We had a blind test to determine the best chocolate sandwich cookie at the NPR Music office, you know, like you do. Nothing about it was scientific: No notes were taken, we didn’t any make pie charts (cookie charts?) or Venn diagrams. My boss and I mostly just wanted to settle a score between our favorite cookies, which we both end up betraying in the blind taste test.
The surprising winner across a limited testing population was Tuxedos, the Safeway-brand. Gotta give the grocery store credit: Tuxedos kinda out-does Oreos at its own game, at least when it comes to single-creme cookies (Double Stuf might have broken the “control” of the operation). Other cookies in contention: Target-brand Market Pantry and Newman-O’s.
What’s your favorite chocolate sandwich cookie?
I did this at work today.
Wish I stayed another hour for this!
Lars Gotrich is the resident Viking metal expert at NPR Music, occasionally appears on All Songs Considered, and runs the record label Thor’s Rubber Hammer. There’s nothing hotter than a man who shakes out his hair and screams, especially when he’s got the mane of a Swedish My Little Pony. BABE!
Congrats, former office neighbor! And yes, his hair really is that beautiful IRL.
Tonight’s gonna go kinda like this. Meeting up with my mentor from my semester with All Songs. We’ll be leaning over illuminating things and listening to Lost in the Trees, as we were this time last year. However, tonight it’s at LPR. And I’m not moderating the chat for serial potty-mouths.
(Late) Day 5: 2011: The Movie. If a film were made about ONE thing that happened to you in 2011, what would the film be called? Describe the plot/story.
Corny? You betcha, but I think mine would be something like Rides Home From Bob would be suiting. This past spring, I had the pleasure and honor to follow Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton around the innards of NPR’s HQ in D.C. for four months.
In was an absolutely amazing internship in which I learned so much and met an awful lot of brilliant, inspiring people. However, I think the moments I cherished most were during rides home from shows or work with Bob—you see, I lived on the way home for him in a decidedly ghetto ‘hood, so it was pretty convenient.
When boarded up in the Matrix, we talked about our respective pasts and dreams. He played me new songs he was working on and asked my opinion—that meant the world. He shared with me the kind of wisdom you can glean only over decades of hard work, risks, failures and successes. And he told me something pretty important I try to keep in mind all the time: If you decide you want to do something, don’t tip your toe in first. You gotta dive right in.
It’s a philosophy I wish I embraced more, and I’m working on it. I miss working for All Songs—despite the whole unpaid thing—every single day since I left the place in a sequiny mess.
Also, you NPR Musickers reading, expect a loaf of pumpkin bread very soon. Tonight is for baking.
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Le homesick sigh.