He's also a huge Tom Waits fan. I'm an aficionado, but Blank is true devotee.
The object of my devotion, of course, is the red-headed siren. Accidentally learning that she covered old Tom's "Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis" made me laugh and laugh:
hey Charley I almost went crazy
after Mario got busted
so I went back to Omaha to
live with my folks
but everyone I used to know
was either dead or in prison
so I came back to Minneapolis
this time I think I'm gonna stay.
Talk about a failed homecoming.
It's cold here in Omaha now; I rode the trainer on Saturday and Sunday rather than fight 20-mph wind gusts, 10-degree temperatures, and 2 inches of swirling snow. But Blank, man--your conditions must be rough as hell. Keep the faith. This one's for you.