CLICK the above image to crack the July 2009 issue of Modern Drummer and read 10 life nuggets from Jon Wurster (Psychotic Norman, The Right Profile, Carneys), everyone's favorite jazz-fillin' funnyman and all-around Good Guy.
Here's a transcript of the exchange I had while purchasing this periodical:
BORDERS CASHIER: You play drums, huh?
OMAR: Indeed I do.*
BORDERS CASHIER: My nephew plays. I think he's in some group.
BORDERS CASHIER: Um ... I can't remember the name. They have a Myspace page.
OMAR: Speaking of extreme metal, you heard that Varg Vikernes is out of jail, right?
BORDERS CASHIER: Who's THAT?
OMAR: Oh, you probably know him as Count Grishnackh! Can you believe that Thurston Moore is into this stuff?!
BORDERS CASHIER: Do you have a BORDERS Rewards card?
Omar hands the gentleman his card.
BORDERS CASHIER: Receipt in the bag?
OMAR: Sure. Just slip it right in there. Do you like The Melvins? Your nephew definitely needs to have an ice bell in his kit.
BORDERS CASHIER: Okay. Have a good one.
OMAR: Thanks, you too. Keep one foot in the gutter and one fist in the gold. That's what Riki Rachtman used to say at the end of Headbanger's Ball.
BORDERS CASHIER: You're a munch.
OMAR: I changed my mind. I want my receipt out of the bag. I am going to hold it aloft as I exit this store.
*This is not true, although I did take a few lessons circa 1983 and attempted to bang along to Men At Work's Cargo and Social D's Mommy's Little Monster on my Remo practice pad.