What’s up everyone. Welcome to another edition of “Answers for questions”. You ask’em, I answer them. So very simple. Here’s the thing, you gotta send me questions though. So, either send them to my email firstname.lastname@example.org or leave them in the comment section below. Everything is anonymous, in case you wanna get weird with it (seriously, feel free to get weird).
Let’s hop into this weeks batch…
The frequent topic of the demise of old New York has come up frequently on your blog. Various reasons and or causes have been questioned and brought up. Sex in the City, hipster types riding the wave of gentrification, the inevitable yuppies that they turn into, or the ones that have been attracted to the old neighborhoods after they have been homogenized, all have been mentioned and it got me thinking about another possible reason/cause that as a non- New York person I am curious about.
Do you think the events and aftermath of 9/11 had anything to do with it? Perhaps the desire to rebuild and re-image NYC as a safe and successful metropolis eased the path for big chains to replace the small local businesses? Maybe it was just a the right mix of people dealing with fear and uncertainty along with profiteers wanting to make a buck giving people a new shiny and safer city? Or was the process already happening before that day? If so, did it maybe accelerate things? Or did it have nothing to do with it in your opinion?
I’d say the process was already happening in 2001. A random way I can relate it is with the emergence of fast food places in Manhattan. There was always Mcdonalds in NYC. That was the one. But, prior to the very late 90’s, places like Burger King, Taco Bell and Pizza hut were scarce. They existed more often in the outer boroughs and MAYBE in midtown by Times Square but, by and large, they weren’t really that visible. I clearly recall when the first Burger King moved into my neighborhood and thinking “whoa…that’s different.”. At the time i was excited cause, well, i was like 20 and that was some great affordable food for my broke ass. Looking back, it was a sign of bad things to come.
flash forward 5 years after that and , all of a sudden, fast food spots were everywhere. To me, that’s a sign of the city changing in a bad direction. From what were once privately owned, ma and pop stores to fast food spots to lego land like fast food spots they just popped into to any empty store front they would find. Eventually, Banks and Drug stores moved in to every other vacant area as well and that was that.
Do I think 9/11 had something to do with it? Eh…I wouldn’t be shocked but I definitely don’t see it being the main culprit. The fact of the matter is, manhattan is some of the most expensive square footage on earth. It got to the point here the only people who could/can afford to start a business here are companies with endless money. So, that’s who generally gets to open businesses. Those businesses don’t even have to do well cause they’re probably tax write offs for whatever billion dollar company owns them. The Irony of all this is, post 9/11, housing prices were low cause people were scared to live here. That’s when I bought my place. It might be the only time in my life that I can say NYC was even remotely affordable (comparatively, cause, let’s be honest, it’s never been THAT affordable in my lifetime). That phase ended and the prices shot back up but, still, for that reason alone I don’t think we can really place much blame on 9/11 for making NYC a shittier place. If anything, that fear induced window might have helped a little.
When you’re outside and thirsty, do you ever catch yourself thinking “mmmm…vitamin water…..” since you’ve had your adulthood druggie getaway?
Hahaha…Just for some background, this question is referring to a thing I wrote about going to the country with a bunch of my friends and doing drugs. Turns out, Vitamin water is delicious on drugs.
Anyway, I actually haven’t craved it at all. What’s funny is that, when Vitamin water dropped, i was obsessed with it. They used to have a green tea flavor that was my shit. In fact, I’m pretty sure I thanked them in the liner notes of one of my albums (I think the first one). Scratch that, I KNOW I did cause I got like 5 free cases of that shit back in the day. Not sure what happened, but I got sick of it at some point. Too fake sugary tasting. Nowadays, I rock hard with Honest Tea. So, if those people wanna give me free crates, I’m right here waiting for you. I’ll promote you anywhere and even wear your t-shirts. I love you like that, guys.
Alex Trebek. Do you think he’d be a dick in real life? Yes or No.
