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HE SOLD HIMSELF SHORT 2nd Edition
"Welcome back my friends to the big book podcast. My name is Howard and I'm an alcoholic sober since January first nineteen fifty-eight one day at a time. This is the 58th episode and I hope you found this audio version of Alcoholics Anonymous to be both meaningful and enjoyable in this episode storage box 10 in part one of the stories section of the second edition of the big book published in nineteen fifty five. It's entitled. He sold himself short and was printed in the second third and fourth editions, its author or LT got sober in 1938 with the help of doctor Bob and a number of original members of the fledgling Akron group. He then took his Newfound sobriety and program knowledge back to Chicago where for more than a year. He attempted unsuccessfully to put together an a a group. Finally. He was able to attract a few members wage. But not before he had sent them to Akron to be indoctrinated into the program by doctor Bob and others before returning to Chicago. It seems that Earl and the Pioneer members in Chicago wage did not feel up to the job or adequate to pass the program on to new members without the help of akron's established a nonetheless Earl's efforts to spread a haze message major city. Like Chicago was an important first step and his would have been a captivating story for the first edition. However, when calls for stories for the first edition came out in 1938 Earl refused to write his story for the yet to be published big book while the reasons are not entirely clear some a a historian suggest that there was a mistrustful in somewhat toxic atmosphere among early Akron members in nineteen thirty-eight and thirty-nine when it came to the writing of the big book and its use of personal stories Earl T and buildy were among a fact Concerned that the writing of the big book was more about making money for its New York author Bill W than anything else and they refused to submit stories for the first edition. It wasn't until years later. Well after that notion was dispelled and when the big books true purpose was firmly established that Earl T and A few others allowed their stories to be published in the second edition for the first time the fact that Earl T story has been included in every edition of The Big Book sense is proof positive of its Timeless message and important impact and now dead. Part one story ten. He sold himself short But he found that there was a higher power which had more faith in him than he had in himself. Thus a a was born in Chicago. I grew up in a small town outside Akron Ohio where the life was typical of any average small town. I was very much interested in athletics and because of this and parental influence, I didn't drink or smoke in either grade or high school all of this changed when I went to college. I had to adapt to new associations and Associates and it seemed to be the same thing to drink and smoke I can find drinking two weekends and drank normally in college and for several years thereafter after I left school. I went to work in Akron off at home with my parents home life was again a restraining influence when I drank I hit it from my folks out of respect for their feelings this continued until I was twenty-seven years. Then I started traveling with the United States and Canada as my territory and with so much freedom and with an unlimited expense account. I was soon drinking every night and kidding myself that it was all. Part of the job. I know now that 60% of the time I drank alone without benefit of customers in 1930. I moved to Chicago shortly thereafter aided by wage depression. I found that I had a great deal of spare time and that a little drink in the morning helped by nineteen thirty-two. I was going on two or three-day Benders that same year my wife became fed up with my drinking around the house and called my dad in Akron to come and pick me up. She asked him to do something about me because she couldn't she was thoroughly disgusted. This was the beginning of five years of bouncing back and forth between my home and Chicago and Akron to sober up. It was a period of binges coming closer and closer together and being of longer duration. Once dad came all the way to Florida to sober me up after a hotel manager called him and said that if he wanted to see me alive, he better get gas. Our fast my wife could not understand why I would sober up for Dad but not for her. They went into a huddle and Dad explained that he simply took my pants shoes and money away so that I could get no liquor and had to sober up one time my wife decided to try this too after finding every bottle that I had hidden around the apartment. She took off my pants my shoes my money and my keys through them under the bed in the back bedroom and slip locked our door by 1 a.m. I was desperate. I found some wool stockings some white flannels that had shrunk to my knees and an old jacket. I jimmied the front door so that I could get back in and walked out. I was hit by an icy blast. It was February was snow and ice on the ground and I had a four-block walk to the nearest cab stand but I made it on my ride to the nearest bar. I sold the driver on how misunderstood I was by my wife and what time Unreasonable person she was by the time we reached the bar. He was willing to buy me a quart with his own money. Then when we got back to the apartment, he was willing to wait two or three days until I got my life back to be paid off for the liquor in fair. I was a good salesman. My wife could not understand the next morning why I was drunker than the night before when she took my bottles wage particularly bad Christmas and New Year's holiday. Dad picked me up again early in January nineteen thirty-seven to go through the usual sobering-up routine this consisted of walking floor for three or four days and nights until I could take nourishment this time. He had a suggestion to offer he waited until I was completely sober and the day before I was a head back to Chicago. He told me of a small group of men in Akron who apparently had the same problem that I had but we're doing something about it. He said they were sober happy and had their self respect. Back as well as the respect of their neighbors. He mentioned two of them that I had known through the years and suggested that I talk with them, but I had my health back and besides I reasoned thought they were much worse than I would ever be why even a year ago. I had seen Howard an ex-doctor mooching a dime for a drink. I could not possibly be that bad. I would have at least asked for a quarter. So I told Dad that I would lick it on my own that I would drink nothing for a month. And after that only beer several months later. Dad was back in Chicago to pick me up again. But this time my attitude was entirely different I could not wait to tell him that I wanted help that if these men in Akron had anything I wanted it and would do anything to get it. I was completely licked by alcohol. I can still remember very distinctly getting into Akron at 11 p.m. And routing the same Howard out of bed to do something about me. He spends khong 2 hours with me that night telling me his story. He said he had finally learned that drinking was a fatal illness made up of an allergy plus an obsession and once the drinking had passed from habit wage Obsession. We were completely hopeless and could look forward only to spending the balance of our lives in mental institutions or to death. He laid great stress on the progression of his attitude toward life in people. And most of his attitudes had been very similar to mine. I thought at times that he was telling my story. I thought that I was completely different from other people that I'm beginning to become a little balmy even to the point of withdrawing more and more from society and wanting to be alone with my bottle here was a man with essentially the same outlook on life except that he had done something about it. He was happy getting a kick out of life in people and beginning to get his medical practice back again. As I look back on that first evening. I realized that I began to Hope then for the first time and I felt that if he could regain these things perhaps it would be possible for me to the next afternoon and evening two other men visited me and each told me his story and the things that they were doing to try to recover from this tragic illness. They had that certain something that seemed to Glow peace and serenity combined with happiness in the next 2 or 3 days. The balance of this handful of men contacted me encouraged me and told me how they were trying to live this program of recovery and the fun they were having doing it then and then only after a thorough indoctrination by eight or nine individuals was I allowed to attend my first meeting this Thursday meeting was held in the living room of a home and was led by buildy the first man that Bill W and dr. Bob had worked with successfully. The meeting consisted of perhaps eight or nine alcoholics and seven or eight wives it was different from the meetings now held the big a a book had not been written and there was no literature except various religious pamphlets. The program was carried on entirely by Word of Mouth the meeting lasted an hour and closed with the Lord's Prayer after it was closed. We all retired to the kitchen and had coffee and donuts and more discussion until the small hours of the morning. I was terribly impressed by this meeting and the quality of Happiness these men displayed despite their lack of material means in this small group during the Depression. There was no one who was not hard up. I stayed in Akron two or three weeks on my initial trip trying to absorb as much of the program and philosophy as possible. I spent a great deal of time with dr. Bob whenever he had the time to spare wage and in the homes of two or three other people trying to see how the family lived the program every evening we would meet at the home of one of the members and have coffee and donuts and spend a social evening the day before I was due to go back to Chicago a Wednesday. And dr. Bob's afternoon off. He had me down to the office and we spent three or four hours formally going through the six-step program as it was at that time. The six steps were one complete deflation to dependence and guidance from a higher power three moral inventory of or confession five restitution six continued work with other alcoholics doctor Bob led me through all of these steps at the moral inventory. He brought up some of my bad person. Only trades or Character defects such as selfishness conceit jealousy carelessness intolerance ill-temper sarcasm and resentments. We went over these at Great length, and then he finally asked me if I wanted these defects of character removed when I said, yes, we both knelt at his desk and prayed each of us asking to have these defects taken away. This picture is stuck in it. If I live to be a hundred it will always stand out in my mind. It was very impressive and I wish that every a a could have the benefit of this type of sponsorship today. Dr. Baum always emphasized the religious angle very strongly and I think it helped I know it helped me. Dr. Bob then led me through the restitution step in which I made a list of all of the person's I had armed and worked out ways and means of slowly making restitution. I made several decisions at that time. One of them was that I would try to get a group started in Chicago. The second was that I would have to return to Akron to attend meetings at least every two months until I did get a group started in Chicago third. I decided I must place this program above everything else even my family because if I did not maintain my sobriety, I would lose money family. Anyway, if I did not maintain my sobriety, I would not have a job. If I did not maintain my sobriety. I would have no friends left. I had few enough at that time the next day. I went back to Chicago and started a big risk campaign among my so-called friends or drinking companions. Their answer was always the same if they should need it at any time. They would surely get in touch with me. I went to a minister and a doctor that I still new and they in turn asked me how long I had been sober when I told them six weeks they were polite and said that they would khong Acme in case they had anyone with an alcoholic problem. Needless to say it was a year or more before they did contact me on my trips back to Akron to get my spirits recharged and to work with other alcoholics. I would ask. Dr. Bob about this delay home and wonder just what was wrong with me. He would invariably reply when you are right. And the time is right Providence will provide you must always be willing and continue to back up contacts a few months after I made my original trip to Akron. I was feeling pretty cocky and I didn't think my wife was treating me with proper respect now that I was an outstanding citizen, so I set out to get drunk deliberately just to teach her what she was missing a week later. I had to get an old friend from Akron to spend two days. So bring me up. That was young person. That one could not take the moral inventory and then file it away that the alcoholic has to continue to take inventory every day if he expects to get well and stay well. That was my Only slip it taught me a valuable lesson in the summer of 1938 almost a year from the time. I made my original contact with Akron the man for whom I was working and who knew about the program approached me and asked if I could do anything about one of his salesman who was drinking very heavily. I went to the sanitarium where this chap was incarcerated and found to my surprise that he's not interested. He had been wanting to do something about his drinking for a long time, but did not know how I spent several days with him, but I did not feel adequate to pass the program on to him alone. So I suggested that he take a trip to Akron for a couple of weeks which he did living with one of the a a family's there when he returned. We had practically daily meetings from that time on Thursday a few months later. One of the men who had been in touch with the group in Akron came to Chicago to live and then there were three of us who continue to have informal meetings quite regularly. In the spring of nineteen thirty-nine, the big book was printed and we had to inquiries from the New York office because of a 15-minute radio talk that was made. Neither of the two was interested for himself was being a mother who wanted to do something for her son. I suggested to her that she should see the sun's minister or doctor and that perhaps he would recommend the a a program the doctor a young man named really took fire with the idea and while he did not convince the son he turned over to prospects who were anxious for the program the three of us did not feel up to the job and after a few meetings. We converge the prospects that they too should go to Akron where they could see an older group in action in the meantime another doctor in Evanston became convinced that the program had possibilities and turn over a woman to us to do something about the girl was full of enthusiasm and she made the trip to Akron to immediately on her return. We began to have formal meetings once a week in the autopsy. 1939 and we have continued to do this and to expand ever since occasionally. It is accorded to a few of us to watch something fine grow from a tiny kernel into something else gigantic goodness such has been my privilege both nationally and in my home City from a mere Handful in Akron, we have spread throughout the world from a single member in the Chicago area commuting to Akron. We now exceed 6,000 these last eighteen years have been the happiest of my life tried though that statement may seem fifteen of those years. I would not have enjoyed it. I continued drinking doctors told me before I stopped that I had only three years at the outside to live this latest part of my life has had a purpose not in great things accomplished, but in daily living courage to face each day has replaced the fears and uncertainties of earlier years acceptance of things as they are has replaced the old inpatient champing at the bit off. To conquer the world. I have stopped tilting at windmills and instead have tried to accomplish the little daily tasks unimportant in themselves but tasks that are an integral part of living naturally where derision contempt and pity were once shown me. I now enjoy the respect of many people where once I had casual acquaintances all of whom were fair weather friends, I now have a host of friends who accept me for what I am and over my years. I have made many real honest sincere friendships that I shall always cherish wage. I'm rated as a modestly successful man. My stock of material Goods isn't great. But I have a fortune in friendships courage self-assurance and honest appraisal of my own abilities wage above all I have gained the greatest thing accorded to any man the love and understanding of a gracious God Who Has Lifted Me from the alcoholic scrapheap to a position of trust off. I have been able to reap the rich rewards that come from showing a little love for others and from serving them as I can. This concludes the reading of he sold himself short from part one of the personal stories section of the second edition of Alcoholics Anonymous. I'm grateful you listened stay tuned for our 59th episode featuring story 11:00 and titled home brewmeister as always. It's super easy to listen to the first and second editions of the big book including many stories not published in Lake additions just visit big book podcast, and listen to your heart's content or download And subscribe for free to all of the podcast episodes on Apple podcasts or whatever you get your podcasts to listen to earlier chapters and stories in the big book simply scroll down the episode list if you've enjoyed listening, I'd be super grateful. If you can leave a rating on Apple podcast, it'll help others find us and please share this podcast with your friends. 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What the heck are the bins? How to Shop Goodwill Outlets Like A Pro
"This episode is sponsored by Goodwill Industries of Akron. Goodwill Akron has fourteen retail stores, a boutique and an outlet donate again shopping at goodwill, Akron helps individuals prepare for and retain employment. Last year the agency served over twelve thousand people and summit portage. Medina Ashland and Richland counties learn more at Goodwill Akron Dot Org. All thrift stores require a little patience and strategy, but goodwill outlets call for a little extra effort. Greece you can find some serious gems digging through the outlet bins, but it is work. If you're wondering what the heck are. The bins don't worry. We're GONNA. Explain what they are and how you can shop. Goodwill outlets like pro. Keep Listening for episode twenty. Seven of allow us to re thrift produce ourselves. Ask. Everyone I'm Dina. Today! We're talking about Shannon's favorite thing. In the world, the vins goodwill bins also known as the outlet have been around forever, but I feel like they've gained more popularity in recent years as resellers kind of resurfaced drifting has become super popular mainstream, so you're seeing a lot of posts on social media about goodwill bins and I'm always surprised. Even I have a lot of drifters who follow me if I ever talk about the bins, they'll be like never heard. Heard of those before. It's kind of like a the best kept secret. It really is I remember as a kid, my best friend. Her mom used to go through all the time, and she's always talking about her mom going to this place where she she just bought all the stuff and they waited, and she paid nothing, and we never went for whatever reason I remember just not believing her thinking that she was fully. Yep, so let's define what goodwill. A The bins are the bins are exactly that they're bins of secondhand clothing toys, electronics housewares, everything books at incredibly discounted prices were items are sold by the pound, and you literally piled things in your cart and put your cart on a big industrial size scale, and they way everything for you, so some thrift stores across the country will have bins in their actual goodwill. And then some stores have separate locations that are just goodwill out. It's our local goodwill and Akron used to have two separate locations, and now they're both the retail and the outlet store earn one location. It's the best thing they've ever done. Yeah like it makes it so much easier to go to the bins now. Before the other, the old place was so far out of the way, and now they're just right there. You can do both in one day. I know. Know! I know it is nice and it's so organized, so if you listen to previous episodes on this podcast, you've heard US talk about. Something called the salvage stream. There's an episode called what happens to the stuff we donate, and we talk about the cycle of your donation like what happens when it reaches goodwill, and so on and so forth so the bins are usually the last stop before items go into what they call a salvage stream to be recycled the salvage. Salvage Stream is essentially they take these items that have not sold at the thrift store, and they'll either sell them to textile recycling companies who can turn them into things like rags or insulation or stuffing for car seats and things like that. Some of the stuff does end up in a landfill that can't be recycled, and so because it's the last stop before it gets moved on to a landfill or new life through the recycling textile industry. Things are really really really. Really cheap. It's basically it's an outlet. It's the clearance stop of goodwill. Right in I learned today that the lighter the stuff is the cheaper it is. I mean Duh right, but I was watching you with baskets and things, and like you barely had any weights, and you were getting all this stuff for cheap right right, so if you buy toys and stuff like that, it might make your purchase a little bit heavier. I got some t shirts and some wicker baskets. Was a lot less than yours right and I wasn't even thinking about that. When I was picking up like glass, Mason Jars and things like that, but they're still cheaper than you'd ever pay in the store. Right even the the retail store, but even the goodwill store. It's cheaper so yeah. Every location across the country is going to be different I. Think we're on the cheaper side, so let's talk about how you shop this right so because it sounds kind of wild. Wild, so it's a store with bins. Big Blue Bins of clothing and nothing is hung up. Nothing is folded its just literally dumped in these bins and you have to dig. It's good old fashioned digging for gems. Yes, like my I think. My favorite part is the housewares because digging through all of the clothes just to keep picking up small things like I feel like for plus size. Person is hard not to say that you can't find anything because I know that. DNA always is able to just find these most random things, but I don't give it as much time to dig through things where I know you take a Lotta time to dig through things and look at the quality of it. Look at the size, and after picking up small small small after small or really beat up plus is closed like I. Just don't even take the time to do it I much rather look at purses and shoes and all the house where there's all kinds of really cool stuff in there well, that's got me thinking about. Let's talk more about like what ends up in these outlets to give you an idea of what kind of stuff is there? there. You donate something to a goodwill. It sits on the sales floor for about four weeks. And this is what goodwill Akron told us so your state might be kind of different, but on average. It sits on the floor for about four weeks. If it doesn't sell on the retail floor on the sales floor, then it gets moved over to their outlet, and like I, said whatever it doesn't sell at the outlet will then move onto the next recycling phase of the garments life with that said you can find some really really cool stuff, so let's just give some basic tips on how to shop the bins because it's not a your traditional thrift experience side note on my. Dina's days. There's a highlight where you can watch US shop, and we walk you through. These steps on video can see it live so head over there after you listen to this episode, so the first tip I would share is to bring latex gloves. Yes, you have to. You never know what you're gonNA. Find when you're digging through when you're digging through all those close really. Really 'cause they're just like. It's just like a massive pile of clothes that you have to pull employ. Pull and flip, and it's not so bad when you're looking at housewares and things like that, but think of lake touching all these shoes and purses, and yeah, bring some gloves. Yeah, an avid lifelong thriftier. A lot of things gross me out. I still can't thrift bins without. Gloves yeah it just I don't know what I'm GONNA touch to can be wet things in there. I have a toddler I'm used to like touching a lot of everything's always wet all the time. When you have a toddler in that house, I'm not trying to experience that what I'm shopping. Right. And the shooting early early in the podcast I think it was like episode three or four. You gave me the best tip ever you said where one on one glove off wants to dig one to touch. Yeah, because this happened to me today. For some reason, I always find Kashmir at the bins whole the time almost every time I go. It's this weird quirk and I thought If I didn't have one glove on one glove off I, wouldn't have known that this was Kashmir. Think ever Shannon. What's funny is like you had to tell me that I told you that like like a couple of months ago because I forgot that even said you're a great to. The next tip dress comfortably because this is an event like really is like a marathon like think of black. Friday and what you just when you go black Friday, this is the same type of thing that you're GonNa wear when you go. You have to do so much maneuver and get around people in now with all of the. New Protocol like you have to wear a mask, and then we want you to wear the gloves, and do you have to stay six feet apart from everyone? Stay comfortable wear. Good shoes. Make sure that you don't have to go the bathroom you're there. Be Be prepared right across body bag backpack bag s right like your phone's kind of tucked away in your pocket or something. Just be comfortable like today. For example. I did not have a hair tie and I. I was really irritated like I was about to tell you. Look go because I got so tired of my hair, falling in my face, and I'm like I. Don't want to touch my disgusting glove in care like so that just really irked me. If I was regular thrift, it wouldn't have bothered me as much bending over a lot when you're digging and it was, it was really annoying. Yeah, the next tip we would share to shop. Goodwill outlets like A. A pro is to clear an afternoon or speed thrift. So what do I mean by this figure out what kind of strategy works best for you and take it from there, so I like to shop the bins in two ways. Some days I'll clear an entire morning or afternoon. Saying this is what I'm GonNa do I'm GonNa take my time and I'm going to just kind of dig through it all some days I like you want willing to give myself an. An Hour I'm GonNa that means maybe I'm going to hit up three or four bins in an out and both times. I've been successful it just all kind of depends on what you feel comfortable doing because the idea is like you don't WanNa hate it right like you don't WanNa get stressed out by it, but I think it's one of those things that just like going to the thrift store where you have to go often right. Good point so so. So kind of finding what strategy works best for you and then and then taking it from there i. feel like you can really really tall one hundred percent like today it was I was so pumped about any other time. We've gone. I'm done in about five minutes I. Don't know what it is like. It must be a mood shifts like I must be ready for it today and know that have anything else going on, but I also knew that I wasn't. Wasn't looking for anything specific so I wasn't under any pressure, so was like. If I find something cool, then I find something cool, but if not no big deal, you know what I totally agree with you. The last time we went whenever we did the highlight for goodwill, I've felt stressed. Because I felt like because we were doing a collaboration project I felt like I really wanted to find some really cool stop today I'm just like it is what it. It is the day. Let's just go kill some time. And it was fun and I found a lot of stuff that I've kind of had on my list, and it was a much more relaxing experience, so it's kind of have to have the right mindset when you go. Yeah, in were prepared for the people and I feel like everything that's happening made it a little bit better because people weren't really close to you. Right? Stay away, which makes it a lot. Lot easier to look through things like the closest I was to anybody. Somebody was on the other side of the. We are sometimes. They're like back pre everything They're right next to you and they're flipping over whatever you looked over, and it just makes you anxious where you're like. Oh my Gosh, you're gonNA find the cool thing before this random person, the cool thing and I mean like who cares like selection pressure. Yeah, I, did notice that people were. Not as aggressive in the past when the employees would bring out new bins, they would kind of replenish. Refill the bins. People would literally be standing around waiting for the employees to come on the sales floor from the back, and they would just hound them and attack them, and now they close for for a small period of time to refill the bins, and then people can come back and shop. That is like some of these safety protocols I'm like, please. Let's keep them in place always. Oh my gosh, so many good things are happy. Yeah, I know in like part of me feels like we are missing leaving right when that happened. We should wait and come back when. They replenish. Wonder all the good gems missing out. You're like a bins added maybe only in the summer when I have the time yeah summer. Shannon's the, but I love so. Much? Way More Chill. You don't have a job. Listen. Do you know what how have I never correlated this before. Doesn't the bins feel like a giant yard sale it does. Does a little more on organized. Yeah, yeah, because like. Actually on the table, but yeah, absolutely, which is why? I'm surprised that you have such issue. Yeah, yeah, I. Don't know maybe I. Won't after today. I felt really good about today. I know when she texted me and said. Let's go to the Ben's always like is today backwards? Again like not that you hate them so that you hate them. You're just like an impatient drifter and it's it takes a lot of patience. can I tell you one thing I don't like about that. I found out today and it kind of made me mad that the people that come in so us. The customers come in they kind of treat. Everything like crap so. So I found a game that I really wanted, but because people had opened it, half of the game were here. Half the game was over here like people just pick stuff up in. Throw it because they're in this mad dash to find the perfect thing that they want or whatever, but like like you hear people moving around glass and things like that and glasses just like. You know people are not careful and it kind of bothers me. Yeah, because it's like the it made it this far. You don't have to break it just because you're looking for something else site. Yeah, that's so true man. A lot of the toys were incomplete, but they were just in the same Bin, but not put together. Yeah, it's like we've kind of lost all respect for the stuff just because it's like the bottom of the barrel. You know so really who cares. Hey, but it's like if I'm GONNA buy it. I still want it to be in good shape I. Don't have to mess it up just because it's here. Yeah, so the. The next thing you WanNa do is bring the been starter pack which includes batteries a measuring tape reusable bags in clorox wipes. If you have these things with you, you're going to be able to test things out to see if they work. You can't try anything on the been. So if you have a measuring tape with you can measure yourself in that moment you can measure the item furniture and a fit measure furniture. Yeah, and then Clark swipes because you never know what you picking up like I found something today that I almost bought, but it was so greasy that I didn't feel like putting it in my car was like something for. For the kitchen but I knew I could clean it, but then I was like I decided. It wasn't worth it to get it from one place to the other, but if I'd quirks, maybe I could cleaned it up to get it in the car. Having those things makes it easier to find good deals I love the measuring tape for furniture, I've that before, and then the clorox wipes which are hard to come by Ivan still trying to find Lysol wipes since March. They don't exist anymore, but in the past I would use them for shoes all good idea I've gotta say shopping for shoes in the bins. My absolute least favorite thing it up. Up for their funny. How in the regular store when they're set out? Nice, you have a different opinion than in the bins where they're like. Put together with a rubber band. It's like slap together, and I wasn't into it today. I have found some really cool shoes. You say they're Green Green. They were purple and he just show you. I'm about to I. Actually found that home and I was like they're green, but I don't know why. I didn't take a picture shown in purple their green. We're talking about two different shoes that I'm talking about the men's she green. We're by the take a commercial break while I pull these up beyond. This episode is sponsored by Goodwill Akron. Goodwill Akron has fourteen retail stores boutique an outlet. The outlet is located at five seventy East Waterloo road in Akron goodwill has put several processes in place ensure. We're all safe together when shopping here's what to expect when shopping the outlet mass are. Keep it to one person per table to maintain social distancing gloves recommended. The store closes temporarily for thirty minute increments throughout the day for the Ben rotation process, cleaning and sanitation, and as always be patient and courteous fellow shoppers for more information visit Goodwill Akron dot org slash outlet. At. Bam I found the photo purple. What's? Are you. Looking, you're looking at different shoes at your house. Oh my God! I'm shocked right now. I feel like they're not pretending or is this like one of those members of the thing on the Internet is the. Airport there I swear to God. They're green at my house, Shannon. Did they deny some wrong with me? Are you colored and my stroking out November purple right now? Are You colorblind at home? No third cleaning I swear to God. Take a picture and you get home. Oh, my God anyway. Those are probably the coolest shoes I ever found at the bins I have not found anything cooler than that. Those are really cool. They're like real leather to got rid of them, and you're looking at a different pair of shoes. I didn't get rid of him I. Remember I wore them, and they're really uncomfortable. which sucks, but they're so cute. Everybody was. was telling me how cute I was. I'm a little concerned. A Little Lake freaked out 'cause I've been telling you that they're green for awhile now you have to post the issues I know now that we've settled the green versus purple shoes. The next tip I would share to inspect the clothing. I am so bad at this, and that's why included this tip on here I see something and I'm like ooh. Get home like. Such a disgusting stain. So most of the items the bins are in excellent condition. They just need a new home, but there are a lot of things that probably ended up there because of a stain, rip tear whatever I try to lay everything flat before I hit up. The registers turned inside out. Look at all the way through sometimes even checked the pockets. But you have gloves on, so it's okay. Yeah. Totally that makes sense. My number. One tip seriously is go earlier. Go lead. I take this four going anywhere like Mona, target going goodwill especially go early because it's before a lot of people wake up or like before they're ready to go anywhere. Get there before they even think about going. Because then you have option to get all the stuff without the people really close to you. I loved going early this morning. It's the best. Yeah, okay. Here's a little funny trick that I. Learned because I'm kind of Lazy. Let other people do the digging for you, so this is a funny trick that I learned when I. Was Too. Tired to dig one day also because I'm very short, and I don't have a lot of thick upper body strength, so some people are really really good at digging and getting to the bottom of the been just kinda hover and stand around them then when they're done flipping it over, go back to find the things at the bottom that you couldn't reach I. Swear to God I. Do this all the time. That's a great idea because if you do you get tired. Like halfway through I'm like okay. Screw them up like I'm over, not even into the middle of the. New Ticket to the bottom like to really get in there I feel like you have to just rip it off. Throw it on the ground, so you can really get into everything, but do all right Shannon. This one is a little bit for you. Be inspired and keep an open mind since you're going to be digging through an entire bin of stuff for that one thing right like you might dig for ten minutes to find one thing it helps to. To kind of seek inspiration beforehand. Get into the right mindset. It also helps I, found you kind of familiarize yourself with different prints or textures, the kind of speak to your personal style or things that are kind of popular right now, so these things can jump out at you and that way you can filter through the dozens of unwanted items in the bins. But today I pulled that bright pink prom dress out of there like I. Just my I go. Go to that kind of stuff. I pulled out like a really cool cammo jacket. So knowing what kind of prince and textures and stuff like that that you like really helps, that's such a great idea, and then something that just sparked right now and I'm actually mad at myself that I didn't look for this anywhere there since all this stuff is on its last leg I. Don't really feel bad about taking something to use it for something else so. So looking at clothing and being inspired to do maybe some upholstery or something in your house actually have this little stool that I've been holding onto that I got a while back from a thrift store and I wanNA. reupholstering the like. I mean you know that I just want to like. Put a new fabric on. It I really don't have anything. I totally could have found something today. Yes, you do what the cat fabric I just got you. And it's Fuzzy C. can put your feet on it. My God that's it's a great idea it's it's for my living room, but that's pretty hairs will be nice accent. That's pretty fun cats. I wonder if it's having enough to like. Pretty, healthy fleece or something right? Yeah, great idea speaking of upholstering We talked a little bit about the furniture. Check out your local goodwill outlet and see if they sell furniture. It's great for. Diy some stuff is in great condition. I found some really cool pink headboard. I mean it's hit, or but right now I am desperately looking for a dresser, and I'm not buying one full retail I'm buying secondhand. You know I'll kind of keep my eye out. At places like that? Yeah, I mean you can. You can always get. One doesn't look the best and then make it look nice, so yeah, upcycle Yeah, yeah, like now especially with all the time people have on their hands on my gosh, you could do all sorts of fun stuff, right and like all the frames and stuff. We found today just having the time to paint some of them. Some of them were great as is, but you could take all the pictures out and update them with. With stuff you want. Yeah. I mean frames are expensive. I got a cart full of stuff to sell for fourteen dollars. Yeah, and I'm super pumped because I found a dollhouse that. Yes, like it's messed up. I mean it's old. It looks like it was probably made in the seventies and has been well played with, but I'm really excited to use it in my classroom. It's something I've wanted forever and I have all this time to make cute, so I'm going to try to diy and make. Fun Fun for the summer something to do and then make it fun for my students is coming here. Make sure you take a before and after picture. Yeah, art so Shannon. What is your system when you go into the bins? Do you have a rhythm routine? I typically go straight to the housewares, and then I'll look to clothing and stuff if your in it, but clothing really overwhelms. Yeah, so I really stay clear of it and I just star at one end and go to the other and try to hit up every single been. What do you think there's like twenty of them in there? Yeah, maybe yeah. I have like I. have to go around otherwise limiter. Perimeter first, and then I go to the bins inside. It's really weird I think another one of my problems like why can't do like a system? And I kind of just run around and do whatever I want because I. Always make you take the car but today I put this giant thing in the car and dean was like. If you don't just take it up to the lady, then you have to carry the card around so i. did how did it feel to be cart freezing? Freezing, it was really fun. I was like she put this big old dollhouse on top of the cart I couldn't see in front of me. And then finally trying you were trying to pull a fast one like Oh. DEENA will push this around a you. Push. I surprised I. Don't get in trouble more often because you push everything around for me and I'm surprised that you deal with my career I. Don't mind pushing the cart around, but not with a big dollhouse in my face. Already crowded in there. It's funny because when I was pushing that Carter, I was looking for you and it was like she's enjoying herself. I loved it. Yeah. So kind of develop a system that works best for you, you know everybody's different and I. Actually Love I, Look I. Know you kind of Roll Your eyes every time I ask what your system when you go to the. I love learning about people systems because I don't know kind of tells you a little bit about what kind of shopper they are. Like, are you super meticulous? Are you like whatever happens happens or you like a zigzag kind of person? Do you do like a perfect square around the store? So the last is understand the pricing system like deny clearly don't. But when we're in there, you just read the sign and it's like house. Reserve certain price clothings a certain price, and then like we're book. Separate books were fifty cents. Okay, so fifty cents per book as you can think like you really don't. WanNa pay books per pound is a lot of them are really that'd be annoying anyway, so I think that's a really good deal, so if you go up there. There and you have like a cart full close. You'RE GONNA. Take an housewares like you have mixed. You'RE GONNA. Take your housewares out. You'RE GONNA. Pull your car up onto this scale with the clothes. They'll weigh it, and then you take the bag it and then you put your house whereas in any way, and then you bag it, so it's it's separate because it's different pricing, but it's really simple the. There's signs everywhere. Morita, figure out exactly how to do it definitely. Don't be scared because you don't know how to do the pricing like they'll walk you through everything. Yeah, I mean either way. It's going to be so cheap. Yeah, like you're in. If you mess up the way we do dollar thirty nine is a dollar fifty. Either way I think it's practically pennies per item. You know like a dollar per item. Yeah, so one of the questions I, get a lot about the bins is. How do you clean all this stuff so just like the same way you? You would clean all your other stuff. It's really not that different you know are tips for cleaning thrift store finds are washed whatever you can hot water use clorox. Lysol wipes for furniture books toys. You can even rent steamers if you don't have a steamer from a local hardware store from a home depot or Lowe's to deep clean furniture, so things like that I'm not sure people are really buying a lot of the stuff during pandemic, but for future use I highly recommend this the steamers for furniture. It's really not that much different than going to the regular I. Is that a lot? More people are touching the items, but going to the regular. Regular thrift store, you might walk, pass a lot of things where in the binge touch a lot more things, but like. If you wear gloves, then you're in the same situation near fine. The only thing that grosses me out about the Ben's is not knowing what's at the bottom of the yeah periods. Don't know that's it like the stuff itself like I take stuff home. I wash it the toys I buy toys for my kid I just spray down. I just don't like not knowing what's at the bottom and like not seeing it right like I. Don't WanNa be surprised when I'm shopping. That's it so that's other people. Do the digging for you and you just follow him around the store. Tall Person. Tall, strong upper body person. So I know that the bins are increasing in popularity, which is great, because it's actually really good for the environment to try to give all the stuff one last chance. It's one less thing out of a landfill, so if you have an opportunity to go, explore goodwill bin, please do so yeah. It's way better than going to dollar tree or something. Like finding some Ymusic Steph always, we always say look if you can by used I, you know, choose secondhand i. that's always the way to go its inexperience. Let us know if this podcast episode inspired you to go. We WanNa hear about your experience I. Really Hope Everybody goes like take five bucks and go. Oh, yeah, that's a fun challenge and you can find for five dollars. Were we supposed to do that today? Incited, yeah, I got life on so many things today. I've never found more items than I did today. It was crazy. You know why Shannon. You're in the right mindset. Here stinker Oh. One more thing we have to tell them is. If you want holidays, though yes. Oh, now like when it's not holiday time like yeah, you hear that all the time for the thrift store, but nobody's buying a Dina felt like a thousand. Halloween costumes. Yes, there's tons of Christmas lights like look like brand new looking people aren't buying because they're just like Oh. My God I. Don't WanNa think about any as right now, but go buy them for Gosh dollar. Probably they had a whole been of ornaments, beautiful ornamental. Those totally you're absolutely right and today for some reason. All those Halloween costumes like what was going on, and they look brand new. How costumes for kids are not cheap, so I'm always making mind. So yeah, think of things that you wouldn't normally buy in July yeah shop off season for sure. Just let us know if you end up. Going to the Benzi would love to hear about your experience. Happy Thrift and stay safe. Can we talk about how I feel like collecting teapots, my God. This girl when I met her. Head so many collections. I think it's probably became bff because. I was kind of a hoarder as well and I and I always supported her collections. Had Gumbo collection an old camera collection. See the thing. Is You support my collections that you also make fun of me behind my back? No I you'll be sitting around the pool with an area and. freaked out of her Gumbo machine and she said I'm only by one Gumbo machine, not three. It is fun to make fun of you. It's funny back to the teapots. I don't know. Why have this crazy erred door -able? They are but number one. You're never going. Use them because nobody ever just set them out because they're so cute and then. Like you don't have anywhere to put. Ya I know you're going to be like teapot and now I have to find a shelf. That's what it'll be like. Yeah Chauffeurs, and then you'll have it filled up before you even find a teapot. What if I bought teapots in Rainbow, colors? Yeah, that's Cuba. Where are you going to put it? Okay? See how with that being I mean. I'm not saying that it wouldn't be Q.. Here's here's what I'll do. I'll buy shelf. And then I'll by Roy give-. And that's it. That's where the teapot collection stops is after I by Roy G. Get fiesta where teapots that he spoke you the other thing I wanted to collect is. What is happening? This is so not like any this is me. Like, we've switched spot I know. Usually you're like shit and don't do it and I'm like what, but it's so cute. Are. But but not spend money. Just it's because I've been home. Something creative to do. Let us know if you think that I. Dina should start a Roy g Biv Rainbow Teapot collection maker. Show you the cabinet. She's going to put it in before you say yes. I'm not putting them in that cabinet. I would buy shelf for them and like. Hang the shelf on the wallow. Shannon bookshelves. Maybe cubbies that's not going to be easing Janine Zach. Just throw those on. The ground should always go. Well. You left me with a burn. Hey, so you can do is like shelf up up. Oh like on the ceiling kind of like high, and they'll just sit. That's in the know viewed. That's cute. See now if I do that I'm going to do all around the perimeter of my dining room. What if I had just shelves? Close to the ceiling, and the whole ceiling is teapots, and then when you're done with your teapot collection, you can put your weird dolls up. Don't. Ra, are you all ready for a unique shopping experience. Follow the link in the show notes or go to goodwill, Akron dot org slash outlet to learn more about how you can purchase. Clothing wears electronics, glass and ceramic kitchenware by the pound. At the Goodwill Akron outlet, you can also watch shows the outlet by falling goodwill Akron on Instagram, and as always you can find us. A Dina's days dot com slash podcast and Dina's days and fat. Don't crack on instagram. Thanks for listening. We'll see you next time.
