Archive for November 2011
As record labels have long recognized, image matters in the music business (hell, it matters in almost all businesses). Even, or perhaps especially, the music hipsters who don’t like to listen to commercialized “mainstream” music try to find music with an image that they can identify with. I’m not immune to this phenomenon, though I do like to think that I’ll listen to whatever I like, regardless of what the political preference or fashion sense of the artist is. Even if it means having to hide some cd’s when my music hipster friends come to visit (aye, being a hipster isn’t always easy).
Anyway. There’s some eighties (former) hair metal I enjoy, like Aerosmith, Guns N’ Roses, Iron Maiden and Queensrÿche. Also – and I’m dead serious about this – Bon Jovi. Apparently Bon Jovi isn’t appropriate material if you’re a music hipster, as I’ve heard on several occasions. This was all baffling to me, since I thought they’d made some pretty good songs, with particularly good guitar solos (Dry County is great), and not all that different from their contemporaries that I mentioned earlier.
That is, until I had to stay in the same hotel as the British Bon Jovi fanclub for three nights in a row. I get it now. I still listen to Bon Jovi on occasion, but with my headphones on, feeling slightly guilty.
No matter how much space you have, there is always more stuff you can take along on the road. It’s not the needs that determine what to take along, but the space that is available. Anybody with some camping experience can tell you tell buying a bigger car doesn’t mean that next time it will be easier to fit everything in.
For years, I’ve used a big 70 liter backpack when I went away for more than a couple of days. It always filled itself pretty quickly with clothes – half a dozen pants (short and long), a t-shirt for each day and plenty of underwear and socks.
That backpack has seen its last days, and since I can no longer use it, I’ve fallen back to one of my other backpacks – a small one meant for mountain hiking, which fits only 30 liters. With the help of some ziplock bags (expensive but very well worth it), this works perfectly fine too, and I don’t have to carry such a big sack around. Another advantage is that the 30l bag fits in the overhead storage on airlines, which means no more waiting for (lost) checked luggage.