pajamas. Basically you just do it and keep on doing it, because you know that it is not going to last forever, even if it seems like it will.

    After a week there in Boot Camp I contracted Pneumonia, which didn't respond fully to the antibiotics that they gave me, so I carried that around with me for the rest of the time I was there. The worst was the physical fitness test, which was where I had to run a mile and a half outside in the sleet and then swim a ton of laps in an olympic sized swimming pool.

    All in all, the tough love that we received from our drill instructors helped mold us into the best company in the whole camp, which was great because after I had been there for a month the Second Iraq War began and everyone there started taking everything even more seriously. We only heard snippets about how the war was progressing and we spent our on-base liberty watching CNN. We heard about the operations the CG was conducting in Iraq, which was cool, but all in all we were sort of isulated from the War.

    After graduating from boot camp I had a week off and spent it in the Bay Area with my family and friends. Then I reported to 'A' School near Bodega Bay in the North Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area. 'A' School was the complete opposite of Boot Camp. It was essentially like attending college at a school that requires uniforms. I spent my weeknights and weekends attending concerts and visiting with friends in the Bay.

    Before graduating were given a choice of duty stations and I chose a High Endurance Cutter stationed in Charleston, SC. However a Southern friend of mine wanted to be stationed near his GF in Virginia so we decided to trade. He had a High Endurance Cutter stationed in Alameda, CA (East Bay SF Bay Area). Now I grew up in the Bay, which was why I chose to go to the East Coast, but I knew that I would spend a lot of time at sea in Alaska and the Eastern pacific, so I figured I would be ok in the Bay.

    I was flown up to Alaska in October of '03 to meet my boat. I flew by commercial airplane into Anchorage, then Kodiak and from there we hitched a ride aboard a CG C-130. The view of the snow covered Aleutian Islands from the C-130 was breathtaking. We were dropped off in Cold Bay (mid way down the chain), where our Cutter's Helicopter picked us up and flew us out to our ship.

    This was the first of the 8 patrols that I conducted while on board my Cutter. I went to Alaska a total of 3 times (Fall, Winter and Summer). I went down to the Eastern Pacific 3 times as well. The other 2 patrols were spent in San Diego and off the coast conducting training exercises with the Navy.

    Basically, while in Alaska we were responsible for enforcing fisheries laws, saving fishermen from the ocean (we saved a couple hundred), and conducting environmental protection ops. While sailing in and around Alaska I've sailed through 30 foot seas and I have sailed near active volcanoes spewing gases out of their snow capped peaks. Also, I have actually swum in the Arctic Ocean, Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska.

    While in the Eastern Pacific we were primary concerned with Anti Drug Ops, but we also conducted Migrant Interdictions and Search and Rescue cases. I have been so far below the Equator that we experienced Summer changing into Fall/Winter. We would also do swim calls hundreds of miles out in the middle of nowhere in thousands of feet deep water. These would require a crew member to be on shark watch armed with an M-16. It was a lot of fun to dive off of the bow, which was about 50-60ft above the water, but I am really afraid of sharks so I wouldn't spend too much time in the water. I would dive off and then swim to the ladder, which i would repeat a few times and that would be as much as I could handle.

    My job as an Operations Specialist required a Top Secret clearance, which meant that my job on board included intel gathering and dissemination, operation coordination and execution, electronic navigation and air traffic control. I was also trained as a Boarding Team Member, so I was qualified to board vessels and conduct searches, which I did in Alaska and in the Eastern Pacific. I was also specially trained to shoot the coxswain of a drug running boat with less than lethal weapons and also to shoot out the engines of vessels that were trying to outrun us.

    My job meant that I was always in the thick of things, which meant that I was continually challenged and rewarded for my efforts (I was promoted a total of 5 times). This also helped stave off the boredom associated with spending months at sea. Our patrols generally lasted for a period of 3 months with about 3-4 port calls thrown into the mix. I read a sh!t ton of books, watched a lot of dvds and spent a whole hell of a lot of time on the back of my boat smoking and shooting the sh!t with my shipmates.

    Countries that I visited while on Patrol include; Canada, Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Costa Rico, Panama and Ecuador. I really enjoyed visiting Victoria, BC and Panama, which I have been to multiple times. The best time was when we were there for Carnivale. Our Hotel was right on the parade route and they even had the Miss Panama beauty contest in front of our hotel. Beers were 25cents and there was music and attractions everywhere. Plus their steak comes from Peru and Argentina and is simply amazing. I think that I managed to spend $900 in just a matter of days. It was pure Awesome.

