09.28.06 – Booze, Beads, & Blues

Does everyone here know our monitor engineer, Josh?

He’s the one leaning through the frame, wearing a tie like his friends Scooter and Andy. He plays keyboards on “Satellite” and “Ruby Falls” every night. And once a month on “Long Way Down.” <—- (song off of Keep It Together that never got its due). As long as we’ve known Josh he hasn’t let his head stubble grow long enough that we could even detect it.

Josh has many likable qualities, and high among them is his willingness to wear whatever t-shirt you give him, no matter what color it is, no matter how lame it is. He has an “open-minded” fashion sense, if you will. We thought this would all end when we were stuck with a bunch of disgustingly fratty “Party Down In New Orleans” type shirts last week — Ryan bought 7 of them at the “5 t-shirts for $20” store on Canal Street in New Orleans, thinking we’d need some shirts to wear once and ruin while building the house in Louisiana the other day. And supporting the local economy. Here’s Joe in his:

Don’t get me wrong, Napoleon Dynamite is a delightful movie, but the once funny Vote For Pedro shirt is now barely cool enough to blow my nose on. Excellent choice, Mr. Miller.

So we isolated the most offensive shirt in the bunch — from the “mock Budweiser label” genre of lame t-shirt — just to see if Josh would wear it. And he did, proudly. On stage in Arizona last night — a brazen exploitation of our band’s lack of dress code. He is completely out of control.

What you can’t see in the above picture because of my stinky cropping skills (yes, that’s cropping), is the beginnings of a head of hair that will grow undeterred until Thanksgiving, thanks to $20 from every member of our band and crew. Yes, for a two-hundred dollar bounty Josh is going to let us see what he looks like with hair, which of course means Josh will let *you* see what he looks like with hair, because I have a digital camera and a road journal. I hope you’re excited.

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