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  • Birthday 01/24/1978

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    Silver Spring, MD
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  • Springsteen fan since?
    First heard Bruce in '89, diehard fan since around '93 or so
  • Does Mary's dress wave or sway?
    Well, "as the radio plays" rhymes with "sways"
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    Bruce, rock music, history, Lego, cooking, other nerdery...
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  1. E, how do you explain a jury not finding him guilty? Is he just too popular of a guy? Are most Americans just hardwired to like him?
  2. I think with Bruce, since the mid '80s there has been a gradual shift in how he has presented himself - he'd be the first to acknowledge he isn't a perfect man, and anyone who can write so well about the dark side of human nature must sure have some insight into this himself. You don't make something like Nebraska if your personal track record is squeaky clean. I think his autobiography was outstanding, and it is the most recent event in a much longer process to show the world he's just another guy doing his best and fucking up too. It is hard to imagine Bruce doing something like Cosby, but I have no doubt whatsoever that Bruce has done some major things in life that he regrets that have impacted others.
  3. Dreadful.
  4. Disturbed and determined people live everywhere unfortunately.
  5. Fair enough - I'm sure you do a lot more people watching and people studying than I do. I get that there are other things going on here than just taking up public space (and even within the parameters of taking up public space, that's also a thing men often do more than they should). I can only speak for myself. If I am sitting on a bus or metro in a way that takes up more than the minimal amount of space, I'm doing it for my own comfort. And I'm mindful of making space for others.
  6. Honestly I think the two are related and the answer is yes - certainly to the first. I'm a fairly skinny guy, and even for me it isn't always comfortable to sit with my legs parallel facing forward. I can only guess that that average and bigger sized men (or men who happen to be particularly well endowed) are going to be more uncomfortable than I am on public transportation. I'll moderate myself depending on if I'm facing anyone (I don't want to look obnoxious or aggressive), but to me the important thing is that if someone is sitting next to me or might want to sit next to me, that I don't take up more space than my seat. Now I'm skinny and short enough that I can spread a little and still keep to my seat. But a bigger person would not be able to do that.
  7. That's interesting. I get the sense with manspreading it is perceived as a more aggressive indication by women than it often is the mind of the guy doing it. I have no problem with someone taking up extra space (for their bag or themselves) if there's plenty of seats to go around. But when seats are filling up and there are still people standing, it's time to take up less space, even if that means putting your bag on your lap or whatever.
  8. That's for sure. What was the public reaction to Johnny Cash considering himself an honorary Native American?
  9. And to think that one of the funniest Bruce shows ever was the celebrated "bomb scare show" in '75. Simpler times, it would seem. I was at a Clarence Clemons show over Labor Day weekend in 2001. Bruce had jammed with the band for four songs the night before and everyone was anticipating more of the same that night. But the show was interrupted by a bomb scare, and they had to temporarily evacuate the venue while police came through with bomb sniffing dogs. When the band took the stage a second time, Bruce did not show. The printed setlist found afterwards made pretty clear that Bruce had indeed been planning to show up, and in fact play a long set of probably over an hour. We were all so pissed off that we missed a Bruce appearance at the Pony because of some asshole calling in a bomb threat - I don't think many fans at the time were thinking much about the deadly serious nature of a what a bomb threat really represents. And of course ten or so days later, something absolutely terrible and era-defining happened - not so far from Asbury Park, and then our world changed.
  10. Yes. And there are other books that came out between the mid 80s and early 90s, books that covered his career up through 1985 or so, which seemed pretty superficial overall. But this book really went deep.
  11. Very sad news. There's something striking about that book. The content aside, just consider the cover - it captures Bruce at the height of his superstardom, huge commercial success, at his headband-wearing, mass misunderstood, biggest rockstar on earth best/worst. But it juxtaposes this almost cringe-inducing image with a title lifted from one of his lesser known albums, a song in fact best known as a cover by someone else. And the red and yellow is eye catching, almost blinding in fact. But the book isn't just a uncritical fan raving - this isn't the work of a blinded fan. There is all kinds of obscure data in that book - stuff that wouldn't be interesting to the casual fan. But absolute gold to the listeners who wanted to go deeper.... I remember there were several years when I was a young fan, before the internet, before I met any other fans, before I found my first bootleg - I spent countless hours pouring over Blinded by the Light and the Backstreet book - there were bootlegs and unreleased songs described - I obsessed over the titles of these things and wondered what they sounded like. I had top ten lists in my head of unreleased songs I wanted to hear one day, and I wasn't sure I'd ever be able to because I didn't know where or how to find bootlegs. So to me, this book was instrumental in my becoming a serious fan. It helped show me that the studio albums I had were just the tip of the fan experience, and whetted my appetite for more. And at my first show (finally) in 1993, when Bruce introduced some obscure song called "This Hard Land", I would have been one of the fans in the crowd who cheered and felt blessed and thrilled. Even though I had never heard the song before, I sure as hell had read enough about it to know that this was something special.
  12. This isn't about the word wild on its own - it is about the association of transsexual individuals with the "wild side".
  13. Helsinki is arguably the more historical night though. No complaints from me (I was at Gburg and not Helsinki). I am also partial to Oslo - what a setlist!
  14. '76 is magical, but Gothenburg 2012 was pretty outstanding - with all the lights from the crowd - oh my...