    Well, long story short, I really enjoyed my time in the Coast Guard. I know that because of my actions people are alive and that's a good feeling. I also know that all of our counter drug ops were pointless and that the mentality behind their conduct is in desperate need of being reassessed.

    The beauty of the sea is unparalleled and I am grateful that I was able to experience as much of it as I did. It took me hundreds of sunsets, but I have seen the green flash (its isn't nearly as bright as is depicted in the Pirates of the Caribbean), I have seen lightening strike the water near me, I have watched an earthquake take place on land while moored up to a pier, I have seen birds and birds of prey utilize our vessel as an island refuge after being blown out to sea during a storm and I have seen many marine mammals.

    I look upon my time in the Coast Guard as a positive experience that helped steer me towards the future, which has included attending the California Maritime Academy, marrying my High School sweetheart (10 years after the fact) and working to complete my Master's Degree from the School of Marine Affairs at the University of Washington.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bmack86 View Post
    What is your favorite extreme sport?
    Downhill Mountain Biking. That sh!t is nothing short of fast, furious and insane. I've been in some spectacular crashes and have witnessed even more. The best part is that the scenery is spectacular, even as it is going by in a blur.

    Quote Originally Posted by bmack86 View Post
    Why Seattle?
    College. Both my wife and I attend the University of Washington. My wife is getting a Psych degree to go along with her English degree from UCLA. I am getting a Master's from the School of Marine Affairs, which delves into the socio, political, economical and biological processes surrounding maritime affairs.

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    Where were you born and raised, and what did you think of the areas?
    I was born in Fremont, California in 1978. Fremont is located in the East Bay of the SF Bay Area. We lived there until I was 10 and then we moved to Pleasanton, which is over the hills in the Tri Valley.

    I enjoyed living in Fremont, partly because my elementary school always went on really cool field trips to SF. As Fremont's population was starting to explode, we moved to Pleasanton. Pleasanton was an upper middle class / lower upper class valley community of 50k. The schools were really good, everybody was big on sports and the hills offered a lot of space to have fun in (both sober and otherwise). As a teenager, living in the valley was made bearable due to the fact that we had a really cool Coffee Shop that all of the 'alternative' kids hung out at. While there I met an orange haired girl who would eventually become my wife.

    Quote Originally Posted by bmack86 View Post
    What's your favorite place you've lived?
    I've lived in multiple places within the SF East Bay, the SF North Bay, Tempe, AZ and Seattle, WA.

    My favorite place was the huge townhouse I shared with a shipmate of mind in the Oakland Hills. We were a ten minute walk from the Zoo, we had redwoods in our front yard, lakes just over our hill and easy access to great food/bars/venues via several close highways. Given the opportunity, I plan on living within the Oakland Hills again someday.
    9/18 CHVRCHES @ the Fox Theatre *Celebrating an Independent Scotland or United Kingdom?*
    9/22 Tove Lo @ the Fillmore
    9/27 Simian Mobile Disco @ The Mezzanine
    10/5 The War On Drugs @ The Fillmore
    10/21 Jessie Ware @ The Chapel
    10/24 Little Dragon @ the Fox Theatre
    10/24 Rfs Du Sol @ The Mezzanine
    10/29 PHISH @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
    10/31 AlunaGeorge @ 1015 (?)
    11/29 London Grammar @ the Fox Theatre

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    Quote Originally Posted by TommyboyUNM View Post
    Do you have a music opinion that you always find yourself defending?
    PHISH, need I say more?
    9/18 CHVRCHES @ the Fox Theatre *Celebrating an Independent Scotland or United Kingdom?*
    9/22 Tove Lo @ the Fillmore
    9/27 Simian Mobile Disco @ The Mezzanine
    10/5 The War On Drugs @ The Fillmore
    10/21 Jessie Ware @ The Chapel
    10/24 Little Dragon @ the Fox Theatre
    10/24 Rfs Du Sol @ The Mezzanine
    10/29 PHISH @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
    10/31 AlunaGeorge @ 1015 (?)
    11/29 London Grammar @ the Fox Theatre

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    Quote Originally Posted by fikus222 View Post


    I was born in Fremont, California in 1978. Fremont is located in the East Bay of the SF Bay Area. We lived there until I was 10 and then we moved to Pleasanton, which is over the hills in the Tri Valley.

