For the last few weeks, I've been editing the podcast of Luke Storey, founder of a school for fashion stylists, School of Style. Luke is an interesting guy who pulled himself out of a life of drugs and depravity by engaging in every possible self-help, spiritual, herbal, nutritional, and lifestyle solution he could get his hands on. He's launching a podcast about all the things he's tried called The Life Stylist. This first episode is his life story and the next episodes, that drop once a day for the next ten days, are interviews with people who are behind the practices he's tried out. Help keep me employed by giving it a listen then rate, review and recommend.
Last week, I posted a podcast about my experience talking to attendees of the Bernie Sanders rally in Ventura, CA on May 26, 2016. Before this post, all my podcast episodes were recorded conversations with friends of mine or people I reached out to on the internet who had unique perspectives. Certainly no one who might be considered famous, perhaps my brother-in-law who is a well-regarded author and historian was an exception. As it goes, my podcast, for 17 weekly episodes was received as I expected, friends and family and an assortment of curious acquaintances would check it out garnering perhaps half a dozen listens a day. I had previously tried spending $20 on it to have it promoted to people on Facebook who were interested in my topic. No post seemed to fare so well as when I decided to spend $20 on my podcast post with "Bernie Sanders" in the title this past Saturday.
I attended the rally for Bernie Sanders on the campus of Ventura College on May 26, 2016. A Democratic presidential primary rally is a rare sight in California, and I was very excited to attend my first. I recorded conversations I had with 23 amazing people I ran into all day long and present them here. Some were good friends; some were casual acquaintances; some were complete strangers; all were fucking bad ass. All day long I was confronted with passion, enthusiasm and genuine concern for the future of our nation. I start the day off connecting with Lisa Bean AKA Boh Nellis, a previous guest on this podcast and talk to members of her entourage.
I have a conversation with artist Travis Shorey. Travis draws and paints three-eyed monsters and geek-culture characters engaged in mostly eating tacos and drinking beer. His colorful painting can be seen on his Facebook page, Jankety Arts. Travis is a huge fan of beer, and I delight in going through his beer inventory in Brewbacca, his beer-toting Chewbacca backpack. Over the course of nearly three hours, we cover various topics as censorship in art, Randy Newman dropping the N-word, the Savior of Rock and Roll, who is obviously Bruno Mars, and whether Travis has ever been too drunk to fuck.
Audio version of this article is available on the There's No Time to Explain Podcast #17 at 02:40
This week I registered my daughter for kindergarten. I hope they are ready for her. I expect within a month she will either be the queen of her class or have a seat separated from the rest of the kids. Those are not mutually exclusive. While filling out the registration paperwork, I was confronted by my old buddy, the race and ethnicity questionnaire. I’ve always taken more than a passing interest in this ritual because 1) I used to work in Human Resources; 2) I like knowing how data is used and abused in our lives; and 3) I stand astride two seemingly contradictory opinions about race, the first, echoed by many a fair-minded friend, that race shouldn't matter and the second, also echoed by another set of fair-minded friends, that inequities among the races are an institutional problem that demands an institutional solution.
I have a conversation with Robert Lindsay, a competitor on the SYFY Network’s movie FX and makeup reality competition show, Face Off. My family is a huge fan of this show; we'd watch it together, and Robert was our favorite contestant this past season. He was such an entertaining contestant and his work on the show was always zany and out of the box. We talk about how he was raised on Disney films and why he had to seek out original versions of horror films due to German censorship. We chat about the quirks of American’s contradictory attitudes about sex and how it compares with German attitudes toward violence. We get behind the scenes of reality television and discuss how the show distorts the real nature of the FX makeup profession. Robert admits to a “Fuck it” moment that led to his elimination as one of the final six competitors. I call out Glenn Hetrick on his clothing choices. We discuss what has happens after the show ends and how he is parlaying his appearance into success. Robert raves about the Turkish remake of Star Wars and the fan trailer he’s making for it and speaks his mind about the scourge of bad CGI in movies and whatever is up with der Weinerschnitzel. I take something back I said in the last episode and rant about how we learn gender roles and why I’m confused about how the rest of the world sees them. I reduce humanity to meat bags stretched across calcium scaffolding.
I have a conversation with Greg Daniels, owner of OneWebsitePlease.com, a full-service website development company, and host of the Untitled Personal Podcast Project. Greg and I share some conversational proclivities, mainly, never missing an opportunity to go off on a tangent and jumping off the deep end, reading the infinite in the mundane. Needless to say, it's a long episode. We talk about how his podcast and the mix of personalities featured led to some pretty testy moments between people with differing opinions. We talk about the nature of belief and what it takes for religious believers to reconsider their world view. Greg makes the case that Teddy, my son, is a minor web celebrity. My daughter punches Greg in the nuts. We discuss the oddly compelling world of the live-streaming app, Periscope. I ask Greg to weigh in on the political lip service heaped on small business owners as the economic engine of this country and we end up discussing the seemingly intentional and focused disenfranchisement of voters as a way to control elections and maintain power. We talk about what liberty, freedom, and happiness meant to the founding fathers. Greg and I agree 100% on the important issue of NOT wearing socks with sandals. We review Captain America:Civil War and unpack all the political allegory offered up in the movie. This discussion contains SPOILERS for Civil War. During my rant, I make the case that Republican primary voters who are unhappy with Trump as the nominee should change the race now by switching party affiliation and voting for Bernie Sanders in the remaining Democratic primaries and caucuses.
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