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Friday, April 03, 2009

When Drummers Die at 32

The Who's former drummer Keith Moon and Led Zeppelin's John Henry "Bonzo" Bonham died young. Moonie died in 1978 at the age of 32. Bonham died in 1980 at the age of 32. Both men had unique styles and had much more to potentially contribute. Unfortunately, with their early exit we can only wonder how they might have influenced future drummers.

Keith Moon got away with murder with his style and it's safe to say it was one-of-a-kind and not ever to be recycled. Bonham had a great sense of time and was more traditional yet never boring or really predictable. Bonham's influence would have surpassed Keith Moon's, but having said that, the Who was never the same without Keith, even when one of drumming's grand masters--Simon Phillips--toured with them.

The Death of the Bag Boy

The real bag boy occupation "died" decades ago when the "no tipping allowed, carry-out-is-standard-service" policy swept the nation. The boomers, who buy lots of groceries and have money to tip, more often than not carry out their own groceries because of the "no tipping" rule. If you did tip you put the employee at risk and feel like a rule buster. So if you're carrying out your own groceries you're likely not to tip a bag boy for just bagging. The kicker in the old days was the invigorated youth busting his tail to load your car with paper sacks to get back and get to the next tipper. You can always question the bagger's motivation but while you're contemplating that your shopping trip concluded in the quickest time possible. Today's bag boy moves in slow motion compared to the baggers of the '70s. With the incentive outlawed they more often than not plod along at a pace only a socialist can appreciate. At least feelings aren't hurt by allowing some baggers to excel while others come to realize their niche lies elsewhere.

The next grocery store to post a "tipping is encouraged" sign will have new found leverage in the grocery industry.