    I enjoyed living in Fremont, partly because my elementary school always went on really cool field trips to SF. As Fremont's population was starting to explode, we moved to Pleasanton.
    Wow! I've lived in Fremont my whole life -- what elementary school did you go to? I'm only a few years older than you so the cosmicness of us both being at the same school when we were little and not knowing each other and then being on some message board 25 or so years later and not knowing each other would be crazy.

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    Holy shit, thanks for sharing that Eric. Sounds like a hell of an adventure and a life experience. I admire your focus and drive. God damn you got to see a lot and learn some exciting things. Very rewarding.

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    I spent almost four years as an enlisted member of the US Coast Guard.

    I look upon my time in the Coast Guard as a positive experience that helped steer me towards the future, which has included attending the California Maritime Academy, marrying my High School sweetheart (10 years after the fact) and working to complete my Master's Degree from the School of Marine Affairs at the University of Washington.
    Very impressive.
    Not serving our country has been one of my biggest regrets in life.
    If I only knew then what I know now, I'd be set.
    Watching my daughter graduate her boot camp 2 years ago at Great Lakes is definitely the proudest moment in my life.
    I've seen what it takes to make it through boot camp.
    The changes a recruit goes through....amazing.
    There are no words that can describe how proud I am of my daughter.
    So as a Navy dad, I salute you.
    Thank you sir.....for your service.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fiyahhh! View Post
    Wow! I've lived in Fremont my whole life -- what elementary school did you go to? I'm only a few years older than you so the cosmicness of us both being at the same school when we were little and not knowing each other and then being on some message board 25 or so years later and not knowing each other would be crazy.
    Coolio, I went to pre-school at the Learning Tree, which was down the street from my house. I then went to some Christian School for kindergarten and 1st grade (where I would get paddled for various minor offenses). Second grade through fourth I went to Patterson Elementary.

    Speaking of Fremont, a few years ago my father retired after serving 29 years on the Fremont Police force. He was a Detective and he also used to teach DARE to the lil kids and ROP Criminal Justice to the High School kids. He never really used to work traffic, so chances are you prolly didn't get a ticket from him

    Quote Originally Posted by faxman75 View Post
    Holy shit, thanks for sharing that Eric. Sounds like a hell of an adventure and a life experience. I admire your focus and drive. God damn you got to see a lot and learn some exciting things. Very rewarding.
    No problem Don't get me wrong it wasn't always rosie, I did manage to get myself into trouble every now and again. I joined as the CG was trying to improve upon its hard drinking hard partying image, but the enforcement of this new image was intermittent. Therefore, you couldn't always get away with the craziness that would ensue while we were in port

    Quote Originally Posted by Suffacated View Post
    Very impressive.
    Not serving our country has been one of my biggest regrets in life.
    If I only knew then what I know now, I'd be set.
    Watching my daughter graduate her boot camp 2 years ago at Great Lakes is definitely the proudest moment in my life.
    I've seen what it takes to make it through boot camp.
    The changes a recruit goes through....amazing.
    There are no words that can describe how proud I am of my daughter.
    So as a Navy dad, I salute you.
    Thank you sir.....for your service.
    You're welcome. That's cool of your daughter to choose the Navy. I've always been impressed by the length of time the Navy spends at sea. For instance, the longest I ever did was 3 months, whereas the Navy sometimes does 4 times that length, now that's hardcore.
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    9/27 Simian Mobile Disco @ The Mezzanine
    10/5 The War On Drugs @ The Fillmore
    10/21 Jessie Ware @ The Chapel
    10/24 Little Dragon @ the Fox Theatre
    10/24 Rfs Du Sol @ The Mezzanine
    10/29 PHISH @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
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    What's one band you've always been interested in getting to know more about but have never really taken the dive?

    Also, damn, when I think of Pleasanton, I think of the Fuddruckers there and the gigantic movie theater. My cousin got fired from both, and the best buy there and the game stop and about 10 other places.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bmack86 View Post
    What's one band you've always been interested in getting to know more about but have never really taken the dive?
    I'd have to say that I feel guilty about never really taking the plunge into Elliott Smith's material. I of course know Angeles and A Fond Farewell, but I've just never really taken the plunge.


    Quote Originally Posted by bmack86 View Post
    Also, damn, when I think of Pleasanton, I think of the Fuddruckers there and the gigantic movie theater. My cousin got fired from both, and the best buy there and the game stop and about 10 other places.
    That whole area used to be ranch land. There used to be a street that went in between the ranches that I used to call the autobahn and I used to haul ass along it in the middle of the night.

