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The GLOW of My Great Uncle's FBI File

Verge of the Dude

Release Date: 07/22/2023

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Hey Dude, the PBS documentary "The Chinatown Punk Wars" took me back in my mind to my best live performance at the Hong Kong Cafe. QUOTE: "I was totally free on stage." PEOPLE: , , , , , , PLACES: , , , , , , , , THINGS: , , micro generation, , , "The Chinatown Punk Wars", , , , , , , , , SOUNDS: wind, footsteps, gravel path, the 5 Freeway, birds, Ming-Ming,  GENRE: , , PHOTO: "Hong Kong Palm" with my RECORDED: November 16, 2023 from the "Wawona Lawn" under the flight path of the  in ,  GEAR: Sony ICD PX370 digital voice recorder and Sony ECM CS3 "tie-clip"...

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Hey Dude, the brewing storm inside my sobriety kept me from going to my North Hollywood High School "rebel reunion" for the class of 1984. I also riff on the weather. QUOTE: "The wind blowing kinda stirred my soul." PEOPLE: , PLACES: , THINGS: , SOUNDS: wind, footsteps, gravel path, the 5 Freeway, knee pop, motorcycle, helicopter, birds,  GENRE: , , PHOTO: "Football Profile Pic" with my RECORDED: September 1, 2023 from the "Lavina Cafe" under the flight path of the  in ,  GEAR: Sony ICD PX370 digital voice recorder and Sony ECM CS3 "tie-clip" microphone....

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Verge of the Dude

Hey Dude, the FBI finally sent me the file on my Great Uncle Blayney. It's a 210 page mixed bag, but now I have a new angle to tell his story. I also recently binged GLOW and Ted Lasso.  QUOTE: "I'm not easy to work with, for sure." PEOPLE: , , , , , , PLACES: , , , ., THINGS: , HULU, , , , , , , SOUNDS: footsteps, gravel path, wind, plane, the 5 Freeway, GENRE: , , PHOTO: "Cafe Revisited" with my RECORDED: July 21, 2023 from the "Wawona Lawn" under the flight path of the  in ,  GEAR: Sony ICD PX370 digital voice recorder and Sony ECM CS3 "tie-clip" microphone. HYPE: "It's...

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Hey Dude, my life has been a real jigsaw puzzle, slowly put back together this past month. Not only does my truck have a rebuilt engine, I may have found my voice...again. QUOTE: "At first I thought it was going to be a disaster, but in the end, it was perfect."  PEOPLE: , , , PLACES: , , (), , , , , , ,   THINGS: , , , SOUNDS: footsteps, gravel path, wind, birds, plane,  GENRE: , , PHOTO: "Intro Pod Tweet" with my  RECORDED: June 29, 2023 from the "Wawona Lawn" under the flight path of the  in ,  GEAR: Sony ICD PX370 digital voice recorder and Sony ECM CS3...

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Hey Dude, I riff on the idea of "micro-generations" and make the case that I'm at the center of my own private "Star Wars Generation" even though I'm really a Rocky guy. QUOTE: "The wheelhouse crowd for Star Wars..." PEOPLE/ACTORS: , , , , , , PLACES: , FILM/TV: Brady Bunch, , , , , , , , , , THINGS: , , , , , moon landing, Watergate, analog, astronomy SOUNDS: birds, footsteps, gravel path, airplane, helicopter GENRE: , , PHOTO: "Google Star Wars and Rocky" with my RECORDED: February 5, 2023 from the "Wawona Lawn" under the flight path of the in ,  GEAR: Sony ICD PX370 digital...

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Hey Dude, I was feeling deep blue until I saw a Facebook post from an old high school classmate, and later the video of Annie Lennox getting inducted into the Rock Hall. QUOTE: "Whenever I need to jump start my creativity, I watch it." PEOPLE: , , , , , , , , , , , PLACES: , , , THINGS: , , , , , , , , SOUNDS: wind, birds, footsteps, gravel path, saw, dog bark, GENRE: , , PHOTO: "Google Lennox and Bowie" with my RECORDED: November 22, 2022 from the "Wawona Lawn" under the flight path of the in ,  GEAR: Sony ICD PX370 digital voice recorder and Sony ECM CS3 "tie-clip" microphone....

