I grew up in Nebraska and I was influenced by Jack Kerouac and his adventures. I headed west as soon as I was able to leave home. I moved to California in 1979 and I lived in Hollywood and hung out with the early punk rockers like the Germs and X. To me, the Seattle scene was just an extension of the same thing. I moved up here in '81 and I think punk rock was a way to connect with people. It was a way to move to a new town and find somebody that had some kind of commonality.