Most organizations with any semblance of order keep minutes for all their meetings, both formal and informal. At WFMU, most of the meetings amongst the small office staff fall into the informal category, with proper station procedure, technical issues, programming matters, and related cultural phenomena frequently discussed at the lunch table while gobbling down inexpensive takeout food. What follows are the lunchtime minutes for today, July 13th, 2005.
Those present for this meeting were: Ken Freedman, Scott Williams, Megan Murphy, Liz Berg, myself, + volunteers Wendy, Greta, and Ed Word. Brian Turner, Moshik, and Bill Zurat were also present, but were forced to eat in the other room because of poor behavior at yesterday's meeting.
The menu: Most of us ordered from a local Asian place called Nutty Handjob's. A few non-believers either brought food from home or ordered slop from some other place that I can't necessarily endorse. In most cases, lunch was complemented by icy cold and delicious (i.e. "free") water.
The topic of today's lunch discussion was hippies. (Yesterday, we talked about Oingo Boingo, so there is a logical progression evident at work here.) Here are some of the sub-categories of the hippie subject that were tackled this afternoon:
* The DJs on staff who either shy away from the hippie music, as opposed to those who embrace it warmly and cradle it to their bosom appreciatively.
* Which DJs on staff might have been hippies, who are currently hippies, who are hippies in denial, or who are closeted hippies. (Followed by the suspected reaction that accusing specific staffers of being hippies might earn.)
* The difference between a punk and a hippie. Kurt Cobain was a polite hippie, most of us agreed. Ken told a story about a time that Kurt Cobain pointed at some people (politely).
* The general ease with which one can engage in sexual intercourse
with a hippie, followed by loud boasting from several of the assembled
diners regarding who has bagged more hippies in this manner. In the
excitement, I accidentally shot a piece of rice out of my nose.
* Hippies who like guns, hereafter referred to as "Weapons Hippies". The list of "Weapons Hippies" included John Sinclair, Abbey Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, most of the MC5, Charles Manson, David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Dennis Hopper, and a few others. We got de-railed from the topic here and talked about the MC5 movie for a few minutes, Iggy Pop's alleged homosexuality, as well as the hippies of Ann Arbor, Michigan.
* It is generally agreed upon that the term "Weapons Hippies" can inspire gales of robust laughter when repeated aloud.