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Hey Dude, I fondly reflect on the passing of our beloved cat Thomas, the great Vin Scully, and the luminous Olivia Newton-John.  I also find time to whine about not making it on the radio. QUOTE: "A tear welled up in his left eye." PEOPLE: , , , , , , , , , , , , PLACES: , , , , , , , RADIO/PODCASTS: , , , , , , , THINGS: , , , , , , , , SOUNDS: footsteps, gravel path, cars, train, GENRE: , , PHOTO: "Thomas' Last Day in the Garden" by Marisol on her RECORDED: August 9, 2022 from the "Wawona Lawn" under the flight path of the in ,  GEAR: Sony ICD PX370 digital voice recorder...

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Hey Dude, I riff and ramble about Howard Hughes and his dirty fingerprints all over the 20th century. I also admit to going on a 48 hour binge of The Americans.  QUOTE: "Another time, another dime." PEOPLE: , , , , , , , , , , PLACES: , , , , THINGS: , , , , , TV/FILM: , , , , , , , SOUNDS: footsteps, gravel path, jet, birds, GENRE: , , PHOTO: "Shoreline Village Chimes" RECORDED: May 29, 2022 from the "Wawona Lawn" under the flight path of the in ,  GEAR: Sony ICD PX370 digital voice recorder and Sony ECM CS3 "tie-clip" microphone. HYPE: "It's a beatnik kinda literary thing...

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Hey Dude, while listening to KPCC on the radio, I heard a mashup episode of Snap Judgement and Love + Radio, featuring Nick van der Kolk interviewing Glynn Washington. The whole thing made me trip on the blurred lines between podcasting and radio. QUOTE: "I freakin' love radio." CHARACTERS: , , , , , , , , , , , SETTINGS: , , , , , PODCASTS/RADIO: , , , , , , , , , , , , , THINGS: , , , , , , , SOUNDS: footsteps, birds, jet, freeway, virgin cocktail, horn GENRE: , , PHOTO: "Wawona Podcast Studio" RECORDED: April 2, 2022 from the "Wawona Lawn" under the flight path of the in , ...

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Hey Dude, I riff about the relative indifference to Jack Kerouac's 100th birthday by the popular culture, and how my 17th anniversary in podcasting was politely ignored. QUOTE: "He loves the word sad, I love the word sad." PEOPLE: , , , , , PLACES: , , , THINGS: , , , , , , , , SOUNDS: wind, jet, airplane, virgin cocktail, footsteps GENRE: , , PHOTO: "Here Comes the Sun" RECORDED: March 15, 2022 from the "Wawona Lawn" under the flight path of the in ,  GEAR: Sony ICD PX370 digital voice recorder and Sony ECM CS3 "tie-clip" microphone. HYPE: "It's a beatnik kinda literary thing in a...

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Hey Dude, the FBI finally sent me the file on my Great Uncle Blayney. It's a 210 page mixed bag, but now I have a new angle to tell his story. I also recently binged GLOW and Ted Lasso. 

QUOTE: "I'm not easy to work with, for sure."

PEOPLE: Alison Brie, Marc Maron, Jason Sudeikis, Lester Holt, Blayney F. Matthews, Alan Ladd, Joseph Dougherty

PLACES: Lowe's, Glassel Park, Eagle Rock, Warner Bros., Hollywood Burbank Airport

THINGS: Netflix, HULU, GLOW, Ted Lasso, SNL, FBI, Los Angeles County District Attorney, draft board, Academy Awards

SOUNDS: footsteps, gravel path, wind, plane, the 5 Freeway, Laguna Sawdust Cowbell Chimes 

GENRE: storytelling, personal narrative, personal journal

PHOTO: "Cafe Revisited" with my iPhone XS

RECORDED: July 21, 2023 from the "Wawona Lawn" under the flight path of the Bob Hope Airport in BurbankCalifornia

GEAR: Sony ICD PX370 digital voice recorder and Sony ECM CS3 "tie-clip" microphone.

HYPE: "It's a beatnik kinda literary thing in a podcast cloak of darkness." Timothy Kimo Brien (cohost on Podwrecked and host of Create Art Podcast)

DISCLAIMER/WARNING: Proudly presented rough, raw and ragged. Seasoned with salty language and ideas. Not for most people's taste. Please be advised.