God willing… and if the planets are aligned, my book will be available for sale Monday May 6th! Stay tuned for links to buy (Amazon, Kindle, etc.) You want to know what it’s about? Here’s the back cover… click on pic to enlarge if you can’t read or ya’ know if ya’ got a lazy eye or somethin’. Come ‘n get it, y’all!
Ok, onward and upward! On to another installment of Kickstarter Backers Rewards! Next we have my tribute to Mr. Dana Snyder!
Dana, Dana, Dana. Dana is another college friend. I met Dana my sophomore year, he was I believe co-general manager of the college radio station I worked at (and we were both broadcasting majors) and he happened to be an RA up on the third floor of my dorm where I hung out a lot.
Dana was the wicked cool RA. (That’s what we said in Maine) Dana was into all the cool new wave music I was into, he was also into competitive cycling, and he had a dead pan delivery that could have you in tears. I can’t even explain it, Dana has this very innocent face, ok yes he was really cute in college, I think he used to look kind of like Sting back in the day… anyway, he would say these very, um like kind of… does anyone remember Emily Litella, the character from SNL played by Gilda Radner? She was always confusing words, like “What’s all this I hear about violins on TV? I think violins are lovely?” He would say stuff like that in a total dead pan delivery. I think people that didn’t know him probably thought he was mildly retarded.
And yes, I think every other girl in the dorm had a crush on him. I will not confirm or deny that I had a mild crush at one time. *ahem* But hey he was irresistable… cute and funny. Ok and a bit of a nerd. It was weird, I was friends with all of these guys on the third floor. It was the 80s, they were preppy/pothead/ski bum/fraternity bro/girl scamming/music lovin’ guys, but… they all wanted to go down to dinner at a specific time so they could race back up to the TV lounge to watch re-runs of Star Trek. *crickets*
Yea, it was the mid 80s, re-runs of the original Star Trek – William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, et al. Seriously, run and leave you behind in a hurry. To watch Star Trek. Bunch of dorks. Cheers would erupt if it was a favorite episode. And Dana was one of them. I guess that’s why I loved all those guys, they were very diverse in their interests. Yea, that’s it.
I also remember Dana had a cool button collection on his jacket. We new wave dorks had collections of buttons on our jackets in the 80s. It was usually names of bands, or the occasional slogan “Why be normal?”. Anyway, I still have one of the buttons I traded him for, it was an Insect Surfers button. I have no idea what I traded.
Oh another item I have from him and I’m sure he’ll be surprised. Two of the guys that lived on his floor were Gus and Nick. They were roommates and 2 of my best friends. They were both a bit hyper and had their own language. So one night in my junior year Dana and a few others were over at my apartment and we decided to make a “Nictionary”, named after Nick of course. There were things like… everything ended in “age” as in “I’m going to get some drinkage and eatage”. Also, “I was totally luggage” or “She was totally Samsonite” which meant someone was passed out from drinking. Girl’s breasts were torpedoes or ICMB’s. Yea, they were equal opportunity offenders.
But Dana thought it was funny and we created a dictionary and I still have it. And now he’s grown up, married to the fabulous Alice whom he had been dating since college much to the dismay of many a campus co-ed. And he has two wonderful chidren, one a college student, the other a recent college grad. He was in NY on business a few years ago and we went out to dinner. He hasn’t changed a bit… except for he’s even skinnier than college. Who does that?! Anyway, incredibly grateful for Dana and his support and friendship… and all the laughs.