My Basement Lair…

November 18, 2014 9:45pm
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  • Everywhere: I’d like to say that the reason the room is so messy was because I was getting ready to move to Florida in this picture, but its metadata marks this photo as circa December 2001 and I didn’t move until 2003… 😯
  • The Tie Dye: very much played the part of the stoner in high school and then on through college … what you can’t see behind me is an entire wall covered in trippy black light posters and a couple of tie dyed wall hangings that pretty much covered the walls completely. Hey, it was an unfinished basement – what do you want from me?!
  • The Bead Door: OMG, was this thing such a pain in the ass! Just ask anyone who ever caught a shoe on one coming in and brought beads crashing down all around them! There are a couple of dozen strings hanging, they were all done by hand, and the difference between mine and the ones you could buy at any head shop? The professionally made ones are tied off at each bead so you can cut them, and also to prevent said crashing to the floor whenever company comes over…
    • Standard rule was that whoever broke it was the one stuck picking up all of the beads.
  • Christmas Lights: I was also, like, really big into decorating my Mom’s house for Christmas. It was one of the few times I didn’t mind going out in the cold, even though snow + climbing on the roof = terrifying beyond belief.
  • The Just Laugh Monkey: This is the same one as seen in this post, pre-signed and back when the magazine was still in active production. It was the summer before I moved down to here that I spent about $100 on postage to mail that thing around to all of our contributors for their autographs … maybe somehow I knew then that it wasn’t going last much longer.
  • The Expensive Music Equipment: Directly below my monkey is one of the reasons it took me so long to move … because I thought it would be a good idea to run up $4,000 worth of credit card debt for music stuff while I was still in high school! Worst part is, all of that crap now sits under a bunch of sheets in that same basement…  😐

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