On Thursday, Matt Alexander, whom D CEO called one of the “New Faces of Dallas Tech” in its January-February issue, stopped by the Old Monk to talk about his online fashion ventures and to berate American youth for their lack of proper knowledge of English soccer. Alexander is an SMU grad who grew up in London, but he’s also an American citizen, so Zac decided to put that citizenship to the test. Listen to find out how.
First, a few notes on the episode:
1) Tim says that of all the EarBurner guests so far, half of them he and Zac have met for the first time when we sit down to record. By my (admittedly rough) count that’s been true for maybe four of the nine previous shows. Which is less than half (44.4%).
2) This is the 1998 film that Alexander says he appeared in as a young roller-blader, Wheels: An Inline Story:
3) This is the 1993 roller-blading flick that Zac recommends, giving it “Sunday afternoon 3 stars”:
4) You can see the video of Boyhood’s Ellar Coltrane on Alexander’s Foremost site here. Tim’s right: that septum piercing he’s sporting is distracting — looks painful, and perpetually like he’s got something dripping out of his nose.
5) A quick Google search didn’t turn up evidence that it’s an American habit to eat slices of pie by starting at the point and that Germans do it differently. Though the sort of sweet pies we like best seem to be far more popular here than abroad. And science apparently says there may be psychological benefits to eating a slice crust-first.
6) It’s not illegal to drive barefoot in Texas or any U.S. state, though local ordinances can have their own prohibitions, and some states don’t allow motorcyclists to ride barefoot.
7) At one point Tim mentions that an American citizen has to be 35 to run for president, and then he says that Alexander is eligible. But Alexander is only 27 years old, so he will not be throwing his beleaguered-fisherman’s hat into the ring in 2016. (Nor can I imagine the American public ever electing a fellow with a British accent.)
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