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Cheryl Waters' Question for John Roderick: What Does It Mean if I'm Annoyed by the Racket the Teenagers Are Making?

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John Roderick is the singer and songwriter responsible for Seattle's The Long Winters. He tweets @johnroderick.
Read all of John Roderick's Q&A column in the July issue of Reverb Monthly, out July 3.

What does it mean if I'm annoyed by the racket the teenagers are making playing basketball outside my window right now at 10pm on a weeknight? Certainly not that I'm a cranky curmudgeon? -- Cheryl Waters, host of The Midday Show on 90.3 KEXP

Roderick: Not at all, Cheryl! The fact is that teenagers today have no respect! Certainly not the common decency we had as teenagers not to make any noise after ten or to play basketball next to apartments where people might be sleeping. Why, I myself remember needing to chastise a few of my teenage friends to please be considerate of the neighbors when they were playing a rather spirited game of whist outside on a summer's evening.

The fact is that we, you and I, are members of the last generation of people to have been raised correctly or to have any consideration for others, and it is absolutely our responsibility to explain to the CHILDREN who are RUNNING WILD IN OUR STREETS that some behaviors have consequences. That is basically the most punk rock thing you can do, because we are the punk rock generation and will never grow old!

Waters: Do you really while away the days in the bathtub, as your twitter posts suggest? And, if so, what do you do in there all those hours, besides bathe, obviously? [My autocorrect turned "bathtub" into "bathrobe" as I was writing this so feel free to alternately, or additionally, answer the same question with bathrobe substituted for bathtub.] By the way, have you ever considered wearing bedouin dress? I think that would be a smart look for you.

I do spend hours in the bathtub, eating sandwiches, writing sternly-worded letters to the editor, etc. because even though I live alone I also need an inner sanctum within my sanctum. I also spend many more hours than that in my bathrobe. In fact, I am writing this to you now from within my bathrobe. I would estimate that between taking baths and lounging around in bath-related terrycloth garments I am only actually dressed in human clothes a maximum of four hours a day, and that is generally under duress.

Waters: Do you talk out loud to yourself when you're alone?

I am never alone. I always have a little gang of disagreeable people arguing with me that no one else is able to see.

 
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