by Duff McKagan


I really don't have a "tidy

conclusion of 2008" column anywhere in me. Really, I think I ceaselessly strive

for my


Random Thoughts (and Experiences) of 2008

by Duff McKagan


I really don't have a "tidy

conclusion of 2008" column anywhere in me. Really, I think I ceaselessly strive

for my life to have soft edges as opposed to sharp corners, but it just never

works out that way. Instead of actually writing some sort of year-end wrap up,

I thought of maybe just blurting out some random things that this year has

perhaps influenced in my thought processes.


--Don't smoke crack: This

stuff, while maybe getting you off for a few moments, really wreaks havoc on

those around you. Enough said on that.

--Write a weekly column:

Especially one where you may get instant feedback from readers. This experience

for me has been nothing short of spectacular. Firstly, coming up with a weekly

topic that others may find interesting is tougher than it may seem, but has

kept me on my toes--stimulating, I should say. Secondly, reading feedback to a

point (or NON-point!) you are trying to get across really lets me into the mind

of others... I especially like the hecklers. The Internet is a place where most

of us can remain faceless and shameless!

 --Call instead of text someone (better yet, meet for a fucking

coffee! OMG): This past year has been "the year of the text" for me. I must

agree that texting someone is generally OK, but only if you also TALK to this

person (LMAO). I have seen people whom I have known for a long time become

socially retarded as a direct result of relying on text-messaging to do all of

their bidding. I do believe (IMO) that our younger generation may be headed

toward some serious social difficulties as a consequence of this technological

advancement. :-) Some of my friends have increasingly gotten better at

communicating via text or e-mail, while their people skills have decreased at

the same rate.

 --Did you guys know there was a members-only sex club in

Seattle? Loaded went down to check out a rehearsal place last weekend. The

practice place was kind of tucked away in a cozy spot somewhere between, let's

say, the Fisherman's Terminal and Safeco. While we were inside talking to the

owners, they let us know that there was a "sex club" next door and to not be

freaked out by all the cross-dressing semi-truck drivers coming in or out of

that place. Sounds like I found the perfect place for me and the Loaded fellas

to celebrate New Year's!!

 --Go climb a mountain: Well, that is my goal for this next

year, anyway. I was offered a spot to climb Rainier for this coming July and I

just may finally do it! That fuckin' thing has been looking at me since I can remember.

 --Require politicians to read world history before they commit

us to war and such: If old George W. had simply read a few history books about

tribal warfare in the Middle East, he may have thought twice before stating

that "The Iraqi people are perfectly able to govern themselves." Tribal warfare

has been going on in that region since before the time of Jesus, and Saddam was

just one of a long line of despots who have ruled with an iron fist in that

part of the world. I do agree that Saddam and his sons were wicked bastards and

should have gotten everything that was coming their way, I just wish a wider

berth had been given to the IDEA of a mixed-religion Iraqi senate with real

power back before we decided to invade. There was lip-service paid to the

defeated Iraqi army that they would have work--that never happened either, and

those legions got pissed waiting around, etc. . .

 --Give Peace a Chance: Is anybody with me?!

 --Don't hear about Paris Hilton and the rest of the Hollywood

brat-pack at all this next year: Again, is anybody with me?

 --Seattle sports teams on the rise! Well, there is actually

nowhere our teams can go BUT up after this past dismal season of darkness.

Think of it like this: Get the Seahawks back in the playoffs (totally doable in

our crappy division). Get the Mariners in wild-card position (or get us fans to

believe that they could get there

in yet another year). Get the Huskies to beat ANYBODY! If we achieve any of

these things, we will be BACK!

 --Seattle is voted Most Literate City in America: This poses a

most obvious question: What in the hell is a guy like me doing with a column in

the SEATTLE Weekly if this is

indeed true?!

 --Go see the Gutter Twins: I was afforded this opportunity

last September in Spain and it was an almost religious experience. It is not very

often these days for me to be completely awed by a band or artist, so I am

completely pleased when it finally does happen. The Gutter Twins are not

something you can quite put your finger on musically, they are just equal parts

"kick-ass" all the way around!

 --Guilty(ish) Pleasure of '08: Shiny Toy Guns and their single


 --We elected a President with pecs: When is the last time

women have been all aflutter over a politician? I came downstairs the other

morning and my mother-in-law was freaking out over a news piece they had just

run on Obama on the beach in Hawaii. I saw the piece a little later that same

day. I think gym memberships probably saw a spike that day. This will serve as

a notice to all you malcontent nations out there--our Prez can beat up yours!

 --Don't parody Barack: He CAN kick your ass!

 --Flight of the Conchords new season: I was never a TV watcher until TiVo and never generally

gave much weight to wasting my time watching crappy swill (just think of all

the Melrose Place, Friends, and Dynasty episodes I missed!). Nowadays, however, TiVo has got me hooked on all

kinds of good TV: The Office, 30

Rock, Entourage, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Dexter,

and yes, a new season of Flight of the Conchords starting in a couple of weeks! Also, try out Spectacle with Elvis Costello on IFC.

 --GO AWAY! That is, travel someplace for once in your life.

Flights have never been cheaper and the dollar is still quite strong in South

and Central America. Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro are two places I highly

recommend. Hey, who could go wrong with two places in which the Ramones were

bigger than Bon Jovi.

 --Learn to put up a windmill: If you got the skills to build these

new power providers, the "New Deal"-like programs of the Obama administration

could keep you working for about the next 20 or 30 years. If that fails, try to

get one of those bonuses they're passing around at those financial institutions

that we all just bailed out.

 --Look forward to the future! OK, so we all have borne witness

to a pretty awful eight years of Bush policies. We have also all seen this

credit crisis throw us into a recession that is shaping up to resemble the one

we had back in the early '80's. (Seattle is in MUCH better shape now than it

was then. Downtown looked like a ghost town.) It will probably get worse before

it gets better, but it WILL get better. I am confident that President-elect

Obama is "the smartest guy in the room" and will apply lessons from history. We

have got the best guy for the job. Now, if he could do something to get an NBA

team back here in Seattle.


Happy New Year!

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