wow my brain was just over stuffed w/ so much material i can't remember it all. major topics i remember were G.W. the press corps., his(rollins) perspective on iraq and afghanistan where he's spent quite ALOT of time especially in what he described as the seemingly endless hospitals for our soldiers. he took a like a two week train ride on the trans siberia express and didn't bring nearly enough food and had to eat the train food and puke in the"people's toilet" and told how people get of the train at stops and the train leaves them there w/ no money passport etc ! said there's nothing to do for two weeks but wonder if you're gonna die watching the frost grow on he inside of the cabin. after a week he figured out that the intermittent clanging noise he was hearing was the russian weightlifter stewardess chopping off W/ A HATCHET the stalagtite like formations of feces that form and build and build and build into a giant logS off the back of the train as they evacuate "THE PEOPLE'S TOILET" .
also spun a good one about various people minor celebs and pakistani cab driver named "ijaz" who tried to pick him up. "henry give me your phone # and i will drive my cab day and night until i have enough money to fly you back to my big house in pakistan "
he did a serious bit about the his last days w/ joey ramone. that one hit home pretty good. but the personal stories about the soldiers in iraq he'd met definitely hit the hardest. it was really hard to hear some of that stuff. he did say they were getting kick ass state of the art care, that what you see anywhere in the media is a really clean version representing a small percentage of the majority of the wounded, and how incredibly strong and endurant and kick ass capable the nurses who really run those hospitals are.
amazing to me was his ability to go off on these detailed tangents - even juggling two or three at a time and then come back to the where he started like ten fifteen twenty minutes before and tie it all together. the guy can really weave it . awesome !
btw he's in boston @ berklee tonight.