Here’s the conundrum , he’s canadian. So, there’s a good chance he’s actually super nice. That said, he’s got all the symptoms of a dick. He’s a know it all who talks down to people. It would be hard for me to imagine him not being one of the more patronizing people on earth. It kinda makes sense though cause, shit, if my job was asking people hard questions that I had every answer for, I might feel a little like god.
I would like to see how well he’d fare on his own show though. Uppity Prick (or not).
You seem like a good eater, so do you think you’d be able to complete a “Bang-Bang” Louis CK styles?
I eat EXTREMELY fast. It’s something I’ve always done and , honestly, i have no control over it. I’ve tried slowing down but it’s almost a compulsive urge to alway have food in my mouth while eating. no breaks. I don’t talk much while devouring. I barely even drink fluids while eating. I don’t doubt it will all come back to haunt me via my asshole one day but, until then, let your boy cook.
As for the “bang bang” (which is when you eat two huge meals back to back), I couldn’t do it. I’m a speed guy, not a quantity guy. Also, because I eat fast, sometimes my fullness is delayed. When I’m in full beast eating mode, I’ll finish a huge meal and sit for ten minutes then be so uncomfortably full, my night is ruined. There is simply no way I could follow that with another meal. Not my lane, in terms of how I eat. But i’d say that’s a good thing.
If your building was on fire, like raging fucking inferno status, what one thing would you risk your ass to save from your apartment? (assuming your girl and your computer were already safe)
My girl and my computer would be the only things I’d risk anything for. I mean, my wallet and phone would be crucial too but losing those two things wouldn’t be the end of the world. Honestly, I don’t own a lot of shit. Losing all my cloths and my sampler would hurt but there’s no way I’d risk my life to save them. Well, maybe my favorite pair of jeans, some t-shirts and my favorite sneakers. I need those, bro. But, ultimately, I’m not in the life risking for material objects business.
What is your estimation as to the number of PhatFriend readers who have tried sticking their dicks into a grapefruit in the privacy of their own kitchens? (since your bobcat post)
Oh man, I hope someone did it. In fact, if any of you have done the grapefruit technique, I’d love to hear about it. Men or women. So, if you did, write in about it and let us know. Was it a success or did you get citrus-y pulp your peehole and ruin your life? Inquiring minds want to know.
Edit: Someone sent me this today-
Eh Block, thought I would give you some insight on the grape fruit technique. I must say I laughed my ass off when I saw that video and showed a girl that I’m hooking up with right now about it. So we tried it with an orange cause lets get real grape fruit tastes like shit. It was not a very pleasant experience. Mostly because we failed to do one thing, get it warmed up before you do that shit. And the clean up afterwards requires a shower unless your girl is a human fucking vacuum cleaner and sucks all that shit up. I wouldn’t be against trying it again but I can tell you this I won’t ever be saying “damn, I could have been fucking a grapefruit this whole time.”
Hey block/tony. Your album the music scene was playing the entire time when my house was raided back in may 2010. I know great way to start this question. Anyway I remember sitting there in handcuffs as my apartment was turned inside out and four walls comes on about twenty minutes into the search. All I could think was damn…have I ever wanted to be out of four walls more. After the ordeal I couldn’t listen to the album for a while, then eventually realized what an idiot I had been in the first place, only to come back and realize what this album meant to me. Its now one of my favorites ever and a symbol of growth and positive change in life for me. So I guess my question is, is there any music in your life that has had the same effect of symbolizing growth or just a profound “lightbulb” moment?
I can’t really say I’ve had a song change my life. For me, there are more songs that capture a time for me and cause deja vu every time I hear them. Like Sly Stone’s “Family affair” reminds me of making out with my first girlfriend cause we used to play that song all the time.
or this song my dad used to play by Duke ellington called “The Maletabo Spank” brings me back to being around my dad in his studio while he worked on art.
Things like that.
As a fairly spiritually dead person, I don’t really have those “life growth” moments. And any “lightbulb” moment I’ve had while listening to music is typically an idea for something to do musically. Like when I heard this “possibly maybe” Remix by Bjork, it made me wanna make an insanely slow , spaced out and plodding beat. The beat it inspired eventually would become “A Better Place”.