Program Spotlight: Akron University Dominates College Rocket League
"Welcome into the program Spotlight where we look at one of the top universities for Ecology sports today. We're off the hometown of LeBron James Akron, Ohio. I'm a dreams. This is the ecology Sports quick take presented by E Sports Network. The University of Akron is a legacy School. They've been around since the eighteen hundreds have a solid body population of about 13,000 near the three-time college rocket League champions, many of these programs spotlights have been focused on League of Legends. And that's reasonable. It is the biggest sport in the world after all rocket league is my favorite t-sport and it's one of the most popular Youth Sports for college programs. When you look at the top of the rocket League rankings, it's all Akron the Akron Zips are truly zipping around that field. I'm sorry. I'm genuinely sorry in the official college Rock of the competition put on by psionics and now epic games as well. Akron's RL team has won three straight championships last year. They also added a Rainbow Six Siege to their pedigree. The cost of winning has helped pushed the university to put a larger and larger focus on e-sports. Now, they filled seven different varsity teams that may be the most of any school. We have covered to date in addition to Rocket league and Siege. The other five varsity teams are in League of Legends csgo OverWatch Hearthstone and fortnite scholarships are awarded to players who make varsity teams and that's seven of them. That's a lot of scholarships. Thank you up underneath Varsity. Akron also has Club teams adding more games like Smash Bros into the mix as well as Rec teams for the general student body. And one of my favorite calls on their page is asking for students who are interested in a sports but art high level Gamers themselves identify with that pretty closely that statement reads. We're looking for students in engineering computer science Communications health and wellness and other fields to help build out. E Sports Arenas broadcast games design materials and assist with training nutrition all are welcome. It's great to see College Programs putting focus on all the other areas that play into the E Sports industry jobs that give students really valuable experience if they want to break it props to Akron highly suggest the school to our listeners. It's they've got a wide variety of these Sports titles a huge program with a winning pedigree. And Acura is a solid Choice student body and one of the more affordable major schools in Ohio. That's all for this progress Spotlight on the ecology Sports quick take I'll be back tomorrow with a long interview. I recorded the founder of a youth Esports league and a member of the positive coaching Alliance that show focuses on the positive benefits of creating youth Esports leagues for young gamers.
12 Months of Thrifting: Straw & Wicker Bags
"This episode is brought to you by goodwill industries of Akron. Goodwill Akron has fourteen retail stores of teak and an outlet visit Goodwill Akron Dot Org to find a location near you in summit parted Medina Ashland and richland counties in Ohio not local to Ohio no problem goodwill. Akron has online shopping options for things like collectibles, vintage clothing antiques, books, and so much more visit goodwill Akron, dot org slash shop, and check out online shopping page. Happy Thrift ING. This mini episode is all about the twelve months of drifting challenge. August, prompt, which is Straw and wicker bags. We're GONNA talk to the reasons why we love this trend, how to style it and how to thrift it reading and give you a mini shopping list that you can take with you to the thrift store. Next time you're shopping, keep listening for the twelve months of thrifty mini episode addition. Hi Everyone I'm Deena. I'm. All right. So this is a mini episode for the twelve months of three challenge hosted by Dean days and goodwill. If you're just joining us, the goal of the challenge is to help you add what we call a dash of thriftier outfits using twelve themes. You can easily find at goodwill secondhand stores. So how does it work every month and twenty twenty we've been using A. Schedule that is posted on Dina's days dot com and on instagram and each month. There is a theme of an item that you can find easily at secondhand stores, and so we talk through different ways that you can style the item thrift, the item, and then we share outfits and finds using the Hashtag twelve months of thrifty on Instagram we took some time off from sharing podcast. On each prompt I think the last one was probably back in February but we're back now we're gonNA finish the year strong. You can definitely find tips and inspiration on instagram and Dina's days for every month of the year. But now you can tune in and hear US talk about it for the rest of the year. So this month for August we are taking a page out of Golden Girls Sophia Petroleos book, and we're thrift and styling Straw and wicker bags. It's Cute I. Never knew her last name. Google it when I thought I was like Oh. Yeah. That's right. I did know that I am always on the lookout for Straw and wicker bags and I find one almost every single time I go to goodwill and I go to goodwill lot. That's one of the reasons why I included it. As this month's prompt I'm excited to talk to you about it Shannon because I really don't know how. You feel about this try I don't have any wicker bags in my closet at all. So yeah, teach me. Okay. So every month when we talk about the theme, we talk about reasons why we love it how to thrift it, and then some ideas on what to thrift and how to wear them. So let's start with a few reasons why I think you should embrace Straw and wicker bags. Okay. Well number one straw and wicker bags come in all shapes and colors. So that's what makes them so exciting because it's not just like a kind of black person knows a standard bag I'm talking like Round Square Butterfly, shape hot, pink, bright yellow, all the different colors, all the different shapes you name it, I founded at goodwill. Superfund, when I think of liquor bags I just think of going to the beach and that's it. But there's only one thing for wicker bag in my head. Yeah. I mean it is. It is the ultimate summer trend and I think most people think of just like a beach tote bag but there are so many different sizes, ones, old ones really the vintage ones are the best but we'll talk a little bit more about that than so whether you love the the neutral kind of feel to the wicker and Straw bags, you can find that. But if you also like a little funky kind, the way the ones. That I love like the bright brightly colored ones, you could totally find those as well. So there's a little something for everybody on number. Two reasons why I think you should embrace the straw and wicker bag trend is because they are a thrift store staple. Okay. Yeah. I feel like I have seen them there before but I, just never on the lookout for them you've got a lot of brands out there like anthropology J. crew they all launched Straw and wicker bags over recent years with some hefty price tags. The first thing I think is I hear those names and I'm like, Nope, not paying for that. It is like It's really just crazy to see some of these prices like at Nordstrom and anthropology where it'd be like to ninety nine for a bag, one, hundred and ninety nine dollars. M Like Oh you know you can go to goodwill and get this for two dollars ninety nine cents, right. Got I literally thought like top seventy five dollars. No I'm about to show you some lakes couple hundred dollar bags God. I can't speak for the quality of these bags like a maybe they're great. The styles are almost identical to what I see at goodwill. Why would you ever spend much money? Yeah. What what's what's really kind of gets me excited is that the Bags that I see at goodwill are the that the vintage ones especially are the ones that sort of inspired the new ones that you're seeing it all these different brands. That's so funny. It's like the same shape in the same idea and so I'm like I'll take the original like an example, this two dollar black toe, it's like a big strawberry got goodwill. On State Road and it is very similar to this wicker tote that I found. Yes. Show me. All right. So here is the tote. It is a white straw bag with like a it's like a hard shell bag. That's beautiful. How much is that? Okay. So let's let's keep that price tag. What does that say ou to seventy three? No Way Man seventy three. Or read the original price please thirty percent off three hundred, ninety dollars. So break I'm about to show you mine in their soul al.. Oh my God. Oh my God. Oh my God. Tell me that's not almost exact. same bag I, mean different colors. Mine is Oh cute. How much was this two dollars? My my purse is black their purses white. It's the same congress adage. Yeah Yeah I mean this is not the first time it's happened sometimes on instagram. All do price comparisons of things that I find it goodwill and then I'll pull them up north drummer sex or something like that and this happened before with a straw bag it's on my instagram highlights I'll go back and find it same exact Straw bag at Nordstrom and it was like hundreds of dollars versus the two dollars bag wa think at the time this bag with thirty five percent ended up being two dollars. Yeah, man. Okay. I have a question for you. So when you find things that goodwill is it because it's inspired by things that are popular in. Higher Higher End Clothing in fashion or is it the opposite? You find really cool things at goodwill and then you're like I wonder what this looks like in high end fashion right now both okay both that's really how I've always approached fashion. There are just there's there's some things that are kind of intuitive for me that I'm like I know I love this I can't explain why I love it. It's just that's what i. that's what I like. What I'm attracted to. That's what comes home with me. So there's that part of it, but there's a way that I approach fashion where it's Like well, let me see what's out there and then let me kind of kind of put it in my back pocket and see if I can find it at thrift stores or maybe sometimes I'm not even proactively looking for it, but it will spark something in my head like, Oh, I saw that online or I saw a celebrity wearing that or I saw a designer just put something out like that. So it's a little bit of both I think it's probably like fifty fifty or like sixty, forty kind of thing. Let's go because then you're not constantly putting yourself in a box if you're. Looking for things that are popular in high end fashion then you're not gonna find that much but if you're just open to everything that maybe ask, yeah, a big part of it is just like it's just kind of like intuition like this is just what I like and I I will say with Straw bags and wicker bags it has always been I've always liked. Them in fact, it wasn't until Nordstrom bag that I just referenced that's on My instagram highlights that I realized like Oh wait brands are coming out with wicker and Straw bags. Now like is this a thing 'cause I've always loved them and then I started seeing these price tags and I started googling it and I was like, okay, this is a trend now I didn't. Realize, it was about to be a trend in like you do you. You don't have to depend on the industry to tell you what to do all rain which yeah. Why why should you if you're up for and fighting cheap deals that things that you love who cares? Yeah. Totally and then another reason why I love love love to thrift Straw and wicker bags is. That you can totally add your own little flair to it. You can do a little diy to it. So like I see Straw and wicker bags like this blank canvas sometimes especially when you buy like the neutral colors, hear me out. This is what I'll do. This summer I took aced round Straw bag that I found and I put butterfly broaches all over it what. Do I know this maybe I mean I posted on instagram. See The story Q. Adorable along why took them off? The thing you can open in stories. Yeah. I could pull up the archiving realized the like I feel like I'm remembering this. You said it's round. Yeah I feel like I'm remembering it but I didn't know that you put the little butterflies on it yourself that's Q. Yes. So I got a bunch of. Broaches from the access jewelry sale last year. They were like a quarter and I was. They're practically free. I love love butterflies I could do so much with broaches. I can put him on like a jacket or whatever, and then I had them just of laying there on my dresser one day and I'm like one when I pin them a straw bag that would be so cute. So I kind of staggered them you can do that with pins you could do Bandanas Oban Danas like another really big thing on strong with your bags. ooh. Okay. That black bag I just showed you the two dollar one I just take a fun color like. Yellow or pink or whatever black it doesn't matter. To the handle and you just basically give your purse like a tie. That's I like them you accessorize your accessory. This many twelve months of thrift episode is brought to you by goodwill industries of Akron. If you haven't joined goodwill's customer Loyalty Program called the Goodwill Club you're seriously missing out on so many good deals it's free to sign up just ask your cashier and you earn rewards every time you shop once you've accumulated one hundred points, you can earn a thirty five percent off coupon. That's like goodwill gold thrift stores heads a goodwill Akron. Dot Org to find a location near you in. summit. Portage. Medina Ashland and Richland counties in Ohio, and for all of our out of town listeners goodwill Akron has an online shopping option to you can shop for things like collectibles, vintage clothing books, and so much more. Go to goodwill Akron dot org slash shop and check out the online shopping page. Another thing you can do with adding like your own flair. This is this is kind of like what? pissed me off one day. I was at target and they were charging like forty, nine, ninety, nine for a straw bag. Okay. Target with POM Poms, I'm Mike Okay I can literally make this at home I'm GonNa take my dollar goodwill bag take pompoms from my kids drawer and hot glue them on or like tie them all with a ribbon done. Yeah that's crazy. Fifty dollars. Oh Yeah. Come on. So I would say like the three most common things you could add to a wicker strawberry would be like pompoms bandannas and broaches okay that's fun I. Liked Fun when I added the butterflies I was like okay. Dow was adorable. I was so proud of my. Because it was kind of on the fly chills like Oh. He's sitting here. Let me just throw them on my bag like craft. You. Can I tell you why I don't ever use draw bags because you have to carry them Yet, hearing bags but not any more the older ones yes. So let's the ones that we see goodwill. They are like the hand held ones there clutches kind of the. Shell handle totally agree with you. But now the trend is cross bodybags. That's my favorite yet have Stalin. Yes they have them. Now you just have to look what you'll find is like newer ones that are getting donated. But you can totally find them. You just kind of have to keep a lookout for them and another thing that came to mind that bag that you just showed me the larger one is that would be a great market bag. You. Know like that's like a big bag. I have issue with a big purse that yeah. So nineties with my little person, but I don't know a big baggy like, oh, I can use that at a grocery store or if I go to a open air market. Yeah. That's a great point. It's. It's like a multi use bag, right? Like you can use it for the beach you can use it for the market. You can use it to go thrift Ding or shopping general sales yard sales. Yes. It's like a multi-purpose bag, and then if you find one with a strap, you can wear a cross body then that can just be like your everyday summer. Or if you don't have issue like me like he can just carry a bag. So other than the fact that you don't like to carry a bag with your hand. Do you like this. Do you like the wait look I always have loved the way it looks I've always said it was so cute it always. Is a nice pop of color I've seen the one where you have like the pink one. I'm always wear dark colors so site that'd be a nice papa color but then now starting to think Oh, I could wear one of those earn wear us one of those school to go to school now I'm starting to think I could use one of those to go to school late carry my stuff in like a lot of times I just like super casual and I have a backpack kid but it like you know sometimes you like little cute. Little bag that that sounds like fun. Maybe I will look for strabag now. All right. Well, then let's talk about a kind of a shopping list because it sounds like you're kind of. The more mild level where you like you want one you want, but you also want it to be practical and useful multi-purpose full to every month with the challenge as I mentioned before we talk about different levels because not everybody's going to approach each prompt the same way some people like more subtlety, some people like to go hard. So we're going to give you a shopping list because we want the theme for the challenge to fit your lifestyle, right. So we compiled a list of things that you can look out for while you're shopping for strong weaker bags at goodwill. So first thing I. would say Straw Wallets. I never even thought Wallet. Cute little coin purse a cute little wallet that would be perfect for you. That's that's what you carry. Basically, you can get the kind of a long semi long rectangle one. Through your money in their boom give me some money. clutches that come in all shapes and sizes especially square circle bags. These are really popular season. Yes. The circle bags are like the hottest trend right now I've seen those ally abby make me really jealous anytime I see him I'm like, okay. I need to learn how to carry a bag because I want to circle back I found a circle straub goodwill I think last year I listed it and then I took it down I'm a key Yes clutches are great. I have to admit. I have kind of an obscene collection of Straw clutches specifically. They're so cute and. Be. Too. Often Tangent. But like where do you keep them? Because it's not ideal, I hadn't seen like I have this like cloth storage seat, really bench kind of thing where you can open it and put stuff in it. But you when you close it, you can actually sit on it I have it in my office and it's just not ideal because if I have to get to the bottom, it's deep not wide. Okay. So if I have to get to the bottom of the been I have to take every single purse out. Oh, that sounds awful. Awful I thought it was going to be a great idea and it was awful. The next thing on the list I would say beach bags. Yeah. That's claiming make sense to me beach bags and like you said, you can use them for market bags, grocery bags, all of that stuff. I love that idea and if you're finding that goodwill like everyb- if you're going to the beach, you need a Bagel bags like why not get two dollars Nice looking fun straw bag and one of the things that I love about the big toe it's really all all strong wicker. But I see this mostly on larger bags. I. Like the ones that are embroidered. Some have tax like I just found a really cute strawberry that says Bonjour, on it. Well, that's cute. Yeah. So the and you could see a lot of those especially in the summer it'll be like beach please or whatever like Oh. There are a lot of different things and some of them are cuter than others but just keep a look out for that. All right and then I have a bonus tip. Look for bags in the baskets section. Okay. A lot of times you can find baskets that can be fashioned into actual purses having says, Oh, I have an example to show you. This to this day. I really. Don't know if it's a purse or if it's a box but I found this in the basket section, all my Gosh I remember this you know I'm thinking is a lunchbox like old school lunch box totally work. So like nineties purse to totally I. Yeah. We we use boxes person the ninety. So of course, apple's so I get compliments on this purse quote purse all the time he still have it oh. Of course, I've never get rid of that. I mean, it's like something you would see at target all the time it's like a square slash rectangle purse and it has a little snap to it and it fits everything my wallet, my phone, My keys and target charges like fifty bucks for them. It's basically like a picnic basket almost so you so are you going to go out and find a strawberry next time? You're thrift typically I ignore them like I'll see him in Michael Skew but not for me. Yeah. Now I'M GONNA look for Whigham larger one and use it to carry things into school. Yeah. Because they're so cute and they seem very sturdy. Yeah. What I need they are. So maybe I'm picturing you with an embroidered. Green and blue embroidered Straw. Bag Bolo. So. What that mean Dina hadn't teach me after she said, it's eighty five times be on the lookout. All Right V. There's not sure where to go find all the stuff. We just talked about today heads at Goodwill Akron Dot. Org. To find a store near you if your local to the Ohio area can while you're there, make sure you read up on all of the safety protocols they have in place and as always where your mask and please practice social distancing. If you're not local go to goodwill dot org slash shop so you can shop online you can find us on instagram at Dina's days at that don't crack and at Goodwill Akron and all of our tips that we talked about today are available on Dina's days dot com.
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS NUMBER THREE 2nd Edition
"Welcome back my friends to the big book podcast. My name is Howard and I'm an alcoholic sober since January first nineteen, Eighty, eight, one day at a time. This is episode forty nine and were into the stories section of the second edition of the big book at Hollick synonymous published in nineteen, fifty five. Personal story number, one in part one is titled Alcoholics Anonymous Number Three and describes the meeting of Dr Bob and Bill W with Bill de an alcoholic patient at Akron City Hospital and late June nineteen, thirty five. With their help bill de got sober and was a pioneer member of Akron Group One, the first a group in the world. His story chronicles the very earliest days of the a movement only weeks after bill w met Dr Bob and as birth on June tenth nineteen, thirty five. While this powerful story was not published in the first edition it did secure a permanent place in the second edition of the big book when it was published in nineteen, fifty five, it's been printed in every edition of alcoholics anonymous since then and it bears witness to the power of a single idea implemented by two incredibly dedicated men. And now. Part One story one alcoholics anonymous number three. Pioneer member of Akron's group number. One. The first AA, group in the world he kept the faith therefore, he and countless others found a new life. One. Of Five Children I was born on a Kentucky farm in Carlisle County. My parents were well to do people and their marriage was a happy one. My Wife, a Kentucky girl came with me to. Akron. Where I completed my course in law at the Akron law school. My case is rather unusual in one respect. There were no childhood episodes of unhappiness to account for my alcoholism. I had seemingly just a natural affinity for Grog. My marriage was happy and as I said, I never had any of the reasons conscious or unconscious, which are often given for drinking yet as my record shows, I did become an extremely serious case. Before my drinking had cut me down completely I achieved a considerable measure of success having been a city councilman for five years and financial director of Kenmore a suburb taken into the city itself. But of course, all this went up the spout with my increase drinking. So at the time Dr Bob and bill came along I had about run out my strength. The first time I became intoxicated I was eight years old. This was no fault of my father or mother as they were both very much opposed to drinking. A couple of hired hands were cleaning out the barn on the farm and I would ride to and fro on the sled, and while they were loading, I would drink hard cider out of a barrel in the barn. On the return trip after two or three loads I passed out and had to be carried to the house. I remember that my father kept whiskey around the house for medical purposes in entertainment and I would drink from this when no one was about and then water it to keep my parents from knowing I was drinking. This continued until I enrolled in our State University and at the end of four years I realized that I was drunk. Morning after morning I would awake sick and with terrible jitters. But there was always a flask of liquor sitting on the table beside my bed I would reach over and get this and take a shot, and in a few moments, get up and take another shave and eat my breakfast slip a half pint of liquor in my hip pocket and go on to school. Between classes, I would run down to the washroom taken up, steady my nerves, and then go on to the next class. This. Was In one, thousand, nine, hundred, seventeen. I left the university in the latter part of my senior year and enlisted in the army. At the time I called it patriotism later I realized that I was running from alcohol. It did help to a certain extent since I got in places where I could not obtain anything to drink and so broke the habitual drinking. then. Prohibition came into effect and the facts that the stuff obtainable was so horrible and sometimes deadly and that I had married and had a job which I had to after helped me for a period of some three or four years although I would get drunk every time I could get hold of enough to drink to get started. My wife and I belong to some bridge clubs and they began to make wine and serve it. However. After two or three trials I found this was not satisfactory because they did not serve enough to satisfy me so I would refuse to drink. This problem was soon south however as I began to take my bottle along with me and hide it in the bathroom or in the shrubbery outside. As time went on my drinking became progressively worse away from my office two or three weeks at a time horrible days and nights when I would lie on the floor of my home lying awake and reaching over to get the bottle taking a drink and going back into oblivion. During, the first six months of nineteen thirty five, I was hospitalized eight times for intoxication and shackle to the bed two or three days before I even knew where I was. On June twenty, six, nineteen, thirty, five I came to in the hospital and to say I was discouraged is to put it mildly. Each of the seven times I had left this hospital in the last six months I had come out fully determined in my own mind that I would not get drunk again for at least six or eight months. It hadn't worked out that way and I didn't know what the matter was and did not know what to do. I was moved into another room that morning and there was my wife I thought to myself. Well, she is going to tell me this is the end and I certainly couldn't blame her and did not intend to try to justify myself. She told me she had been talking to a couple of fellows about drinking I resented this very much until she informed me that they were a couple of drunks just as I was that wasn't so bad to tell it to another drunk. She said you are going to quit. That was worth a lot even though I did not believe it. Then, she told me that these two drugs she had been talking to had a plan whereby they thought they could quit drinking and part of that plan was that they tell it to another drunk. This was going to help them stay sober. All the other people that had talked to me wanted to help me and my pride prevented me from listening to them and caused only resentment on my part but I felt as if I would be a real stinker. If I did not listen to a couple of fellows for short time if that would your them She also told me that I could not pay them even if I wanted to and had the money which I did not. They came in and began to give me instruction in the program which later became known as alcoholics anonymous. There was not much of it at the time. I looked up and there were two great big fellows over six feet tall very likable looking. I knew afterwards that the two who came in were bill W and Dr Bob. Before very long we began to relate some incidents of are drinking and naturally pretty soon. I realized both of them knew what they were talking about because you can see things and smell things when you're drunk that you can't other times and if I had thought, they didn't know what they were talking about. I wouldn't have been willing to talk to them at all. After a while bill said well, now you've been talking good longtime. Let me talk a minute or two. So after hearing some more of my story, he turned around and said to doc I don't think he knew that I heard him but I did he said, well, I believe he's worth saving and working on. They said to me do you want to quit drinking? It's none of our business about your drinking. We're not up here trying to take any of your rights or privileges away from you, but we have a program whereby we think we can stay sober part of that program is that we take it to someone else that needs it and wants it. Now if you don't want, it will not take up your time and we'll be going and looking for someone else. The next thing they wanted to know was if I thought, I could quit on my own accord without any help if I could just walk out of the hospital and never take another drink if I could. That was wonderful that was just fine and they would very much appreciate a person who had that kind of power. But they were looking for a man that knew he had a problem and knew that he couldn't handle it himself and needed outside help. The next question they wanted to know was if I believed in a higher power, I had no trouble there because I had never actually ceased to believe in God and had tried lots of time to get help but hadn't succeeded. The next thing they wanted to know was, would I be willing to go to this higher power and ask for help calmly and without any reservations? They left this with me to think over and I lay there on that hospital bed and went back over and reviewed my life. I thought of what liquor had done to me the opportunities that I had discarded, the abilities that had been given to me and how I wasted them. And I finally came to the conclusion that if I didn't want to quit I certainly ought to want to and that I was willing to do anything in the world to stop drinking. I was willing to admit to myself that I had hit bottom that I had gotten hold of something that I didn't know how to handle by myself. So after reviewing these things and realizing what liquor head cost me I. went to this higher power which to me was God without any reservation and admitted that I was completely powerless over alcohol and that I was willing to do anything in the world to get rid of the problem. In fact, I admitted that from now on I was willing to let God takeover instead of me each day I would try to find out what his will was and try to follow that rather than trying to get him to always agree that the things I thought of myself were the things best for me. So when they came back I, told them. One of the fellows I think it was doc said, well, you want to quit. I said Yes doc I would like to quit at least for five six or eight months until I get things straightened up and begin to get the respect of my wife and some other people back and get my finances fixed up and so on and they both laughed very hardly and said, that's better than you've been doing. Isn't it? Which of course was true. They said, we've got some bad news for you. It was bad news for us and it will probably be bad news for you. Whether, you quit six days, months or years. If you go out and take a drink or two, you'll end up in the hospital tied down just like you have been in these past six months, you are an alcoholic. As far as I know that was the first time I had ever paid any attention to that word I figured I was drunk and they said, no, you have a disease and it doesn't make any difference how long you do without it after drinker to you'll end up just like you are now. That certainly was real disheartening news at the time. The next question they asked was you can quit twenty four hours can't you? I said sure. Yes. Anyone can do that for twenty four hours. They said that's what we're talking about just twenty four hours at a time. That sure to take a load off my mind every time I'd start thinking about drinking I would think of the long dry years ahead without having a drink. But this idea of twenty four hours that it was up to me from then on was a lot of help. At this point, the editors intrude just long enough to supplement buildings account that of the man on the bed with that of bill w the man who sat by the side of the bed. Says Bill W. Nineteen years ago last summer Dr. Bob and I saw him bill de for the first time Bill Lann his hospital bed and looked at us in wonder. Two days before this Dr, Bob had said to me if you and I are going to stay sober, we had better get busy straight away bobby called Akron City Hospital and asked for the nurse on the receiving ward. He explained that he and a man from New York had a cure for alcoholism. Did she have an alcoholic customer on whom it could be tried? Knowing Bob of old she jokingly replied well, Doctor I suppose you already tried it yourself. Yes, she did have a customer a dandy. He just arrived in DT's had black the eyes of two nurses and now they had him strap down tight. Would this one do? After prescribing medicines Dr, Bob ordered put him in a private room will be down as soon as he clears up. Bill, didn't seem too impressed looking sadder than ever he wearily ventured. Well this is wonderful for you fellows, but it can't be for me. My case is so terrible that I'm scared to go out of this hospital at all. You don't have to sell me religion either I was at one time Deacon in the Church and I still believe in God. Guess he doesn't believe much in me. Then Dr Bob said well, Bill maybe you'll feel better tomorrow wouldn't you like to see us again? Sure I would reply bill maybe it won't do any good but I'd like to see you both. Anyhow you certainly know what you are talking about. Looking in later, we found bill with his wife. Henrietta. Eagerly pointing to us saying these are the fellows I told you about they're the ones who understand. Bill then related how he had lain awake nearly all night down in the pit of his depression new hope had somehow been born the thought flashed through his mind. If they can do it, I can do it over and over he said this to himself finally out of his hope their bursts conviction now he was sure then came great joy at length piece stole over him and he slept. Before our visit was over bill suddenly turned to his wife and said, go fetch my clothes. Dear. We're going to get up and get out of here. Bill de walked out of that hospital of Freeman. Never to drink again. A number one group dates from that very day. Building now continues his story. It was in the next two or three days after I had I met docking bill that I finally came to a decision to turn my will over to God and to go along with this program, the best that I could. Their talk and action had instilled me with a certain amount of competence although I was not to absolutely certain. I wasn't afraid that the program wouldn't work. But I was still doubtful whether I would be able to hang onto the program. But. I did come to the conclusion that I was willing to put everything I had into it with God's power and that I wanted to do just that as soon as I had done that I did feel a great release. I knew that I had a helper that I could rely upon who wouldn't fail me. If I could stick to him and listen I would make it. Then I remember when the boys came back that I told them, I have gone to this higher power and I have told him that I am willing to put his world first above everything. I have already done it and I am willing to do it again here in the presence of you or I am willing to say at any place anywhere in the world from now on and not be ashamed of it. And this, as I said, certainly gave me a lot of competence seem to take a lot of the burden off of me. I remember telling them to that. It was going to be awfully tough because I did some other things smoke cigarettes and played Penny Ante Poker sometimes bet on the horse races and they said, don't you think you're having more trouble with his drinking than with anything else at the present time? Don't you believe you're going to have all, you can do to get rid of that. I said Yes reluctantly I probably will they said, let's forget about those things that is trying to eliminate them all at once and concentrate on the drink. Of course, we had talked over quite a number of failings that I had and made a sort of an inventory which wasn't too difficult because I had an awful lot of things wrong that were very apparent to me because I knew all about them. Then they said there's one more thing you should go out and take this program program to somebody else that needs it and wants it. Of course by this time, my business was practically non-existent. I didn't have any naturally for quite a time. I wasn't too well physically either. It took me a year or year and a half to get to feeling physically well, and it was rather tough but I soon found folks whose friendship I had once had and I found after I'd been sober for quite some little time that these people began to act like they had in previous years before I had gotten so bad so that I didn't pay too awful much attention to financial gains. I spent most of my time trying to get back these friendships and to make some recompense towards my wife whom I had heard a lot. It would be hard to estimate how much has done for me. I really wanted the program and I wanted to go along with it. I noticed that the others seem to have such a release, a happiness a something that I thought a person ought to have I was trying to find the answer I knew there was even more something that I hadn't got and I remember one day a week or two after I had come out of the hospital bill was over to my house talking to my wife and me we were eating lunch and. I was listening and trying to find out why they had this release that they seem to have bill looked across at my wife and said to her Henrietta. The Lord has been so wonderful to me cheering me of this terrible disease that I just want to keep talking about it and telling people I thought I. Think I have the answer bill was very, very grateful that he had been released from this terrible thing and he had given God credit for having done it and he so grateful about it he wants to tell other people about it. That sentence, the Lord has been so wonderful to me curing me of this terrible disease that I just to keep telling people about it has been a sort of golden tax for the a program and for me. Of course as time went on and I began to get my health back and began to be. So I didn't have to hide from people all the time it's just been wonderful. I still go to meetings because I like to go I meet the people that I like to talk to. Another reason that I go is that I'm still grateful for the good years that I've had. I'm so grateful for both the program and the people in it that I still want to go, and then probably the most wonderful thing that I learned from the program I've seen this in the grapevine lots of times and I've had people say to me personally and I've heard people get up in meetings and make the same statement. The statement is I came into a solely for the purpose of sobriety, but it is been through a that I have found God. I feel that is about the most wonderful thing a person can do. This concludes the reading of alcoholics anonymous number three from part one of the stories section of the second edition of alcoholics anonymous. I'm grateful you listened stay tuned for our fiftieth episode featuring story to entitled he had to be shown. It super easy to listen to the first and second editions of the Big Book including many stories not published in later editions. Just visit big book podcast. Dot, com, and listen to your heart's content or download and subscribe for free to all of the podcast episodes on Apple podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts to listen to earlier chapters in stories in the big book. Simply scroll down the episode list. If you've enjoyed listening I be super grateful. If you can leave a rating and review on Apple PODCASTS, it'll help others find us and please share this podcast with your friends and anyone you know who has a desire to stop drinking it may be the only version of the big book they ever here.