    My first paycheck job was at the movie theater (Galaxy 8) that the Hacienda Crossing Theater replaced. Also, a friend of mine was one of the first people to move into the townhouses that they were building around the Hacienda Crossing development. We spent the summer watching them build those new houses while drinking beer on his front porch.
    9/18 CHVRCHES @ the Fox Theatre *Celebrating an Independent Scotland or United Kingdom?*
    9/22 Tove Lo @ the Fillmore
    9/27 Simian Mobile Disco @ The Mezzanine
    10/5 The War On Drugs @ The Fillmore
    10/21 Jessie Ware @ The Chapel
    10/24 Little Dragon @ the Fox Theatre
    10/24 Rfs Du Sol @ The Mezzanine
    10/29 PHISH @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
    10/31 AlunaGeorge @ 1015 (?)
    11/29 London Grammar @ the Fox Theatre

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    how do i put my name on the list for this?
    Rhythm is a dancer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by forzapalermo04 View Post
    how do i put my name on the list for this?
    In my case Jeff asked if I wanted to do it and I said maybekindanotreally, so he nominated me anyway.
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    9/22 Tove Lo @ the Fillmore
    9/27 Simian Mobile Disco @ The Mezzanine
    10/5 The War On Drugs @ The Fillmore
    10/21 Jessie Ware @ The Chapel
    10/24 Little Dragon @ the Fox Theatre
    10/24 Rfs Du Sol @ The Mezzanine
    10/29 PHISH @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
    10/31 AlunaGeorge @ 1015 (?)
    11/29 London Grammar @ the Fox Theatre

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    so we didn't go to the same elementary school after all...

    Please take us on a journey through the musical phases of your life. What did you listen to as a kid? Were there any people in your life who influenced your taste in music? What bands got you into different genres of music?

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    Have you done any illegal drugs? If so which and what were your best experiences/stories?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Suffacated View Post
    Very impressive.
    Not serving our country has been one of my biggest regrets in life.
    If I only knew then what I know now, I'd be set.
    Watching my daughter graduate her boot camp 2 years ago at Great Lakes is definitely the proudest moment in my life.
    I've seen what it takes to make it through boot camp.
    The changes a recruit goes through....amazing.
    There are no words that can describe how proud I am of my daughter.
    So as a Navy dad, I salute you.
    Thank you sir.....for your service.
    Volunteering for the armed forces in a state not facing any legitimate threat by any military force in the world is accepting mutual responsibility for thousands upon thousands of unnecessary deaths.

    In other words, your daughter's an amoral sheep, and you aspire to be one. congratulations.
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    Quote Originally Posted by forzapalermo04 View Post
    how do i put my name on the list for this?
    I'd love to sign up too....seems snazzy

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    Dr.Eric

    What has been your worst job ever?

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    I vote for for sleepingrock, just so I would no longer be the youngest interviewee in this thread.

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    how did the orange haired girl become your wife?

    story time!
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    Dear Sir,


    You mentioned an affection for Goldfrapp. Which is your favorite Goldfrapp album and why?

    Which is your favorite Alison Goldfrapp stage look?

    The naughty, but relatively tame air stewardess of the Felt Mountain era?


    The filthy-minded, theramin-abusing, tight leather stiletto boots, rough around the edges look of the Black Cherry era?



    The polished, sexed up glam rock/disco goddess, short skirted, legs forever, massive high heels look of the Supernature era?


    The relaxed, bare-footed, harlequin-esque, natural look of the 7th Tree era?

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    You can choose three artists for a concert. Who do you choose?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fiyahhh! View Post
    Please take us on a journey through the musical phases of your life. What did you listen to as a kid? Were there any people in your life who influenced your taste in music? What bands got you into different genres of music?
    I've always surfed the borders of many different musical genres and therefore groups of friends. Over the years, these friends have been instrumental in exposing me to many different types of music. Festivals and Raves were also very helpful in exposing me to new music. Nowadays, I still rely upon my friends and festivals, but the board has become a valuable resource as well

    The following is a somewhat chronological list of the major phases that shaped my musical tastes:

    50s and early 60s rock 'n roll > Grunge (Nirvana and Soundgarden) > Industrial (NIN) > Electronica (the ORB, Orbital and the Crystal Method) > Rave Music (Chicago House, Trance and Jungle) > PHISH > A current repertoire containing a very eclectic mix of bands.

