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Meet My Good Friend

This is a podcast where I interview random people that I meet to prove that everyone has a story to tell. It's StoryCorps + Humans of New York, I guess. So far I've met an IT guy, a jewelery merchandiser, a crazy conspiracy theorist, a hippie chick, a hairdresser, an astronomer, a stand-up comedian, and a traveling insurance adjuster. Who will I meet next?
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Sep 22, 2015

Come with me on a spiritual journey and meet my good friend Bhakta Al. He is a practitioner of Gaudiya Vaishnavism, commonly referred to as Hare Krishna. I didn’t know a single thing about the faith before I met Al and I felt I needed to tread lightly as not to say anything ignorant or offensive. It turns out that Al is really down to earth and we had a great time chatting about the religion.

Learn about how reincarnation is not necessarily a good thing, how uncomfortable underwear can keep you from being lustful, and why Krishnas wear robes, shave their heads (except for a ponytail) and put clay markings on their foreheads.

This is a really interesting talk, even if you know nothing about the faith as I did. Listen in to my good friend Bhakta Al and get one step closer to enlightenment!

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna

Krishna Krishna Hare Hare

Hare Rama Hare Rama

Rama Rama Hare Hare

Sep 15, 2015

This week you get to meet my good friend Amanda Lee. I recorded this interview last week and never got around to posting it because life can be exhausting between work, the kids, fantasy baseball playoffs and cleaning cat puke. When I finally sat down and listened to it I had forgotten how interesting Amanda is!

She is a barista/art curator/artist/really nice person. She gives me a lesson on ponies vs. horses and another on $5 t-shirts vs. $50 t-shirts. We talk about the art she curates at the coffee shop/art gallery/record store where she works.

We spend a good amount of time discussing disgusting things men say to women online and in the real world, and how she funneled her frustration over this into a performance art piece.She also helps run a warehouse space where DIY punk & noise bands can do their thing for an audience.

I wish I had posted this interview sooner because I really do think it’s one of the more interesting discussions I’ve had. Meet my good friend Amanda.

n.b. for my father-in-law: I think you’re pretty cool.

Sep 2, 2015

A few guys from Jackass were in town to do a comedy show. I didn’t go to the show, but after it was over I went into the venue and they were chatting in the lobby with some fans. I stood off on the side debating my next move, and before I realized it all the fans had left. There I was in a room with Chris Pontius, Steve-O, Preston Lacy, Danger Ehren, Dave England and a few of their posse. I assumed that if I asked one of them for an interview I would be shut down immediately, but I decided just to go for it. I asked Chris Pontius and he said “Yeah” right away.

The venue was closing and the group was going to be heading to another location so Chris told me to meet him there. He was kind enough to sit down with a no name podcaster and chat for a good 15 minutes. I was hoping to talk longer but by this time it was one A.M. and he hadn’t eaten yet.

We talk about what makes jaguars and leopards panthers, compare and contrast Parma Italy & Parma Ohio, diss the city of Portland (and then recant) and talk about Jackass and Wildboyz.

It’s time to strip down to your thong, put on a bow tie and meet my good friend Chris!

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