Deep Thoughts with Jerry #13

Jerry wanted to change his posts to Tuesday with Jerry, but I think Deep Thoughts works so well with his picture above. I was quite impressed that he wrote this last night at work…

If you could bring back one fashion trend, what would it be?

There are so many. I want to go back to the 90s. Basically, I want my band t-shirts back. When I was a teenager, I spent almost every penny I earned on music. My bedroom walls had no open space on them. there were ribbon banners everywhere. When there was a bare spot, it was quickly covered by music magazines like Circus, AP, Revolver or Spin. My life was music. That was my happy place. To this day, I still turn to music to calm me down when I’m stressed. It’s very 90s punk, ska and nu-metal.

Anyway, I had a pretty extensive collection of shirts for myself. Every time a new Korn or Rage Against The Machine shirt came out, I bought it (they were my favorite bands at the time). Some shirts I got at gigs, some shirts I got from our local thrift store that had a lot of random shirts that you just couldn’t get at any record store, and some were from overseas and were rare finds.

One of my favorite shirts was a Korn shirt that was printed after a high school student in Michigan got kicked out of school for wearing a Korn shirt. School officials said wearing a Korn shirt is “no different than someone wearing a middle finger on their shirt.” Ridiculous. So the band had shirts printed with their simple Korn logo on the front and a quote from the 1st Amendment on the back. Under the quote read: (Except Michigan). HAHAHAHA!

Coffee or tea?

Easy. Coffee. I have never been and never will be a tea lover. That’s just gross to me. I’ve always been a coffee guy – straight black. My favorite brand is Chock Full O’ Nuts. It’s relatively cheap and just plain delicious. If you’ve never tried it, I highly recommend just buying a can next time you’re out and giving it a shot.

A gift from Katie. I don’t think he even knows what the Death Star is.

If you had to play one music album forever, what would it be?

There are a lot of great albums out there. Nothing compares to ’90s music. And nothing compares to “Siamese Dream” by Smashing Pumpkins. My favorite song on the album is called “Mayonnaise”. This is the album I go to when I’m in a rush and need a pick me up. So if I had to pick an album, this would be it.

What would you like to do when you retire?

If I can retire in 20 years, I’d just like to spend some time doing nothing. Absolutely nothing. Nowhere to go, nowhere to be. Just a little bit. I would enjoy walks or bike rides if the weather is nice enough. Maybe learn how to finally plant a garden and maintain it. When it’s summer, I hope to be able to watch the grandkids run around the yard, or I’ll be at their ball games.

It just seems like there’s so much I want to do, and when I finally get to retire, I’ll have so little time to do it, which is a little sad to think about. But in a few years we’ll pay off the house and cars, so we can start doing extra things before we get too old.

What book have you read that changed your life the most?

Some would say that To Kill a Mockingbird, The Catcher in the Rye, or George Orwell’s 1984 are the types of books that completely changed their perspective on life. Me? It was Darth Bane. “Path of Destruction”.

Yes, it’s a Star Wars book. The first one I ever read. This book stoked my super-phantom fire. My obsession. I wasn’t much of a fan before reading this book. I was like most kids growing up, just watching the movies on TV when the marathons played during the holidays. I didn’t collect the toys, I didn’t use an old broom as a makeshift halo, I didn’t even talk to a running box fan to distort my voice to sound like Darth Vader.

I read this book in 2007, the first of a trilogy of books, and I was immediately hooked. From there, I invested the time and money to read over 100 Star Wars Expanded Universe books and loved every page.

What is your favorite breakfast food?

My breakfast tendencies are in waves. A few weeks ago I swore that avocado toast was the best breakfast ever. And now, I don’t even eat breakfast anymore. Until then, cereal. Eggs on toast, fried eggs and toast, scrambled eggs and toast, omelettes and toast… really lots of eggs on toast. But, I will always find my way back to the pancakes. Always. It’s the best. Kathy showed me a vegan recipe and they are so filling but delicious and totally worth the super full feeling.

What is your show at night?

So much. I am a huge pro wrestling fan and currently wrestle five nights a week between three different promotions. I record them and I can play them anytime. If I’m cleaning around the house, I tend to put on Friends, we have all 10 seasons on Prime. If it’s baseball season, I just turn on any game and watch forever. That’s basically what I’m into, but mostly wrestling.

How do you top your burgers?

I used to be a straight up cheese, mustard and ketchup guy. As I became an adult, I started branching out and putting in regular fixings like onions and pickles. I could never, ever sit down with tomatoes. They spoil everything. I just hate raw, fresh tomatoes. In the end, I landed on mayonnaise, A-1, caramelized onions, and cheese. I recently had a melt down at a vegetarian brewery and it was hands down the best burger I’ve ever had. In a few days I’d like to try making my own burgers and see how it goes.

Big Mok from Chili Mustard Onions, a vegan restaurant in Detroit (sadly now closed)

What movie defined your generation?

It was definitely American Pie. The lines were crossed like never before in that movie, and it was such a fair, accurate portrayal of my generation without the crazy, over-the-top antics you see in a lot of comedies. I must have seen that movie 100 times, along with its sequels, and it never gets old. I still laugh out loud at a lot of things and the soundtrack was the best.

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