"Hello listeners welcome to the first ever episode of query a brand new podcast. That also happens to be my cameras zero. Although the dream project I have been wanting to do this show for so long what is query it's a sixty minute conversation one on one me and somebody in the LGBT community. We talk about identity talking about experience. We talk about the words that we use the feel good to us. There was don't feel good to us. We talk about our families. These are relationships. Basically it's just everything I want to hear. I'm Camera Esposito and please enjoy query the this is a show about individual experience and personal identity. There may be times when folks use identifying words or phrases that don't feel right to you. That's part of what we're exploring here. Please listen with an open heart and as always I welcome your plate engage feedback and I encourage you to continue the conversation in your life in your community welcome to query today on the show. Will my wife Ria Butcher. Now we of course is much more than my wife. an independent person a stand up comic actor a writer and honestly one of the most inspiring people. I have ever met allied or so much uh I married her so please enjoy the show and I will say since this is our first episode you could do us. The biggest favor in the world by subscribing on itunes tunes giving us a big five star review and then telling everybody why you like the show we're trying so hard to bring honesty and in group conversation to the world so please help us out. Tell your friends about it tweet about it and enjoy the show the so welcome to query with cameras potato and I have a wonderful guest on the show. She is a stand up comic a writer and actor who I know pretty well. Please welcome to the show rea- butcher hello. Rea- thank you for agreeing to do this. This is actually I'm not sure when these will be released but this is is the first one that we're recording. Your sort of the test in the leadoff. View are the lead a high do hit lead off. The perfect is the first one is the first it is the best one though like no. I mean leadoff means you get on base okay so that's a good skill to have so people can baseball player. Yes I made a you. Clean Up is like a very showy position in the in the lineup plastic seekonk very valuable that means you tend to hit home runs or like big hits multiple base hits yeah but if you're a leadoff leadoff hitter that means you get on base no matter what and that's just like a baseline skilled have as a as a better so to just break it down and say talking talking about baseball clean up is the more it's this showy person who's either going to hit a home run or strike out and then you in leadoff is dependable sort of heart and soul the team sort of under appreciated like an unsung hero precise like not rudy because there nobody's ever chanting for the leadoff. Guy Kinda not usually so that actually steve is you it is me that's you perfectly that I know you pretty well because we're married to each other and because we have worked either for bunch years doing comedy we have a television show called take my wife. we have another podcast. Put Your Hands Together. Is We end up together. That's all so unfair audio and we had other other podcasts podcast about sign extra movies. We traveled together doing stand up and I would say that you are the most dependable person that I know thank you so. Let's talk about why that is all right. Rea- where did you grow up. I I grew up in Akron Ohio which is in Summit County. It's sort of like the on the low end of Summit County which is about twenty twenty five to thirty minutes away from Cleveland as almost like do south for Cleveland is that in the same county note every county. There's a county in between and Cleveland isn't cargo townie. Irish glad that we're getting geographic straight on yeah well yeah it depends on which way you take into Cleveland. That's how many counties you go through but at some county county two different from Akron Ohio and I've actually been to Akron. You've been a couple of times. How many times have you been three three four three or four. Let's answer a question but it really was also the answer for I think I've been four times have been four times with you. I have never had been before even though it's a pretty close to Chicago but Chicago is one of those places that's where I grew up and when you're from Chicago Thursday you don't it's such a big city in the midwest that you only kind of go to places that your friends or family are from yeah. I mean that makes perfect sense to me because the Chicago is the biggest midwestern city. So why would you go to another midwestern city if you lived in Chicago other than to go out so what is it like growing up in Akron Akron. How do you mean well. What's Akron Lake Well. It has a lot of different that stuff. I mean it's it's an industrial town or I should say. It wasn't industrial town and what's the industry. The industry was rubber. Actually it was the home of Goodyear firestone and Goodrich were all headquartered there. which are your tire companies? One of them makes a blimp. The Goodyear Company does make the well. It doesn't make the bid and a lot of the BLIMPS are still there side note just like a fun thing for me. The Goodyear Blimp followed me on twitter and it was one of the greatest days away because I'm one step closer to be in that damn thing and that will be great when that happens because it will. Is that still a real thing the Limpia over over there over every major sporting event you can go in it. Yeah Yeah Lebron James Wife Savannah got to fly in one two. She Christened new one she got to fly in and they both made like they both were like so excited about it. He was like so proud of her and that's why I love him so much because like he is. He's from accurate like he's so very much from Akron make him I really WanNa talk about over. Andre I WANNA just clarify. Yes that in order for you to get in the goodyear blimp I just I have to win to NBA Championships. Yeah that's all you gotta do no problem done. She got in there on her own. Okay by the way what's her skill. I just don't know anything about her. Well I mean she's. He's a big part of the community. She runs a lot of their foundation work. She does a lot of work in in the Akron community specifically with children but let's go back. McHugh your childhood because you talk about Lebron James Very much and I think part of it is what it was like for you growing up in Akron at the time you grew up there because you were talking about how it was rubber industry was there uh-huh and telling the blimps kind of flu away yeah. I mean to go back to that like Akron was bigger than Cleveland in the forties because of that industry it works so perfectly specifically in that geographical location because it was very much crossroads of industry at the time and so you have like a lot of trucking companies like yellow and roadway and stuff like that really sort of short up around that and then you because you have the steel industry going through there like every it's just it was like a perfect setup setup and there are a lot of the people in accurate that we're like quote middle class or whatever had very good lives lives through these jobs factory job you kept it for the rest of your life and then like your kids came up through that same thing. I mean it employed most of the people in the town and in all other jobs like think other jobs in other places that are the high paying jobs like doctors and lawyers and stuff all of that kind of like fed off of the rubber industry and was like serving the people who worked the the rubber industry and so when that one away it really was like the core of the town and the time that I grew up in the eighties it was still that was when it ended I mean I just read a book. The other day found out that the last tire was produced at Goodyear. The last hour came off of the the production built on my birthday in nine hundred eighty two on your actual actual birthday. Why didn't you tell me I did tell you know. You said it was in August nineteen to but I don't think you said it was on your exact birthday. That is amazing. You are the future hope for Akron where the next hire. Somebody already took that got a couple years ago but yeah I mean in all just kind of went away because there wasn't any other all the other industry was built off of that at industry so if those people weren't making the income that they previously were in didn't have the stability that they had they left to find they left Akron defined other jobs jobs because they didn't have jobs so that infrastructure of like human beings left that town and it still is trying to figure itself out and and like what industry is like basically it's been taken over by like two hospital systems and university like those are the two biggest employers now so I say all that because it's very specific to a lot of areas and in America of having specified industry in the industry goes away and then all the people don't know what to do and I don't WanNa. Put words in your mouth or that's okay. should on your town so I mean that's a nice way. It's it's like you moved into a place that had like just died like it had just yes it had bloomed and it was done and that's not to say that the people in that place aren't making things and creating things and making jobs and living interesting lives because it really do think it's a place that because of all this stuff that that that it could be taken very negatively it has created a lot of very interesting people and continues to that stay there also leave. I mean well. That's true of a lot of places where there is a bit of a vacuum. You know art can really emerge. It's part of the reason that the queer community is home to so many artists is because like if there are if there's a lack of concrete opportunities then you make your own thing so I know there's a lot of musicians from Akron and and you're American and you are really talented musician. Thank you yeah so debut. Record will be good. You were growing up in Akron in this post boomtown experience and could you live with I lived with my my mom and my her parents my grandparents. That's the House that I grew up in the same house. She grew up here grandparents in the same house they around three generations. Yep and what does your family do. What's your family's background. How did they make a living while my grandfather owned owned his own business well. He was in the army and then he owned his own business. He was like kind of working his way to owning his own business. He owned a linoleum an tile store for many years and that's what he called it was like DNS floors. I believe was what it was called and he wanted to have the tagline will lay anything but my grandmother said working. US Eddie great sense of humor motorcycle destroyed pay like kind of within that same is like a perfect south of west bad I would say promote to the universe verse for lining that up for us it will lay anything and he was actually featured in a life magazine. They took a couple of pictures which I have it somewhere of him and my grandmother like you know looking at linoleum samples or whatever man my grandfather. Did you have his flooring in your house. Grab it. Is it still in the I'm pretty sure but he was one of those guys. I don't know if you know people that are like like even people that they have the labor skill to do stuff like that don't always and I would say more typically do that to their own home because they're like. It's not worth it. That's funny the value of it and they don't WanNa spend the time because they're like I could just get paid for this. All this testing last year's really teaching me the opposite. I'm by no I think it's an old mindset mindset because he only went to school until he was in sixth grade and he I mean he was born in one thousand nine. Hundred twelve hit a sixth grade education so I think the mindset mindset is slightly different of the generations now who do like manual labor stuff sounds fun and what you're saying like boot cut jeans and you look cool while you do it and that's a whole brand. I don't think that's I mean that's and my grandmother went to Thirty School in Detroit and then came back in like did that for hot minute until she got to know that I had a grandmother that was also beautician and anyway we talk about that and also from Ohio so there you go probably and your family. I have no siblings Tom. I knew that I know you know that but anyone else that you're super close to it. That was your age inch or was it a lot of human within my family or one thousand that's only child because I you siblings and my family's show about having siblings like totally my parents. Everybody's really into it gets out lake. There are families. We have talked to them. That is not my family so I. I don't know what it's like when you're an only child. Are you the only kid that's around often in your yeah your background yeah. I mean there is a lot of there's a lot of only children in my family and I don't think it's only children necessarily in the way you think of it like I only want to. I think it was kind of like where does one situation anyways specific because my parents got divorced like right after I was born so there was no time that I was I mean I might have had half siblings. That would have been the only thing but I never would have had siblings siblings but you don't have half siblings. I do not have have have siblings no but my all my cousins Sir on my Dad's side are only children and then a considerable considerable amount of my cousins on my mom's side that are my generation are also so only children because it kind of went like five to one in the generation so it's like first first generation that generation was like five people and then that generational had two kids in those two kids had like one kid and your your grandparents parents emigrated here yes yeah. I think that's actually kind of typical with those sorts of families because my the first generation in my family there's also a bunch of people and then it got smaller and smaller. I think a lot of that is like you know cost raining surviving also birthright to have more children because they might not make it so like you you you had to have like six eight ten children because five of them might continue on the moment you came out. Your parents knew they're like. Oh Yeah Yeah. Baseball hats play baseball kid refined colored. You'll be fine. What am I gonNA choose born. That doesn't really matter. There's just for fun so you're an only child growing up in your grandparents house. What were you into well. I I mean I was into to a lot of stuff something else. That's interesting about. Growing up there. Just to circle back on the is that because I grew up in my grandparents house I grew up in in that neighborhood and that neighborhood was primarily people of their generation and so there were no other kids in my neighborhood for like six or seven years the only only care yeah it was like the only kid only kid around great hope of Abraham my best. My eventual best friend moved there when I was six and she was there. were no kids around occasional occasional kids. We were like hanging out friends. So what did you spend a lot of your time by yourself then you were you. Were you just with older people those two things that's what I did. I was scared of older people. I feel like here's why I always such a shy kid that I did really well with my siblings but lake put me in a situation where I don't know everybody. I would feel really weird and just because I know you. I know that you we have different. I'm in introvert extrovert so I'm just wondering if any of that has anything to do with this this growing up I mean I was also very shy as a kid but I was one of those shy kids that that I could get comfortable pretty quickly. The thing was I mean yeah. There were older older people that scare me but that's just. I think something that happens when you're a little kid 'cause you're meeting. New People but I had like friendships with the people that were in their seventies. When I was six I would like go to this woman E. BS House that was next to me like her initials e EIB and she lived next door and her husband had passed years before that and I would just go hang out with her straight up just go hang I would go from hanging out with my own grandmother to next door to hang out with a woman in her sixties or seventies. God No wonder you find hanging out with me so unsatisfying pays here's an always on the move and I would like to Taunt windass had like a TV tray in front of her and she had her little shoes she yeah no. I get it the Sandy Alderson. Tell me stories you want me to put out a TV tray. Yeah just hanging out with you. Just hang out with watch TV. Talk about stuff from the past. Ask You well. I gotta live more in order to accrue those stories but I will work on it for you. I want you to think won't work on it yeah so you were asking me what I was into to like. I loved sesame street lot silly but I I don't know I just silly. I like love those little interstitial. They're almost like little short films of like how things work and stuff did you just see for pride that the muppets sesame street put out like the rainbow. It was really cute especially because there's no that show is great for adults. I watched it when I was a nanny to revisit from childhood and was like Oh this is really good writing and everybody's very talented but it's meant for Kids Oh yeah and I think that the tweet was with the picture of all these Rehmatullah muppets that came out for pride was like for all families but I think the other part of that is the messaging to queer kids themselves because it's not just about like. LGBT parents who are who advocate advocate but it's also the kid the kid the ones I see some monsters that are much different colors totally so then you have to establish with the rainbow flag is get your kid into sesame mystery. Yeah tell them what twitter is. Teach them to read and show them understand who they are. They will feel affirmed. So what else were you into well. I liked watching baseball. Immediately knew watched baseball with your grandmother with my all. My whole family watched it. Oh I don't think I realize at your mom to Oh. Yeah we all just I sat and watched games then I got really into it because I think a reason that I was immediately enamored with it was because this is evolved over the years so they don't show this all the time but the way that TBS projected graphic was very simple it would just be like Atlanta versus whoever her and then it would just show the box score which is runs hits errors which is our H. E. And it's only one letter away from my name so I think I was just like I. I was an only child so people talk to me about you. Yes which is amazing for a little girl also being given the message that yeah yeah well. No one ever told me that I couldn't play baseball when I was well. Let's talk about shirt because being like four years old like very young pillows lows in the living room and stuff. Did you get the messaging that that wasn't for U probably around like six or seven when like Tibo all was happening and I honestly don't know that that that the message was that I couldn't play because it was a girl I think it was because of my neighborhood that like I mean I don't know how much I wanna get into the specifically but like I don't own that. Certain people wanted me to get super involved in certain things things in my neighborhood just because whatever so. I don't think I was your neighborhood lake. Just in broad strokes like I love my neighborhood and I have no whatever but I think you know. My mom lived there. My parents live there and they had an experience that was difficult for them and I think my mom wanted something different for me and I think that's part of why she kept. Let me out of spite because once you get in that year like meeting all the people in the thing and I think she wanted to push me out and someplace else because because it's like a hardscrabble neighborhood and that's putting it very lightly. It's like it's a difficult place. It's got a lot of community a lot of people that really care. I've been seeing them on the Internet like trying to come together and change the what people think of the place but people I met throughout my life that are from Akron. They ask me where I'm from. It's still to this day if I told them where I'm from like. They will have a guttural reaction to it off neighborhood e yeah it's like one of the there's a handful of bad neighborhoods and mine is at the top during the shot where you're from Poland from Kenmore. I have from Kenmore Baby. All those this acronym are real. Shout out to everybody. That's in Kenmore is absolutely it's tough. It's tough neighborhood lots of broken glass lots of graffiti so you actually. I mean you don't live there. You don't get out or whatever the right word is. how did that happen. My mom had had me go to an all girls Catholic school and was wild about that is I actually got. I was in a more diverse class class breakdown because I went to that school because while it was still predominantly white so I'm not don't think I'm saying like Oh my God I got to go to this like multicultural experience or whatever but versus where I would have gone in my neighborhood which is almost one hundred percent white kids at the time time in the eighties the school had because it was Catholic but had no wasn't parochial church attached to it you oh you did not have to be Catholic to go there and it's not Catholic and I just went there to have an all girls education so I went to school with girls who are Muslim and Hindu you in all different religions so you're in this tough neighborhood and non-real again. It's a tough time economically for Akron and you're going to a private school who paid for that. I mean my mom did all all the checks all the checks escape from but they did have like a scholarship things and stuff like that that I think maybe I'm not sure of all the all thanks to your mom yeah. She worked at join fabrics when I was growing up and I remember having an art project. I was in kindergarten where our art teacher who I met. Were you met her. couple of years ago. I saw her again and she recognizes me really wild because she hasn't seen me so seeing somebody like see you as a six year old and then see you you're already great for an haircut yeah very lose very different shop wearing face the same fate but we were supposed to make like a giant cut out of ourselves as adults like inner jobs uh-huh and I made a big cut out of myself working at join fabrics and I can't imagine now as an adult being a teacher not going home and like just crying because because it's like so sweet and also oh sweetie you know so many things at once it's like so adorable and well. I mean when I was in sixth grade and we the headline science fair project then I changed what what I thought my career would be to electrician. Ohio shooting elementary school it was either that I was going going to be the first woman to play in the NBA because the WNBA didn't exist yet or I was going to be an electric or is it gonna work at fabrics who around you isn't electrician. Yeah you just you just knew just knew by. Osmo says that electricity was good job to have out of all those jobs like you. It was you so you can die very easily. Okay you what a huge column at your mom though that you know who she was and what she was doing with her life to train can give you a cool yeah and also Jan fabrics fucking awesome place to your child man. I like to say what a googly eyes is yeah. I was raised among the remnants. Well that was before. They picked up all the crafts. They were really primarily store. Oh that sounds terrible not watch. What do you like fabric yeah. It's beautiful to me that US hard work. I don't want to do but it's also powder to make that independence. I'd say yeah I mean I. I wasn't looking at it thinking like Oh look at all the stuff I could make I thought how did they make this well. That's a more sophisticated than what I thought. I was just wondering about this and I spent. We'll see what happens yeah. I was just trying to figure out. How did you make this thing. Yeah your coat Beer Cooper's. I've always said but I'm sure and I know I know that you went to all girls Catholic school and well. Let's talk about your identity. Let's let's get into how you identify which is sort of something that we were getting into talking about baseball and when you felt like that wasn't something that was for you but when you were a kid. How did you see yourself. Would you have described yourself and you can use any words in it could be about gender the things that you're into. I don't know I mean this is. GonNa Sound so weird but I've always when I was a kid. I just really thought of myself by my name sound weird not at all. The only person that I mean like Rhea. Perlman was on cheers so that was the only other person I had ever seen. What the same name you singularly singularly identified identified as a singular thing yeah but also you weren't around the kids your age and then when when you were? I didn't have anybody to point to and be like I'm not like that or I'm like that or I don't do this but I do do that like I didn't have anything to compare myself to so he just kind of existed on my own planet wow. I know that sounds like incredibly narcissistic but it's really just kind of like. I'm not getting that at all on how I still alone sort of be because like I said I didn't I went to preschool when I was like four and that was fine but it was a big amount I I was. I started reading it like a really young age so developmentally. I was moved pretty fast. I think so like between three and four before I started going to school. I spent all that time thinking those things you know thinking thinking being alone being around these older people and so I think I developed my sense of self pretty quickly clearly and it was before. I really interacted with other kids on a regular basis. If that makes sense sure yeah does because you're describing it so I just want to say that. It doesn't sound narcissistic. It does sound a little bit. you know. I don't know heartbreaking adorable insurance and sad like I imagine Agean reminds me of the movie moon. I Dunno boy making me think of you alone. Yeah sure but I mean I did get to see the good thing was I did did have those adults because if I didn't have that then yeah that would have been pretty sad but I did have so you thought of yourself as a singular entity and I I just want to ask now in this moment. How do you identify today and like what are your pronouns. Oh I mean I'm kind of you're catching me at a state of flux and it's more of the capacitor Sir you're saying could work like straight back to the future a lot I certainly do I currently put put it this way tend to use like she her as something that doesn't bother me. I'm open to end also stoked by hearing a it doesn't bother me. I'm also working on my side to not be angry. When someone calls me Sir or miss this genders me unless they're clearly doing it to to be a jerk. You know by using it kind of a slur. Obviously that that time came in this is Michael Cool but if somebody like thinks I'm a guy and is just being a kind human being no. I'm just talking about myself and saying like oh excuse me Sir and then they just walk away way. I don't get angry about it because I don't think either. I don't think I'm anything thing ever that makes sense. You always in the same place with that. It didn't feel Oh. I used to get really angry all the time because I think I would spiral spiral in. When did this start happening to you. What started like Sir well. Surrey is a more adulthood thing but if you're talking about just miss `gendering in general than a tablet since I was like sickle and it was always it used to look like well people thought I was a boy and so a lot of times they'll say that and then they'll notice that maybe I'm not and then they'll I think have a reaction of fear embarrassment I and then make me feel bad by like telling me your haircut. It makes you look like a boy. Why do you do that. Why because they're embarrassed that they got an answer around. I think is like a big part of it. Which is why I'm trying to not be so upset by it. It's it is something like we're everything. The thing is a binary in the world of human beings because we're simple creatures that are very highly evolved. It's either new we made out by Hugh exit or enter like it's just yeah exactly and like I you have to exist in both worlds where you don't believe in a binary because somebody made it up and you also exists in the world that has one so I'm trying to find a place for my own inner peace to exist comfortably in that with the knowledge in my heart and mind that the binary suppressive but to live as though it doesn't exist would be oppressive to myself sheriff's. Oh well when I was a kid I would get. Mr Hindered as well and some I just remember this feeling of anxiety and I think it was like being worried that I'd be found out but I don't know what I thought was going to happen at that point right and that is what you thought they were going to find out right no like William William hiding something but you don't know what that was but you definitely didn't want them to find out your hiding so I remember what happened to me. One time the last time I remember it happening I was wearing a bathing suit and I was wearing a little girls bathing suit and I didn't always were little girls bathing suits. I wore a one piece yeah yeah like whatever you think of in your brain yeah one piece bathing suit and Speedo or whatever but I didn't always wear that type of thing like a lot of only bikini bottoms Adams and then just like topless as it is wild world to me because or there is no had no pool. I I didn't learn to swim at seven years old. Where that's the pool is. Actually that probably would have been a lot more not okay. I think I would have been like. Oh sure if you're that's what I understand but I would go on vacation until I was in my twenties so take us to get the station wagon like drive to Florida and at the beach I would wear that because I knew less people and it's kind of shirt each but like a link in general I was never wearing those types types of cl- close. We never wearing some clothes at all. I mean not really not until like nine or ten. Take of meaning literally occasionally yeah. I did have one zipper in the front row. I feel like he buried the league up from kids Zipper. How far down superego not very far okay. I did make it easier to get the damn thing off. I hate those things paintings the Lord. When have you been wearing a one piece bathing suit when I had the only Oh Jesus Christ. What is his tweet yeah. I would be really scared that somebody would figure out so I got like somebody called me and what will the young man have like a girl's barrels. Bathing site was so humility. Can I ask you a question. Was this person older. Were They Leon elderly. They were not ago. I was at like a again. We were just we wish went to the beach in Florida a lot that was like our family vacation and there was somebody working a like a restaurant. We were getting food to go and I was wearing one piece me and I was like how did this just happen because there are closed that are gendered included or not gender yeah when I would say a one piece but see that's to me bathing suit so it's like what the the thing that I'm communicating even as a kid right that this other other person sentences who's like twenty yeah but that's why none of this is like real because that could happen to you while you're wearing a pink quote unquote girls bathing suit that could not be misunderstood for something else. Yes they're still out there about this person. Yeah requires me like if you if have you can do that if another human being can be like what will the young man have and you were wearing a Minnie mouse one piece pink girls section quotes section bathing suit still say well. We'll the young man have. None of this is real. You know man I I couldn't agree more there is it is interesting because there are things that are real amidst all that yes if the binary isn't real still gender Israel and breaking gender norms Israel because like you're into sailing. We've talked about this story before when I used to work when I was in social work school I worked. I was in Grad Grad School for social work and I worked at a home for a kids who couldn't be placed in the foster care system so they were like kids who'd had very tough tough lives and there was a little girl who is six who came in sat on my lap one day and lick leaned her body back against my body just sitting on my lap leaned back so I have pretty have a pretty large chest and she was leaning against my boobs and a and not in a weird way I just mean she could feel them and she turned me and she goes girl or boy and I said and what do you think and she said I was like okay. let I am so that was also a very interesting moment because something that she sensed I was like not driving with the right Yulia the flash card set that she was using to Ah really great way of saying it because you're thing you think about kids learning that there's a scene in look who's talking to or she's like teaching the Bruce Willis. Is there a flash card set. No she's using like people magazine or something like that and then I I don't remember the full thing but even that like you look at that. They're seeing a woman's breasts in a swimsuit or something like that. That doesn't mean they're touching them that it just means. They're seeing them. It doesn't always compute so I give if you're setting up that that gender is a woman in address that this if that if a human being is not wearing that dress in a human being kind of had short hair in that human being kind of walks around and I don't know is taking up a little more space than your mom does or whatever then you're going to be like wait. I don't know what this is because you've been told a very specific thing and you only seen it in two dimensional space. You haven't actually interacted and I think that's what kids s that all the time like. I used to have a real phobia around children because I would go hang out with number one. I didn't spend any time with kids because I didn't remember kids around me and my neighborhood. Nobody was having babies so didn't spend time with kids and I was always worried like I wouldn't know what to do do a drop them or something like that but then on top of that I would end up hanging out with them and they would just stare at me and not know what's going on and it made me feel so self is conscious because that was happening all the time at age. I'm all ages like Soto now this ritual no it doesn't have I mean they. They look at me like that but now I get it. I have more empathy for it and I understand it. I I'm in a different position in my life where I don't feel more confidence confidence so good. I've had people be kind to me an open up and hear my experiences. I've had enough things happen to where I can separate myself from a a child's experience and be like of course they're looking like this. They've been shown these images like. I just set like it's now. It doesn't bother me. It's the parents parts that are always. I WanNa talk about something that you just said that. I thought was very interesting. They said in passing you were talking about. This person takes up a little bit more space than my mom does. Can you talk about what you mean by that and what your experiences that would lead you to say that I think it's an interesting the way of talking about different genders or whatever you're talking about. I think our friend our friend was used a phrase that it really got me thinking and sort of when you've been thinking about a bunch of different subjects and then seventy says one other thing and it it pulls them all together like mixes the whole thing it like ads the salt to the recipe or whatever and then it it tastes like food salts great our friend said you know people who've been conditioned mail and people who have been conditioned female and was using those two who phrases to describe people as opposed to male supposed to describing the person and then the behaviors coming from the person is actually describing driving behavior set as an external thing which is true and then when I started thinking about it that way like I think that's something that I've been struggling against danced myself as like trying to understand the whole thing is that I if if you WanNa talk in terms of binary and like how we exist in this culture like I relate eight more masculine things and things that are quote unquote boys things and stuff like that. I did always have girls things that I liked. I still like some girls things and I like a lot of things but if there's a spectrum I'm like way more into like the masculine space and stuff like that but I was still conditioned female and I have terrible able posture because of it. I don't take up as much space as I maybe would have. If I was conditioned mail in my life you know I maybe would stand up for myself more those kinds of things that's what I mean what I'm talking about like a kid you know seeing the the dynamic in their own house possibly in the Flash Nice cards so your posture you bring your posture. How do you think that relates to what you're talking about with your conditioning. Oh I mean I think it I think when you hit puberty I think when I hit puberty I definitely did not want to have breasts like for sure. I did not want that at all because I was like. This doesn't feel it. Just doesn't feel like me. You know like when your kid you don't have that and you kind of. You're just like whatever you're whoever you are and then you're a singular have a singular entity and like I can't take my shirt off but my friends friends that are boys. They can take their shirts off and that's what I look like so that's what I am right. You know like that's just what I was thinking in my head and then as soon as you get breast. You're like this is is not what I didn't sign up for this. I was thinking about the scene in back to the future part two when he gets knocked out and then he's up on the I can't remember the four this is really Salom Superfan. I can't remember the seventy seven four. Whatever and Leah Thompson Wakes up and she has a huge boobs because she's gotten plastic surgery and then later when biff comes home. She's like hearing the one that wanted me. Get to get these things and if you want them back you can have them and I was like yeah. Oh I totally relate to that. Wow I told her. I felt like an add on to something. I did not sign up for late. This is not what I wanted so foisted on. You yeah like I buy who who's the I. I never blamed anybody. There's no one to blame. Even if there's nobody to blame you didn't there was nobody that says no one ever is to blame so you. There's so much shame about it you because I turned into a thing that I had and you're supposed to like that. Euros is supposed to not show them off and hide them a very really intense gauntlets run yeah for sure yea. I don't want them. I also should be ashamed of them but for different reasons we'll talk talk about your posture specifically. I think I did that. A little bit of it is inherited because my mom has similar postures. I've noticed what is Justin photographs. I go like Oh holy Shit. That's my posture and then some of it is if you put your shoulders forward and you lean forward than your briscoe backwards and you can't see them so you mean. You're making the the the I'm ruining my body making the item that is like the most forward be your shoulders suggest. Asher just kind of hangs down yeah yeah and I didn't realize I was doing it. And when did you realize. I don't know a couple of years ago in college. How did you realize we I was in college. I mean I didn't realize that this was all the reason it took me years to figure that out but I didn't know my posture was so bad until I was in college because it might I went to art school in Akron at the University of Akron and it was an old buick dealership and so they still had some remnants of that architecture and there is like a walkway on a ramp in the middle of the building and you walked past the art gallery that was like a bunch which of windows and so you would get. I would catch myself in the reflection walking. Oh because you can't see your posture in a mirror you look what kind of flat and I I remember looking over and not only do I have terrible posture. Lean forward at the waist and walk like I don't know if you saw yourself in a primitive movie rejected. It sounds like that was hard. Hard uh-huh everything is hard when you're twenty and twenty one and twenty two twenty three and then did you have shame about the fact that you had shame. I don't know it'd probably yeah I mean like what would you want for yourself around this. I don't know to get that fossil out of there probably all the shame that stacked on top of it and I just figure out what that is yeah what's shaping down and then taking the brush out air squeezer duster. Find it figure out what it is and do you think like. Do you think an emotional solve I mean I don't know I think it's I'm physically trying to adjust my posture when I catch it like literally pushing my shoulders back and trying to build that up because it's like the muscles are don't work properly to hold my shoulders up some trying to do that and then just trying to you know. I don't know I read a lot of books. I watch a Lotta movies. I try to spend some time with myself talking to myself those kinds of things in writing that stood meeting people you know yeah yeah so we talked about pronouns and we talked about uh-huh somebody stuff. But how do you identify. What would you say like. What would you say your gender wise. What would you say that you are now. I mean I've said so so many things on twitter that I'm different things. I don't know that I'm I don't know which one I am and you know I've met a person who is very kind about it because I've always known there's power power in identifying especially if you're in a group that is in in my population minority of being like like out and proud about whatever that is you know I think that's always valuable and I met this person Vivek Vic who is like you know I was very. I didn't know what pronouns I wanted to use and I felt this. It felt and then she had somebody tell them like you have to do. What's great for you and so what's right for me is still figuring it out. That's where I'm at without but I I definitely feel like I'm a gender queer person. I identify very strongly with being a woman because I was condition female and raised as a woman. You know so like I I very very much strongly identify with that. Someone else said to me recently on twitter like I'm non binary but I like to say that I'm I politically identify. Why is a woman because the person was raised. It's fun dishing female conditioned as a woman sure and they don't that's not who they in their core identify house however they've experienced that life and so then that is the thing they wanna fight for and that's kind of where I'm at which is like I've met a lot of trans men who are very like tearing down what the idea of masculinity is you know like very kind gentle open people and that to them as their idea masculinity so all of that is sort of you know cooking and my brain and my heart what that really is you know and identify as a lesbian yeah anyway and when I was asking about this I'm not saying like give me your three words his whole conversely yeah no. I wanted to have the conversation and give you three words because they're so big words wanting wanting to talk about the fact that like to me end up anywhere but if I was to end up somewhere somewhere with a with a new identity and whenever that is everything that I've been either categorized or identified as from from myself assigned or identified as those identities in those categories have still been my experience so I would never want to say like that's not just just because this is who I am now. That doesn't go away. It's all accrued experience. You know like rings on a tree and communities. You've been a part of you. Stay a part of different ways. I think it's part of what you're talking about is the fact that in our community and like the east of Los Angeles and there are a lot of queer women and then there are a lot of crewmen who excess and then there's a lot of trans women and entrance man who's sort of like occupy similar spaces similar spaces and I think that a lot of gender queer non binary folks that interest kind of but it's different than I think the stir typical broad strokes like gay bar that we would think of and those the people in there that are you know that I imagined gayness was when I was like I naming out and and the communities very big and diverse yeah which is really cool election. I feel very we're very lucky to live in a place that that's true because it's something about the general safety of the town you don't like it so yeah got so safe and I don't like certainly there are on. There's safety issues across the board for LGBT community. What I mean is it got so safe that people could express themselves from Moore didn't have to sort sort of tried all identify as the same thing in the same bar could live in different neighborhoods and they get go to different types of places and they could kind of mix more with people people in then the whole community. I think the bar is going to make a comeback. Though these years the gay bar and I think the positive of that is it's going to be what you were just talking about is that it might be like a dyke bar but that diaper is going to be all those all all the people that we just mentioned but it's going to be a sign on the door. That's like all are welcome to hate us. Yeah exactly and I just think we need that you know the Internet was really great for community building and voices being heard that haven't been heard like literally ever ever that have been written out of history specifically talking about Trans Voices transposes of color and stuff community immunity building there and I feel like it's now become it's always been but it's getting very harsh and it becomes just about this harsh conversation a lot. There's people invading those spaces that have been main also tension. I literally high like bots and like she short. That's who I'm talking about and so I think that but even good people are losing their minds every Ensley tweet me to yell at me and then the next day it'd be like I love them. I'm so excited to come to I mean it's interesting quarrel world rural areas and it makes and why we should be all amped. We're were amped. We neither absolutely because somebody else is doing something right. We need the twitter outrage in community there but we have to like actually take into the streets or into the bar and look at each others faces and strategists so nice and talk to each other and being like yeah exactly like pay. Hey the thing that really bothered me like. Can we talk about it because I don't understand what you're saying and I think that's why I'm mad or whatever you know and just like actually looking into somebody else's eyes and being like oh I get it now because you're human being you're not just somebody on the Internet. That drives me insane. You know yeah. I do know actually a Dune. It's always been specifically the Lgbtq community has always had this issue. We've always been little camps of people that have you know like stuck stuck together and then it's been hard to overlap and I think over the years and decades and centuries. We've been moving towards that and I think we have opportunity to really stick together even I'm. I'm very impressed and would love to see like video. Not I shouldn't say impress condescending. I'm really excited about what the sort of like radical Google queers of color did Chicago to like shutdown pride and say like we actually have to turn this from the capitalists. you know like being excited that like Lockheed Martin is like we do. I think there's arguments but like Jose Cuervo for sure I mean it means something for Queers to take up space in the corporate sphere but another thing into then kind of it's another thing to allow the corporate sphere to take over our space and I think that's what was happening and we're not talking about the right things and I'm just really glad that they stopped it. Totally people listened and were opened and I'm sure there are people that weren't stoked about it but to do it is to do it and that means something something. I think what you're talking about. Is that if you are being pandered to it is because somebody believes you have power right because 'cause you don't pander to communities that don't have power and we should be dozing that power as opposed to just like floating on shirt and there is also a a certain amount of being pandered to very positive that is why it feels good when like yeah cheerios puts out like a bread or when I mentioning running you know so sesame street. Did this like 'cause you feel pandered to in a way that's like we care enough about you you matter enough to us like as people but also just as beings that are going to spend money like I think the shift for being parades marches again ray we know what is it needs to be taking up space as opposed to just a party for a couple of years. We've got to have some parties because we felt like we made it and I think it wasn't premature. I think you know but but there is I would just say the only thing I would push back on that is that party is protest and protest party. The corporate sponsorship is in a different lane entirely but like a person sitting down on the ground and holding a sign and another person standing mix them dancing speedo to me. Those are like they go hand in hand. The stoppage of whatever is tough in our culture the stoppage that's happening there. It's happening from both angles like don't be ashamed of yourself be free with your sexual but it also don't pollute sure we'll have different causes and I think that those things like I just think for like went to the Chicago Pride Parade a lot and it was just a little too much like there's like a lot of allies there that are just really just getting drunk. I gotta take it back a little bit and be like no you you view after watch me and this is not your party kind of thing yeah well. I hear you completely. I mean Nikki Haley. WHO's currently as we're recording this the US Ambassador to the United Nations tweeted about being booed walk home from lunch and you know I think like maybe pride isn't everybody's space. Maybe it's actually people space. I and you have to be invited in. She's done some super. Thanks yeah so. It's just that like hey man you're. You're you're associated with this thing so you're GonNa get booed and then you have to tell us what you're GonNa do to not. Get booed that next time. That's what it is. They're so rea- before first of all thank you so much for talking to me thing. I feel like we didn't cover everything. You wanted to cover everything well. It's I mean it's an hour long conversation during the goal is to document or stories and talk to people about how they identify and we did all of that great loss a few baseball jokes and you told us about the future to how that I've been wanting to talk about that for a while so I feel like we knocked it out of the park which is a baseball uh-huh and fair ball. I would like to end the show by asking you to share with the listeners and with me ah Queiro of yours so just looking for somebody in not necessarily even your spear sphere. It doesn't have to be somebody that you know but somebody who's influenced you in the way that they have loved their life as a person I think I have there's many but for this conversation I think will pick Harry Dodge the artist. Tell me about Harry so you made a movie gold by Hooker by Crook which I think came out in two thousand one. If I'm getting my dates correctly with with sorry was Howard and it was a movie that I'd like seen in magazines and stuff because the Internet wasn't really a thing yet and I mostly really knew about it because it had a really great soundtrack and I couldn't track it down and then I finally got it through net flicks and watched it and it was just like in awe of what they made because it was just like a buddy movie you know I'd Never Seen Queer movie that wasn't overwrought love story which is valuable label or a story where someone either died or was killed because we also need to tell those stories but none of that happens in that movie you showed me this and I think you're also pointing to his that There's people in the universe who take up space in each other's lives lives and romantic space and that's very interesting for the core community. Were were not really portrayed an entertainment as doing that for each other. I I felt so struck when I saw Laura Natasha Leones characters being buddies and like the first season of orange new cool they have something in common shares that they didn't actually share yeah yeah and it's uh-huh totally transformative when I seen where they're like sitting on the stairs together remembered. I'm tracking they did and Yeah I love that and the movie also explores gender in a really fascinating way that's like not necessarily spelled out for you like the way the the like out group at the movie refers to the pronouns that they use with them and then the pronouns as with each other is just like really fascinating and I was really inspired by that and then I like kind kind of tried to keep track of that person and they're now like a professor at Cal Arts and they do a lot of video or and some really really cool stuff and they're married to a person they Maggie Nelson who has written some tremendous books and it's just like an inspirational life have to live in moving out here. They were at a party that I went to like very early on moving out here. It was one of those moments where I was like. Oh I think I'm on the right path. I may hate aided here but there's a reason that I'm here you know because it's very difficult to move to Los Angeles. It's a it's a different city. It's different than anything I've ever encountered and then sometimes you get to see these like like little light posts on the way and I remember that being a big moment where I was like well. I did something right because for this person to just like be in the same space as me and it's like super casual way no idea they it would be there. That's got to be something and then I got to see. They did a like an art. Talk a couple months ago that I mean just speaking for like an hour very cool for somebody like went to art school and it was like well this why did I get this degree and then there with my shoes off and like listen to got their concept of like Google and stuff as an artist I did it. I actually understand well Harry York uh-huh and Rio. Thank you so much for being a guest on the show. Is there anything that you want to plug. Maybe your clearest comedy album butcher sure yeah. You can check that out on same sex. That's your albums label. Kill Rock Stars. They're both three words I'm called same sex is called butcher. It is and I mean it's from like a year ago and it's kind of amazing. When I think about the jokes that I was telling I I feel we're talking about that album because in a in a different place in thinking about things from my own perspective and I know when will literally reached out to me it was like this joke is offensive and I was like I'm sorry I was talking about an experience that I had but I also understand what you're saying so I feel like you have to give it disclaimer. When I talk talk about that album yeah you in were volving people changing all the time and yeah I hear. Ya Yeah so UM checkout butcher slash. I mean you could watch check which easy watch take my wife. I'm in that and I made that with you and you can also watch Adam homerun everything thanks thanks for having me. Uh well listeners. That's our show. Please remember to rate and review us on itunes. You can follow me on twitter at Cameron Esposito. 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Episode 3-11--- 30 year old murder investigation solved by public genealogy company
"You have discovered season three of the five four, two in the blue, a podcast on enforcement, history, issues, investigations, and incidents in the Appalachian Mountains and beyond. Hosted by Scotland's. I retired police. Detective Sergeant Author Andrew Searcher. Scott. Recording four, three, two one. Think you again Victoria for opening us up. And for doing the extra duty today we have Victoria not only working as our producer. But as our technical. Technical technician. As well and she's doing a wonderful job. going. As I'm recording this. The United States in the rest of the world is dealing with the. Corona virus and we're all doing a lot of self. Quarantining for lack of a better term. a lot of us that are essential workers law enforcement. Ems Fire. Are Working hard and dealing with the situation at hand. doing the school system is closed so I'm not working in the schools right now, but. I am working at the local community college campus police unit to help make sure things. Flow well over there. Everybody just remember to keep your distance and keep your hands clean. Until all this is over with. Today shade of Blue Story for five four two in the blue. It's another cold case homicide This one is from nineteen, ninety one April of nineteen ninety one. The victim is a twenty three year old single mother. A name of Rachel, Johnson she was kidnapped, raped, beaten and stabbed and set on fire on the night of March Thirtieth Nineteen Ninety one. A her body was left behind for others to find it the next day. Miss Johnson was a single mother. She had a three rule daughter at the time. After interviewing? Friends and family and completing a cab the of the neighborhood. where she was last seen Akron Ohio police were not able to locate a suspect originally. With the investigation did show. was that Miss Johnson of Talmadge Ohio? Had spent a Friday evening with some friends in into Akron Ohio bars. She left the last establishment with her girlfriend. They got into the girlfriend's car and began driving home. Before, they arrived. The car got a flat tire according to police records in media sources from Nineteen ninety-one. The driver of the car. Miss Johnson's friend continued driving on the flat tire. which we know is not a good idea. And it's not clear why she did so. But she kept driving on it and as you would expect, the tire became hot. The Rim became hot in it. Started filling the car with the smell of burning rubber. Police reports and newspaper reports said Johnson panicked this point and try to jump out of the car, but was stopped by the driver. By the two women began to argue in reported that Johnson yelled out. Just let me out of this car. I'm not burning up in any car. And at this point, the girlfriend. Slash driver told her just to get out. Now police estimated this to be around. Two thirty am on a Saturday morning. She told her friend after the argument that she would find her own way home. A faded gray vehicle of some sort had followed them. Or was behind them and investigators said that Johnson either. Voluntarily got into the vehicle or was forced inside by driver. The girlfriend continued and somehow was able to drive home on that flat tire. But. That was the last time that Johnson was seen alive. Now after investigation. A suspect was developed. Daniel Wilson was taken into custody Anna DNA collection was completed with a search warrant. Akron police submitted the sample with a DNA sample collected from the victim from the autopsy. Now this was the beginning of the wait for lab results in this particular homicide. DNA test on suspects at that time could typically. Could typically take up to a year to get the results back? And I can attest to that as having worked in the early nineties in sexual assault investigations. Most of the state labs including state on North Carolina would not take a DNA test unless you had both suspect and victim to compare to. The main reason for that. I'm sure was because the. Developing database of DNA suspects the DNA of suspects hadn't really been done yet. Now results the DNA. Comparison tests were the key to whether Akron detectives. Mr Daniel Wilson with killing. AKRONS chief of detectives told the newspapers in Nineteen ninety-one that investigators. Won't have any good suspects in the killing. If. The DNA test does not link Wilson to the case. To quote? A major in detective unit our case win rise or false with this DNA test. Wilson is our only good suspect. If it is not him, we are back to square one. Now, what brought their attention to? Wilson was the fact that the crime was similar to a killing that Wilson was accused of committing previously. Wilson had been accused of murdering a woman. There's body was found in her burning car. Wilson at the age of twenty, one was arrested by the police in Ohio on May nine for the killing of a Carol Lutts. Twenty four years old, he was charged with aggravated murder and that investigation. In an attempt to link Wilson to Johnson's death. While he awaited trial for the killing of Lutts, semen was taken from Johnson's body during the autopsy was compared with a blood sample taken from Wilson to see whether the DNA genetic material matched. Now this request in nineteen, ninety one was just one over. Thousand, requests, for DNA test to be done in over a thousand rooms, such request police agencies in the United States with the FBI scientific analysis section in Washington DC. Now at that time because of the test complexity. And the fact that only ten analysts were trained and certified. To, testify in court to DNA comparisons, it can take up to six months before the F., B. I. Sends a final report to local police on on this was according to the FBI in a media interview at the time. Let's was found in the trunk of her burning car. Wilson admitted killing her. But. Did Deny any involvement in any other deaths including Mrs. Johnson Miss Johnson's death. Wilson's attorney denied that the Stan statements made by his client were actually confessions in the Lutts homocide, but simply a misunderstanding between the investigators and his client. Well unfortunately test results cleared Wilson as the killer of Johnson. But he was still tried and found guilty of the murder of Ms Lutts. Whether it was a MR misunderstanding or not. He was still connected. The slang was also found to be similar to other killings across the country and police thought. There might be on link to maybe serial killer in the United. States that traveled. They looked at other homicides in Ohio and other states nearby. The crime matched similar ammos to other reported cases in California for Genu- and Maryland Pennsylvania Canada. In a few other places detect his felt what connected these cases was the amount of pain. That the killer inflicted upon the victim. The investigation stalled with no more leads. The DNA was put into the FBI's database, but in twenty years. No match was discovered in individuals arrested. The killer remained free for more than two decades after her murder. In two thousand and thirteen. When no change the investigation shown. The Ohio Attorney, General's office established. Because of this case in a few others, the cold case unit the Ohio unsolved homicides initiative. Unit found that they had good DNA evidence that was collected in the case and dozens of possible suspects had been examined in the twenty three years since the crime occurred. They went back in reinterviewed and started the investigation from scratch. But, no. Match was found for the DNA or no confessions or anything that could link one person to this particular homicide. On. Akron police detective told the press in twenty thirteen. We believe the person who committed this horrific crime is still out there and may have even been talked. To or has spoken with someone else about the crime. And of course they were soliciting any type of input they could they could get. That my point in the direction of the suspect. Johnson case was actually just part of about one thousand, one hundred and two cold cases in the state of Ohio in two thousand thirteen. As a lot of cases to have to review. Now this brings us up to our present day April of twenty twenty. Now almost thirty years after. The incident. Arrest was finally made. With the same DNA evidence used to look for the killer originally. In April of this year. Akron police charged Daniel reach R E s fifty seven years old with the murder. Of Miss Johnson. Riche of Akron Ohio was identified as a suspect after a Texas company uploaded the crime scene DNA to eight public genealogy website. Distant relatives of reach had already uploaded their DNA into the website, looking for long lost relatives or just chat backtracking their own family history. Very common today, but this led to an eventual match. The detectives once they located a partial match to the DNA thing ended up having to basically reconstruct a or construct a family tree looking for our suspect. Detectives stated Reeves had been in the same area. Were Johnson was last seen, and actually had known the family. When they did a search of the case file, they found no mention of reached being interviewed or even thought of as being connected to the investigation. The detective interviewed in twenty twenty called. Reese, a ghost in the investigation. He was nowhere near it. He's quoted as saying. Now in a simple online records sh- search, you can find that. He was arrested for a felony assault. Near Akron Ohio two years after the murder. And after some plea bargaining, he served six months in jail and was released after been dropped down to a misdemeanor. He had actually lived across the street from the Johnson family for quite some time. and was described as a camilion. By the local police. Now CAITLIN. The daughter of Johnson who? Was Two years old at the time of her mother's murder. Is reported in the Cleveland newspaper as saying quote this crazy that he was hiding in plain sight. He was at her house quite a lot. We had bonfires and he was always around. Caitlin who is now thirty one? Was raised by her dad and step mom instead her family would regularly have bonfires and barbecues and reach would often be there. Johnson's daughter further went on to say reach at once taken her on a motorcycle ride. Invited her into his home, and had tended her brother's wedding and worked with the victims sister at a printing company. We wonder how a person could do this. And looking at it have be very cold I guess. But Lady Justice we after a member does not age. And of course, working with her sister Lady Karma. Who is also very patient. The case apparently has been solved in his awaiting court. And it's now up to the court. With Reza's facing a court date for. Murdering of Johnson it's up to the courts to follow through and make sure Rachel. Gets the justice that she deserves. I hope you found this shade of blue interesting. Again. Try to be safe and secure. Keep washing our hands. Keep our social distance. In the coming weeks, Try to do something nice for somebody because. It'll make you feel better and make them feel better. I hope you found this episode. Five four two in the blue of interest. Come back next time, and we'll have hopefully something else. You might find if interest. And in the meantime, if you'd like to check out my web page Scott Lunceford author dot com, you can see some of the previous podcast and some links to get back to them. You can also check out some of my books and other information that's available on the website, and you can contact me or reach me through the contact page on the website as well you have comments, suggestions, or ideas for possible podcasts or research. Okay victorious. Just you've got the helm today. Go ahead and close us out. And we'll talk to y'all later. Thank you for listening. You have been listening to the five, four two and the blue podcast discussions of law, enforcement, history, issues and incidents in the Appalachian Mountains and beyond. Hosted by Scott Lansford. For more information on this podcast, go to Scotland for Dorothy DOT COM. There you can find a link to the podcast site and information on Scott's books, and how to order them. Scott can be reached through the message Portland on the contact page. This is Victoria for five, four, two and the blue. Thank you for listening to one end.
