5 Things I Have To Have Now

June 24, 2007|By [MICHELLE DEAL-ZIMMERMAN]

When the sky gets cloudy and gray, WJZ-TV weather expert Marty Bass doesn't sing the blues. Instead, he plays them on his bass guitar. "It's a hobby. ... I've been playing since high school. I'm in a garage band at the Music Workshop," says Bass, who's probably best known as the co-host of WJZ's Morning Edition. "I like to play blues, like Bonnie Raitt." Originally from Louisville, Ky., Bass has been in Baltimore for almost 30 years. He's married and lives in Brooklandville with his wife, Sharon, and two kids: a daughter, Savannah, 16, and a son, Jake, 12.

1 Cord of firewood

"Really good, aged, almost-ready-to-go firewood. ... Winter weather is never really far from my mind. ... If you've got a fireplace, get your wood now."

2 Paul Reed Smith bass guitar

"I'm left-handed, and it's really hard to find a good-looking left-handed bass. I need one from Paul Reed Smith -- a five-string bass and a big basement amplifier."

3 Attman's corned beef sandwich

"Slathered with mustard. I watch everything that I eat, work out four to five times a week ... but my favorite is this genuine New York deli on Lombard Street. It's a gastronomic sin offering."

4 The new iPhone

"To consolidate all of my personal technology. ... I need the PDA, the BlackBerry, the phone. ... I need it all in one easy-to-carry, rugged unit that I'm not going to have to go to the bank to get a loan to buy."

5 St. Bart's plane tickets for the family

"The beaches are tremendous, the ambience is tremendous, it's the Caribbean Riviera. Real laid-back like the French Riviera. 'No problem, mon,' with a French accent."

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