I have had two prized possessions in my life that have been stolen. One was an “I Killed Laura Palmer” t-shirt in Jr. High (stolen from my gym locker). And the second was a “Tom Waits for No One” button that made it through high school before being stolen in college.
Tom Waits was a demigod to me; the epitome of cool ever since I first listened to Rain Dogs. Not only is his music great, but he is electric on screen (see Short Cuts and Down By Law) and his unparalleled live performance (which can be seen in Tom Waits Big Time) is one of those rare occurrences that I fear I may never get to experience first hand.