THE EUROPEAN DRINKER 2nd Edition
"Welcome back my friends to the big book podcast. My name is Howard and I'm an alcoholic sober since January first nineteen, Eighty, eight, one day at a time. This is the fifty third episode and I hope you've found the audio version of alcoholics anonymous to be both meaningful and enjoyable. In this episode story number five in part, one of the story section of the second edition of the big book published in Nineteen, Fifty Five. It's entitled the European drinker by Joe de an original member of the Akron Group sometimes referred to as a number five. As was the case with a number of stories in the first edition of the big book. Bill W found it surprisingly difficult to obtain written stories from among the earliest members of alcoholics anonymous. Those that were received often needed major rewriting. So in nineteen, thirty, eight and early, nineteen, thirty, nine bill and Dr Bob asked Jim s a member of the Akron group to interview reluctant storytellers and then goes right their personal stories. Jim Was a newspaper Man of considerable talent and repute it is said that his involvement in listening to and then ghost writing the Akron stories got the job done and help keep Jim Sober at the same time. incidently, Bill W later noted that Jim's goes writing was responsible for at least a dozen stories submitted from the Akron Group for the first edition with regard to the European Drinker Jim sat down with Joe D. to hear recitation of his story only to find that was a somewhat reluctant storyteller many years. Later, Jim referred to Joe D as an example of how difficult it was to drag enough material out of his fellow as to create an engaging story for the big book. So though this is Joe De Story, we have JIM S to thank for its readability. This story was printed in the first through third editions up the big book. But not in the fourth edition. If you listen to the first edition version from an earlier episode and then listen to this version the you'll notice that the story was significantly edited and shortened for the second, edition. True to the spirit of the big book podcast. This story is presented exactly as published in the second edition. And now. Part One. Story Five. The European drinker. Beer and wine were not the answer. I was born in Europe in house to be exact shortly after it had become German and practically grew up with good Rhine wine of song and story. My parents had some vague idea of making a priest out of me and for some years I attended the Francis Skin school at Basel Switzerland, just across the border about six miles from my home. But although I was a good Catholic, the monastic life had little appeal for me. Very early I became apprentice to harness making and acquired considerable knowledge of upholstering. My daily consumption of wine was about a quart. But that was common where I lived everybody drank wine and it is true that there was no great amount of drunkenness. But I can remember in my teens that there were a few characters who caused the village heads to nod pityingly and sometimes anger as they pause to say that sought on Ray and say poverty rules who drank too much. They were undoubtedly the alcoholics of our village. Military service was compulsory and I did my stretch with the class of my age goose stepping in German barracks and taking part in the boxer rebellion in China my first time at any great distance from home. Informed. Parts many a soldier who has been abstemious at home learns to use new and potent drinks. So I indulge with my comrades and everything the Faris had to offer. I cannot say however that I acquired any craving for hard liquor as a result. When I got back to Germany I settled down to finish my apprenticeship drinking the wine of the country as usual. Many friends of my family had emigrated to America. So at twenty four, I decided that the United States offered me the opportunity I was never likely to find in my native land. I came directly to a growing industrial city in the middle. West where I have lived practically ever since. I was warmly welcomed by friends of my youth who had preceded me for weeks after my arrival. I was fated and entertained in the already large colony of Alsatians in the city among the Germans in their saloons and clubs. I early decided that the wine of America was very inferior stuff and took up beer instead. Fond of singing I joined German singing society which had good club headquarters there. I sat in the evenings enjoying with my friends, our memories of the old country singing, the old songs we all knew playing simple card games for drinks and consuming great quantities of beer. At that time, I could go into any saloon have one or two beers walk out and forget about it. I had no desire whatever to sit down at a table and stay a whole morning afternoon drinking. Certainly at that time, I was one of those who can take it or leave it alone. There had never been any drunkards in my family I came of good stock of men and women who drank wine all their lives as a beverage, and while the occasionally got drunk at special celebrations. Up about their business the next day. Prohibition, came having regard for the law of the land I resigned myself to the will of the national legislators and quit drinking altogether not because I had founded harmful but because I couldn't get what I was accustomed to drink. You can all remember that in the first few months after the change a great many men who had formerly been used to few beers every day or an occasional drink of Whiskey simply quit all alcoholic drinks. For the great majority of us. However that condition didn't last we saw very early that prohibition wasn't going to work. It wasn't very long before a home brewing was an institution and men began to search feverishly for old recipe books on wine-making but I hardly tasted anything for two years and started in business for myself founding a mattress factory, which is today an important industrial enterprise in our city. I was doing very well with that and general upholstering work and there was every indication that I would be financially independent by the time. I. Reached Middle Age by this time I was married and was paying for a home like most immigrants I wanted to be somebody and have something, and I was very happy and contented as I felt success crown my efforts. I. Miss The old Social Times of course but had no definite craving even for beer. Successful home brewers among my friends began to invite to their homes I decided that if these fellows could make it, I would try myself and so I did. It wasn't very long until I had developed a pretty good brew with uniformity and plenty of authority. I knew the stuff I was making was a lot stronger than I had been used to. But I never suspected that steady drinking. It might develop a taste for something even stronger still. It wasn't long before the bootlegger wasn't established institution in this as in other towns. I was doing well and business, and in going around town I was frequently invited to have a drink in a speakeasy I condone domestic brewing along with bootleggers and their business more and more. I form the habit of doing some of my business in the speakeasy, and after time did not need that as an excuse the speaks usually sold whiskey beer was too bulky and it couldn't be kept in a jug under the counter ready to be dumped when John Law came around. I was now forming an entirely new drinking technique. Before long I had a definite taste for hard liquor new nausea and headaches. I had never known before but in the old days I suffered them out. Gradually however, I'd suffered so much that I simply had to have the morning after drink. I had become a periodic drinker. I was eased out of the business I had founded and was reduced to doing general upholstery in a small shop at the back of my house. My wife upbraided often and plenty when she saw that my periodic were gradually losing me what business I could get I began to bring bottles in I, had them hidden away in the house and all over my shop and careful concealment I had all the usual experiences of the alcoholic for I was certainly one by this time. Sometimes, after sobering up after about of several weeks, I would righteously resolved to quit with a great deal of determination I would throw out full pints, pour them out and smash the bottles firmly resolved never to take another drink of the stuff I was going to straighten up. In four or five days, I would be hunting over the place at home and in my workshop for the bottles I had destroyed cursing myself for being such a fool. My periodic became more frequent until I reached the point where I wanted to devote all my time to drinking working as little as possible, and then only when the necessity of my family demanded it as soon as I had satisfied that what I earned as an upholsterer when for liquor. I would promise to have jobs done and never do them. My customers lost confidence in me to the point where I retained what business I had only because I was a well trained and reputedly fine craftsmen best in the business. When he sober my customers would say and I still had a following who had give me work though they deplored my habits because they knew the job would be well done when they eventually got it. I had always been a good Catholic possibly not so devoted as I should have been but fairly regular in my attendance at services I had never doubted the existence of the supreme being but now I began to absent myself from the church where I had formerly been a member of the choir. Unfortunately, I had no desire to consult my priest about my drinking. In fact, I was scared to talk to him about it for I feared the kind of talk he would give me unlike many other Catholics who frequently take pledges for definite periods a year two years or for good I never had any desire to take a pledge before the priest and yet realizing at last that liquor really had me I wanted to quit. My wife wrote away for advertised cures for the liquor habit and gave them to me in coffee I even got them myself and tried them none of the various cures of this kind were any good. Then occurred to me the event that saved me an alcoholic who was a doctor came to see me he didn't talk like a preacher at all. In fact, his language was perfectly suited to my understanding. He had no desire to know anything except whether I was definite about my desire to quit drinking. I told him with all the sincerity at my command that I did. Even then he went into great detail about how he and a crowd of alcoholics with whom he associated had mastered their difficulty. Instead, he told me that some of them wanted to talk to me and would be over to see me. This doctor had imparted his knowledge to just a few other men at that time, not more than four or five they now number more than seventy persons, and because as I discovered since it is a part of the treatment that these men be sent to see and talk with alcoholics who want to quit. He kept them busy. He had already imbued them with his own spirit until they were ready and willing at all times to go where sent and as a doctor he well knew that this mission and duty would strengthen them as it later helped me. The visits from these men impressed me at once where preaching and prayers had touched me very little. I. Immediately desired further knowledge of these men I could see they were sober. The third man who came to see me had been one of the greatest business getters his company had ever employed. From the top of the heap in a few years, he had skidded to becoming a shuffling customer still entering the better barrooms but welcomed by neither mine host nor his patrons, his own business was practically gone. He told me when he discovered the answer. You've been trying man's ways and they always fail. He told me you can't win unless you try God's way. I had never heard of the remedy expressed in just this language in a few sentences. He made Gods seem personal to me explained him as a being who was interested in me the alcoholic and that all I needed to do was be willing to follow his way. That as long as I followed it, I would be able to overcome my desire for liquor. Well there I was willing to try it but I didn't know how except in a vague way I knew somehow that it meant more than just going to church and living a moral life if that was all then I was a little doubtful that it was the answer I was looking for. He went on talking and told me that he had found. The plan has a basis of love and the practice of Christ's injunction love thy neighbor as thyself. Taking that as a foundation he reasoned that if a man followed that rule, he could not be selfish I could see that. And he further said that God, could not accept me as as sincere follower of his divine law unless I was ready to be thoroughly honest about it. That was perfectly logical. My Church taught that I had always known that in theory. We talked to about personal morals. Every man has his problem of this kind, but we didn't discuss it very much. My visitor well knew that as I tried to follow God, I would get to studying these things out for myself. That day I gave my will to God and asked to be directed. But. I have never thought of that as something to do and then forget about. Either very early came to see that there had to be a continual renewal of that simple deal with God that I had perpetually to keep the bargain. So I began to pray to place my problems in God's hands. For a long time. I. Kept on trying in a pretty dumb way at first I. Know. But very earnestly, I didn't want to be a fake. And began putting into practice what I was learning every day. It wasn't very long to my doctor friends sent me to tell another alcoholic what my experience had been this duty together with my weekly meetings with my fellow alcoholics and my daily renewal of the contract I originally made with God have kept me sober when nothing else ever did. I have been sober for many years. Now, the first few months were hard many things happened business trials, little worries, and feelings of general despondency came near driving me to the bottle but I made progress. As, I go along I, seem to get strength daily to be able to resist more easily. And when I get upset cross grain and out of tune with my fellow man I, know that I am out of tune with God. Searching, where I have been at fault, it is not hard to discover and get right again for I have proven to myself and to many others who know me that God can keep a man sober if he will let him. This concludes the reading of the European drinker from part. One of the personal stories section of the second edition of Alcoholics anonymous I'm grateful you listened. Stay tuned for our fifty fourth episode featuring stories six entitled the vicious cycle. As always, it's super easy to listen to the first and second editions of the Big Book including many stories not published in later editions just visit big PODCAST, dot com, and listen to your heart's content or download and subscribe for free to all of the podcast episodes on Apple podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. To listen earlier chapters in stories in the book, simply scroll down the episode. List. If you've enjoyed listening. I'd be super grateful. If you can leave a rating on apple podcasts, it will help others, find us and please share this podcast with friends and anyone you know who has a desire to stop drinking. It may be the only version of the big book they ever here.
A conversation with Akron Inner City Soccer Club's Dele Olabisi
"Woke him to do with karnal simple. Hey everybody welcome back to go. We are your host coach. Carlos fall over the course of the next few months we will have conversations with different coaches directors program officers across the nation in regards to inner city youth soccer and different programs that help increase accessibility to the sport in underserved communities. We call it galasso in action series last week. We had a great with coach. Ferriss owens from dc department of parks and recs. We're very excited. Welcome our special guests for today's episode Is the founder and president of akron. Inner city soccer club Higher purpose of the clubs to ride safe connectivity for the development soccer skills a low cost free for inner city youth in any other child wanted to participate is served after an inner city children. Both boys and girls ages five through fourteen years old since the fall of nineteen ninety. Nine program is very diverse. Giving them a unique opportunity over medic clubs near you they're players can learn many different styles of play from birth coaches who come from all parts of the world like us poached jellies passionate about giving intercity us a chance to play soccer. I level free so without further ado. Let's warm welcome to coach telling welcome show coach. Thank you very much. Thanks for inviting. Me is a pleasure to be here. Thanks again So we'll just dive right into the questions you don't mind sakaba leadoff question. Can you talk about the history of the acronym city soccer club. Yes akron city soccer club. I begins with me. I started the program back before. I was born and raised in nigeria. I'm i've played. Soka is a culture in my country. And i played soccer growing up in my final year. I my eyes crew senior. I will talk a cup team in nineteen sixty nine at ibadan boyd sized goo. You buy donate jillian after that i moved to. Us and i play. I play a year of scholarship soccer. After that i'm married. And i have four. Children would five grandchildren and one not yet started my son babatunde. When he was nine years old. You wanted to play football. And i do want to put pressure on him. I said yes. Of course play football. We get full buffalo. Two years and i was kind of rough with my mindset boeing soccer culture so i asked my son you surely won't continue playing this sport. He said dad really ideal want to. I would try something i say. Okay i want to force you. So i said what he say would try soccer of practice surf tiny back yet and we broke many windows so i on on site him off to play. We do our mca area. We did that for two years on. We didn't are two years. I just not something. I noticed that the program just didn't represent the diverse population of community. So i spoke to my wife and my my my children. I i would like to start a program and it will be co akron. Inner city dhabi so diverse and represent the community now October of nineteen ninety nine. I started three players today beside this year with utah. Dacoven nineteen with over semi. Andre children. i yet this year round year run. That's one of the tonight. Say it will be. It will be a year round. It will be less expensive. You'll be diagnosed will make fun will make a competitive today as said this yet that we didn't have a tournament tournament breaks in about sixty four between fifty and sixty teams. Wait about one. Thousand players coaches referees parents on frames to community it game another thing that this soccer thoughtful twenty one years. What have noticed. We are playing. We were having a lot of impact on participants. Not only on the soccer field because of my collaborations we here. I have the authorization to see my my players. I couldn't walk. I can't see the absenteeism. If mrs schools i can see it on the acronym screw children. Because and then i can talk to them that women. You have missing too many days in school. You don't want to be an at risk because if you miss more than sixteen days of school year you you could be considered address student so we walk on that. Make sure you know. Stay in school. And i also check the grades on make recommendation. If you need to tony we get we get you. We're not turning back. We direct you to where you will get all of this that you need so that being said. Excuse me this program. Also some of my volunteer coaches some of my volunteer coaches after coaching for a year the applying getty license cooking lesson. Us after some bit on. Not soccer coaches again plumbing. Okay on the game. I remember when we started some people. Say wait a minute. Our program will be able to compete with some of the suburban the elite the premier teams. Well whip play against some teams outside ohio. We play against a team from michigan dementia. Jaguars leaked program. You can google them. We play against them. And i mean what better competitive replay dance team from chicago. Chicago tiger tiger we play against them and whoever it competitive so at this program i allow me to see the benefits of a program. Thanks coach daily That i if you can see you. See me how i was. I was notting guessing. I was because i totally agree with with a lot of things that that said And i wanna hit on a couple things just to just to reinforce what you said I agree. I think a lot of organizations especially at the elite level what we call elite level or the ones that are ones that generate or have a lot of money. They kind of forget that academic part right so they're just like money money money player player. Go home next week. Right this it in this case I think all three of us can can attest to it. Do you have to especially. when we're working with inner city children. We have to make that connection not only on the field but off few and that's key because that's when they trust you more more that's wendy's children's say hey coach day coach. Paul chris carlos these guys care about me. They want me to be great on the field but they also want me to gets a college and have good grades right so i think that's what separates us not just coaches but as organizations asked soccer clubs. Is that. We are selling point appearances. Hey listen not only. Do you not have to pay for programming. A right but also we're we're going to try our best to make sure that your child is doing good in school. Ran is doing good on the field. So i i just wanted to thank you for saying that and my next question to you is kosher deli. How has an. I know you touched on this briefly with covid nineteen but how has a soccer club adapted to the current pandemic great we. We were lucky enough. We computer winter program that one ended in february of this year after that. That's when the pandemic heat on death everything was shut down. Okay we have very very careful. We listen to all the direction guidelines from lower san while you so 'cause association not from governor in ohio. i'm from the mayor of akron. So spring season was concert dan. We got permission. The green light from our mayor in akron that allow us to do some generalists semi com. We'll have more than one hundred participants solo to over nineteen. I number down to forty eight forty into four groups so ten ten participation group we took coaches and then we made everything that is necessary available. Fix play us onto the parents. We make hanson kaiser all of that available so we are very very careful. Yes we did. We did for season. We participate for program because it allows to play so we did that. I instead of registering about eight or nine thousand nine hundred and only registered three teams or so. We're very careful because this violence is very deadly. And i say the scientists might say i believe in science so now i will my save. It's elliott I think that's that's the right call and Thanks thanks so much insight on that question so switching gears here over the next five years go for your vision for intercity soccer akron and your vision for inner city soccer across the country. Great number one for akron university soccer club i will. I would like a field where we can practice as soak up through. That is line would go post. We've been around for twenty one years with the practice on a deepak. Do play on regular fields. You know bill for amstrong children. They couldn't practice there. So i hope in five years would be able to have in stock field that we can call our home number two. I would like us have good transportation. Because i transferred most of the players. I will go through the east side. Go to denounce side. I'm on the west side. I will travel. You know big because they have no means of getting thirty program so i prayed that we have more good transportation. Yes i've cried the us. I hope to have more programs like mine. I hope and i hope that my program like you guys are new new on anybody. Wanted to start some light. This inflammation necessary or i agree. I agree coach. And then just to. I think add what you what you mentioned. I think it is important to have your own field. I in in my in my In my part i have. I have a small turf field where i can use for emergency at. The school were coach. I also have a big large grass field that we use to practice and to play games. So i i understand that some. There's some some teams that they might have the money to run everything but don't have the feel and then there's some teams that don't have the the the The money but they do have the few and the space so I hopefully and i think as time goes on as things. Get better and better across the country Definitely i know that off whenever we're done with With our conversation today. I know that our conversation doesn't stop here. And and hopefully coach fallen. I can help you with with Field or or any any any ideas or anything like that. But i i. I'm really hoping that you guys are able to find The feels space soon and in the last thing. I'm going to say before. I jump to the next question is you're right i i hope said in the next five years and maybe the next two three years that there's more organizations like akron inner city soccer club and there's more organizations like Soccer on the hill and dc scores. Because i think at the end of the day the children benefit more than what benefit. Yeah yes yes and so my next question to you coach daily is what advice would you give to a person or a group that wants to start a similar program akron. Inner city soccer club number one from me will be you have to you. Have a dream what you think what your dream is like is going to be for profit. Disrobe graham profit off a nonprofit that is number one number two. I would say look here. See down you. It's a lot of commitment a lot of commitment before i retired two years ago. I work in cleveland. And i still run this program. Yes so a lot of commitment there. And when i started it wasn't all that rosy you know i i spend a lot of my money let of my money. So that's part of the equation. So i would be person and then you have to. You have to connect you have to connect for example. This might be a good time for me to bring this up A body diversity diversity. We and our the person to attend symposiums seminars. Because i was a former member of the diversity attack force. Okay and then we i mean we. We're we also. We traveled to this. E i in the and the obama com collaborative. That's about to say. Yeah oh by collaborative who in in twenty and twenty eleven you know and then i was amazed information. Yes i we came home. We love cars ideas. So i would encourage you know for them to attend something like that. I disappointed also showed up toll. Don't miss that cannon poke on sale pickings the current president of the program for the us soccer foundation so because the hip lot so that would be you know some of the tech group or the individual than we want to stop great. Thanks to that answer so one thing at a looking at just your loved website thing that jumped out at me was i saw the impressive list of a sponsors. The club had so interested to know if you could talk about how important sponsors are to the soccer club in talk about process for for the club lining up sponsors grid question number one. No sponsors no soccer. As far as i got you guys concerned. I in akron order. I don't know about dc. I do not by chicago. I don't know about michigan bay. Nocturnal higher no sponsors. No soccer because can be very expensive. That's one of the reasons. I started my program as non profit nonprofit so it can be very costly some programs here the cost over three thousand play so my population some details come pay that no way. It's no way so with no no sponsor For us is our program is year round. we do indoor spraying. We do summer summer. Comes you know we we we give them both free balls free t shirts food books all of that so it's very very important on how to align those sponsors number one you would start start from your area in my case. Akron logo mind on my computer. And i google audie idiot. Foundations on you have to look for work is so caught. Some suppose thoughts some support education sensible music. So you have to. You know you have to pick. That's part your colors and then you have to write a very good convincing ladder. You have to tech will you are what you are doing. Debenham feet to the community the benefit to the children. So you've got to convince them now. Don't be disappointed. You may be turned down two or three times that each time. He started when i ride i. Would i would list on our accomplishments before this is accomplished. You have to see what we are doing. Our program is making great impact in the community. So i think that's would be my advice because i think you're right. Now you're just dropping gems you know. I think we coach. Paul night we we. We agree one hundred percent with what you say. I think In life there's a- everybody's not going to say yes. There's going to be people organizations that say no and i think it's important If if you really believe in in your ideas and your dreams and your organizations you have to keep trying out of one hundred responses you're going to get at i know you're gonna get at least yes great and that one yes can can make up for those ninety nine notes. Correct so You right you just inspire me to go out into my community and say hey you know. Can we get this for tutors. Can we get this for new soccer balls and jersey. So i just wanna thank you for that. Great that great answer And to go along with the next question. I know you briefly briefy briefly touched on that akron. Inner city soccer club is an affiliate with the us. Soccer federation diversity task force and so my question for you is. How did your club become affiliated with us. Soccer federation's diversity task force. And can you describe what what that what that looks like. Excellent we akron. We are not in. Dc in two thousand fifteen at is a call us from gentlemen duck andreessen and following that at is another call from mr benjamin leah on bull. Told me this at weta minute. Us sokha foundation deal wanted to look. They're looking for a program that goes like my program on looking for ways to help us. We can tell them how concerned are problems on the concede what they will do. So that's what it told me. And i say yes please. We are in love first. Meeting was november of two thousand fifteen. That was the first meeting on dan demeaning. After was every quarter every three months every three months we conversation and in fact for the next three months. We're we're we're we're conversing on our problem. Because mr benjamin wonder if becoming team member is saying is i e mail. Was that you guys. Because that about ten ten clubs from east coast to west coast from new orleans. Cleveland about ten ten on. Dan said where you got signed off your concerns. Let's look at what each you guys are doing. Dot com dot conversation to three consecutive meetings. We just talking then. After that they've brought in some speakers bet on lately on foot lately in january january twenty seventeen santos letter after our first meeting was in january after many sent an email. This guys on netflix. This program be dissolved because us soccer foundation division. I want disappointed. Because i've made great connections. I make on this show with A gentleman and in new orleans is not as program from nonprofit trying to profit. We'll come visit this guy doing this summer that tended in january of two thousand seventeen. So that's i'm praying that pro progress your platform was tagged along for people. It will be a resources where people can tap each order. i've make connections. That's i get up and that was the very short leave the program. Yeah i agree. i know. sometimes it's really disappointing. When organizations moved to different different ways. You know what i think. is obviously that hasn't stopped you from growing your program so you know i. It could be a blessing in disguise. Like like like Like you were saints. Now we have this these platforms like us and other other podcasts. On other shows that that provide unity and and provide like a database of of coaches and and directors to help each other out no matter if they're in europe. us whatever it doesn't matter especially nowadays with covert were able to sit in front of a computer or phone and just talk to each other for hours about great ideas coaches there. What would you think about that or do you have anything else. Add sorry of sure. I agree that You know i think in libraries gonna be influx so kind of roll with things. And i think you know people like you. Coach de layer your clearly committed to the cause So just at local levels you know you can make a world of difference so We appreciate your. You're doin' app. So just just a church in gears a little bit. So what advice would you give someone who wants to pursue a career like yours. What for me is not a career bed. A community service waypoint this. I may retire chemist but ppg so that. I will like i said earlier. I would tell the person you have to know your product you have to your product you have to know you know the the benefits what i of beatty benefits for target population. So and then you have to do. Excuse me you have to do your own. Work is giving me out. You have to work in. Oh no look the us. Look for coaches in all of that. So that would be my advice. Just straight talk and it's not easy. It's not easy you have to keep going. I agree coach coach daily. I think Something that you you you mentioned and something. That coach i mentioned in the last episode in. I think the three things that i hear consistently is you have to have great commitment like you have to be committed. You have to love it because if you don't love it was the point and i think You show that Based on what you've done based on what you said today and just like coach ferriss two things that you guys have in common. Is that you guys love what you do and you guys love the community just like i love helping my community. Just like Coach paul alexa helps his community. I think i think that's that's another key component and number three. Like you said you you you you have to. You can't be afraid to network and you can't be afraid to to move around. I think that's the other thing too As we're coming to an end here because daily my our last question to you. Are there other things you would like to say about your program before we we end the show. What i would like to say that. I admire at admire. D d initiative by the united way of summing carry of where lead. I admire. You know initiative. Daddy warned us you know brought me in and say hey you got your. You got wrong yet on program. We want you guy to focus on the akron public schools because we want to increase. Graduation rate is a commitment. Descend from twenty. Eighteen to twenty twenty-five currently graduation rate is eighty percent with nineteen college or career. Ready now this by twenty twenty-five get one. Greg leyshon rate i ninety percent college and career ready system present dot really makes me and i'm so happy choosing our program pat of it so i would like the dot com to be available in all the cities because it will help the innocent children become many times when you look across the board of the reports i could emigrate port innocent children. Most of the time we antibody. So that's why. I wanted to say that. And to encourage all coaches talk to any organization that may like them to have the inner city. I you know become productive citizens so that is number one on a gang. Just we question. I ask myself what do i do what i do and could kyle you measure. Some of the idea become very very happy that he very happy with what i see. I see on also believed that. God the almighty god has he had. His son is my program for the past. Twenty one years somehow. Somehow we'll get funding. Somebody support us so put a program and our program and being able to compete with elite elite programs. Because remember very well one of my friends one of my when we started daily. You got took to compete with this of other teams. I remember very where see was yesterday. I said well yesterday i remember. There never already told him. Now you can see for himself concede. So i'm very happy. I'm very happy that the program you know is now provided employment. The my coaches people people come. And i'm very happy about dead and then two months then i will go for example. Detained said we play. We played many teams. It gives many teams just this one. So this my mind the michika jagua michika jock was after we played them. After the game dependence we will get in touch. Yes december an email and said the depend deplet- depleted donate audience. Christmas money last year. And then you also have them on. Facebook page club up facebook page. They is money. There is money for horse from michigan. There is thousand and but our players giving me so cashews stuck. I couldn't probably so mind. Another thing that i will step in is last october of this year. A young man in highschool is semi letter is daily. You know me you minority member me. That my my club. Hudson united issue d. s. o. n. Cussing united invited us two years ago to play a friendly match because he always wanted to play where i want to go to because programming is diverse. We have from all over toward the oldest to test. You know play against us so we went. We did we played guess friendly. It was the end of the year. They were getting ready for us. Six ninety so it was after the game. It was cold he was it. So the provide a teaser and we had hot chocolate so the guy was writing hill. Cadila would never forget. We still talk about that. That scrimmage on me on said it just checked my our website on his. We constantly tournament this year because of the covid nineteen and he that he say talk to him. Say you would like to do something for akron. Inner city so you say if i collect some you soccer choose at goodman will you asset. He did and ima- brought he is mortar. Brought him to my house. They drop them off the soccer shoes. I have story not of stories like that. I just wanted to mention to this. Just it just keeps me going. So i thank you guys. Were invited me to be on this platform. So pleasure thank you. I mean this has been if if the people can see my face. I just been saying yes and nodding and laughing and smiling because this is we need more coaches like yourself and i think i i hope i hope that the universe keeps you in our presence for last year is and i hope you. You can continue with your with your message with your positive attitude and continuing to change a children's lives in akron and the hope that one of our listeners. Get inspired maybe. They want to start their own soccer club or start. Maybe a mentoring program. Whatever the case may be. I hope that You continue to inspire your community. And i hope that you inspire our audience members. I know you've inspired me. I'm no and i can speak for coach paul. I think. I know you've inspired him to do great things as well so we really appreciate your time. We appreciate your energy. Thank you for giving us so much. Knowledge coach paul. Do you have anything to add. Though i totally agree with everything you said. Coach carlos costa jelly. Thanks so much for your time. So many inspirational stories. And the we'd love to have you back on our show at some point Maybe next year. Hopefully things will get back to normal talk about the transition back to normality in postcode world. But whether it's sad or anything else we'd love to have you back and does so. Thanks again so much for your time. Thank you and for those of you listeners. If you're continued listening with us if you're new to the show we just want to say thank you guys against for for listening to this great conversation with kosher deli with coach. Paul and i don't forget that you can look us up on facebook at galasso with carlos and paul. That is our official facebook page. You can find us on twitter at galasso podcast twenty. And please please. Please send us any recommendations feedback. You never know you can send us something that you wanna hear on the next episode or on the next series. Send us your suggestions. You never know when your topic will be our next show. This is coach fall in one more thing on the facebook page. Just a heads up. That will be posted some information about coach. Delis program Correct that's no so we end We're gonna try to get into that that Practice going for we interviewed coaches. Such scopes delhi So we will when we drop the podcast. Sure to check out our facebook page for more information on coccia elise is firing program and with that being said again. Thank you to coast daily for being on our show. Thank you for coach fall and thank you to you listeners. For giving us your time. This is coach. Carlos signing out. Thank you thank. You got her ex coach.
