I conducted a post-contest e-mail interview with our lucky winner Thom. Here is the text of the interview with answers in italics:
1. who is your favorite spice girl?
2. have you ever romanced or attempted to romance someone while listening to tom waits?
yes, certainly. even mr. waits himself...
3. shimano or campy or sram?
ShRAMpy. (ok, campy)
4. do you consider yourself?
a) a tom waits fan
b) ambivalent about tom waits
c) someone who dislikes tom waits
d) someone who only knows about tom waits because you look cool as hell at parties when people start talking about him and you can hold your own in the conversation
5. who has better hair, quick step's tom boonen or csc's fabian cancellara?
boonen's euro-mullet trumps all, even from history.
6. do you ever sing tom waits songs in the shower? if so, which ones?
Any I can remember. One can only imitate his voice while gargling steamy water.
7. how has winning this contest changed your life?
It has increased my daily email activity by a full 3 percent.
(end of interview)
Here is a video of Mr. Waits performing Broken Bicycles at the Montreal Jazz Fest in 1981. Look at the angle of that tipped hat!!