    [I forgot to mention that I also enjoy Hip Hop and Turntablism]

    For sh!ts and giggles, here is a list of the first 5 shows I attended (1995):

    1. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
    2. The Beastie Boys
    3. Lollapalooza (Sonic Youth, Hole, Cypress Hill, Pavement, Elastica, Beck, the Jesus Lizard, Mighty Mighty Bosstones).
    4. Primus.
    5. Nine Inch Nails, Prick, and David Bowie.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sleepingrock View Post
    Dr.Eric

    What has been your worst job ever?
    I used to work for Yardbirds, which was a smaller version of Home Depot. I worked in their main shipping and receiving warehouse, which meant that I either put away shipments or filled orders for the individual stores. I was required to drive forklifts, pickers and electric pallet jacks. I'm a night owl and I was partying a lot too, so I was always very tired at work, which resulted in me frequently crashing into the shelving with these pieces of equipment. The job also required me to work in very high places to grab various heavy items, which always put me in precarious positions. I eventually realized that even when I was on my game, I was still risking my life to grab a toilet. It sucked, so I got myself fired and collected unemployment

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    how did the orange haired girl become your wife?

    story time!
    In our Valley we had a coffee shop where all of the 'alternative' kids hung out at. It was called Celebrities Coffee and it was located next to a Tower Records, Super Crown and grass hill with Gazebo on it. We would all go there to drink coffee, smoke, talk and party.

    One day during the Summer following graduating from HS, I was walking up to Celebrities with my BFF and a sack of Taco Bell. As we were walking through the parking lot, I see this beautiful girl sitting out front. She has Milla Jovavitch's 5th Element orange hair and she is literally surrounded by some nimbus glow. I ask my friend who she was and he responds, "Oh, she's some girl named Erika." So, we walk up and start talking to the other members of her crew. As I was eating she starts eyeballing my food (she had been in Berkeley all day w/o eating) so I gave her a burrito.

    Over the course of the next few weeks we would intermittently run into each other while at Celebrities. I used to tease her and she would kick the crap out of me with her steel toes. So one night she invites herself back to my house to watch movies with a mutual friend. He goes home and the two of us get comfy on the couch with each other. I was a wuss, so she makes it very apparent that I should kiss her so I did. We are then inseparable for the rest of the Summer.

    I had to leave for college almost a month earlier than Erika [I forgot to mention, that together we are Eric & Erika ] so we decide to stay together once we start school even though we would be in separate states. This didn't work so we broke up, which sucked. For the next couple of years we would briefly run into each other, but nothing comes of it. Then one night after not seeing each other for like 3 years we run into each other at a party and really hit it off, but I'm still living in Arizona and she is moving to LA for UCLA, so nothing comes of it.

    For the next 5 years we each independently ask our mutual friends how the other is doing, but they never deem it important to tell us about these inquiries. During this time Erika though of me as the 'one' and every other BF as a poor substitute. I, in turn, always thought of her as the one who got away. So one day during the Summer that I'm getting out of the Coast Guard, I'm perusing my friend's MySpace and I see her, so I add request her. She's surprised, adds me. I was unsure of how to proceed so I send her Morphine song lyrics (an important band between the two of us). She then ups the ante, so we begin more expansive written conversations. She then gives me her phone number. I nervously call her and it's almost like old times. Plus, it turns out she's in the process of moving back to Northern California (where I also live).

    Erika moves up to her Mom's house outside of Sacramento and I start seeing her, which was a little weird at first, but it becomes readily apparent that things are going great, like unbelievably great. So one late night we are talking and marriage comes up. I ask her if she would marry me and she says yes. I say howabout tonight in Reno, and she says that there is no way that she is getting married in Reno at 4 in the morning. So I ask her what about this weekend in Lake Tahoe? She agrees, with one caveat: that I promise we will have a full family and friend's wedding on our 1 year anniversary, which I promise to do.

    That week, I made reservations for a condo along the water in South Lake Tahoe. On Friday we picked up rings from a lady (who we've looked for since, but have never seen again) on the streets of Telegraph before heading to the Massive Attack and DJ Shadow show. The next day we headed to SF to get her a dress and me a suit. We each find the perfect outfit and then head to South Lake Tahoe. We arrive and find that our condo's balcony is right over the water, so while Erika is getting ready I find a minister to marry us on the balcony. It's dark by the time everything is ready, so we are married beneath the stars with the water gently lapping beneath us. Afterwords, we go out for dinner and a bottle of champagne. Erika loves to fly, so the next day I set up a helicopter ride for the two of us over the Lake and surrounding terrain, which was awesome.