Bonus Commencement Episode: Chris Broussard
"Look plus twenty twenty. This isn't how you saw the year ending. It's why we made the commencement podcast, and this is only the beginning as he start planning for the future, get counted in the two thousand twenty census. Remember, if live in a dorm this semester east get counted by your school and the census results informed healthcare, education, infrastructure and countless other decisions for the next ten years visit twenty twenty cents a stuff. Gov Slash Grad to learn more. Commencement speeches for the class of twenty twenty two production of iheartradio. Class of twenty twenty parents faculty rising graduates welcome to commencement. You made it. This year is a little different a difficult time to graduate. Because the traditional graduation day has been put on hold, so we're bringing it you wherever you are. Because this is still your day your moment and now put your hands together. It's time to be inspired this year's commencement speaker, the one and only Chris Broussard. Hi I'm Chris Broussard's sports broadcaster at Fox sports one the television network and Fox sports radio and I want to congratulate. All of you graduates out there on a job. Well done is very unfortunate that your graduation ceremonies have been canceled or postponed a bud that does not diminish your chievements, and what you've accomplished in any way shape or form. You are to be honored because you've done. Done a terrific job over the last four or five six years. However long, it may have taken you to graduate. The key is that you have graduated you now have the credentials that you've been seeking, and you're now about to step into a new world with new possibilities. I was in your place thirty years ago. graduated from college in Nineteen Ninety. I hate the date myself. Myself like that, but that is the reality, and in these next few moments I wanNA share with you. Some of the things that I've learned throughout my career that I can help you become the person you want to become an whatever field of endeavor you so choose. The first thing is that you must believe in yourself. It's natural to be fearful. It's natural to have questions. It's natural. Natural to have doubts, but you've also got to have an inner belief in yourself that you can achieve great things of belief in yourself. That's so strong that you're willing to take some risk. When I first began in the sports, writing business I was a part time writer at the Cleveland Plain dealer, and after three and a half years at the plain dealer I still was part-time. And full-time opening came up and I apply for it. It was to back up the Cleveland Browns the Cleveland Indians and the Cleveland Cavaliers and I was just a high school sports writer, and I spoke with the sports editor sent some of my clips in, and I didn't get the job. They left me as a part-time. Reporter now I had enough confidence in myself to leave the plain dealer because of that. and Go to another place for a smaller paper that was nearby called the Akron Beacon German, and the Akron Beacon Journal, gave me the opportunity to cover professional sports, and they moved me onto the Cleveland Indians and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat, and it was my belief in myself. That enable meeting make that move. I didn't let the fact that the people at the plain dealer didn't think I was worthy of a full time. Job didn't apparently think I was. Was Ready to cover professional sports thought I was where I needed to be at the high school level I. Didn't let that sit with me. I knew that I have better things ahead. And that I was capable of much more even if it may go into a smaller paper and risking leaving the biggest paper in Ohio I was willing to do it because I believed in myself. You've got to have that same type of belief in your abilities. Secondly you've got to understand the fine line between confidence and arrogance. I just talked about how you need to believe in yourself, but you don't need to be arrogant. I'M GONNA. Share a story with you when I was an intern at the Cleveland Plain dealer after my junior year of college. I wrote my first story for the plain dealer and the sports editor of the assistant sports editor looked at it and didn't like. He thought he was garbage I hadn't had any experience really in journalism and I did the best I could, but he ripped it to shreds to the point. He was yelling at me. The door was closed in the sports department, but everybody out there her what he was saying. It was embarrassing and to some degree he was. Saying. Hey I'm sure there's something you do well, but journalism isn't for everybody. So I had to remain confident in myself, but also had to not be arrogant, so when I left his office I didn't walk out of their thinking. He doesn't know what he's talking about. What who in the world does he think? He is I know what I'm doing that article was great. No I took the constructive criticism. He gave me and learn from it. I ask other writers in the newsroom in the sports department. What I could do to improve I listen to them. I knew I didn't know everything. Even as I remain confident, and I apply what they told me and started writing. My stories based on the advice that they give me and. Thirty articles later that had been published in plain dealer. They offer me a job. After I graduated, so if I have been arrogant thinking, I'm confident and I know everything, and how dare speak to me that way then I never would have learned from my mistakes, and from the advice that he gave me even if he gave it in a harsh man, thirdly do not have a sense of entitlement. This business doesn't. Oh, you anything I. don't care what school you went to i. don't care what the grade point average was. I don't care how highly you think of yourself. It doesn't owe you anything. Your mentality has got to be. That I've got. Earn every single promotion or advancement that I get. I'll share with you. When I first started doing national television now I've been in the new. York heirs right for the New York Times and does some local TV BUT ESPN was starting a new television show called cold pizza now it's called I take. The show was at seven am eastern time and they were asking local writers in the new. York area to come into their studio early in the morning to do hits for the show. They weren't paying thing and they weren't putting you in a hotel overnight, so they would pick you up early in the morning and then you would do the show. I then went so far as to. When I was on the west coast covering Kobe Bryant against the San Antonio, Spurs, in the Western Conference, finals two, thousand and four that I would be cold pizza at four am. Pacific Time so I'm getting up at two thirty in the morning to go. Do this show for free no money. And I had other writers in the New York area. Say I can't believe you doing that. How desperate are you to be on television? Paying you anything and you're going on it for you. Guys say I told him you gotTA. Give me a hotel room or I'm not doing your show. You better pay me some money or I'm not doing. Well now. I do national television radio or career, and some of these guys are as far as they liked to be. In their careers I didn't have a sense of entitlement. I figured this could help advance my career. I can do it I will do and now I get paid gray amounts of money to do television radio. Whereas then I wasn't getting anything. Don't think that you're entitled to a darn thing in this business or any business for that matter, whatever field of endeavor you choose to go into finally is great to have goals and dreams and aspirations. In fact is necessary. You should have a four year plan or a five year plan a ten year plan where you want to be at different points of your life and your career. However you cannot. CanNot be so focused on where you want to go that you are focused primarily on you are at for example you may come out of school and think you should be at ESPN or Fox. Sports right away debating with Stephen a Smith or skip bayless. You got opinions. You know the, Games. Why can't you be up there with him? I should be up there with what you say to yourself. And it's good to have that goal. However the only way you're going to get to an ESPN two fact. To a New York Times or to a turner, TNT network or again in another field of endeavor, the only way you're gonna get to the highest level is to dominate an excel where you're at. So if my goal was to get to foxsports and I'm unhappy because all doing it, I'm in a local newspaper writing about high school sports and I. Think I'm better than that. The best thing for me to do is put all of my energy into dominating. My High School beat into writing the best stories breaking the most stories writing captivating features. Xl where I'm at that can help me progress to where I want to get to. So don't be so focused on your goal that you're not putting all of your time and energy and effort into what is in front of you at that very moment dominating excel where you're at, and then you'll get to the place to be. I have faith that many of you out. There will become great and what you choose to do. All of you can do well at whatever you choose to do. I think you can learn from those points I shared and go forth and have a great career again congratulations. You can find affliction of incredible commencement addresses from all your favorite speakers at the commencement podcast on iheartradio or wherever you listen to podcasts.
Growing Up In Style: "The Topaz Room" by Adrienne Miller
"Hello i'm a winter and this is vote stories and the rage a collection of our editor's favorite feature articles. The very best. The book has to offer. If you like what you hear. I invite you to visit. Subscribe dot vo dot com. Hi this is taylor. Interim deputy editor of oak. I'm here to introduce a series of original essays titled growing up in style writers on discovering fashion in america. In this one the writer adrienne miller author of the recent memoir in the land of men describes the profound effect one special department store in akron. Ohio had on her girl. Here's adrian reading her essay. The topaz room. I hope you enjoy it at fourteen. All i wanted in the world was to be forty. What could have been more embarrassing and terrible than being a teenager. Adults were in charge. It seemed to me than an adult life appeared to be governed by reason and rationality. I trusted adults. I had faith in adults every sunday. When i was growing up my parents who drive twenty minutes from my suburb on the east side of akron tour unitarian universalist church on the west side. It was a great church. The congregants were freethinking openminded adults. Who worked to create an enormously accepting community one. That felt to me very far away from the slings and arrows of adolescence. The sermons that hit me the hardest or about how big the stakes were in adult life. After church on sundays. I would harangue my parents into taking me shopping across the street at summit mall. This wasn't your standard mall. it's anchors. Were a hippies and an kneels to excellent regional department stores and this particular o.'neil a very special high end fashion apartment. The topaz room. It was my own private portal tune adult world of elegance and grandeur good manners good sense akron odors past fortune to tires and quaker oats in the eighties. When i was growing up there were still plenty of vestiges of the city's former prosperity the civic theatre a tour de force of morrish atmospheric maximalism designed by the architect john abramson and the grand tudor revival mansions on merriman road. I remember going to the opening night of a play with my parents. At the goodyear theatre akron had quite a thriving arts community and in grand wood paneled room stood in array of pastel colored. Pettit fours arranged on tiered silver trays. The topaz room was still heroically clinging to the last threads of this fading splendor. It was as melissa holbrook pearson writes in her beautiful memoir. The place you love is gone. The sanctum sanctorum for the fashionable. Akra night but i didn't know that then the topaz room felt as if it were my own private discovery. My parents never had much of an interest in clothing so they would drop me off at the topaz room and wait for me. Sometimes patiently sometimes not in o'neill's less dazzling departments. The topaz room was on the first floor windowless and located in the back of the store. When you enter you found yourself in a tranquil autumnal place bay than sherry colored light. The room always seemed to smell of some sort of mysterious spices. Were there candles. There must have been candles. Being the topaz room was always very emotional experience for me. It wasn't really about things it had to do with my imagination about what i wanted. Adult life to be the saleswoman. Were always so kind and they treated all customers even children like me who had absolutely no business there with equanimity. They let me loiter over. The clothes touched the clothes. Try on the clothes and well. Appointed beautifully. Lit dressing rooms. I remember guy pure lace kashmir fair isle sweaters luxurious so blouses with delicate puff sleeves front miniskirts. That i would have worn with lace up riding boots. if i'd had any i remember donna. Karen bodysuits a sage colored silk one with small brass cufflinks captured. My imagination forever. There were exuberant pattern dresses. Were they garowe. A calvin klein collection sweater vest. Gorgeous camel hair coats chestnut colored suede pants. I recall the meticulous golden borderie on caroline rohan jackets that would have fit right it at a salon in vienna in seventeen ninety who was wearing such finery in akron. Where were they going. Good they take me with him. But maybe those were the wrong questions to ask to grow up at akron. Didn't go around thinking you were any better than anyone else. We were realists clear eyed observers of the truth. We were insecure. That we weren't from cleveland wearing fashionable clothes was seen as suspicious activity because it was a way to set yourself apart from other people. I was beginning to develop another view. Was it possible. The being dressed well was actually a way of showing respect for others. And isn't that. What adults did they treated. Other people with respect and dignity. When i was fifteen i finally found it there. It was the piece to resist dolls hanging in a place of honor on a front rack. And the topaz room. A pinstripe ralph lauren. Collection pantsuit navy blue and lined in silk wide cuff legs. I tried on simple elegant attornal. It was perfect. Then it would be perfect now. It will be perfect forever. This however was not the sort of thing. I could get away with at school acid wash. Jeez were huge than big harris crunchies. Coca-cola branded sweat clothes in the warmer weather kids at school. Boys and girls both would wear jams remember jams tropical patterns schwartz that hit right above the knee I did not approve any of this. I was just an everyday sort of girl with braces and a bad complexion but it seems so very important to respect yourself and to respect others enough to dress with adult level dignity. The main problem with ralph lauren suit. I couldn't afford it. Of course i couldn't. I was fifteen but did have job sort of. I babysat the two kids who live next door word of my babysitting services soon. Got out in the neighborhood and another set of parents asked if i babysit for them and then another pretty soon. I had a sweet little business going that babysitting money at it up. I saved every dime. I happen to have been born a middle class person at just the right time and in just the right place in the glory days of somewhat faded but still magnificent city and i needed the babysitting cash for one thing only the suit every sunday after church ad asked my parents to take me back to the topaz room to confirm that the suit was still there. It always was sometimes. Try the suit on again eventually. It was moved to a sales rack in the back of the room. The sunday's past. I watched as the price on the tag was cut and cut some more. The topaz room always had such tremendous sales a warning sign. I didn't know enough about the world of commerce to he'd with my cobbled together. Babysitting money accumulated over. The course of many months. I was finally able to buy the suit. Naturally i worked to my babysitting job. I love those kids and treasure them enough to be ludicrously overdressed as i made them boxed macaroni and cheese and as we watched lady hawke for the ten thousand time when i wore the suit to school. The formidable french teacher on study hall duty in the cafeteria approached me at the long table. She leaned down to speak. But why i didn't even take french. You look the adult. She said this remains one of the most exciting moments of my life and my tenth grade class picture. I'm wearing my glorious pinstripe suit. My braces had just come off. I'm smiling as i'm never smiled before i looked like a child. Play acting the part of an adult. But what did it matter. I was so happy. The topaz room taught me that close our dignity. They are joy.
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Aquaman's Dumbest Enemy - Caravan Of Garbage
"This podcast is part of the planet. Broadcasting network, visit planet broadcasting dot com. Promo podcast from great night's. Hey, everybody. It's caravan Galvin. It's good to be back. Always something. Yeah. We gone. You had a nice sometimes sometimes things happen on certain wakes. Who knows maybe one of us is dead by the time this goes. Yeah. So if it's you this video go up if it's me. That's right. I don't know. How many of you reading this? They've now. Ben and Mitch and Eric does the atomization. It's right. We figured because we're Ackerman's out. We should find a terrible Ackerman comic book story. But is there one well in order to do that in order to find a terrible Ackerman? Comic story, I bought a random issue of Akron on comics. And I figured they won't be a good one. This is guaranteed to be bad. I'm in the differently odd. Good wads. He there aren't good ones. Yeah. But I also think before we get eight miles Ackerman gets a bad rap. And I think maybe it's kind of a fantastic character. Yeah. We'll I think maybe it's due to super friends, which we recently learned went for thirteen years the comic book series, the the content series. Rod went to thirteen years nine seasons. And I think for a long time that was people's only exposure to Akron and people like, and then it was robot chicken. Yes. And it was like oh my God. Ackerman's dumb character. He just talks to fish. But like every character in super friends was the dumbest worst version of its characters that. Regularly get into trouble because I forget what powers they have. It's one of those things, but like wonder woman had the Linda Carter series Batman had the sixty series that people love and is by the flash series in the nineties. So I'd like to this point most people only know acumen from super friends and being might entourage pretty much. Exactly anyway. But again, you ride their comic book grade is no there are great Akron stories. But I mean, the new fifty two run the bit where he's got the water hand the bit where he's got the hook hand other. Yeah. Fisher all those ones. But we decided now let's go back to the seventies. When things were. Different Mike and things. Yeah. So what we're looking at. This is adventure comic. Starring akrons adventure comics had a whole bunch of different stars over these supergirl, Alba's, Akron Ackerman, isn't he's just to just do examples is ackman four forty adventure comic starring anchorman full forty-three from nine hundred seventy five cents probably a lot. Then this story is called the dolphin connection. Which I feel is maybe an arm is to the French connection that when move I thought it was like a sex thing. That's the may what that sounds like I didn't think that's what this was. That's that's the first thing that I thought this thing you'll brain went to that's very interesting and look again, I picked rent like, I didn't even look. Because you get a tiny thumbnail at all these issues. I'm not even gonna look I'm going to click, and I think if again, if you don't know much about acrobat he'd be like, hey, Kuban, you're gonna talk to fish. Hey, man, his villain. Foyer had a bloody fishermen going to catch what he's net. And then the issue the front cover says adventure comic starring Akron watch out for the fishermen Bill. The issue the fishermen is it just a fisherman national super villain hoc Ackerman. Look, I looked him up for you. Okay. Girl. Look, how far find us Wikipedia if you'd like to know would matinee Chaman, look all the scribe and a little bit L describe it when he appears in the comic book but plays if you'd like to know some some facts about him, real name, unknown Karnei list fishermen affiliation of the society. Villains alignment bed identity sacred identity as we've established marital status single. Okay. We don't know that for sure because it's just it's all this information about this character. Does it stemmed from this one? And on the comic because he's killed. No, no. He's a he's a recurring villain. Okay. Right. So again, this is not doing Akron any favors in terms of showing how much of a bad ass. He is. He's he's villa. I'll let's say the fishermen. He's mile six nothing. He's one hundred ninety six pounds. He's got blue eyes black hair, but if a dream boat if you ask me Cary Grant, smell like fish. That year most of it, smells, like fear. So let's get back into this story as doing. Okay. So we opened on Ackerman. He's in the water. Yeah. He's in when I'm on my mistake. He's in a helicopter, rare rich form for Ackerman. He's off to visit general HOGAN, I don't know who that is no idea I've never encountered him up. Look these are single alias, none. He's probably six foot nothing hundred ninety six pounds black ish. They were all the signed back in the day. He's off to visit him off the coast of France. And he's he's pilot notices that the French police the water police they rent a boat you're shooting in a dolphin and so- Ackerman's like if you think you're going to get away with this. You're wrong, buddy. And so he leaps into the water as his his deal his signature movie. Leaps into the water, and he's like these guys are going to be wrong dead wrong. Right. And then he uses his incredible swim palace to leap up onto the boat. And he uses is incredible strength due to being both of the ocean depths to crush their rifles. And he's like God is good. Hey, you what did you dumb ass is? What do you do? Also, this is in the aero in French papal. You could tell somebody was French and a comic book because they SABENA Frenchaccent. We'll I can also see a French flag. Oh, yes. You'll ranch uniform the French hat these on water, French police isn't just police. Yes. I didn't get their aquatic in nature. They've just been given a bow around at about it. Then. Not experts, but Ackerman's the expert anyway, they liked that Cooman you fool Zedillo is escaping right and akrons like, okay. Next time you'll think twice before using an innocent, Adam photography practice. He is. The twist innocent Mon do most ya that innocent animal has just ended our country with five million francs with of heroin. Is it a heroin smuggling dolphin? That's why the shooting in this dolphin in the stomach now. It's sort of had if you look at the cover. Yeah. He's got a little baggie tied talk. They've got a little that is not five hundred pounds of heroin. It's five million francs worth. I don't know. In today's money. I was really chill. But basically is a mysterious person. We don't know who it is. Yeah. But it's the Fisher bushman. Yeah. And he's trying some dolphins up to smuggle heroin into wear to wear will into France. But from where we'll we'll find out when we hope so. Yeah. Absolutely love other guys like Akwa man, the dolphins escaping and Ackerman's. Just like you fucking serious. Do you know who I am? Also, you don't need to shoot a dolphin to get. It's a dolphin. Well, they're going to trank it try and gonna wear a hike apologize. Also. Seventies. Shane gun absolately going to shoot it sign. Anyway, he apologizes. Yeah. He's lying. I'm going to get some answers. What I love about. This comic book is that. He's he's going to track down the drug dealing masterminds, obviously. And then it says and so short hours light on a filthy water side war. So not minutes. Superman, it'll be seconds lighter. That man, it'd probably be minutes light it gets in the back of the bat the bat helicopter, or whatever and gets the short hours. Lighthouse is this many had to get the bus. I'm not sure it's backing Alec up. Yeah. But he can swim far. This was also the Dyson thought bubbles still which I think right? So if you need some long exposition donate that okay? The police said this was the likeliest place to pick up a laid and with these closed. They loaned me I should be able to snoop around with without attracting undue attention. We don't need to know that would pick it up from context. Do you think people a writing letters in two days, say comics and be like excuse me? I'm just not sure because I think it's still the side character when he was booked before he was wearing these pants with the underpants over the top and the red the orange shirt. But now, he's he's in a dirty, French trenchcoat. It's still the same character. They they came out with a karate kick to the back of they came out with a call one of those things the American version of what do you call it a cauti-? Assassins. What does it just like a lettuce strap through with quotas or something it's like, oh, like lead shot or something? Well, they think they knock him out. So it's a bit of a bite bite. Switch. That's a good question. Thank you just thought of that. Now, basically, they whack him on the back of the head. And should you? Remember that Tintin comic where young teenage Belgian boy Tinton runs afoul of the Chicago mob, and they throw them in the ocean. They use the wrong gas. They use they use. They think they know gasping, but they use knockout gas which wykes him up. Yeah. Just he's just a boy survived. Sushi. Coincidence, every time of sick of it. I love a month. But they caught they sat him in the back of the head and they throw him in the water. But that's it's actually part of his plan. That's like a little tap to him because he's he's strong from the strength. And then he's like, okay. But now, I know who the two they are on gonna I'm gonna follow them. Just follow him in the first verse by just don't wait for the crack in the back of the head. You also following them in the water maybe to have a little boat. Yeah. Because that's the thing. What if they didn't go back in the water? What if that were on land, and they got in the cars, and I drove the truck away as palace drove to a strip club. He'd be too embarrassed to go in there. I'll wait he's wearing his duty trenchcoat. I guess if he's fine. Emmy fun. Yeah. David fringe coat. Thank you. Very good. Anyway. It's okay. Because I do in fact it very predictable might follow. He follows them to these weird giant ocean front, marina. Yes. The somebody's built this. Unbelievably obvious this monolith. Okay. French you're already out in the ocean. How did you not see this? It's so obvious. It's the seventies. Man. I guess that's true. You're not looking directly at something. Based who's to know where any of the looking at anything any high on quite lose. It's those two things anyway, acrobats, summons, all his fishy. Friends. They repeatedly called him his Finney friends, I read multiple issues. Well, there's this great here. So if any. Yeah. Yeah. Anyway, he sneaks up on them. And one of the Frenchman, he exclaims norm d'ici in Akron. And I wasn't sure what that was. But in the benefit of hindsight and Google translate that that literally translate to dog's name. What do you think that means? Do you think do you think it was it going them dogs nine? He's gonna dog's name Akwa, man. This this villains. Like dog's name Akwa, man. Like, that's it's an expensive Zealand says that. Yeah. Yeah. One of these thugs is like dog's name Akwa, man. But I don't like you dog Ivy dog Ackerman ninety two French dog. It's Mitchell saying in the seventy s I'm really not sure, but he makes pretty short work. Well, he doesn't. But he's he's squid. Yeah. Okay. Here's another thing about Akwa, man. I think another one of the reasons people, don't like Akron. Look, he can he can tell a path communicate with fish. Yup. And water going mammals, and whatever, but it's also vaguely defined. Batmans always got his utility belt and can pull any gadget out of his utility belt. These utility belt. You know, he's got it wrong thing lay superman Yunos got he'd vision x Ray vision. And he's consistent. Well, they're gonna fix this with Akwa man because in the new versions, and I talk about this in the new fifty two he's like not really talked to fish. I of can make suggestions through them because they got primitive bonds and all that kind of thing. But here it's just like. And I can I could make an octopus strangle a man to this one. He gets he gets an octopus to fleeing say wait in the face of of the two-thirds seventy Bates them up. See I what like an octopus like eight arms just laying the egg put some boxing gloves on on him. Yeah. And then he summoned some flying fish you have to like jump out of the water. And then Hammond, the Samal bad guys lava is that does that work. Okay. Pathetically. Speaking, you're hitting the head with a flying fish. You James says on movies. Yeah. We get over pretty quick. It's just up. This is no sloppy wet fish. Yeah. And also they're not being hit in the head. They just being hidden like the body, and they're not big fish. No. That's what I'm saying reasonably sized. But. And then it turns out a bunch of these guys just like they bring imported from jersey in all French guys. They're like it's like Fred and Shali from June writes, the jersey boys might yeah, I guess they would be if you're gonna find Akron. They probably from the docks. Yeah. That sounds they've ever. That's where the drugs of punched on with some barnacles from time to time. You know, he beats them all up Ackerman with some help from his friends, and he's like, okay, guys. You got three seconds to tell me way later is gonna turn you faces into something. And he's cut off. We don't know probably fish food featured. Yeah. Yeah. I'll give a nice nice marinara. I'll tell you into mariner our boys. But then he is strung up into wine entwined by the villain of the pace surprise surprise. It's the fishermen and look his little pick of the fishermen. He's wearing white is GERD you wearing blue white is. And he's wearing like an anglers vest year with Mary phallic, fishing, ROY. God. Yes. Coming out of his groin area. What's the hat? Who yea it's embarrassing. It looks like a leopard skin hat, but I must be some kind of Kotik. So he's got maybe like a like a jellyfish on his head. Yeah. That's good right anyways. Like, I'm flattered that. After all this time. You remember the fishermen entry also he's an old. So he's a second. This is his second appearance. Yeah. Because that Clemente who she really. So you're a fisherman. No on the fishermen, all you were fishermen like the best vicious. We bought him. Tonight. Fish bonding, did I beg your bucket anyway with heroin for turns out, the fishermen even though he's gone to France. Why away from where Akron hangs out generally speaking? He's prepared for acco, man. He's put he's gonna fish proof like glass dome of here's marina broad that. Ackman's Finney friends can't get through. That's pretty good. Right. That's a great idea. He's got some poison gas ready to knockout Akron. That's also really good. I mean, I commend can breathe water. You can pray their comrades poison gas thinking about it unless it's a different kind of gas like tin. Yeah. Exactly. Then then it'd be fun. Anyway, he looks he looks. He does the classic super villain Luxy thing. Lots him in a thing and leaves him to die in a vacuum Illinois vacuum again, he can he can breathe the water. He can bring their comrades in a vacuum. Obviously any slot. Okay. I want you to suckle the now atmosphere depletion controlled. It's a big red button. Yeah. I'm just reading along for the first time. This is riveting stuff isn't this feels good? And he's just like, okay, we'll be off to up to smuggle heroin. You'll definitely going to be dead offer. I get it. I mean, there's no way I feel pretty confident about it. There's no way you're going to live through this at all. But fortunately, the dime, isn't telepathy proof. And he's got his fish, telepathy, less. Extra the pay extra for that day? Exactly. Like double glazed window. His friend. But he look he summoned his. This is why people had Cohen he- summons like a swordfish. Yep. He's fish and the solve issues is to cut through the flats good. No, it's bad. Now that makes sense selfish. Can't do that. I should have a China China sawfish science what I'm saying. What if it was fish wielding, an actual sword or a chainsaw? That would be great. But it wouldn't work on the water so dumb, again, just the octopus. Get the octopus deal the China. Get him to punch him in with these FOX's passing. Because. It's not OC. An accurate is what you're saying say, it's not a Shannon accurate. I can respect that. He was like, I'm summoning a mythical monster from the deep through style monster. Yes. And it's gonna kill everybody. And then blast a hole for the floor. I'd be like cool. There's this mysterious creatures United even know about it. He's like swordfish you. But you know, he rides say horses domino. And all that kind of stuff. You don't think there's going to be rod and seahorses in the new Akron movie because there is going to be so much of that. Yeah. And it's going be this is going to be sold. They're going to be fencing with sawed. Fishes always kind of forgive me. This. Yeah. Now, you probably right. But anyway, he summons up these old night just going to be playing a clam like a bone. Go drum is and this guy is going to be alive. And you thought he oh Joe was bad. All I know. Yeah. I guess I'll just clam up and deal with this. God embarrassing then he summons the selfish. It's obviously guests on the floor, and then topa who's octopus friend? He gets in there, and he bloody tears tears. The bloody wall off the chamber. Just destroys the whole body thing. And then then it's going to be mono mono Ackerman versus the fishermen fisherman has incredible strength that same as well. He's able to lift up a man using a fishing rod. Yeah. That's pretty cool. Right. Yeah. It's Mike the coolest Villanova, and I'm a cool villain. Think of anyone in batmans rogues gallery. That's cool in the fishermen. I wish I could not exactly right. But I'm having a stroke. Otherwise, I definitely would be definitely belted. He's got seventy Granville clock king, and that would still. Yeah. You could say still still crazy quilt is a cruel. These are. All good. Exactly. Yeah. Any my bosses why out thinks it's going to be mono mono? But now the fishermen escapes on yet another helicopter. This is a helicopter, heavy episodes for an Akron story. Yeah. Quite quite heavy on the it was the era of mash helicopters were big. That's very true. Yeah. You know what? I mean. There's no other explanation. Probably. Yeah. This that was and they grain to that'd be very fast very fashionable. Yeah. Look, he's he's got a he's got a solve this problem in an aquatic way. So commend grabs Anka chine hills. It up at the helicopter brings the bloody thing down heels, the fishermen, it seems that way doesn't it? Let's all that's something's flat helicopter. Yeah. That's no white. No. He's being led away by the French police gripe. Yeah. And he's fine. How that's that's a miracle isn't it, and therefore we can still get a heroin. So. It's a Christmas miracle jive. Boy, is it. Yeah. But anyway, look, the French cynical Hume also here on the calling him by nine Nicolaou Mosul. Akron. They like the country of France is your debt, and he's like doesn't worry about it. I'm just happy to beat up a fisherman. And he's like, it's okay. It's it's time to get back to Atlantis where there's going to be some place in quad. And I'm the king. But little do we know little bit of a cliffhanger the council of fish have decided to convene and vote Ackerman out as the king of Atlantis and in place of the king of Atlantis the new king of Atlantis this guy. Who's that guy? It some guy some God ever heard of him. I'd never heard it before this. He's nice Koshien or something. He's not the movie, it's not I should master. I thought it might be a bit of a bit of a if it was Moscow's ocean. Mass in the move in the movie, maybe maybe black man, it's all black man at some random, dude, maybe with some clever editing. We could make it base somebody from the movie. Yeah. Let's say one L let's make it living. It's the plane pilot or the co Kidman. John just tell it back together. Man. Thanks for that by sitting -solutely what a place you. It's been caravan Gaba. Just good to get back to a comic. I appreciate it's we do these videos every Tuesday. Sometimes it's a comic or a video game or a movie or a TV show. We also have video on other days including Thursday and Sunday Ackerman episode, which you'd be of our podcast of weekly planet which comes out every Monday morning, where we took movies and COMEX entity show, we're going to look we're going to look a lot of people are going to review Ackerman. Let a lot of social media reactions. We've got a load of podcast met a lot of videos on YouTube reviewing gonna review it exclusively through the lens of that comic book. We just we just read. So it's kind of we're going gonna write it on number of helicopters. We're going to write it on height of your white is on your legs. Yes, we're going to write an IRA till status of your villain. That's right. All of these things did I did. I did. I have a good marriage. I have a broken marriage will octopus have boxing gloves. Yes. Right. Israel things. The way willed what's. Through via swordfish, so many things. All right. Thanks for watching this. The go-to suggestion to Kevin a garbage at below. 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Dum Dumss First Ad in 30 Years is Very Sweet
"Business Wars daily is sponsored by audible audible has the world's largest selection of audio books and Audio Entertainment Start Listening with a thirty day audible trial by visiting audible dot com slash B w daily or by texting. Bw Daily to five hundred five hundred from wondering I'm David Brown and this is business wars daily happy Friday everyone dumb dumbs the classic Lollipop Bran. Dan just launched its first ad campaign in thirty years. It's animated simple bright and joyful inspired by Shel Silverstein illustrated children's books I think black and white drawings of characters pops of color come from the dumb dumbs which serve as stand ins for balloons barbells in in this one a bouquet of flowers hours handed by a nervous guide was new date who is delighted here. Listen to the soundtrack dum dum dum dum dum dum dum they make life uh the brands AD agency Smith Brothers says it's reviving nostalgia in an effort to give us all a dose of much-needed optimism and Cheer Oh and to stand out against what it says are or over the top splashy AD campaigns produced by dumb dumbs much bigger competitors fighting to get the attention of shoppers and inspire them to give into impulse purchases dumb dumb dumbs family owned spangler candy was founded in nineteen o six in the small Ohio town of Bryan but it didn't invent them dumps that credit goes to the Akron Candy Company which put a hard candy on a stick in nineteen twenty six Akron sales manager. I see bar named it a dumb. I'm dumb thinking it would be easy for little kids to remember and to say spangler bought dumb dumbs in Nineteen fifty-three today. spangler makes twelve million lollipops pops every single day selling them largely in bulk to businesses that give them away to customers but spangler isn't selling sweets as much as it selling nostalgia. The company claims it's America's only major manufacturer of candy canes it also makes old-fashioned suites like circus peanuts and candidates and last last fall spangler bought one hundred year old candy brands neck. Oh wafers and sweethearts from the bankrupt New England confectionery company remember sweethearts those little sugar. Agra candies with sayings like be mine on them. Spangler is planning to bring him back next Valentine's Day but before it gets Valentine's Day spangler has halloween sales on its mind mind when ten percent of all sweet sales happen the Candy Businesses Fiercely Competitive Candy companies have been consolidating attempting to build strength to succeed feet in a changing market. The desire for sugary treats has dropped shoppers turned toward healthy foods except for artisan brands which are doing well spangler fights fights with her. She's jolly rancher for sweet tooth with its small budget dumb. dumbs are the David to Hershey Goliath. Clearly spangler thought three decades as long enough to go without a dumb dumb ad campaign every few decades. I suppose you do need to get the public's attention in this case with the strategically redesigned pop up good cheer from this business worse daily this week's week's episodes were written edited and produced by Elaine Appleton edited and produced by emigrant our executive producer Marshall created by or non Lopez Warwick worry. I'm David Brown and we'll see you next week. So today's episode of Business Wars daily is brought to you by audible. Audible has the world's largest selection of audio books and audio entertainment right now. I'm listening to an audible original called it burns the scandal plagued race to breed the world's hottest chili hits kids wild. It's funny and it's about so much more than Chili's with a convenient audible APP. You can listen anytime anywhere on any device Mobile Alexa Enabled Bluetooth and in a whole lot more as a member. You can easily exchange any title. You don't love it anytime plus. You get to keep your library of listens. Even if you cancel start listening with a thirty he day audible trial choose one audiobook and to audible originals absolutely free visit audible dot com slash. VW daily or text w daily three to five hundred five hundred that's audible dot com slash V._W. Daily or Text B W daily to five hundred five hundred.
