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Quick Takes

"Quick Takes" Continued...

Issue: "Northern light," Sept. 20, 2008

Living to spend

Gordon Taylor knows it's going to be a good day when Joseph Macko walks into the showroom in Flint, Mich. That's because Macko has faithfully purchased a new Cadillac for each of the past 53 years-for the past 22 years from Taylor. "He looks forward every year to buying a new car," Taylor said. "He wants that same vehicle." In August, Macko drove home a 2009 Cadillac DTS. Macko's reason for picking up a new set of wheels every year? "You only live one time. Money is to spend," the retired General Motors worker told The Flint Journal. "I spend it once I get it."

Pretend champ

With much flailing and novelty, Craig Billmeier of Pleasanton, Calif., has found a degree of international fame not in his original career as a musician, but in his more recent hobby as a virtual musician. In two rounds at the Air Guitar World Championships, the two-time American champion Billmeier toasted the competition with two near perfect performances of imaginary guitar playing, landing him with the title of world-champion air guitar player. Competitors at the annual championship held in Finland on Aug. 22 score highly with judges for the ability to accurately simulate guitar-playing motions to match the accompanying guitar solos, the stage presence of the sans-guitar performer, and the artfulness of the performance as a whole. In a 2007 interview with a San Francisco blog, SFist.com, Billmeier, who is known as "Hot Lixx Hulahan" on stage, gave advice for a future generation of faux-rockers: "Go Big. Ditch the shame. Grow your hair out."

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