In addition to his Thursday column, Duff McKagan answers reader questions throughout

In addition to his Thursday column, Duff McKagan answers reader questions throughout the week. Write to him at Find all of Duff’s posts here.I have never been real big on New Year’s resolutions–maybe because in my “sober life” I have strived for everything in moderation (food, buying too much material crap, or whatever). It goes without saying that I no longer have booze and drugs to swear off. But there are one or two things I am finally going to rectify after the first of the year . . . the things that perhaps plague us all: junk e-mail and sales calls.I don’t have the most public of phone numbers, but I have tried to hang onto the same cell number for quite some time now. I suppose I must have used it at some point when I bought something, because these days–and every business day–I get sales calls at 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. You know the ones . . . a robotic voice comes on and says “This call is intended for MICHAEL MCKAGAN. If this is not MICHAEL MCKAGAN, please disregard.” I emphasize the “Michael McKagan” part because that is the part of the sentence where the robotic voice inexplicably gets somehow more robotic.The e-mails, on the other hand, are indeed from things that I have over the years used, or people I have given my e-mail to. I would think that the nursery school Grace went to some NINE YEARS AGO! would get the fact that Grace and I would no longer be interested in the different programs they offer. Sorry, I guess that is just me using common sense.Also, although I am a Seattle resident, I DO spend a lot of my time in L.A., and have given my e-mail address to a few managers and tour managers and promoters and what-not. What I have gotten in return from some of these sorts (but not all of them, by any means), is a maddening cavalcade of invites to this “club opening” or that “birthday bash” for still more people who I have no idea who they might be. I’m not trying to paint myself as some sort of fancy-pants scenester, and I am glad that people think I am somehow “cool” enough to invite to some of these events. I just still think it is a little gauche to just use my e-mail for this onslaught without asking me if it is OK first.I have learned not to give out my e-mail address when I go to stores, though. That is a whole other conundrum in itself. I know that neither of these two above-mentioned things are all that bad in the whole scope of things–and they are indeed not–but I have made a promise to myself to “unsubscribe” to the sales e-mails, send a note back to the club promoters to take me off the list (probably a D list, anyway), and call back these 800 numbers and have a supervisor take me off the call list!My Blackberry is basically attached to my hip, and with all the international traveling I do, just think of the money I’ll save from these international text-charges that I accrue because of the e-pimping that is all up in my grill. In the old days, I would have said to you all “Just think how many cocktails I could’ve bought with that dough.” These days, however, I suppose it is more like “Just look at how many more nerdy books I can buy!”God, how things have changed.Happy New Year’s, All!

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