Stan Ridgway, it must be noted, is a really, really nice guy.
There was a glorious moment after his show when I went to the merch table, and his swag-assistant saw my little satchel. "Is that an iPad?" (This was a few months after release, and they were STILL in somewhat short supply. It was in a skin, in a case. Maybe "magical" IS right - that's some pervasive aura it's got.) When I affirmed that it was, Bob the Swag-Master told me to show it to Stan - he'd been interested in the thing as a portable and was curious about it. I get up to the front and Bob says "Stan, Rick - check this out!" So I got to do an iPad demo and discussion with Stan for a few minutes, and talked a little bit about being in the Apple ecosystem. He asked what I had on my desk, and when I mentioned it was an Intel iMac, he mentioned that he was still on a dual G5 tower that was developing too many nervous ticks during recording, and was going to probably have to upgrade in the next year or so.
(He then related something a buddy of his by the name of Mark Mothersbaugh (!!!!!ELEVENTY-ONE!!!) said - "We'd be rich if it weren't for all this FUCKING EQUIPMENT we have to buy!")
We chatted a little bit more, and as I began to leave, he asked me my name, shook my hand firmly and said what a pleasure it was.
That I did not explode in fanboy squee all over the place is still beyond me.
(Also worth noting : one of The Spouse and my "our songs"? "Drive, She Said". 'Cause it's just that fab.)