12 Months of Thrifting: Storage Solutions
"This episode is brought to you by goodwill industries of akron the official partner of the twelve months of drifting challenge goodwill akron has fourteen retail stores obuchi and an outlet also known as the bins and summit portage medina ashland and richland counties in ohio. One of my favorite stories is the goodwill blue teak located in downtown akron. Blue is a beautiful boutique that features upscale clothing jewelry shoes and accessories for primarily women at a fraction of retail prices whether shopping or donating to goodwill it also supports the mission of helping individuals. Prepare for find and retain employment learn more at goodwill akron dot org slash shop. Happy thrift ing. If there's one thing thriftless love more than finding treasures. it's talking about finding treasures. Welcome back to allow us to re thrifty ourselves a podcast about second hand style drifting tips and sustainable living this podcast is hosted by me. Dina and my best friend shannon. Both of us are lifelong treasure. Hunting friends we're excited to kick off the podcast this year by launching the new twelve months of thrift challenge. If you're just joining us. This challenge is designed to help you build a home or wardrobe of thrift essentials month by month this year introducing a new theme to the challenge focused on home decor and housewares from lamps to holiday decor. We've got all of your home essentials covered and the best part is you can find all of these things at secondhand stores so tune in at the beginning every month to hear us discuss that months thrift theme. We're kicking off the challenge today in january with what might seem like an obvious one for the beginning of the year storage solutions however many people don't think to head to places like goodwill for storage solutions when they're organizing or decluttering their homes. So today we're gonna be talking about our favorite storage finds from places like goodwill and will leave you with some ideas and inspiration that you can take with you when you're out there if ding keep listening for the first twelve months of episode storage solutions. Welcome back everyone. Happy new year. Happy new year so excited re podcasting again through zoom so again audio quality is not going to be the same. But i'm so excited to see you shannon onscreen. Oh my gosh. it's so much fun. Its own so good as hanging out almost not as good as surfing together though you know i always dread zooming people the whole process sometimes as like. Oh my gosh but even when people are like oh let's have like a let's have coffee or whatever like basically get together via zoom but the buildup in my mind. It's like i hype it up so much in my mind. I think it's just because it's so new and we're still kind of getting used to meeting and hanging out with people this way but then when i actually do it unless it was really nice to see that person. Oh that's cute that you do that. Yeah i've done it a couple times. It's never a your. I hype it up and it's never as fun as i thought it would be like always like to talk enough like i always ask myself. The five thousand questions was too quiet where they board where they just on their phone the whole time. That silly will you kind of have an excuse. Though because you're on zoom with kids. All day i feel like you might be like in that mindset all day long. Yeah that's true even think about that. You're probably right because those kids are like playing video games and texting while you're trying to teach four thousand percent knock him out well. I wanted to welcome everybody to the fifth edition of the twelve months of thrifty challenge. Ding i can't believe it's been five years already. Yeah it's our fifth anniversary. I just realized that that's amazing. So if you're just joining us. The twelve months of thrifty challenge is designed to help you build a home or wardrobe of thrift. Did essentials month by month in the past. We focused on clothing. We did wardrobe staples. We did the essentials. We also did Last year like a dash of thrift adding a little sas and spice cheer outfits and then one year. we also did a kids edition and this year. we're introducing a new challenge focused on home decor and housewares. I'm so excited. This is my jam. Shannon twenty twenty one. Twelve months of thrift is going to be your year to shine. Oh my gosh. I am so excited seriously dude when we were going through the list together i. I'm just like every month. Like i'm gonna find that went to send pictures of this too dino when i find this stuff 'cause you know like i hate to admit it but i never pay attention to the wardrobe stuff. I don't know anybody can run into their store and find homegoods. No i agree. Clothing is definitely more challenging. And that's why. I wanted to do the challenges. That's kinda give people inspiration and just kind of keep it in the back of their mind. Clothing definitely takes more practice. And that's why if you didn't get a chance to participate in the prior years of the clothing challenges. You can still work at your own pace. You can download the schedules from prior years. Save them and just incorporate them into your lifestyle. Whatever that might look like. I think this year more people are going to participate in our challenge. Because anybody can do this for like first time. Surfers can totally run to the thrift store. And look for one of the cool. What home homegoods. So what you're calling it a housewares homegoods whatever you wanna call it. I wanted to say house warming presence. I hope you're not busy today. Dimmer i'm the one choking over here over nothing. I totally agree. And i think now more than ever. We're spending more time at home. People are redecorating. Reorganizing and trying to find affordable ways to decorate and to be more sustainable with their home decor and organization. And all that. It's just the perfect time to switch up the challenge when you think about it covert. Everybody was at home so everybody really wants to wear. What's already in their closet honestly. I stopped buying clothes for myself. Yup so how to join the challenge for each month and twenty twenty one us the schedule to shop for specific prompt at places like goodwill or your local thrift stores. If you already have these items at home us what you have of course we always want to encourage for you to shop your own home in closets first and then tune into the podcast here shit and i will be talking about the prompt every month. Read my blog and goodwill akrons blog for tips and a recap on everything we talked about in the podcast of course check instagram and facebook each month for three finds and styling tips and all that kind of stuff and then share your finds with us using the hashtag twelve months of threatening a couple tips i would share and i share these every year for people who are joining the challenge for the first time. Use the schedule as as an inspirational tool and not a strict guide. You know if you feel like one month you want to skip a prompt or something's not really your style. This is just like a guy to help you become more comfortable. Thrifty and styling thrift items. I think another thing too is latin year. You kind of got me comfortable some things that i wasn't comfortable with yet and i haven't really been out thrift a lot so i know that i'll look for some of those things now because i have some different ideas in my head that i did before because we talked about it and I distinct that like you said don't don't feel like you have to go by all these things in order or like you know that you if you don't like something you have to just to be part of the challenge like do what works for you and what feels right right like if you wanna skip ahead if you are out and you see june's prompt in january do it or if you already have june's prompt in january and your home and you wanna style it or fix it up or whatever do whatever you want. The idea is just to kind of have a snapshot of the year and really too to adopt these tips forever. So it can be a lifestyle and really i would add to that. Don't give up because you couldn't find something. The first time a lot of times you might not find january prompt in january it. Might you might find it in march or april so just kinda keep this rotating list. Yup i always find things that. I wanted in march but lake way down in september. But it's still like you found that you that you didn't have to go buy it at retail it still works and it kind of makes you realize how bad you needed or didn't need the item you know. Yes exactly in september. And you're like okay. That ship has sailed i. I never really needed it as much as i thought i did. That's so true. And the last by share is to explore different ways to decorate with second hand. Items of course check out places like your local goodwill and your local thrift stores but you can also check things online local shopping groups on facebook you can borrow go to swaps whatever it is it does you don't have to restrict yourself to just A thrift store when you have a specific item in mind. There are so many places that you can explore for that. If it's not something you need like tomorrow. You know that list like there are just so many cool little places that you can check out and it might take six months but if you got the time like it's it's fun for the adventure of like scavenger hunt for the item. Yeah garage sale yard sales estate sales. All of those things okay. So here's a quick. Rundown of this year's prompts january stored solutions february vases march mugs and glassware april lamps. May planters june wall art july holiday accord you know like christmas in july august furniture slash upcycle september mir october vintage kitchenware november something quirky december frames. This is really gonna get me thrifty. I just hope the world opens back up. You know what. I mean things. Things are looking up. So i'm excited about this list woman shannon. I suspect you have ninety nine percent of these in your home already. You meet some new stuff please. So i'm going to encourage you to check their first about how about. I'll make you the steel if thrift. Something that i already have. I'll get rid of something one in one little. Yes so then. I won't like trash. My house won't my storage i love it. I always down for the one in one out. Yeah that makes that makes so much sense mixing so much easier when you have to Store a lot of things that you're finding for like different holidays or different decor of it. You bring out for each season you know we have. We have to store all those things or give it back or give goodwill you know so a lot of times at the end of the season so like at the end of christmas. I'll decide like what has to go to goodwill now. Because i've bought new things throughout the actual christmas season so right especially housewares more than close. I feel like it. Yeah you gotta get really creative with the storage so speaking of storage. We're kicking off january. With what might seem like an obvious one for the beginning of the year storage solutions however many people don't think to head to goodwill or thrift stores for storage solutions when they're organizing or decluttering their homes. Yeah i don't think they do. It's like a little hidden secret. I think goodwill and thrift stores have so many creative and low cost options. I don't even have to tell you the shed. And you know when we asked to storage and organization solutions and i'm talking ranging from vintage items or things that you can take and recreate it into an organizational storage type solution or just new stuff that is intended to be used for home organization right like so many people buy things and it doesn't work out and they're just like i need to set at my house and they give it to goodwill then you're lucky enough to find it for like box and you know me i'm all both of us. Were all for that one of a kind rare thrift fine but there's something extraordinary about finding an everyday functional item. We've talked about this on the podcast before of how posterboards and like limitation nation paper and all sorts of weird stationary and stuff for pets. Yup yup it's so fun because you realize that you really don't need to rely on retail like you if you have the time and you don't need it like i said tomorrow then you can rely on the thrift store. Oh i love that. I don't need to rely on retail shirt good wine. Oh okay so why. Don't we start with some of your favorite storage solution finds from goodwill okay. Do you have any share. This is so boring. But i get really excited when i find A rubbermaid item or like a storage solution where you like a drawer system like one of those deals. You know what i mean like an i found all of those things i find like bins. That you know would cost like five bucks and you can get them for like a or less and then you know what's really fun is my kia like yeah. I know i key is cheap. But you know what i don't have to drive to columbus. It's at the thrift store you know or assemble it. Yes gosh what has shannon. I totally agree with you about the plastic bins. I always wanted like instagram about this. But i'm like nobody cares. That you bought been from. Goodwin is one of those things. That's i'm always looking for those. Were always looking to store stuff and the thing is in goodwill told us this before remember. We were at the outlet. People donate their stuff in those bins and good will have a surplus of them and so they just put them on the sales floor and they you know they mark 'em for like a dollar or two dollars in. They're usually brand new right right and they're so expensive retail like you pay like fifteen twenty bucks for some of the big ones slowly totally go to target like the cheapest one you're gonna find at target is is ten dollars in. That's like on the shallow smaller side. Right right yeah. It's so exciting to find that kind of stuff. What about you okay. So i was trying to think of like to kinda give people ideas beyond of course baskets things like that you can always find baskets and little look the cloth bins that are really nice for like stuffed animals in little knickknacks. And things like that. But i was trying to think of like okay. What's even more creative than that. That i found and one thing that comes to mind. Is this vintage bar cart. That i got if king you remember it. It's like right gaseous. Yeah it's like one of my favorite. I'm most jealous of that fine. I love it so much. I don't have a bar situation in my house. So instead i put it in my office and i use it for storage. I have books. On there. I have jewelry baskets on there. I have some pens. Like it's just a great storage solution that i am constantly swapping things out based on my needs right like retail. That'd probably be like one hundred dollars or more. At least like how much do you remember. How much money box remember. i guess it was. The first thrift trip by made of the year was early january so somebody must have cleared out a bunch of stuff. I couldn't believe my eyes and it was pink. It's perfect yeah. Another really cool thing i lifted on this is convenient. Everything is right by me. I just got these clear. Desk organizers will really there for anything. I think they're therefore crafts therefore for cabinets they're just these like rectangle clear bins with lids and i found a whole trash bag of them. Dumped ten been at the outlet and somebody must have had like a craft collection. I don't know and they were in perfect condition. I didn't need all the whole trash bag worth. So i think i got. Let's see i got six of them. And i have them on my desk and i have everything separated. I have my pens and one of them. I have markers in another one of them Business cards like things that i use every day at my desk and the timing was just perfect because it was right when i was reorganizing. My office. I had just bought a desk on amazon and it was like everything just kind of came together and it was. Oh it's awesome like it was. I didn't have these this specific thing on my list but seeing it while i was thrift and i was like. Oh this is perfect. Yes that makes me remember like finding that kind of thing for the kitchen you know. Like sometimes you'll find those oxo lake flower keepers or sugar keepers or things like that which are so nice to have in the kitchen and they're so expensive so if you can find them at the thrift store it's definitely worth it if you need it. I love that another one that i am really excited about. Was this beautiful arabic mosaic jewelry. Box that you'll find in jordan like they're made in the middle east. We grew up having around the house and stuff and somebody need it at goodwill midway when that store was still open. And i haven't on my nightstand and it's just a little reminder of home like it's literally the stuff we used to buy in the markets jordan. But you can't get them here. Yeah that is so cool. Are you okay. I think i saw tear down your face when you said mid mid way when it was open about that all the time so i can't believe i didn't even get a chance to go with you for a last time stinks so bad. It was the hard goodbye but the jewelry box is beautiful. It's big. i'm always looking for jewelry solutions. This has been the biggest pain of my in my but for my whole life like i never know. I have never found the perfect jewelry solution. I've tried it all hanging box. I will say though one solution that really worked for me and you can find the stuff at goodwill other than my mosaic jewelry. Box is sock organizers that you put inside your drawer and everything is separated so i have like every necklace or every bracelet has its own little compartment. Do you do that as well. I do because. I know you have a lot of jewelry i do. I didn't like it hanging on the wall. I i don't like the the like it just looked so messy on the wall I wanted them out of sight. So i just. I got a couple of these. Like sock and brought organizers. I cleared out a drawer. And they're all in there now but you'd awesome you do kind of forget about them when they're tucked away in the drawer though. Oh i bet like my biggest problem with the to have drawer like an extra juror ready. You know but that's nice. Yeah giving up. The drawer was was hard but it kind of forced me to cut back on all the pajamas. I had i was like do. I really need five five. Doors of pajamas. Like yeah you twenty i did. Oh that's cool. You'll have to show us a picture of that mosaic jewelry box. It sounds so pretty. Yeah yeah it's my instagram. i'll pull it back up. We're gonna take a quick break and when we come back we're going to give you a shopping list that you can take with you when you're out thrift. Ding for this prompt. Hey drifters i wanna let you. In on one of my favorite little secrets on how. I like to shop. Goodwill online goodwill akron offers three online shopping options i their shop goodwill dot com which is an auction based site for antiques artwork collectibles jewelry vintage and more than they also have an ebay store their online store features upscale clothing shoes and accessories at a fraction of retail prices. Then they have their e bookstore which is great for deals on books. Dvd's cds and video games learn more at goodwill akron dot org slash shop. Okay so every month we leave you with a shopping list that you can take with you. What we're doing in twenty twenty. One is actually creating a graphic that you can take a screenshot of and you can take it with you. We've always kind of posted it on the blog and just talked about on the podcast. But i want you to be able to save these things on your phone. So let's go through some really cool things you can find while you're out thrift saying that i think cover pretty much almost every room in your house. As far as stores solutions go baskets shelving bookcases clear storage. Bins desk organizers so things like filing cabinet drawer. Organisers penn organizers things like that jewelry boxes decorative boxes. that's all you shannon a hundred percent them such a granny. I love it. I love them so much. Cloth storage bins. I love those too and jars. Spice racks cubbies tie racks. That can be re purposed for jewelry. Ooh that's fun. I've tried that million times. Like what do you mean you try to work your know it works i i. I just decided to put him in the drawer. 'cause i didn't wanna see anymore. I see i see wooden hangars. That's a smart idea. Because they're expensive. Heck yeah i see them all the time in like bags vintage furniture that can be re purposed like vintage mail. Sorters vintage lockers. The end they like that. There are so many ideas on pinterest. Those are just a couple but sometimes they're like pieces of vintage furniture. That i i don't even know what their names are. But like pinterest won't show you how to repurpose things like. They're you know what i mean like i. I don't even know to them. Because i don't know what they're called. But like you'll know it when you see it like you'll you'll know and you see a piece of vintage furniture high. I could really put some shoes in here. Or i could really use this for a spice rack or something like that. Dude i think like pinterest is like a crafters cocaine like you get on there and you just can't stop and you come up with so many ideas and you're just like i'm gonna do this and this like you call you come away like so worn out and you haven't done anything but like imagine all of these things that you're gonna do. I'm sorry i didn't hear anything you said after crafters cooking that is the best description. Oh my gosh. But that's so true. Like sometimes i'll see vintage lockers at thrift stores and i'm like but then you you look a vintage lockers on pinterest and i'm like oh that's cute. How they had that in the mud room. you know. yeah uh-huh uh-huh yes so many ideas. Yeah if you see weird vintage furniture just take a picture of it. Do a google lens search so like a reverse google search with your photos and see what comes up. 'cause seriously you'll find a lot of really cool stuff closet or like shoe hangars or over the door hangers etc either. So many different organizers out there that you can find it at their store. Yup and kitchen canisters new old like your mushroom canisters. Yes i found a set. That said papa bear mama bear baby bear all. That's so cute. And i put them on our nightstands. That's what are you putting in them. You the junk that ends up on your nightstand like little. Usb chargers and tweezers and crap like that a great idea because my nightstand is a nightmare. Oh yeah just little. Why are they always little things on there just things and somehow you need them all live them. I'm sick of seeing all these little knickknacks. So now i just take them all. Just take them on them off the the dresser or the nightstand and i put him in that canister. Now go to get great idea. These are just a few examples of what we've seen out thrifty. Always start with an assessment of what you actually need at home. Then add to your wishlist. Yeah i agree like whatever room or closet or drawer. You're organizing this month or this year. Just start there. Put it on a piece of paper in the back of your mind and then when you're out thrift and you're like oh i'll be look at that. I found a little canister or a little spice rocker jar. That i didn't know i needed. I'll be. That's like some andy griffith stuff right there like why. Well where did you hear that. Oh my goodness. I see all of them be darned surprise you. I'm a little around with my olds over here a little round to be saying that I feel like it. Yeah that's cute. you're so cute. Oh my god oh shannon. What are you going to be focusing on this month as it relates to this prompt i think what i'm going to focus on most is actually two things. I need sorts solution for mike kitchen for four random accessories that we use once in a while and that all the time. So i need some sort of like secret little compartment. You know what i mean. I realize that means. I have to like find a space in my kitchen but i want to find like a small kind of like utensil type. Storage that's long enough to keep like things that were using like when we're cutting ham or we're coming turkey but like that's it you know like for those kinds of things so maybe like some sort of utensil. Kind of things. That i can hide away and know where they are and then also for my storage area i need to find maybe some small bins for my storage area to be able to put some things in some small bins and then put them into a bigger cabinet. So it's more or less than not just crap everywhere. Yeah oh that's great. You know when you said kitchen. I actually got this idea from you. It made me think of How you guys use a lazy susan for everyday medication. Oh heck yeah. I still have that on your counter. I saw i saw that. You're awesome like. Oh that's genius. And so i used of super vintage lazy susan. I have that only comes out at thanksgiving. And it's so cute because it's like pink in brown and it's all these like seventies colors among this should be on display. So i now have it on my kitchen counter where i have just like our everyday medicine like vitamins and things like that that need to be tucked away and thanks to you and your grandparents. I got that idea nice. You need to show me this lazy susan. Take a picture and sentence me now. It sounds so cute. I will so add that one to the list guys. Lazy susan's are not that lazy. He and they're really versatile. And i. i have one in the cupboard with spices on it. But i'm sure that that's not like mind-blowing. I'm sure a lot of people do that. But it works. Because it's like a small cupboard. So i don't want to have to pull everything out every time when i do it i can just spend that little sucker around and it's all good okay. What did you hear my joke. I said i'm so lazy. Something about her not being lazy lazy susan's aren't that lazy. Oh it's funny you know. It is funny because they're not lazy. They're constantly spinning. Yeah they're not lisi. They're calling susan lazy because you yeah susan lazy so she doesn't want so she spins the little thingy. The the contraption is not susan. No does everybody know this. I don't know maybe guess we'll do a poll but like when you think about it like the person that's turning it is the lazy one because they don't wanna pull everything i'll and we'll be rude and it's really not lazy. It's it's actually. You know proactive. So stay proactive. Susan as mars. I'm concerned yeah. 'cause that's like rude to call the customer lazy. Yeah you know what it was. Some husband created it for his lazy wife is what he was calling her even though she probably just cooked breakfast lunch dinner and was like come in here and help me move this stuff from the back of the cupboard. The front of the cupboard and he created the spinning thing and then he called her lazy somehow guaranteed. Sorry i mean you're probably right. Sorry not sorry man. That's funny attlee. Susan to your list guys. Oh my god way far away from like okay. Well all right everyone. We cannot wait to see your drifted storage solutions whether you already have the setup in your home now or you're going to go out thrifty to find new items for your storage solutions. Let us know hashtag. Twelve months of thrift. Dang and tag us at that don't crack and at dina's days and at goodwill accurate. I can't wait. We're going to get so many great ideas through this. Yes yes especially the things that people repurpose into something else. This is going to be wonderful lazy susan's for medications. Happy new year happy new year. Everyone we'll talk to you in a couple of weeks bye bye. Thanks for listening to allow us to re through ourselves. Let us know what your biggest takeaway was from. Today's episode on instagram. You can find us at thrift reduce. I'm at dina's days. 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Taylor Robinson /// Part 1 /// 406
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We see cases where. Sad to say, the worst outcome is not totally unexpected. Some people live a high risk lifestyle. Some people make bad choices. We can all probably think of someone in our lives. That can fit that bill. These types can end up as victims. And then. There is the other side of that coin. The sad side. Persons who are victims of abuse or subjected to domestic violence? And they too can end up as victims. Make no mistake. All of these cases are tragic. But once in awhile. And especially poignant story touches us because of the unlikeliness. Of the victim. And the senselessness! Of the crime. And when these cases are unsolved. They deserve special attention. In Our story today. A diligent, intelligent, hard working young woman. who had her whole life ahead of her? was taken by someone who has of yet remains unknown. This is true crime garage. This is the case. Of Taylor Robinson. Taylor Robinson was born on. Twenty Eighth Nineteen, ninety, four to parents. Carmella Robinson Rucker and winslow sanders junior Taylor was an extremely active teenager in all the Reich ways listen to this captain I know the both of us played a considerable amount of sports growing up, so we are not easily impressed, but right now I am at her high school Taylor competed in volleyball, softball, track and field and she was. Was a cheerleader so four sports. That's year round, baby, anyone familiar with this case who has seen photos of this young woman, you can tell by her smile, and the bright look in her eyes she was full of cheer and spirit, and not just the kind that is meant to excite fans and inspire her teammate, but genuine cheer and spirit that extends to everyone around her. Taylor graduated from Kenmore High School after studying development now where we are going to pick up, the story is in two thousand and thirteen just seven years ago. Taylor Robinson is nineteen years old, and living with her mother Carmella and her Stepfather Jeff Russia and her thirteen year old brother. The family lived in arch. Would Avenue in Akron Ohio now Akron Ohio is one of our larger cities here in the greatest. Greatest of States Ohio. There's about two hundred thousand people living in Akron. Proper Akron is about thirty miles south of good old Cleveland, and the list of notable and famous persons from Akron is very impressive. Two of the more well known individuals from accurate are Lebron James Instincts, curry both NBA superstars, but back to our star Taylor. Now we said this young woman was very active in high school. Will that? That lust for life did not stop there in two thousand and thirteen. She was just a busy young lady. Taking classes at Kent State University Stark campus in preparation for obtaining her neonatal nursing degree very important work there capped. That's their biggest satellite. That's their satellite university. I'm more familiar with the downtown area of Kent So I. Don't know much about the stark campus on top of her busy college schedule She's. She's also holding down two jobs. One was at bond worth clothing store as a sales clerk. Bon worth is a chain clothing store for the ladies. According to their website, they have been a leader in Mrs Clothing for over fifty years. Captain, so shout out to all of the misses her other job. This goes along well with her studies. This job was as a home health care aid for hands of. Limited. This was a position where Taylor would provide in home care for patients who were incapacitated in some way whether because of handicap, illness or injury, universally the reports about Taylor. Say that she was basically a model young woman. She was never in trouble, and as we can see, she is driven and was hard working. She had never run away. She was close with her family. And she was diligent and conscientious about her schoolwork and her employment duties. She lived at home and always even as a young adult. She abided by her curfew. And was always in touch with her mother. She was a homebody Taylor loved animals both real and stuffed. She loved shopping and going to the movies and she attended church regularly. And there was someone new in her life. She adored her new baby a new family baby. That was a six month old longhaired. Wa named writer who loved to follow Taylor everywhere and tag along whenever Taylor allowed now captain. We have a missing persons case to deal with. So. Of course, we want to go through the details of when she vanished. We have already discussed those things going on in this young woman's life, leading up to the day in question, and now we have a very specific window of time to discuss, so that brings us to the night of Friday may third two thousand and thirteen Taylor was scheduled to work an overnight shift at the home of a patient. This meant that she would arrive at the home in the evening. Care for the patient. And then depart in morning. This has been a long term situation I. don't know for certain how long she has been in this position. But at this location, it's been for several months. Maybe even about a year Graham Taylor's patient needs cared for pretty much around the clock. Taylor was dropped off at the patient's home by her mother Carmela around ten PM. When Carmella less saw her daughter, she was wearing gray leggings, a white t shirt, a white and black BANDANNA and shoes. They said goodbye, and agreed Carmelo would pick Taylor up when her shift ended. This would be around. Seven am the next morning. So then Taylor meets with the mother briefly. You know a quick check in. Most of Taylor's overnight shifts will be book ended by. One, and or two things Carmella dropping Taylor off meeting with the mother, then a long night shift followed by mother, returning home, and then Carmella picking Taylor back up in the morning. This is that happened dozens of times. And the night of May third and going into may fourth should have been no different. It should have been as they say business as usual. But it wasn't. On the morning of May fourth the homeowner, the patient's mother arrived home around seventy am from her overnight shift. When she entered the house, she found to her surprise. Taylor was not there. This was cause for immediate concern as the patient needed around the clock care and was not meant to be left unattended. That's the whole purpose of having the caregiver Taylor's position. There was no sign of the young caregiver now an article in the Akron Beacon Journal which we relied on heavily in our research for this episode states that the homeowner found the doors locked when she got home. It's unknown whether Taylor had a key to this home. Okay so I've been told. A call was placed from the mother to Taylor's mother. I don't know if that call was received or answered. This was the mother looking for the caregiver right so either Carmella was already aware that something was strange when she arrived, or she found outright after pulling up to pick up Taylor and then having this discussion with the patient's mother that Taylor was nowhere in sight. The reports we had say Carmella arrived on location. Right. Around Seven fifteen a. m.. This was very disconcerting. She was very alarmed to find that her daughter was not present. She told the Beacon Journal that her daughter would never ever leave a patient she was responsible for. and Taylor's. She left behind some personal items that were very concerning as. Like what we'll get into that in a bit here, because that that is something, that's a little further down our timeline. Where would this girl have gone? Where would this young woman have gone so? The alarm was raised Taylor's mother and stepfather. They're on alert, but that whole day Taylor never showed up at home at all. She never called home. She didn't call her overnight job to give any reason for why she left. And as we already said, Taylor was a hardworking individual, she valued that job and she loved and respected her own mother. But for Taylor's family, this is going to go from bazaar and worry to extremely concerned and frightening very quickly known like you said she's a caregiver, and so by her leaving on our own accord. She's putting somebody at risk of this person needs twenty four hour assistance. You might be put in this person at risk to a fatal risk. Correct correct so where they get extremely concerned. Is when the the the parents. The worry starts amount with every passing minute every passing hour, but we also have another situation where Taylor was scheduled to work at bond worth clothing on the afternoon of the fourth. This is really going to be the acid test here. She was missing, but if all else failed, if for some reason Taylor was just. You know maybe up to something, or if for some reason she could not call home. Everybody expected. She would at the very least arrive as scheduled for her shift at Bonn Worth Martin, but she did against. He's pretty young. You know you go. Okay, while this doesn't make any sense. She doesn't seem like the type of person to just walk away from her job walkaway from a patient that would need her care again. She's pretty young, so it's possible that she made a mistake or possibly she was being irresponsible well. Isn't that just it I? Mean even you take somebody as responsible as this young woman Taylor Robinson and you look at her life and Oliver hard work, and how diligent she was about all of her activities and responsibilities, but then you go okay, Moore all. He didn't expect any of this, but she's. She's nineteen. Yeah, now. Taylor never clocked in for her job that Saturday afternoon it was. At this time when Carmella in the family decided. Hey, we've we've got to go to the police now. The Akron Police Department responded and from everything I have seen. The Akron PD took this case very seriously from the outset. Immediately announcing intriguing Taylor's disappearance as quote suspicious. This makes total sense right of course. Taylor is an adult free to go off on her own if she should wish. It is her right to pick up and take life elsewhere. But data just does not make much sense. We talked justice last week on off the record about the Long Island serial killer investigation out in New York. And how that case is moving forward, and thankfully in the right direction after so much time has passed. It's at their stagnant for years really but just. This year. After processing and evaluating DNA samples remains belonging to someone only known as Manor Ville Jane Doe just one of several murder victims in the Long Island serial killer case. She was finally positively identified as Valerie Mac from Philadelphia. Anyone that wants to learn more about that. Get our show off the record on stitcher premium or go to the website dedicated to that investigation. That's Gilgo COP. You can submit tips there as well by the way especially. If you have any information regarding Valerie Mac, but what we did what we talked about on that episode, captain of the record was we talked about how victimology is the? The foundation of any investigation, and now investigators finally know the identity of one of these victims. In that case they have a completely new starting point for their investigation, dramatically increasing their chances of catching this killer and our case here, Captain, we have obviously we obviously know who are victim is in fact, we know just about everything we need to know, not everything but a lot, right. Taylor is close to her family. She tells them what's going on in her life. Taylor is busy. She has a busy active lifestyle and she's attending college. She's working two jobs, so not only. is she busy, but the things in her life that are keeping her busy well, those things we mentioned. That are all taking up the majority of her time. They! All come with time stamps on them. So. She's busy and her time is easily accounted for, and it's easy to figure who. Would be the people in the circles of her life in the circles from work and her social circles. From school and we have school records, we have work records. We can figure out likely who is in and out of her life outside of school and work. We can get this information from her family because she is close to them and what we can't get from the family, we can get from friends. So Taylor. Knowing who are victim is looking at the victimology here, captain, we know Taylor was a bright and genuinely good young woman moving forward in this world This most likely means that most of her friends will be cut from the same cloth will. Now remember when profiling. We are going to attempt to profile. Everything are victim the crime? The location and finally are unknown offender. Starting with our victimology. We can tell you buy everything. We know about Taylor that. She was living a low risk lifestyle meaning. She's not frequenting places known for high crime or violent crime, and she is not hanging out with bad people and not making poor choices. So knowing this this dramatically increases the likelihood that Taylor was either targeted. Or the abduction that took place at night was the result of another crime or something else that happened. Or something that was going on in Taylor's world. We are very likely looking for someone in one of Taylor's direct circles. So now you are looking for two things in our missing persons investigation. And trying to determine what happened to this young woman, you're hoping to find one or the other or both I guess because. That is going to be where you pick up the bread crumb trail leading you to Taylor and her whereabouts or her abductor and evidence of what happened impossibly y. You're looking for who had the means motive and opportunity to take her. Meaning someone had reason for targeting Taylor and the ability to carry out the crime. Or looking for something that happened in her life that would later trigger this abduction and set the crime into motion. who was involved in that event likely would be involved in this event. So what is the event and or who? Would target her. The problem with deciphering which event. May Have led to Taylor. Having gone missing would be fairly easy to identify amongst all of the other events going on in her world, because everything with her is work and school and working toward her goal so this event this it would likely stand out amongst the backdrop of the rest of the events going on in her life. But by the same time you are hoping that someone. One of the many. Persons in Taylor's life is aware of this event. But here's the troubling thing. Often something so powerful. That would cause someone to have the reaction. Of abduction or even possibly worse well, often, one does not sit around and wait to react because this very likely is just that some type of hurtful aggression reaction, and often that means that the event that set this type of terrible reaction into motion. Likely went down a short period of time before whatever happened to to Taylor. And unfortunately that could be just minutes or even seconds before she went missing. So, now we have to look into her life and look into what was possibly even going on that night that led to this young woman having gone missing. while. We are thinking through the scenarios of either. Taylor left work for some yet unknown reason, and never returned or someone forcibly removing her from her work. Either way I would say hope is fleeting. And we say this. Because based on our victimology, we say with almost one hundred percent certainty that this young woman did not just take off and leave her family high and dry. So again we're back to square. One. Someone took Taylor, but WHO and why? If there's something interfering with your happiness or preventing you from achieving your goals better help online counseling can help. 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Flee so where would she go? On foot possibly then I also want to know. What is her social media activity? Is She on instagram. Is She on facebook? Is She on Facebook Gers? She talking with individuals through social media, is she on any dating websites like tinder or or any of these other dating websites and talking to indy individuals through that these are all excellent questions I from my understanding of Taylor's work in particular the job where she went missing from. Is. This would be kind of a small. Small, staff, let's say right, so we only need one caregiver for when the mother of the patient is not at home. But again, this patient needs around the clock care from my understanding, so there would be other nurses, not just Taylor or other caregivers whatever you want, whatever title you choose to use right because I can imagine that Taylor is probably not covering five nights a week, but again what I understand of the situation is that she would be working alone, and as you said okay well, if there's a situation where she has to leave or flee I don't think that's ideal that they're. You know of course never ideal that there would be a situation that she would need to leave or flee. But again the whole purpose of her being there is to care for this other person right so if you can't take this other person with you, then you're. While I'm wondering the work structure because a lot of these you know. The family calls a service that service you know that person that runs that. Might not be nurse. But has all these connections to these at home caregivers, and so, who is her boss? who did the scheduling because one of things that? You have to look at and especially case like this with with a a female like. That keyword female. There's always a possible motive because she's female sometimes. Right sometimes ladies are targeted just because they're ladies bright and you're pointing out several. Good things here who? and. How would somebody know that she is there alone? That night and that's what I think we're we're. We will really get into. And that's where we're going to see some good potential suspects along the way in regards to the situation with her her mother. Taylor's mother Carmella. It's my understanding that most of the time. Her mother dropped her off and picked her up, but there would be the rare occasion where Taylor would borrow the vehicle. And drive herself to and from so I think it happened a few different ways, but what we have here now, captain is we have nineteen year old. Woman? Who's gone missing from her work? We now have accurate police department involved. They have already publicly announced that they find the disappearance of Taylor Robinson to be highly suspicious, and they are investigating it as such so again. They're taking this case series. Right from the get on, plus you could have all these suspects in areas well, because if you would know that this individual. CanNot take care of themselves. You'd be seeing nurses coming in every day. And, so if you had a Predator if he had some Sicko in the neighbor of the Old Pervert Round Round Upright that. This person's going to be well aware that there's different females attractive females coming into take care of this individual and again. They're basically alone now. Right so there. There's no protection there. We also of course have Taylor's family and friends and people at her work, and and you know all involved looking for Taylor and actively seeking information about her whereabouts. While this is all going on while this case is still fresh, still new. Something totally unpredictable happened. Taylor Robinson went missing during the night and early morning hours of May third and may fourth. But then just two days later from a neighborhood in Cleveland remember Cleveland is not terribly far from the Akron area and from where Taylor was working. where she was working, we should also point out is located right by the freeway so just two days later. A nine one one call sends police out on what can only be described as a dramatic call to the Tremont neighborhood in Cleveland. This is from the Journal Tribune out of Cleveland. The Associated Press was reporting the nine one one call the woman caller. Her voice was frantic and breathless, and she was choking back tears. The woman caller said help me I'm Amanda. Berry I've Been Kidnapped and I've been missing for ten years and I'm here. I'm free now. WHO IS AMANDA BERRY? She is a twenty seven year old woman who disappeared at the age of sixteen in April of two, thousand and three. Amanda Barrie was working at Burger King. She left her job at the end of her shift to go home. She never made it home. A man named Charles Ramsey. said he was sitting in his house, eating McDonalds and I don't know why it feels like every single week kept in. McDonalds finds its way onto the show. It really should be sponsor. Then I think it's part of their marketing plan, you know, let's bilk the garage out of thousands of dollars of advertising and just sneak into these these stories somehow so Charles is sitting in his home eating and he says he hears screaming. He runs outside and at his neighbor's house. He sees quote. This is his words I see this girl going nuts trying to get out of the house. He said she was trying desperately to get outside and pleading for help to reach the police. The door that the woman was trying to get out of would only open wide enough for her to stick her hand out. So he's just seen her hand mid McDonald's yeah mid McDonald's. He's like screaming and then he runs outside. He sees this. You know just a hand coming out of the screen door and some woman yelling saying call the police call the police. So he decides, he's like Hey I'm helping this person right so besides. Sit Down, finished his. Well he ran over. He started kicking out the bottom of the door, meanwhile, a woman sitting on her porch nearby with some friends says she hears the commotion and runs over to see if she could help. The woman is now freed. And she tells the so the woman that ran over her name is. The woman that's now freed. She tells Anna that she is Amanda Berry and Anna. The responding woman says. This woman claimed to be Amanda Berry She was visibly nervous and she was crying. She was wearing pajamas and sandals, but Anna says I told the young woman. You're not Amanda. Berry Berry is dead. The woman then again told Anna I. AM Amanda Berry? I have been kidnapped and was being held captive. Anna gave her the telephone at that point and the recorded nine one one call. This woman declared I'm Amanda. Berry I've been on the news for the last ten years. She said she had been taken by someone and begged for police officers to come to the home before the man returned, those words led police to a house near downtown Cleveland where Amanda Berry. Two other women were found. Taylor's mother. Taylor Robinson her daughter's missing has been missing for about two days. She watched the breaking news on her TV as she and others were busy putting together missing persons fliers for her daughter Yeah now. None of the women found and recovered that evening were Taylor. The three were identified as Amanda, Berry, Gina dejesus and Michelle Knight. All three vanished a decade earlier, they had been kidnapped and held captive for all this time. Soon after the rescue police arrested fifty two year old homeowner Ariel Castro. Police also found a six year old child pieces ship I mean. This guy's a piece of shit. One of the women gave birth during their time in captivity. Castro eventually pled guilty to. This is this is a high number here. Captain Get Ready Castro eventually pled guilty to nine hundred and thirty seven counts of rape, kidnapping and aggravated murder. He was sentenced to life in prison plus one thousand years with no. Possibility of parole. The rescue of these victims brought much-needed, rejoicing to the streets and neighborhoods of Cleveland. It also brought hope to Taylor Robinson's family and to that community as well. of course we