DJ Badger:  The News and the Journal

Entry Eighty-Two.
Friday, 2008.10.31, 12:28 AM CST.
Interesting facts about Octobers past.

All my best wishes to everyone for a happy and safe Halloween.

Before October ended, I wanted to share a couple of special memories of Octobers of the past.  These aren't Halloween memories; these are just general October memories.

Twenty years ago, I can vividly remember Dave (my friend and DJ mentor) coming over to my family's house to show me his new fog machine.  I had just taken the PSAT that day, I think, so it was good to hang out with him and relax afterwards.  For it's time, this was just an awesome machine.  It was the first fog machine I'd ever actually seen up-close, and Dave was just immensely proud of it.  He and I opened up my family's front window and shot volleys of fog out through the screen, watching traffic on the road outside slow down.

In the meantime, it was also around the same time that I had discovered imported vinyl.  Until October (or perhaps late September) of 1988, I had thought that with all of Depeche Mode's albums on cassette as well as a handful of domestic 12" vinyl singles, I had everything Depeche Mode had ever released.  I was so, so very wrong.  At this point, 20 years ago, I had giddily snapped up my first few Depeche Mode 12" imports:  "Little 15," "Shake the Disease," "Stripped," "A Question of Time," and "A Question of Lust," if I remember correctly.  "New Life" might have already been added to my collection by that point as well.  It was a tremendously significant early phase in what would become an obsession of mine:  Obtaining (legally) as many different versions of every Depeche Mode song ever released.  It was a beautiful time, even though I didn't really realize it at the time.

In other October memories...  Just a little over five years ago - October 28th, 2003 - I buzzed off all my hair between Act I and Act II of a performance art and literature performance at the Gypsy Coffee House open mic night.  It was spectacularly liberating.  I've kept it clean-shaven (or very close) ever since.

That's all I really have for now.  I'm tired.  Thanks to everyone...  More very soon.