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Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Good morning. Today's big story -

Condi steps up? Armitage steps down?

Nope.

"David Lee Roth training to become EMT"

(Halle-fucking-lujah. Here we go.)

NEW YORK (AP) -- Rocker David Lee Roth, the former Van Halen frontman, is taking up a new trade.

(Because he's sick of touring the nation's Indian Casinos.)

Roth, 50, has been riding for several weeks with a New York ambulance crew in training to become a paramedic, The New York Post reported Tuesday.

(Roth is...50? Oh, man. What year is this?!)

"I have been on over 200 individual rides now," said Roth. "Not once has anyone recognized me, which is perfect for me."

(If you've seen Roth lately, you'd know why. Dude has lost the old lion mane and is looking rough around the edges.)

The singer, who spent a decade with Van Halen before embarking on a solo career, except a collaboration with the band for two new songs on a greatest hits album, has been riding along with crews in the Bronx, Manhattan and Brooklyn several nights a week.

(You better call up the ambulance/ I'm deep in shock/ Overloaded baby/ I can hardly walk)

His training seems to be going well. Several weeks ago, Roth saved the life of a heart attack victim in the Bronx by using a defibrillator.

("Somebody get me a doctor/ somebody get me a doctor.")

He takes his work so seriously that he did not want publicity so that it would not "diminish what I am trying to do here."

(C'mon, Dave, give me a break.)

He has said that he did not want the neighborhoods he was working in named so that he would not draw attention to himself or co-workers."

(Too late. Tons of old Halen fans are probably...knocking themselves out...or shooting themselves in the foot...in hopes of meeting Diamond Dave. I know I would. The big question is: who'd make a better EMT...Roth or Hagar?)

More later....

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