I'm joining from across the Atlantic. I've been a member of a US hippy forum for many years and as I was posting my latest Rolling Stones thread comment I realized that there surely were still some hippies in the UK. It's only logical. What a joy to discover your site.
Aged as I am, I remember the 60s well. In particular I recall being around 9 or 10 when Mom took me to see the Monkees. I think we were at the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville. We were right next to the stage sitting on a blanket. So the opening act came out, a tall black man dressed in all kinds of colors and making the loudest sounds I ever heard.
I had my fingers in my ears and his music was still going through my whole body. So when the Monkees finally took the stage, I could barely hear them.
Several years later I'm in my room with some friends smoking aromatic appetite stimulants and listening to music a little on the loud side. Mom knocks and comes in and asks us to turn it down and open a window (it was 1976). As she's leaving she asks me "Do you remember seeing him?"
I'm like "Who Mom"? And she points to the stereo, which is playing Jimi Hendrix. It all flooded back and a girl that was with us said I turned white!
Anyway, I grew up to become a writer of boring shit. I happen to be quite good at it and there's a surprising amount of cash to be made writing corporate shit. But along the way, I got to do some cool shit. I learned to sculpt at a young age, particularly using wood, fiberglass, epoxy, kevlar, graphite and of course foam.
In the 90s I worked on the Skull and Waves for this little prop:
And I made composite tooling for this little egg beater:
And I made the wall with the arched windows for this popular ride:
It's the Men in Black ride at Universal. Fun work (sort of).
But writing was always my thing and really boring shit is weirdly natural for me. I put lawyers (barristers) to sleep.
I'm also part of a group that runs a few pirate radio stations. This part of Georgia suffers the bubble gum corporate bullshit radio coverage. A few stations dominate the coverage and offer about 30 CDs and a truckload of commercials.
Then there's the STUPID "morning shows" so many stations have. I got sick of it, and West Georgia Underground was born (broadcasting on 100.3 FM this evening). We also have a web station we use as a feeder.
Thanks for letting me sign up. Charles