Robin (the sailor, race car driving, wine collector) was surprised when she walked into the studio before the show this morning to see Howard strumming an acoustic guitar behind his console.
Howard revealed that he was inspired by the awesome guitar playing at the Birthday Bash and by Donovan's mini-guitar lesson on the show a few weeks ago and he's taking lessons on the Leslie West "Dean" guitar that Leslie gave him when he was on the show.
He asked Fred to hand him his guitar and he played through a pretty decent rendition of Neil Young's 'Old Man.'
When he's not picking the guitar, taking pictures, or mind-mapping, he's working on another hobby: calligraphy.
Yes, it's a peculiar thing to take up, but he's so into it that he bought an old-fashioned pen with an inkwell.
Stern Show producer Gary Dell'Abate protested that Howard had goofed on him mercilessly (and we mean mercilessly) about his love of vinyl, saying it was outdated technology. Meanwhile, Howard is pen-deep in an inkwell.
Howard countered that he's a creative person, and that the relationship with his writing instrument and paper is part of the creative process. Gary is just listening to records. Gary suggested Howard churn his own butter as well (which is what Howard suggested Gary do if he's going to listen to records).
While messing around with his new pens, Howard wrote a beautiful short story about a man who has a rhinoceros horn grow out of his foot. He and his family try to ignore it, but it gets in the way of everything.
Howard relished telling Robin the story, but admitted that Franz Kafka wrote it a hundred years ago, it's called 'The Metamorphosis'.