want to know where Taylor is where her whereabouts are, but in the investigation the WHO took her question. Is One that investigators will be working on, but almost as important is the why. Why would someone take her? One real scary reality in this case and in a lot of cases. Is Human Trafficking. Down now I love my home state, of Ohio, but unfortunately we do not have great numbers here, regarding human trafficking in fact, according to the Ohio Department of Health at one time, Ohio ranked as high as fifth. Fifth out of fifty states in the US. Well technically this. This crime with Castro I mean it's technically. A form of human trafficking, right? I mean it's not just kidnapping. Well Or is it just kidnapping? Essentially. I mean they he. He abducted these they were girls when they were abducted, and then they grew up to be women, but he abducted these girls, and held him captive, and basically made them sex slaves during this time. This and so I mean you can see. The state came down really hard on him as they should. I mean his his crimes are. I just. Of the most despicable nature! but again. was. Chopping off all these dudes, PP's right like you get your rape girl Chop your P p. off. You think that would stop any of this nonsense. Then, you have the situation, did they? If they do they get it wrong. They get a wrongful conviction. You can't go back on that so then. He's dismissing his PP. But maybe we need less PP's in this world, so let's go back to to these numbers here, Captain. Let's work our way through this so. Ohio according to the Department of Health, at one time Ohio ranked as high as fifth out of fifty states in the US with some of the highest statistics, coming out of Toledo Cleveland and the Akron area, so the city of Akron has seen its share of arrest in regards to human trafficking crimes obviously but. In Fact Summit County had some pretty big bust their this year in January so the stats in Ohio and Akron. They're not good, but this is where we go back to victimology victimology here with Taylor. Is quite different than a substantial chunk of the. We are seeing and human trafficking cases especially in that area so again Taylor would still be very much of a low risk victim for this type of crime. But as we know from having. been doing the show for so long. No one is ever truly excluded from being a possible victim of of really any crime. Now that we are armed with the hope. They came out of Cleveland with the rescue of three kidnap victims, but also the threaten fears of what might have happened to our young female adult victim. Let's see what we can find from the actual investigation. Yeah, but for me. It's strange because. When I see a scenario like this. What hope you found some people that might not be connected to your daughter's case at all I. Don't get the hope is if anything? Pointing out how messed up this world is and how sick. Individuals are out there, but you gotTA keep in mind. The desperation of the of the other victims of the family members and the Friends of people who have gone missing while maybe this glass half full glass half empty all. A Pessimist but it's I. I see stuff like this and go. Oh, and by the way my daughter's missing all walters. What hope do we have there's? When you got sickos like this guy out there, but that's why through in the reaction of Anna one of the neighbors responding to the commotion where She's told by this woman who is freed from the. House says I'm Amanda. Berry in her initial reaction is no. You're not Amanda Berry's dead right. That's that's what I mean by hope. Is that the? All of the other victims of family members, the Friends of these missing persons of people that they one day they had to come to the sad realization of waking up one day and and going okay. Maybe they're never coming back. Okay? Maybe they're not still alive. But then you see something like this where a a whole community you don't move on, but a whole community just accepted the fact that these three women were probably dead or are dead and then this. Again something totally unpredictable boom one day all of a sudden. That's not the case that they are still around. And thankfully they've gone on to to be able to live. Get relationships back with their families and have families of their own soon on talk about go time though to I mean. To to hear. The, the screams. Or to hear her yelling from that house. Because there's probably. I mean you said she was missing for how many years ten ten years there's probably. I Dunno, let's say a hundred times. that. There was a possibility that she could have got free or. Maybe a thousand times of okay. We know his schedule, so we're GONNA. Try to break loose or whatever it is. And now you're you have this moment. where the door's cracked or something your hand, you get your hand. Your hand is in the land of freedom, right. And you're screaming for help. But if he came home if Castro came home at that moment I know, but won't. Saying is for that neighbor to hear that. And I WANNA. Talk about go time. I'm a moment of i. what kind of person are you deep down and how fast you you react, and because you also don't know what's on the other side of that door. I mean you obviously probably know your neighbor enough to know that there there. There shouldn't be some girl screaming, but I'm just saying like you don't know. If he's there well. It's a day that nobody in that area has forgotton. And it it it will remain that way for a very very long time, so. And regards this investigation about Taylor. Robinson's case and the night in question we do have some information that didn't come out immediately, so according to the Beacon Journal. Akron. Police detectives have pledged to make the case a top priority to that end thirty eight officers and detectives days scouring the area around the location of Taylor. Taylor's shift on the night in question. Some of this time was devoted to scrutinizing abandoned homes, garages, and anywhere else in the largely residential neighborhood where the young woman could be. Further the FBI provided for agents to assist in the investigation from the third day on. The investigation looked into Taylor's friends and associates. They feel the tips. Follow up on leads, and basically did all of the usual investigative things. Meanwhile the family handed out flyers and searched the streets looking for any sign of Taylor. Taylor's Stepdad seems to have taken on a significant role and looking for her. He spoke at rallies and. And was instrumental in handing out fliers I. DO I'm GonNa? Throw this out there as a bit of an aside so we can kind of just move on from it. There are some things about this investigation that I am aware of and that I'm not allowed to clarify or go into. Detail of one thing that I have seen in some areas is a question. Would the stepfather has he ever been a suspect or looked at by police right? If he ever was looked at as a person of interest, it has never been mentioned in any newspapers at all and from everything that I see again. He's up front and he's helping. Lead the investigation he was even though he's her stepfather. He was very much in the role of her father of her actual father. and. There's no reason to believe that anything. Anything strange, or he had any type of involvement other than helping. In the search for for Taylor. So this is Donna situation very difficult though I mean. Anybody. When when a family member or friend goes missing, anybody can then become a suspect. Is I think a really hard thing for people to deal with, but most people realize that that's a possibility and of your looked at it as being a suspect i. mean you could even say well look, or her mother dropped her off so therefore. Her mother becomes some somewhat of a suspect, but. You just gotTa let law enforcement gotTa. Let the detectives Roll you out, so they can go on exactly better better. Suspect some better ideas. That's exactly right, and you have fathers it's it's not uncommon for a father to be. Looked at within the first hours or days of an investigation. And just as you said. That's that's a sucky situation to be in It's a horrible situation to be in, but. Where it goes best you. Have you have the police department? That very clearly is taking this disappearance very seriously, and when you observe that as a parent, you okay. Take your look at me I'll tell you anything you need to know, so you can move onto a real suspect, and here's no problems looking at me. Now Taylor is mother found hope she's was vocal about this found hope in the news about Ariel Castro's kidnapping victims being found alive in Cleveland on May sixth. But on that same day and an article in the beacon journal Akron Detective Brian Harding. said in regards to Taylor's disappearance. That it was totally out of character for Taylor and she had zero history of trouble adding the quote. We are at a dead end one this case be in two thousand thirteen. We know that people are very connected to their phones. That's what brought up the questions in my mind. Of what information can we find out? About her phone right, and so with her situation with her work situation, one would think that that phone is not just for her for her use, but it's also her lifeline. Should she need something? Sorry it knocked a bunch of stuff over. Should she need something during the course of her shift, or if her patient, the person that she's taking care of requires anything other than what Taylor is able to provide, then that phone is really truly a lifeline so. So here are some clues captain. This information was not reported right away, but there was information gleaned from Taylor's phone. We need to mention to Taylor's phone was not found at her place of work. She's missing. The phone's missing. Reports say that this phone was shut off shortly after seven thirty am on Saturday. Now. We know that Taylor's mother arrived at the patient's house to collect Taylor around seven fifteen. Presumably after finding Taylor missing, she called her daughter's phone. However, it is not stated in any reports that I could find. What happened when she called did the phone ring? The reports all say that it was shut off right around seven thirty, so presumably it may have rang when Carmella called, but she was never able to get a hold of Taylor. There was other information on the phone as well and I believe this information is very likely. Evidence is evidence that could shrink the window of time a bit in this investigation, narrowing the gap between the start and the end of Taylor shift to hopefully point out where we can say okay. We know what time she started work. We know what time it was supposed to end. She went missing during the middle sometime during the shift bright. We want to shrink that window a little bit and be able to go okay sometime between here and here. Is when we believe that something happened to this young woman. Taylor's phone had been used on the night of May third. To interact with some people she knew. Here's what we know. and Ex boyfriend, whom Taylor dated up until recently called her cell phone late Friday night that call by reports lasted two minutes. Now. The exact time of this call has never been published. But to me when I those reports in the newspaper that say late Friday night. Obviously, we're looking at before midnight before the midnight hour of her shift, right. I did some digging and I've spoke to some people close to this investigation and just flat out asked. Do we know what time or can somebody tell me what time that call took place and I was told a very specific time that that phone call was at ten sixteen PM. So shortly after her shift began. Now, pay close attention here. Taylor or someone? This is other information regarding her phone. Taylor or someone using Taylor's phone texted a friend at about five am on the morning of the fourth. Reports only state that this text made vague reference to seeking a favor from a friend. This text received no response. We don't know anything more about that text, but it's a text that you you say is Seeking a response about a favor to a friend. Correct okay. The reports. Of this text are that we don't know if this text is coming from Taylor's phone and asking for help. Or asking for a favor or if somebody is texting in saying. Hey I need a ride, or or you owe me a favor, or I can help you with this. I don't know in regards to the relationship of who was going to be. You know handing out the favor or asking for a favor a what, but the information we have is that Taylor, and I think that that's that's the key to this bit of information here. That comes out Taylor war someone using Taylor's phone. Texted a friend at about five am on the morning of the fourth. So, we know that she answered her phone at ten sixteen and had a two minute phone. Call Right. And the reports are taught, Taylor or somebody using her phone. sent out text around five. AM's gives us a timeframe of less than seven hours. It shrinks it a bit. We were looking at a time timeframe of roughly nine hours. And now we've got that under seven hours to be concerned with now. This next portion will further bolster the shared theory that Taylor did not walk away to go off somewhere. This bit of INFO was held back initially, but was released to the public eventually. And this is very important here, captain. The reports were that Taylor's jacket and shoes were found at her place of work after she went missing. There is no indication from the reports there police found blood hair, or really any sign of a struggle at her work. There is no indication that investigators found any evidence of forced entry at her work. Nothing to the doors, nothing to the windows while I'm just wondering if she brought a pair of shoes. And I'M! An additional pair of shoes while the ones that she was wearing, yeah might be a leap, but I I know with some nurses that they like to wear certain shoes. While they work. So. Maybe they would bring a pair with her, but we have one thing here that you don't have in most investigations in regards especially to we. We have the I. Dropped her off her mother, saying hey, she didn't bring a pair of shoes right this. This is what she was wearing. This is what she brought with her to. That night, but jacket being there that don't bother me. People rank all the time without a jacket, but you're gonNA. Leave without shoes, and that's exactly what her mother pointed out. That terrified her the most when she. Figured out what was going on, because keep in mind. She knows the public though they don't know that there was a coat in A. And shoes left at the scene that we don't find this out until much later right, but her mother immediately knows. I dropped her off. Yes, she left her jacket there. No big deal like you said people I was I went to a friend's house just a week ago and left a jacket there. But people don't leave without their shoes. Right. Yeah, you don't make home and go. Hey, where's my shoe wall? Shoot I left my shoes at my friend's house again. Well I have sensitive fee. I can't be walking around on the concrete with my sensitive feet. Does not go to happen well in the thing here, too. We got the evidence that. The she left some things at her work her personal items those were the personal items that were referenced earlier. We also have the report. Stating their was no forced entry found to. Roll, the work known force entry, and we also believe that the doors were locked. They were found locked according to the reports after she's found to be missing, right. So no forced entry to the doors no forced entry. Window right says it just ponder this. Even if a friend pulled up and you're going to go talk to him. One. Why would you lock the doors? Why would you walk out there with no shoes? This doesn't make sense right, and that's what I'm pointing out that this information is going to leave us really with fewer and fewer possible working theories to to further this investigation. Captain it's looking like one of the following theories would. and. I'll start with the least likely and work my way through. Either someone. This could be a stranger or maybe even someone she knew, grabbed her from the porch or outside, but still on the property of her work while she just so happened to be outside with no jacket, no shoes. And then Taylor puts up so little of struggle that there was no evidence of an attack outside and no I witnesses or better yet ear witnesses. This seems highly unlikely. Given the very low probability factors for that to all come together. Or maybe we have someone who was targeting Taylor and knew that at her place of Work Taylor would basically be alone and in a state of vulnerability. And if it were a stranger, perhaps using a ruse of some sort, convinced Taylor to open the door or maybe even let him in or. It someone, she knows, and she willingly opens the door or let's this person in. I think given everything we have gone over I would be shocked if anyone by this point is leaning towards the idea of an offender unknown to our victim. And given that we have no ear, witnesses, two screams or struggle outside we are very likely looking at a scenario where Taylor opened the door, and let someone into her work, and something happened inside. That resulted in this person taking tale. For everything true crime garage checkout, true crime garage dot, com, and make sure you sign up on our mailing list and we got a bunch more to get to tomorrow regarding the case of Taylor Robinson. Please join us back here in the garage, and until then be good, be kind. Don't let it. 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HOME BREWMEISTER 2nd Edition
"Welcome back my friends to the big book podcast. My name is Howard and I'm an alcoholic sober since January first. Nineteen eighty eight one day at a time. This is the 59th episode of The Big Book podcast. And I hope you found this audio version of Alcoholics Anonymous to be both meaningful and enjoyable in this episode Story number 11 in part one of the stories section of the second edition of the big book published in nineteen fifty five. It's entitled Homebrew my sister and was one of only five of the original twenty nine stories in the first edition to make it into the second edition. Its author Clarence s got sober in early nineteen thirty eight months along with a dozen other sober alcoholics from Cleveland, he would make the Forty mile drive to Akron each week to attend the Oxford Group with dr. Bob and the other original members of birth. Akron group at that time a majority of the Cleveland contingent were catholic according to Clarence s when the Roman Catholic Church learned that these men were attending the Protestant Beijing Oxford Group it threatened excommunication if they continued to attend Clarence inform doctor Bob and the members of the yet-to-be-named Akron group that Catholics in the Cleveland group would have. Coming which might result in there drinking the initial reluctance of the Akron group to sever ties with the Oxford Group created a rift between the Cleveland and Akron groups as a result of that Rift Clarence and several others put together their own group in Cleveland in May 1939. They named the group Alcoholics Anonymous after the title of the newly written book and modeled it upon the 12 Steps. They're in Some historians consider this to be the very first a a group not affiliated with the Oxford Group along with the big book it soon became the model for groups everywhere eventual the Akron group also split from the Oxford Group to focus solely on a a and become an organization that is truly not allied with any sect denomination politics organization or institution. So it may not be referenced in his story clearances personal influence on the pillars of inclusiveness and universality have certainly earned him a place among the birth Kya nears. and now part one story eleven home brewmeister an originator of Cleveland's group number three this one fought Prohibition in vain. Strangely enough. I became acquainted with the hilarious life just at the time in my own life. When I was beginning really to settle down to a common sense saying Domesticity met my wife became pregnant and the doctor recommended the use of port or rail. So I bought a 6 gallon crock and a few bottles listen to advice from amateur burmeister's off and was off on my beer manufacturing career on a small scale for the time being somehow or other. I must have misunderstood the doctor's instructions for I not only made the beer for my wife off. I also drank it for her as time went on I found that it was customary to open a few bottles whenever visitors dropped in that being the case. It didn't take me long to figure out my meager manufacturing facilities were entirely inadequate to the manufacture of beer for social and domestic consumption from that point on. I secured Crocs of ten gallon capacity. And really took quite an active interest in the manufacturer of Homebrew. We were having card parties with Limburger and beer quite regularly eventually, of course what with all the hilarity that could be provoked with a few gallons of beer. There seemed to be no need of bridge or poker playing for entertainment the parties waxed more liquid and hilarious as time went on and eventually I discovered that a little shot of liquor now and then between beers had the tendency to put em in a wacky mood much quicker than having to down several quarts of beer to obtain the same effect. The inevitable result of this discovery was that I soon learned that beer made a very good chaser for whiskey that Discovery so intrigued me that I stayed on that diet almost entirely for the balance of my extensive drinking life. The last day of my drinking career. I drank twenty two of them between 10 and 12 a.m. And I shall never know how many more followed them until I was poured into bed that night. I got along fairly well with my party drinking for quite some time, but eventually I began to visit beer joints in between parties a night or so a week and a joint and a party or something a week at home or with friends along with a little loan drinking soon had me preparing for the existence of a top-flight drunkard three years after I started on my drinking career. I lost my first job at that time. I was living out of town. So I moved back to the home town and made a connection in a responsible position with one of the larger companies in the finance business up to this point. I had spent six years in the business and had enjoyed the reputation of being very successful. My new duties were extremely confining and my liquor consumption began to increase upon leaving the office in the evening. My first stop would be a saloon about a block away. However, as there happened to be several saloons within that distance I dead Find it necessary to patronize the same place each evening. It doesn't pay to be seen in the same place at the same hour every day. The general procedure was to take four or five shots off first place. I stopped at this would get me feeling fit and then I would start for home and Fireside 13 miles away on the way home numerous places must be passed. If I were alone, I would stop at four or five five of them. But only one or two in the event. I had my mistrusting wife with me eventually, I would arrive home for a late supper for which of course I had absolutely no relish. I would make a whole people attempt at eating supper, but I never met with any howling success. I never enjoyed any meal but I ate my lunch at noon for two reasons first to help me get out of the fog of the night before found second to furnish some measure of nourishment. Eventually. The noon meal was also dispensed with I cannot remember just when I became the victim of insomnia, but I do know that the last month 2/2 I never went to bed sober a single night. I couldn't sleep. I had a mortal fear of going to bed and tossing all night evenings at home were an ordeal as a result of a fall off in a drunken stupor every night how I was able to discharge my duties at the office during those horrible mornings. I will never be able to explain handling customers Dealers Choice Insurance People dictation telephoning directing new employees answering to superiors and all the rest of it. However, it finally caught up with me and when it did I was a mental than physical and nervous wreck. I arrived at the stage where I couldn't quite make it to the office some mornings, then I would send an excuse of illness but the firm became violently ill with my drunkenness and their course of treatment was to remove they're all sir in the form of me from the payroll amid much fanfare and very personal and slighting remarks and insinuations during this time. I had been threatened beaten kissed praised and Damned alternately by relatives family friends and strangers. But of course it all went for naught how many times I swore off in the morning and got drunk Before Sunset. I don't know. I was on the toboggan and really making time after being fired. I lined up with a new finance company that was just starting in business took the position of business promotion, man, contacting automobile dealers while working in an office. There was some semblance of restraint but oh boy when I got on the outside with this new company without supervision did I go to town? I really work for several weeks and having had a fairly wide acquaintance with the dealer trade. It was not difficult for me to line up enough of them to give me a very substantial volume of business with a minimum of effort. Now I was getting drunk all the time. It wasn't necessary to report to the office in person everyday and when I did go in it was just to make an appearance and bounce right out again. I finally this company also became involved and I was once more looking for a job. Then I learned something else. I learned that a person just can't find a job hanging in a dive or bar room off day and all night as Jobs don't seem to turn up in those places. I became convinced of that because I spent most of my time there and Nary a job turned up. By this time my chances of getting lined up in my chosen business were shot. Everyone had my number and wouldn't hire me at any price. I have omitted details of transgressions that I made when drunk for several reasons one is that I don't remember too many of them. As I was one of those drunks who could be on his feet and attend a meeting or a party engage in a conversation with people and do things that any nearly normal person would do and the next day not remember a thing about where I was what I did whom I saw or how I got home that conditioning a distinct handicapped to me in trying to vindicate myself with the not so patient wife things eventually came to the point where I had no friends. I didn't care to go visiting unless it's parties. We might visit had plenty of liquor on hand and I could get drunk indeed. I was always well on my way before I would undertake to go visiting at all. After holding good positions making better than average income for over ten years. I was in debt had no clothes to speak of no money no friends and no one any longer tolerating me, but my wife my son had absolutely no use for me even some of the saloon Keepers where I had spent so much time and money requested that I stay away from their places off finally an old business acquaintance of mine whom I hadn't seen for several years offered me a job. I was on that job a month and drunk most of the time just at this time my wife bought a doctor in another city who had been very successful with drunks. She offered me the alternative of going to see him or her leaving me for good at all. Well, I had a job and I really wanted desperately to stop drinking but I couldn't so I readily agreed to visit the doctor she recommended That was the turning point of my life. My wife accompanied me on my visit and the doctor really told me some things that in my state of jitters nearly knocked me out of the chair. He talked about himself, but I was sure it was about me. He mentioned lies and deceptions in the course of his story in the presence of the one person in the world. I wouldn't want to know such things. How did he know all this loss. I had never seen him before and at the time hope that I would never see him again. However, he explained to me that he had been just such a rummy as I only for a much longer period of time he advised me to enter the particular hospital with which he was connected and I readily agreed in all honesty though. I was skeptical but I wanted so definitely to quit drinking. I would have welcomed any sort of physical torture or pain to accomplish the result. I made arrangements to enter the hospital three days later and promptly went out and got stiff for three days off. Was with grim foreboding and advanced Jitters that I checked in at the hospital. Of course. I had no hint or intimation as to what the treatment was to consist of after being in the hospital for several days a plan of living was outlined to me a very simple plan that I still find much joy and happiness and following it is impossible to put on paper all the benefits. I have derived physical mental domestic spiritual and monetary. This is no idle talk. It is the truth from a physical standpoint. I gained sixteen pounds in the first two months. I was off liquor. I eat three good meals a day now and really enjoy them. I sleep like a baby and never give a thought to such a thing as insomnia. I feel as I did when I was fifteen years younger mentaly. I know where I was last night the night before and the nights before that. Also. I have no fear of anything. I have self confidence and assurance that cannot be confused with them. Cockiness I once possessed I can think clearly and I'm helped much in my thinking and judgment by my Spiritual Development which grows daily from a domestic standpoint. We really have a home now. I am anxious to get home after dark. My wife is glad to see me come in. My youngster has adopted me. Our home is always full of friends and visitors. No Homebrew age inducement. Spiritually. I found a friend who never lets me down and is ever eager to help I can actually take my problems to him and he gives me Comfort peace and happiness from a monetary standpoint in the past few years. I have reduced my reckless debts to almost nothing and have had money to get along uncomfortably. I still have my job and just prior to the writing of this narrative. I received an advancement for all of these blessings. I thank him. This concludes the reading of home brewmeister from part one of the personal stories section of the second edition of Alcoholics Anonymous. I'm grateful you listened stay tuned for our 60th episode featuring story twelve entitled The Keys of the Kingdom. As always it's super easy to listen to the first and second editions of the big book including many stories not published in later editions. Just visit big book podcast.com and listen to your heart's content off or download And subscribe for free to all of the podcast episodes on Apple podcast Spotify Pandora, iHeartRadio Google podcasts or wherever you get your podcast to listen to earlier chapters and stories in the big book simply scroll down the episode list. If you've enjoyed listening, I'd be super grateful. If you can leave a rating and review on Apple podcasts, it'll help others find us and please share this podcast with your friends. And anyone you know, who has a desire to stop drinking. 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0148: Betsy Rader & Susan Moran Palmer (10/26/2018)
"Hi, this is Lorraine wolverine. And you're listening to talking politics. I'm excited to introduce this episode coming to you from the great Dale Hieaux. That's raider and Susan Moran. Palmer and the rain Wilburn running for real high. Oh house district forty eight. Enjoy. Hi, everyone. This is Kelly with too broad stalking politics. I'm here in this segment with Betsy raider who's the democratic nominee for the Ohio fourteenth district? Hi, betsy. Hi, good morning. So thank you so much for joining me. And maybe we could start just a little bit of background. Can you tell the listeners little bit 'bout who you are? And why you're running for congress. I have lived in my district for the past twenty four years. My husband, and I have three kids who went to the public schools here, but I was born down in apple laptop, and the part of all Hieaux that's called the LA. And my dad was a game warden, and my mom was a stay at home. Mom, and when I was nine they divorced, and my mom became a single mother of four. And so I grew up a really poor. And that has, you know, had a big influence on me, and my priorities as I have steered my volunteerism and my career and now this decision to run for congress. Because I think one thing that yet find when you grow up struggling to make ends meet is that you really don't feel like you have a voice in what happens to you. And so I've always been really involved and helping people avoid like Iran, my county's child advocacy program for abused children. And now I advocate for people who've been fired from their jobs illegally. And so, you know, part of the reason I really wanted to run for congress was to make sure that everyone is being served by our government and not just, you know, the the wealthy special interest groups that are able to donate to campaigns. Can you tell us a little bit about the Ohio fourteenth district? So it looks at least like it's one of the least weird looking districts in Ohio. But. That doesn't necessarily mean anything so whereabouts in Ohio is this and what sort of the the makeup of it? Sure. And actually the fact that it doesn't look so weird does have meaning here. It's one of the very least gerrymandered districts in Ohio. It's the northeast corner of the state. So it starts in the eastern suburbs of Cleveland and cuyahoga county, and it has the northern suburbs of Akron. And so it's actually the second highest educated second highest income district in the state of Ohio. But it's an interesting variety because then it goes out from those outer Ving suburbs along Lake Erie and out to the Pennsylvania border. So it also includes those some I rural and rural areas, and I actually live right in the middle of the district Geog at county on I live in an oldie team forty seven farmhouse, that's an old sheep farm. So. It's it's got just about every, you know, type of demographic in it, except we don't have any big cities in this district. And it's what's called an are plus five which means that it leans Republican. But it's actually it's a district that US Senator Sherrod Brown, boys one. So it's one of those swing districts that people are talking about this year. Yeah. Definitely I grew up in stark county, Ohio. And so certainly would that was always a swing e place when I lived there. And so I'm trying to sort of sort out its our plus five, and you know, in in this kind of wave election, and like you said the swing districts that we're looking at it. It seems like that should be totally winnable district. But it doesn't look like there's been a whole lot of polling at all. No, no there hasn't. It's it's been kind of disappointment to be that there's as far as I know. And I think I would know there is no public polling for this district. So when some of the National Progressive. Peter's are looking at it there. They really don't have that much to go on there. Just going by, you know, past results, which I honestly don't think are predictive of what's going to happen this year. Yeah. And so what would is the sort of feeling in momentum on the ground is going around and talking to people. What are the kinds of things are hearing? Well, we have incredible grassroots energy of district. I mean, we have knocked on tens of thousands of doors, and and have so many volunteers, and especially in some of these suburbs that people had considered in the past to be they were kind of your moderate, Republicans suburbs are just coated and Betsy raiders signs, and you know, so people can really see that. There is a lot of interest in this race. And that people are really willing to look at the candidates this year. And so people that you know, the feeling is one of. Wow, we may he may actually. Have a voice this year. We could flip the su- what are some of the issues than that are your priorities. If you would be elected while I dish into the work. I just described I have a healthcare background. I worked as senior counsel at the Cleveland Clinic, and I worked at the NFL Asian center at Medicare and Medicaid and help to implement the Affordable Care Act, and you know, and this election season. I have to say it's the for one thing, I should say, it's what really made me. I started thinking about running for congress was when they were trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act last year, and the incumbent Republican here had run like so many of them on a platform of repealing what he called ObamaCare, and you know, bragged, and all of this campaign, literature and adds that you know, he'd vogue it every time he could to repeal it thirty one times. And when they were looking at repealing it. I was going with these, you know, other people to his office who are really concerned about losing their healthcare people with things like Crohn's disease and diabetes. He's preexisting conditions where they'd never had coverage before and they were just terrified of losing their coverage. And and he wouldn't eat with us. He wouldn't have a town hall his staff, really treated us disrespectfully. And and I thought you know, what I could do better than this. I willing to listen to people, and I really care about making sure everyone has access to healthcare. It's the most fundamental thing. I've myself, for instance, was completely disabled at one point my spine collapsed down on the nurse to the my right leg. And I was in debilitating pain had a spinal fusion, and I remember thinking at that time. I was still just like forty one that happened, and I thought, wow, this this like kinda could be the end. I can't take care of my kids. I can't go to work. And so I could really I'm. Ties with these people's fears, and I have to say what I found in. And you know, once I decided to run and in campaigning is it's not just the health insurance. I really hear a lot about from people is the prescription drug prices from young to old, you know, people are really being firmed by the exponential increase in prescription drug prices. And that is the problem that really has some pretty simple solutions if you weren't dealing with the special interest for Masuko lobbies who don't want us to reform suitable pricing. And so I would say, you know, what really resonates with voters, and what I hear a lot about is the cost of healthcare the cost of prescription drugs and concerned that in so many different areas like the environment the decisions that are being made in Washington aren't really reflecting. What the constitu? Sneed? They're really filing this special interest money. That's putting so much corruption into our politics is days, you talked about how you grow up as influencing you. But let's talk to about being a mom, and what sort of affect that's head on your political outlook and in your desire to to be in political service. Of course, it's had a huge influence in so many ways, you know, at the age of fifty seven, you know, I could arguably just kinda, you know, go out and crawl into a hole, and and just kinda let the future unfold, but you know, when you think about your kids that you think about everybody else's kids. You wanna make sure that that this is going to continue to be strong and thriving country for them to grow up and have their families. And and a particular concern for me with my three kids is that my two sons are both gay, and you know, they're in their twenty. These and you know, they just wanna have the same lights as anyone else. You know, they wanna be able to have a job and not be discriminated against. They wanna be able to adopt kids. They you know, they wanna get married. My middle son is married sneak got married last year. And it's really what tips me over the edge and deciding to run because you know, you on both the national, you know, President Trump level as well, as this particular incumbent here gave Joyce there has been already this erosion of gay rights, you know, President Trump and the department of Justice have argued that the civil rights fos for employment shouldn't apply to people based on their sexual orientation. So it should be okay for an employer to discriminate against my boys. And then they argued in the masterpiece cake shop decision, successfully that businesses should be allowed to discriminate even put a sign in the window saying that my son's aren't welcome. And. David Joyce, the Republican incumbent here. Hey, voted on the appropriations committee that it should be okay for child welfare agencies to discriminate against same sex couples and adoption and in the past he has you know, he's on video saying that he's against same sex marriage and his campaign staff a couple of weeks ago refused to back off of that decision. And so, you know, I'm concerned in general for our democracy for our environment for our economy for our children. But for me, it's really personal because I have two sons who I love the play who are being actively discriminated against both by this congressman and by the ministration, so you've had a lot of high profile endorsements of course, President Barack Obama Senator shirt Brown. But also more importantly, probably for the voters. Some big newspapers. The Akron beacon journal is actually the paper that I grew reading. In the endorsed. You can you talk some about the endorsements and the importance of those in the race. What ten neither the ones that are meaningful are the ones where they really know the district, and they really know that candidates. And so, yeah, the Akron beacon journal endorsement was very thoughtful and really laid out, you know, the the reasons for deciding to endorse me by one that really also really meant a lot to me. I just got yesterday, and it was the sugar in valley times and the soul in times and the Geog occur. Because what those endorsements started out by saying was that they know both of us, you know, both the incumbent, and I live in Geog county and at both been involved in the community for many years, and that endorsement laid out all the reasons why it made sense to vote for me on. Issues like healthcare on issues like job development on issues like checks and balances in Washington. And so so that really may be proud that people who have seen me active in my community for many many years and also seen my opponent chose to endorse me. Is there anything else that you want to make sure that we talked about I think in addition to the healthcare issues? Well, let's if you don't mind I'll start with healthcare because one thing that's happened in this campaign is of course, that there's been a lot of attack ads on by the opponent. And then as matter of fact, he's relied on entirely on tax ads for his campaign. He really doesn't have a ground operation going, and it's a little unusual. I know, you know, politics, always, you know, unfortunately, seem to get ugly with the attack ads, but his unusual and that every ad. He is run. Has gotten sometimes both national and local media attention for having inaccurate information. Just lies about me in them the first at he did that was an attack ad was about my healthcare position. And it got four Pinocchio 's from the Washington Post. I'd also an editorial was done by the Akron beacon journal, the Plain Dealer had an article about it, and it just misrepresented my position on healthcare. And then attacked a position. I don't have. And it's kind of this standard template when the last ten posts gave it four Pinocchio 's pointed out that there were like fifteen races across the country. And then it was interesting the day after he after this started than Trump's in USA today kinda laid out this template where they would save everybody. Socialist everybody wants to government takeover of healthcare. And kick people off their employer health plan. And and that is not a position I have taken. And then the next attack ad that he just put up this past week. There was an article in Cleveland dot com yesterday pointing out that it's lying again about my position. He's saying that I have pledged to raise middle class taxes, and you know, again, all this stuff about me raising taxes, and and it's just factually not true. And these source that he cited for those statements in that ad they issued their they issued a press statement saying this is a lie, and we don't want to be sited in this way. And so, you know, it's it's frustrating because what happens is those attacks get put out there, and then the super PACS pick them up, and it gets disseminated, you know, not just on TV, but also in direct mail that these super. Packs send out, and it really then turns you back to this whole money in politics thing is, you know, trying to raise the money to get the truth out to people, and I'm happy to debate are real policy positions. But you know, that's not what's happening here. So that's frustrating and a gun like that it just ties into the problem with having all this big money in politics and really having a level playing field communicate with voters, but I would say in addition to the healthcare issues, and and my desire to have a rational debate about health care for the environment is a big issue. And again, there's just so much money in politics from the fossil fuel industry, you have die EPA being dismantled, and let's lake. Erie bordering this district. You know, clean air clean water protections are really important to folks in this district. And I've been really endorsed by the Sierra Club. My. Has a seven percent lifetime rating from the league of conservation voters. He's consistently voted against clean water and air protections. And so now that's another issue that I hear about a lot especially young people are really worried about the environment and our future. Listeners would like to help support you in this final stretch of the campaign hoping they do that. Well, we have incredible field operation. So there are many opportunities to canvas knock on doors get out the boat, and they can go to Betsy raider for congress. And it's spelled out f o r Betsy raider for congress dot com to sign up to help out in these final days. And of course, you know, we still always need donations to make sure we are communicating the truth to voters, and you can also do that on Betsy raider for congress dot com. Guess I'd also mentioned that we have an excellent Facebook and various other social media platforms. So I'd love it. If people go there, and like can share our information again to sped truth. All right. Thank you so much for talking with me today I've been super excited but all the Ohio races this year. And I'm really looking forward to surprising people who haven't bothered to pull your districts. Yeah. I am really looking forward to election night. And having them say, oh, jeez. Why are we paying attention to that? Thank you. Thank you. I. In this segment. I'm here with Susan Moran. Palmer who is the democratic nominee for congress in the Ohio sixteenth district. I susan. Hi, good. You think soup to start by telling us a little bit about yourself in while you're running for congress this year. Sure. I am a fifth year old working professional mother. I have three teenage sons eating me out of house and home. I have been married for just under twenty years. And we've lived in our congressional district for about nineteen of those twenty years, I running for congress 'cause I grew up in a Youngstown area. If you're familiar with Ohio, it's on the western side of against pennsylvanian. We went through a period where the steel industry was kind of gutted in Youngstown, and it really gutted our community, and it makes for very hard knock kind of life where you learn the hard way, and I graduated high school with twenty two percent unemployment rate in the city. I grew up in. So I climb that economic ladder out of Youngstown. It's a great place to begin your foundation. I grew up in a double union solid middle class family that I'm very thankful for. But I climbed that ladder start out with a, you know, a radiology technology degree. And then I finished my to graduate and business at Baldwin Wallace. Started out putting in pacemakers differ. Blazers coronary stents into patients, that's the area of cardiology I specialized in and then as we were able to actually stop heart attacks from happening. I approached by a company to help teach physicians how to do these types of techniques. So I came out of the hostel that point and went on the business side of medicine, both teaching clinical research and account management and management in general. And then I also worked for a startup company out of California for about three years, and then I owned and operated medical consulting firm for let's see nine. And then we sold the company to Metron EQ, and I worked for that up until I won the primary. Right. And so I actually grew up in. What's know the sixteenth district? Really? Yeah. I grew up in Jackson township. Oh, sure. And so actually, my mom has already voted for you. She early voted. And my dad has not yet voted dad go vote. So I know this district very well, though, it didn't used to be quite as odd-looking as it is now, but for listeners who aren't quite as Miller, did you talk to us a little bit about Conan would what all this very ugly shape district in compasses well again for a high we've been gerrymandered since the two thousand ten census. So in two thousand twelve they re districted us with a basically a very flick algorithm in a computer, and it actually divides some district some of my counties up across the street from each other. They're in two different congressional districts, and we have the district around Akron, which is summit county that has four congressional districts in it, isn't that incredibly silly. So mine has five parts of five counties, and then one whole county, and it's very dispirit me. Within the district. So the upper districts, which are suburbs of Cleveland. Suburbs of Medina suburbs of Akron are all bedroom communities and canton as well. I certainly consider north capman Jackson bedroom communities. It's all the suburbs. You know, just like my husband, double income, professional working families. We have all those communities going down. And then I have all of win county, which is a large food processing and agriculture community. So very disparate needs within the community and the district bans an hour and a half. I don't but ninety ninety one hundred miles, and and so it's very large district, and they tend to be represented from people that live far away from them just because it's such a scattered district. And this is a district actually open right now, the incumbent is running for Senate, instill, it, what's sort of this sense. You know, it seems like there hasn't been a whole lot of pulling. And a lot of the rankings are just. Sort of you know, based on prior things that were going on. What's your sense of the district right now in in the sense of the state of the race while I was thrilled that there was a poll that came out that was done by target, which is a Republican pollster they handled the bushes and the Romney's they came out with a poll in the area showing the separation only nine points, which is fantastic for me. Jim racy won this district by thirty points in the two thousand sixteen election. That was my current congressman is not running for a seat again. So to have a nine point spread from a