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My Stuff -- Steve Locke detour mar 9

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Steve Locke

Spoken word performer/competitive slam poet

1. If your house were on fire, heaven forbid, what's the one item contained within that you would try to take with you? (People, pets and computers not included.)

That's a tough one. I live quite humbly, and because I've moved around quite a bit, I've learned to be unattached to things. Except for my computer, which has all my past and future writing projects on it, but that doesn't count, of course. I suppose that in the event of a house fire, I would hope that there was a bottle of something strong in the cupboard or fridge that I could partake in and share with my fellow -- now homeless -- roommates. Oh, and my comic book collection, I suppose.

2. What's the one clothing/fashion item you can't live without?

My vintage leather jacket. It belonged to my dad when he coached hockey in Charleswood back in the '70s and has embroidered hockey sticks on the unique colour of blue-dyed leather you would only find in those days. It has served as my winter jacket for years now, even though all the insulation is disintegrating. It has been stitched up, patched up, and its zipper replaced after the dog got its teeth on it. I'm gonna wear it until it falls apart!

3. What's your favourite knick-knack and why?

You know, my girlfriend is quite an excellent knitter. She has made some nifty tuques and scarves, and on occasion, plushy animals and characters from pop culture, all of which she sells online. This past summer for my birthday, she knitted me a two-foot tall Admiral Ackbar plushy, who is a fishy-looking alien character from the Star Wars universe. I just think it's the coolest thing, and would have absolutely adored it when I was a kid. The prevailing geek in me still can't help but cherish it even though I'm now in my 30s.

4. What's the oldest thing you own?

I've had a tuque since I was a toddler, whose origins I couldn't possibly remember. Was it a gift from my grandma? I have no idea. It's blue, knitted, with a red pom-pom on top and strange lettering encircling it. My sister went through a punk phase in junior high where she'd steal the tuque and wear it inside out. I guess she thought the pom-pom was lame, but the tuque still cool enough to wear?

5. Describe your most beloved piece of furniture.

I've never been attached to furniture, again, seeing in how I've moved around so much. Though, now that I'm relatively settled, I have to say that I love my bed -- particularly, the foam mattress that covers it. I'm a restless sleeper and have back problems, but the foam has helped so much with making me more comfortable. It sure as heck makes it more difficult to get up in the morning!

6. Is there an edible item we'll always find in your pantry or fridge?

Coffee! Not that I am any sort of connoisseur or have any fancy beans in my cupboard, it's what gets me out of my aforementioned super-comfortable bed in the morning. So long as there's coffee (and maybe some pancakes) involved, I'll be up and (somewhat) at 'em. No promises, though.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 9, 2013 E2

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