    The next thing on our list is informing our family and friends. All of which were at first very surprised and then accepting. We were always the crazy ones, so I guess everyone just thought that it figured we would do something like this. On our one year anniversary we had the full family and friends wedding with the dress, cake, venue etc. And you know what? We both thought the elopement was a whole lot better. This September we will celebrate our 3rd anniversary

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    Dear Sir,

    You mentioned an affection for Goldfrapp. Which is your favorite Goldfrapp album and why?
    Damn that's a toughie, I love all of her albums almost equally. Tied for first is Black Cherry and Supernature followed by Seventh Tree and then Felt Mountain.

    I think that each of Goldfrapp's albums explore many different moods, tempos and themes. My first favorite was Black Cherry, but when Supernature came out I liked it more due to its faster pace. However, I just recently watched the Sommerset show on the Wonderful Electric DVD, so now I am digging Black Cherry a lot again. My current favorite song is 'Crystalline Green.' (My wife and I played Number 1 as we walked out into our wedding reception, which was pretty fun)

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    Which is your favorite Alison Goldfrapp stage look?
    I have been fortunate enough to see Allison perform in small venues during three of her four different phases. I saw the Black Cherry tour of '03 at the SF Fillmore, the Supernature tour of '06 also at the SF Fillmore and the 7th Tree 'tour' of '08 at the SF Warfield.

    My favorite 'look' would have to be the Black Cherry one. Those knee high boots, that short skirt and two tone dye job were pure awesome. Though I did love her Supernature look as well.

    Quote Originally Posted by JClemy View Post
    You can choose three artists for a concert. Who do you choose?
    Deceased artists:

    The Beatles
    Nirvana
    Pink Floyd (Richard Wright counts) [As does Barrett, but I like post Syd Pink Floyd better]


    Living:

    Radiohead
    NIN
    Portishead
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    9/18 CHVRCHES @ the Fox Theatre *Celebrating an Independent Scotland or United Kingdom?*
    9/22 Tove Lo @ the Fillmore
    9/27 Simian Mobile Disco @ The Mezzanine
    10/5 The War On Drugs @ The Fillmore
    10/21 Jessie Ware @ The Chapel
    10/24 Little Dragon @ the Fox Theatre
    10/24 Rfs Du Sol @ The Mezzanine
    10/29 PHISH @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
    10/31 AlunaGeorge @ 1015 (?)
    11/29 London Grammar @ the Fox Theatre

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    Nice choices.

    Which of your upcoming concerts are you most excited for?

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    that was a wonderful story.

    more questions when my brain stops bleeding.
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    That has got to be the most romantic thing I have ever read. Congratulations.
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    Because fucking millenials that's what

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    Quote Originally Posted by RotationSlimWang View Post
    Volunteering for the armed forces in a state not facing any legitimate threat by any military force in the world is accepting mutual responsibility for thousands upon thousands of unnecessary deaths.

    In other words, your daughter's an amoral sheep, and you aspire to be one. congratulations.
    His daughter has more balls than you could ever dream of having, Randy. FACT.
    Its like the Infinite Monkey Theorem, if you put X amount of monkeys in a room with a typewriter and ask them to give you Shakespeare 99% of them will fling their shit at you while the other 1% will masturbate in the corner.

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    Reading about your liasons and happy ending with Erica erased the angry emotion I was feeling just prior to that.

    In what way do you erase a bad mood and change it for good?
    Its like the Infinite Monkey Theorem, if you put X amount of monkeys in a room with a typewriter and ask them to give you Shakespeare 99% of them will fling their shit at you while the other 1% will masturbate in the corner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sbessiso View Post
    Did anyone else enjoy this story like I did?
    A month later, and I still enjoy the naked gay shower story.

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    That story makes me all :3 inside. Oh, if only I never moved back in the day...

    BTW, RSW, there are many reasons people join the military. Mine in particular were mostly self-serving and out of 17-year-old ignorance, but I don't see how being an aircraft mechanic, a jet engine specialist in particular, is amoral.

    Anyways, Eric, who is your favorite James Bond and why?
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    Eric,

    If you were rocking the baby Jesus to sleep, what song would you sing to it? Also, when it trys to gouge your eyes out and steal your soul, how will you fight it off?

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