Republican pollster, which was probably leaning a little bit towards the Republican in its question form is probably closer to a plus six plus five district, which is fantastic for me because I hadn't even gone up on the air yet. We very strong grassroots community. It was certainly within my campaign we've written. I believe the numbers twenty five thousand postcards from one sixteenth congressional district voter to another. I've got Jesus got too close to seven hundred volunteers now doing this. Type of work. So it's very grassroots a lot of door knocking we canvas more than any other congressional district in cuyahoga county, which was around Cleveland. So it it's have some very rabid volunteers at a very lucky to have them. And it's made a difference. Just getting three to people if I'm close without even starting advertising. Yeah. Definitely. And you just wind up on the right? We did we just went up in the air this Tuesday. Excellent. And so what are some of the soom healthcare is is one of the issues. That's a priority for you. What are some of the other issues that you're you're relief focusing on in hearing from people in the district about well, certainly healthcare number one and even within the farming community. You know, you would think that the terrorists were the number one concern, and they're not they they are getting hurt by the terrorists very badly. But they want to support the president. So they do not complain about it, but their healthcare costs because the population is spread across a large agricultual area. And there's only one hospital, and basically one system of doctors there. Healthcare costs are actually quite high. So they complain about healthcare now. Although obviously Healthcare's my expertise, it encompasses a lot of things in Ohio. We're the number one state for opioid overdose deaths in the country and the number one county is summit county, which is also within my district. So it encompasses healthcare covers that. And then also a big economic driver in our district. Northeast Ohio is known for medicine, you know, between the Cleveland Clinic foundation health and the University Health systems. Not only do we have lots of healthcare providers. We have lots of businesses wrapped around healthcare. So when you look at recinding the Affordable Care Act borough. Bama care, it's not just the people that are going to be leaving out in the cold. I it's not just the addiction treatment people that you're signing death warrant on. It's also the high paying jobs that come with the dollar second from the federal government for all these patients to be treated, and it's the business associated with them. So the. Footprint that would leave with the repeal would vary. Very much hurt my district, and certainly the state of Ohio. So that's number one for me second. Again, there are things that are great about Ohio that will never change. No matter. What happens with our industries, Ohio is a very central state. So we are five hundred miles from the majority of the country. That's why we are still number one job in my district manufacturing. So how can I draw more manufacturers to this area? You know, we've had a lot of job loss. We've had a lot of wage loss in Ohio even though unemployment rate is lower. We're still hundred fifty thousand jobs lower than we were in two thousand and income ten percent under the national average. So these are very serious issues for my district for the state what I'd like to have some infrastructure investment within Ohio, you know, things solar fields think wind farms that's reduce the cost of trysted in that pulls manufacturers, and there's a lot of industries. They're very highly reliant on electrobi- to produce whatever it is producing weather to Lumina Mer steel and reducing the. Cost of trista them will draw them in so infrastructure investment, and certainly healthcare and again in Ohio health corrupts around so much so much. Some great remarks by you from the grab him by the midterms rally in cuyahoga. So can you talk a little bit about the importance of having more women in congress if I'm reading with Kapiti? All right. And I think I am since I lived in the district. There's never been a woman representing this district in Ohio know, and actually Ohio is the third largest female contingent running for congress in the country behind California, Pennsylvania, even though we're pretty small we have a lot of women running for congress in our state shows, you truly the progressive nature of the Democratic Party in our state. And I think in general it doesn't make a difference. If you're a Republican independent or democratic woman, we will never be treated equally into we are represented equally. And that's just the way it is. And we haven't been represented equally ever, not just our state. But our country if you want things to be addressed not just healthcare, you know, not just paid maternity leave. But to actually have a more holistic look without all the infighting. You know was the last time you saw Susan Collins Senator Collins screaming at someone or saying lock them up. I mean, you don't she's a Republican Senator you've never heard her speak like that. Same can be said of almost any female senators are house repented. It's just more collaborative for more team focused more behind the doors bargaining the way it's supposed to be to get the job done. So I think in that regard women kinda check your ego at the door, which I think is a huge advantage for the country right now. And you're a mom is. Well, you're a moment of three sons. I'm a moment to sons mine are a little bit younger. Can you talk a little bit about sort of the the issues that are important to you? Because you're among the kinds of things that being a mom has helped influence your positions on. Well. It's funny you grow up in Youngstown. I. You're a little paranoid. You had to kind of look over your shoulder a bit. So I did not take the kids to many functions either in the primary general election concern for their safety. You know, they're all big kids. They're all bigger than me. And I know they would step into try to protect me. So I worried about that. And I still worried about their safety. You know, I'm a mom demand action gun since candidate. And again, you grew up in Youngstown, my family hunts everyone in my family, including me owns a gun. So I'm not opposed to the second amendment. But we have a gun violence issue in this country. And when we keep turning the argument to increasing school safety, it'll just switch the venue. We've had shootings in theaters we've had shootings in concerts, malls, hospitals. This is not a school safety issue. This is a gun violence issue. And it needs to be addressed. And it's been swept under the rug. And again, I think more women, regardless of party will address the issue. We're more wrapped around it. We're more concerned for children. And we will put ideology aside to protect our children. And I think that's paramount for the subject the three things I recommend, which if you don't know gun candidates actually have to have a written policy posted. So it can be adhered to. I had no problem with that mandatory background checks for every gun sale. And I told a gentleman in my farm area that if I can pre qualify you for four hundred thousand dollar mortgage. I'm sure I can pre qualify you for gun show on the weekend. I'm sure an entire cottage industry will grow around gun checks. I mean, this is not an issue because people who aren't supposed to have guns. No, exactly where to go to get a gun. You know, if you got a straightening order, you've previous felony conviction, or let's say, you're you're someone that wants to 'cause our citizens harm. And, you know, a lot of by what them weather because you're from another country or Chris, you're a felon. You know, right. Where you need to go to get your gun and your amunition. It's not a problem, and we have to make it a problem. We have to create some barriers between the people who. Not have guns and the guns that doesn't have anything to do with law abiding citizens buying weapons number two was the red flag laws, and I actually have support from everybody for that. I haven't had one person even the staunchest defender of the second amendment rights mind. The red flag laws it allows the courts and families to prevent and remove prevent someone from buying removing weapons in their home. If there are threat to themselves or others. I don't know if you're wear, but we have double digit suicide rate among returning Iraq and Afghanistan veterans when you're here, not when they're deployed, but when their home and their number one weapon places if unfortunately guns so to give families in option to get that person to therapy and treatment by removing weapons from their possession. I realize it's just one step. But it's the right step and most everybody likes, and then Lastly, I hold tobacco when Fargo has no authority right now. So when they tried to bring the bump stock into the United States ATF tried to block it they try to fit that takes a weapon to an automatic. Those are prohibited in the United States, but the manufacturer had written at around the current legislation. Exactly. And how how they made it. And no mechanisms they made it. So the ATF couldn't stop them in the ATF isn't considered law enforcement. It's under the executive branch. They need to be have the executive control to say. No that's prohibited. And that's something we would have to pass legislation for but those three aspects of I think what will help reduce the gun violence in the United States. Anything else that you would like to make sure that we talked about for me? You know, this is unique election. I found the two thousand sixteen president sedan for lection unique as well. I felt unheard. I felt that the country's truly at across. Are we going to reset the course of this country? We gonna continue down that path of divisiveness in these last two years have been truly truly divisive. And now in the last few weeks, it's turned to be to serve your. It is now a danger to you and your family. So I am not people not fighting for my country. I was professional successful happy marriage happy kids to step away from all that it's because I am driven to fix this issue. I m my community been here for twenty years nonprofit worked. This is my community night will defend it. And I will bring it back to where it should be not where we are. Now. Our listeners would like to help you out in this little bit of little stretch left before the election helped me do that. Susan Palmer for congress dot com, and you can donate online. If you prefer to send a check do it quickly. And right on the donation page is the address you can send it right terrific. We'll put a link for that up on our website as well. So Susan thank you so much for speaking. With me today. I'm really excited to talk to you. Specifically since you, you know, hopefully, going to be representing my parents soon everyone, I know is from Jackson. It's so funny. We wanna college towards one of the kids and the girls from Jackson. It's great pleased to be from. Yes. It is. It's a lovely community. Sue thrilled the that you're stumping up and running and I can't wait. And I said this to to Betsy raider as well, I can't wait for election night to come. And everyone to see all these districts. They ignored in Ohio that we're gonna have a lot of great democratic women winning from your mouth to God's ears. Let's hope she's lovely. So yes, all the best. I well. Thank you so much. Thanks. Thanks for listening to to broads talking politics. Are theme song is called. Are. 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FROM FARM TO CITY 2nd Edition
"Welcome back my friends to the big book podcast. My name is Howard and I'm an alcoholic sober since January 1st. June nineteen eighty eight one day at a time. This is the 56th episode and I hope you found this audio version of Alcoholics Anonymous to be both meaningful and enjoyable in this episode Story number eight in part one of the story section of the second edition of the big book published in nineteen fifty five. It's entitled from Farm to city and was written by Ethel M. One of the first female members of Akron group one that met on Wednesday evenings at King School in Akron Ohio though. She didn't get sober until May 1941 along with her husband Russ by the time the second edition was published in 1955. Ethel was widely known as the longest sober lady in the Akron Cleveland region. Around the time that Ethel got sober with the help of many male members of a there was noticeable resistance to women joining the men in meetings much of which was expressed by the wives of those men the social mores of that era were much harsher on women alcoholics than on men and there was concern about whether men would be able to stay sober with women alcoholics around wage even doctor Bob initially expressed consternation about allowing female alcoholics into a a but later capitulated, ironically turning women alcoholics, including Ethel M over to his wife and for indoctrination into the program this early grappling with the differences between the Sexes with regard to their experience with alcoholism pave the way for a program in which men work with men and women work with women and yet all work with the common purpose of staying sober and helping other alcoholics achieve sobriety. Ethel M's story is a fine example of this Noble purpose. and now part one story eight from Farm to City. She tells how a a works when the going is rough a Pioneer Woman member of a haze first group. I come from a very poor family in material things with a fine Christian mother, but with no religious background. I was the oldest in a family of seven and my father was an alcoholic home. I was deprived of many of the things that we feel are important in life such as education particularly because of my father's drinking mine was far from a happy childhood. I had none of those things that children should have to make them happy we moved in from the country at the age when girls want all sorts of nice things. I remember starting to city school coming from a country school and wanting so very very much to be like the other girls and trying flour on my face for powder because I wasn't able to have any real powder. I remember feeling that they were making fun of me. I feared that I wasn't dressed like the rest. I know that one of the outfits I had was a skirt and a very funny looking blouse that my mother had picked up at a rummage sale. I look bad. I can remember these things because they made me very unhappy and added to my feeling of inferiority and never being the same as other people at the age of Sixteen. I was invited to spend the summer with an aunt and I very delightedly accepted the invitation. It was a small town Liberty Indiana when I came to my and she knew that I had had an unhappy childhood and she said now Ethel, you're welcome to have boyfriends in our home but there are two boys in this town that I don't want you to date and one of them comes from a very fine family one of the best month, but he's in all sorts of scrapes because he drinks too much for months later. I married this guy. I'm sure his family felt that it was a marriage that well. I was a girl from the wrong side of the tracks. Definitely. I felt that his family were accepting me because it was good sense. I could do something for their R Us but they didn't do anything for me to build up my ego and rust didn't tell me he'd stopped drinking and he certainly didn't stop it went on and grew worse and worse. We had two daughters. I was sixteen When we married and he was seven years older. I remember one in Thousand when he took off and went down to Cincinnati and was gone a week on a drunk finally. It got so bad that I left him and went back home and took my two children with me. I didn't see him for a year or even hear from him. That was seven or eight years after we were married. I was still bitter because I felt that drink had completely ruined my childhood and my married life and I hated everything pertaining to it. I was about twenty-five then and I had never touched a drop. I got a job in the Woolen Mills in Ravenna. Very hard work. I looked much older than I was I was always large and I went back to work in this job. I kept my children with me at the end of the year the children got a card from their father, which I still have and cherish. He said tell Mommy I still love her. I had gone to an attorney to see about getting a divorce during that year. Then he came into town on the bomb. He had taken up light work and had a safety valve and a pair of Spurs and the clothes on his back and that was all I welcomed him with open arms. I didn't realize how I still felt about him. He told me that he would never drink again and I believed him as many times as he would tell me that I still believed him wage partially. So anyway, he got a job and went back to work. He stayed dry for thirteen years Doctor Bob often said that it was a record for what he felt was a tip-off. alcoholic We built up a splendid life at the end of these thirteen years. I never dreamed that he'd ever take another drink. I had never taken one our oldest daughter got married and they were offering at our house. Our other daughter was in her last year of high school and one night the new son-in-law and my husband went out to a prize-fight. I never was concerned anymore anywhere he went he hardly ever went to anything like that without me we were together all the time. But this night I got up and saw it was late. I heard my son-in-law coming upstairs and I asked him where Dad was he had a very peculiar look on his face and he said he's coming he was coming on his hands and knees up the stairs as I look back very broken up about it, but I don't believe now that it was with any deep feeling of resentment that I said to him the children are raised and if this is the way you want it, this is the way we'll have it. Where you go? I'll go and what you drink I'll drink that's when I started drinking. We were the most congenial drinkers you ever saw. We never route or fought we had the grandest time ever. We just loved it. We'd start out on the craziest trips. He'd always say take me for a ride Ma. So sometimes we'd end up in Charleston West Virginia or here or there drinking all along the way these vacations became quite something and he always had two weeks vacation the first two weeks of every September one year we got as far as I know. We always started out on the Saturday before Labor Day. I'm pretty near afraid of Labor Day yet one Sunday afternoon. The only time I ever got picked up for drunk and driving I got picked up in Bellaire. They threw us in the jail. I wasn't nearly in the condition I had been in many times to be picked up. I really wasn't very high. They called the mayor in so wage. And have to stay in there over the holiday. He took his $117 and let us go and we proceeded that to me was the greatest humiliation to think that I'd finally took ended in jail. My husband said that I had said, can you imagine them giving us that jail fair? And he said what jail fair and I said, well, they brought a picture of coffee and a sandwich wrapped up for me and he said that wasn't jail Fair. They didn't give me anything to eat. Somebody must have taken pity on you and gone out and got it for you. And another thing it's a wonder they didn't throw us back in because I could become very dignified and sarcastic as we left and they were escorting us across the bridge into wheeling. I with great dignity and sarcasm told them of their wives were ever visiting Akron and they too were looking for their route sign as I was that I hoped that I could extend to them the hospitality that had been shown to me in Bel Air. The next time vacation time rolled around that was a bitter lesson to us. Of course this year. We were drinking heavier and heavier and we decided on staying home and being sensible doing a little drinking and painting the house. So on that Saturday before Labor Day, I got drunk and set the house on fire. So we didn't have to paint it. I think that that was the last vacation before sobriety. I hated myself worse and worse. And as I hated myself, I became more defiant towards everything and everybody we drank with exactly the same Accord that we find not accepted a a we comforted each other my Define attitude became worse. There was a very religious family that lived down the road from us and we were on the same party line. I don't need them on the phone having prayer meetings and so forth that sort of talk over the phone and it completely burnt me up. They used a sound truck some it would stop out in front of our house and I still dead. View those people sent it they'd sit out there and play hymns and I'd be lying in there with the terrific hangover. If I'd had a gun. I'd have shot the horns right off the thing because it made me real mad. It was just about this time in nineteen forty that we met up with a R Us read a piece in the paper and he kind of snickered and said see here where John Dee has found something to keep him from drinking. What's that? I said, oh some darn thing. They've got here in the paper about it. We talked about it afterwards and we felt that there might be some time we'd need it. I thought it was a thought that there might be some hope for us. One morning after terrific drinking bout. I was in a little bar near our house and I shook so that I was a very much ashamed because I was getting the shakes worse and worse. I sipped the drink off the bar because I couldn't hold it in my hand, but I was still a lady believe it or not. And I was deeply ashamed there was a man watching and I turned to him and said I am fine hair. I carried with me all the time. If I don't quit this I'm going to have to join that alcoholic business. They're talking about he said sister if you think you're a screw off now, all you have to do is join up with that. I'll get you the password and I can find out where they meet because I know a guy that belongs but they are the craziest Bunch they roll on the floor and holler and pull their hair. Well, I'm nuts enough now I said to him but right then the Hope died that had been in my heart when we read about John Dee. Time went on in the drinking got worse and worse and I was in another bar room down the road the other way a small one and I took my glass that morning. I'd been able to lift it from the bar off and I said to the woman behind the bar. I wish I might never take another drop of that stuff. It's killing me. She said do you really mean that I said? Yes. She said well, you better talk to Jack Jack was the owner of the place. We always tried to buy him a drink and he always told us he had liquor trouble couldn't drink she said to me, you know, he used to own a merry-go-round he used to drink and then he found something that started up in Akron that helped him quit drinking right away. I saw it was the same outfit. This other guy told me about and then again she died. Finally one morning. I got up and got in the car and cried all the way down to the hems. The people who owned the bar and told her I was licked and wanted help. I thought no matter how crazy they are. I'll do anything they say to do I drove these three or four miles down the road only to find that Jack was out. This was funny. They owned this joint. She ran it down he sold for a brewery that was his job and he'd been dry a year. I don't think Jack was hospitalized. I think his entry into a a was through spending some hours with dr. Bob at his office. He brought many people into a a through his bar-room. Mrs. M said she would send Jack over as quick as he came in. He came with two cans of beer he gave my husband one answered me one about 10:30 on the 8th day of May in nineteen forty-one. He said there's a doctor here in Akron. I'm going in to see him and see what can be done doctor Bob was in, Florida, Georgia. But Jack didn't know that. That was our last drink of anything alcoholic that nasty little can of beer at 2:45 that morning. I thought I would die. I laid across the bed on my stomach with nothing but pain and sickness but I was scared to death to call a doctor. I thought when people did what we did that they just locked them up. I didn't know that anything was ever done for them in a medical way home. So I stayed awake men from a a started coming out to the house the next day. I paced the floor with a bath towel around my shoulders the perspiration running off me and he sat at the side of the bed where I was lying and he sat on the edge of his chair and looked as innocent as a baby. I thought that guy never could have been drunk. He said this is my story took a prim and I thought I bet he's a sissy I bet he never drank but he told the story of drinking that was amazing to me. Jack brought the Saturday post with Jack Alexander story. He said read this Jack didn't seem to have too much of the spiritual understanding. He said I think this will tell you more off. This is based really on The Sermon on the Mount now if you've got a Bible around one of our gifts from the family was a very lovely Bible but we'd let the Bulldog chew it because we weren't too interested in it off. I had a little testament which was very small print when you have a hangover and can't even sit still try to read small print rust said mother if this tells us how to do it. You'll have to read it and I try but I couldn't even see the letters but it was so important that we do the things we were told to do Jack said there was a meeting in Akron every Wednesday night and that it was very important that we go Jack said now you start and go to these meetings and then you'll find out all about it. I don't think that there was anything said about religion faith. Know anything about The Sermon on the Mount I had the big book Alcoholics Anonymous that had been brought to me Paul S had just called me and I remember he stressed reading the big book. I was reading it for all that was in it and I said to Russ we can't do this we couldn't begin to and Jim G had such a wonderful sense of humor. And when he came I was in tears and I told him I want to do this but I can't this is too much. I could never go and make up to all the people I've done wrong to he said, let's put the big book away again. And when you read it off and turn to the back and read some of the stories have you read those know I was all interested in this part that told you how to do it. That was the only part I was interested in home and then he got us to laugh which was what we needed when we went to bed my sides ached and I said to my husband I thought I would never laugh again, but I have laughed. Well, I said to Dad when the AAA people kept coming with these lovely cars and looked so nice. I suppose the neighbors say now those old fools must have up and died. But where's the hearse off on Wednesday night, Jack em said you meet me at the Ohio Edison building and I will take you to the meeting and we went down through the valley and I remembered reading about the Ku Klux Klan off and and how they burned crosses and I thought God Alone knows what we are getting into this time. I didn't know what they were going to do because he didn't tell us much so he came to King's school and they introduced me to marry him and Hannibal they told Annabel to take me under her wing and I shall never forget how she sort of curled up her nose and said they tell me you drink too often. I often think how that could have turned some people away because there were no other women alcoholics there then and I said, why sure that's what I'm here for and I was glad and I have been ever seen wage. That I said that and I wasn't resentful toward her either. There was a young fellow who led the meeting and that was a beautiful thing to me. He talked about his wife taking his little boy away from him because of his drinking and how he got back together with them through a dog began feeling grateful, right? Then that all these things hadn't been taken from us. They opened with a little prayer and I thought it was very fine that we stood all of us together and closed with dead birds prayer. I'd like to say here how important it was to us, then that we do all the little things that people said were important because later when Russ was so sick that I had to hold him up had a meeting out at the house when we close the meeting with the Lord's Prayer rough said mother helped me stand this was after his illness. We were in a a 3 and 1/2 years when he was taken from me. We had never missed a Wednesday night at King school for a year. We had that record. I always feel that our God Consciousness was a steady growth after we became associated with a and we loved every minute of that Association. We had big picnics out at the house with a dog. We had meetings at each other's homes. And of course that was a grand place for people to get together out there. They seem to think so too. I give a great deal of credit to Dock and Hanford changing our life. They spent at least an evening a week in our home out there for weeks and weeks sometimes saying very little but letting us say Russia used to be very much pleased because he'd suck. I think dr. Bob thoroughly enjoys coming out here he can relax and it's quiet at that time. They didn't let us know that people ever had trouble. I mean slips. I remember some time off was possibly six months after we had been going steadily to King's school that we were coming home from a meeting and saw a car along the way and a fellow in the back drinking a bottle of beer and Rush said, I would have sworn that was Jack em the next morning his wife came dragging him in before Russ went to work while I was getting breakfast. It had been Jack M. We wept and rust and go to work. Jack had been sober about a year-and-half. His wife was cussing him raving at him. I just brought him over to show you what kind of guy he is. He wants to go to the hospital and not paying for the hospital again. We were so mad at her because she talked to him that way Russ said don't do another thing today, but help him do something for him. If he thinks he needs to go to the hospital. I'll pay for him. She said he's not going to the hospital whether you pay for it or I pay for it. He's not going In the spiritual strength, I had found because of a I felt that I had made a complete surrender that I had really turned my life over that summer. I thought I had done that until Russ's second collapse and the doctor told me very candidly that he wasn't long for this world. I knew then that I hadn't made a complete surrender because I tried to bargain with the god I had found and said anything but that don't do that to me Russ lived a year longer than they expected him to live and in that year he was in bed for at least six months. I can't express what they meant to US during that year off before the end. Finally came. I had I guess made the surrender because I finally had been able to say that I would not mind too much and I realized that there was one salvation for me. Thank God. I had no desire for a drink when he died. There were two women in the Saint Thomas Hospital at that time in a room. Russ was buried on Friday and on Sunday afternoon Hilda s had invited me there to dinner Sunday night and I didn't think I could do a job. I knew Doc and and we're going to be there and all of them thought it would be good for me. But the first thing I did was to go to Saint Thomas and try to talk to those women. I sat down on the edge of one of their beds and I started to weep and I couldn't stop I was so startled and I apologized again and again for it and that woman told me long after that. That was the surest proof to her the wage program could work. If on Sunday, I could be they're trying to think of something that would help her with this problem. Then we must have something that could work. I felt it certainly must be very depressing off her that I should sit there by her bedside and cry. I feel that one of the things that I still have to guard against is that I used to be set in my way about what I considered the old-time a a dead. I have to tell myself other things are progressing in a a must to we Old-Timers who get scattered in separated and then witnessed the construction of services to get in more people down to make this thing function. We think that a a has changed but the root of it hasn't we are older in a a and we are older in years. It is only natural that we don't have the capacity to change but we ought not to criticize those who have there's another thing I would like to stress. I think it's awfully hard on people especially if they're new people to hear these long drawn-out talks. I don't ever remember that I was bored myself when we first came in and they came out to the house and talked to us about these things. I ate up every bit of it because I wanted to find out how to stay sober. Before I stopped I always was a great talker. I want to say that nobody will ever know how I Miss Annie's advice about things I would get in the biggest hitter about something. I hadn't been in town long. When one of the men's wives called me one Sunday and told me she didn't think I had any part of the program. Well, I wasn't sure I did and it was awful foggy and I wept and asked her what she thought I ought to do about it. She said she didn't know but that I sure showed plain enough. I didn't have any part of it. I didn't think I was going to get drunk right then but I remember how comforting it was when I called an and told her I was crying and I said Alice says she knows I don't have any part of the program. She talked to me and laughed about it and got me off over it. Another thing that was helpful to me. I used to think I was cowardly because when things came out pertaining to the program that troubled me I said to her many times any am I being a dog Hard because I lay those things away on the shelf and skip it she said I feel you're just being wise if it isn't anything that's going to help you or anybody else. Why should you become involved in it and get disturbed about it? So there you are. That's my story. I know I've talked too long, but I always do and anyhow, if I went on for ten or a hundred times as long I couldn't even begin to tell you all. She has meant to me. This concludes the reading of from Farm to City from part one of the personal stories section of the second edition of Alcoholics Anonymous. I'm grateful you listened long term for our 57th episode featuring story nine entitled the man who mastered fear. As always it's super easy to listen to the first and second editions of the big book including many stories not published in later editions. 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"Are. You fascinated and terrified by cases of missing people. Are you also looking for a new true crime comedy podcast to take your mind off of things? If so, we are super excited to tell you about obsessed with disappeared a brand new true crime comedy podcast from the people who make the hilarious true crime obsessed podcast obsessed with disappeared is hosted by T. CEOS Patrick hines and his best friend of twenty years. Broadway Diva Ellen Marsh, going order from season one episode one the PODCAST recaps. Everyone's favourite true crime show ID's disappeared. Each episode of the podcast is packed with humor SAS heart and two decades worth of Dirt Patrick and Ellen have on each other, so if you're serious about true crime, and you also love to laugh, you're going to love obsessed with disappeared new episodes drop every Wednesday. You can find it wherever you get your podcast. Welcome to true crime garage wherever you are whatever you doing. Thanks for listening I'm your host. 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Kentucky who list True Crime Garage as one of his favorite things and last, but certainly not least a big big. Thank you to Robert H in eastern Pencil Vania. Thank you everyone who contributed to this week's beer fund gabby. W D Voire you win beer, Ron. If you'd like to donate to the show, go to true crime garage dot com and click on the donate button. And that is as they say captain enough of the business. Everybody gathered around. Grab a chair. Grab a beer. Let's some true crime. Right at the top of the show, let's get into some more information. The Akron police have stated publicly. Taylor was dating someone at the time she disappeared. Detectives told the Beacon Journal that this young man was cooperative with their investigation, so the young man that she is dating at the time that she vanished, this young man was helpful and Cooperative to the detectives and to their investigation. On the flip side of that coin, there was an ex boyfriend. and. This guy was not cooperative. The investigation initially focused on him and detectives searched his car and you special chemicals to search for bodily fluids, although the report is that they found nothing. Then the X. lawyered up. His attorney said his client spoke to detectives, and gave a statement in which he denied any involvement in Taylor's disappearance. Lieutenant Rick. SACRA PD told news channel. Five police were continuing to try to obtain information from this man, but the beacon. Journal reported in two thousand fourteen that the police interviewed or tried to interview. Two men who were close to Taylor. One reportedly struggled while taking a polygraph test, and the other has refused to cooperate. Both men have lawyers and both men are no longer talking with investigators, and it sounds like maybe one of them wasn't really talking much to begin with, and just like the old native. American proverbs, says beware the man that does not speak and the dog that does not bark here in this situation, the man that does not speak means one of these guys that refuses to speak with the police. When no news of Taylor theories abounded. Could she have out of the House with no shoes? To make a call and been grabbed. Had someone been watching the House and was aware that she would be there virtually alone that night. Had someone come to the door and grabbed her when she opened it. Did someone come looking for her there. Or did she leave the House on her own volition? There were no answers and of course police weren't talking about their investigation. Two weeks after Taylor went missing Taylor's cousin, the Reverend Sharon Wilson. said she believed her relative was being held captive by someone somewhere. We don't know if that was just wishful thinking. Or based on specific information. Crime Stoppers announced a reward for tips. As Taylor's location of a was sad world, we live in that somebody would hope. that their loved one was being held captive somewhere and and not dead somewhere. Right and I think I think that's part of the news coming out of Cleveland. Just days after Taylor went missing. Taylor. She missed mother's Day in May of two thousand and thirteen. She never missed spending this day with her mother, and all of her nineteen years of age about a month after Taylor went missing her ex contacted police reported that a group of people riding in three different cars at threatened him outside of his. Family member's house. This police report was filed on June fifteenth and indicated that the persons named by the axe as threatening him. Included members of Taylor's family, but the robinsons and rutgers never came out publicly while this goes back to my member. My game show about the killer clowns. Where you go around and you you rough up these possible suspects, and we get some answers. I think that's probably what was happening on some level that. They've talked to police. Please have then tried to reach out to these. Ex boyfriends or or people that are connected, and they're not talking, or there's some confusion about the polygraphed, and you hear these rumors. At some point, you're like well. Let me talk to him. Because maybe I could get him talking. So, I think that's probably what it was well I. Don't know what happened. But what I wanted to make sure that I pointed out in all of these years, and all the opportunities that the Robinson Rucker family has had. They've been nice enough to not name these individuals publicly brain or accuse these individuals. Mention them by name. So I think there should be something said for their character for. Choosing to not do that because they very well could have right. In August of two thousand and thirteen. The family received tips. This is quote from people who knew what was going on with Taylor. These tips are that Taylor had been the victim of foul play. And searchers should be looking in a heavily wooded area around I energy substation, and the seven hundred block of West Thornton Street and West Akron. Some pants in a sheet were found in this area. They followed up on this. Anonymous tip or I guess it's not anonymous, but this weird tip that comes in. But it was determined that they likely came from a nearby homeless encampment. They didn't belong to Taylor and there was no sign of Taylor at this location. But on September, ninth, two thousand and thirteen four months after Taylor vanished from the home where she was working, her family's worst fears came true to hikers, and some stories say they were joggers. Were enjoying some outdoor time in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park this is a massive federal recreation area north of Akron. They came across A. Real! Human Jawbone. And nearby they found the rest of a skull. The hikers reported this to the National Park. Service there is a ranger station about two miles down the view road. The FBI evidence response team arrived on site and began gathering evidence in the woods. Early reports were just that human remains were found. And the body was so decomposed as to they couldn't. They couldn't distinguish whether what they were looking at was male or female. And the tattered remnants of what appeared to be some type of clothing was found, and they believe this to be a Bra. Now although initially, police believed that the body was too decomposed to be Taylor. Okay, so she's missing for just four months by this time and I say just four months, but that's in regards to. The remains that were found there saying. We don't think that Taylor was gone long enough for this to be her right, but dental records quickly confirmed that the body was that of Taylor Robinson. No weapon was found at the scene and we should also state that not all of the remains were found. This is a four month difference from the time of the disappearance to win. She's found. and. We know the scavengers and things like that in the area can compromise this scene. Let's talk about where. Taylor was discovered although the remains were within Cuyahoga, valley, National Park. They weren't located in the middle of miles of dense forest. In fact, the bones were found in what is reported to be the Valley Picnic area off of Riverview, Road and Boston township. They were found. You know kind of kind of in the woods, but not deep back in the woods. This is one of the twenty three townships in Summit County. Located between Akron and Cleveland only about thirteen hundred people reside in this town. The majority of the land appears to be part of that park. The Picnic area is on the western side of the portion of riverview road that connects Averitt. Which is where the Everett Ranger station is that we pointed out an peninsula? It lies about one mile south of route three Oh three. The picnic area is basically a visible patch of open space on Google maps admits miles and miles of heavily forested land it lies about one hundred and fifty feet off of riverview road, accessible by a small access road that appears to be on paved. The upshot. That this small picnic area is not somewhere that someone looking to hide a body would. Stumble upon. They would almost certainly have to have been there before. Quote, we're not talking about a distance where someone gets on the highway and jumps off and quote. This is from Akron, PD, Detective Gary Shady. He goes on to say that. This was a pretty long ride. The location of her remains was more than fifteen miles away from the point where Taylor was last seen. Taylor's remains were found to the north of this picnic area just off of a hiking trail, and what the Beacon Journal described as a thick of woods, the area is sloped in heavily covered with trees and vegetation. The hikers had stumbled on the bones when they ventured off the trail. Besides the brawl, no other remnants of clothing or other items were found according to that newspaper. Bones were found for several days of searching scattered around a wide area. And asaid Taylor was identified by the Summit County Medical Examiner via dental records on September eleventh. Her bones were then sent to an anthropologist at mercy. Hearst University in Pennsylvania to try to determine the cause of death. This means that whatever happened to Taylor. Was Not immediately apparent from her skeletal remains. Chief Ranger Chris Ryan, said quote. At this point. We do not know how the remains ended up to be there whether or not they were dropped off there or even if there was a potential homicide there, we don't know. And, indeed Captain Daniels Pelly of the Akron PD said that on September twelfth. Quote. It's too early to rule as a homicide. He said the case was being investigated as a suspicious death. The FBI returned to the picnic area where Taylor was found for several days that week, continuing to kate bones and additional evidence that spokespeople would not discuss what I want to stop year. This and I don't want to spend too much time on a on a soapbox. But we've had a couple cases lately of these suspicious deaths, and you have law enforcement that out initially and says. We don't want to rule it anything. We don't want Roy homicide. We don't want this. And I've been seeing that law enforcement and and the detectives have been getting a lot of kickback for that in these cases that been hitting hitting the news lately. I I think it's just the responsible thing to do like if you don't have the evidence to rule at one way or the other. Why would you come out and? In and make those statements to the public. Oh yeah, I mean their their whole job is and in determining and labeling things is based off of evidence, one and their job is to label something or call something not what it is. Based off of evidence, that does not exist. Is. Incredibly irresponsible, in fact, you're. You're not doing your job. I mean ride. Their job is to get it right. Not should be reprimanded for doing so right. Their job is to get it right not to get it as quickly as possible. Yeah, they're not the media. They're enforcing the laws while the await. The his job isn't. To be as quick as possible. Their job is to get it right as well. We hope so. But. It doesn't appear that that number to be their top priority. Now in January of this year and January captain, the garage received an email. We received dozens and dozens of emails every week. But, this one stood out, the email was from a longtime friend of the show Rachel. WHO WORKS UP IN NORTHERN Ohio? She has worked with someone and. They thought that they could get some help from true crime garage. The person seeking help was a guy named Tim. Tim fired off a friendly and informative email, introducing himself and his line of work and professional background. Tim has extensive experience as an investigator. Tim Asked if we could meet the next time he would be in town in our area in Columbus months went by, and it came time for our arranged meeting. During the passing time, covid nineteen was spreading across the states in the nation and shutting down businesses. This forced us to call an audible, but we were able to keep the meeting. This was the first business meeting in my lifetime that involved me wearing a mask and gloves and did not involve the usual handshake. Instead we greeted one another with a weird elbow Bombay, and shared a laugh as that is the only real porn away to finish off an elbow bump greeting. Tim. is a gray haired man who speaks very matter of factly, he's a straight shooter, but chooses his words in polices them carefully. Tim knows from his background something that gets lost on most of us that words have real meaning and words also have real consequences and his work. It's the same as ours here at the garage, but sometimes on a heightened level there are victims out there that need to be considered respected, and there is the integrity of an investigation, and it would be rude to the victims and harmful to the investigations to not choose your words carefully. Timoth is a private investigator and he is the president of a private security company and former Akron Ohio police detective. I asked him several questions, and I was impressed with his knowledge, and how motivated he is in helping victims. He explained that sometimes he is hired by victims family, searching for answers and sometimes he is doing pro bono work. Now Tim has that little thing inside of him that all of the rest of us have that thing when. You see a case in the papers or you hear about it on the news and he just can't shake his sticks with you. Tim, said sometimes when that happens, he will actively seek out a case that he can't shake. And he and his firm S ACS. Consulting will take on a case his reason for wanting to meet with true crime garage well, he was looking for new and interesting ways to get some cases back in the spotlight out to the public. The type of cases that the captain and I gravitate toward solvable cases that just need a little push. They need that tiny missing tidbit of information and someone out there, has it? So we discussed several cases. Some from down here in Columbus but most of them in the Cleveland and Akron areas. Tim was passionate about the cases. He has worked Taylor Robinson's case. Instantly fascinated me. With little information is seeing very easily. How this case solved if we just had that one little piece? We elbow bump again parted ways. We agreed we would. Meet again after I had some time to review the case. Tim told the garage. He will talk Taylor's case anywhere anytime with anyone he is that driven and passionate about solving Taylor's case and more, importantly getting answers for Taylor's family and mother. That meeting took place last week. Armed with questions and Tim armed with a good sized case file. We sat down I I wanted to know. How and when Tim became involved in Taylor Robinson's case. He said he saw the case. It was all over the news at the time when Taylor. I went missing. and. His normal protocol is to sit back. Let the authorities. And the investigating agency take the case, and if it doesn't seem to go anywhere, then phone calls made. Fairly early on really just several days maybe a week after Taylor went. Missing Tim in ESA CPS got involved. Taking on the case charging Taylor's family, just one dollar to look into Taylor's inexplicable disappearance. He and another Pi. This is Tom Fields of accurate investigative services. into the case for a month returning to the house, where tailored worked the night. She disappeared and interviewing several people about Taylor. Dem Off, then publicly released a criminal profile of the person he felt was responsible for taking Taylor. He told the media that whoever was involved new Taylor very well, and likely had a personal relationship with her, and the had a confrontation that night. Damn off believed that this person knew where Taylor was working that evening and was someone she was comfortable enough with or at least willing to meet this person outside of the house in her bare feet late at night or let this person in to the home. According to demos theory. This was not someone who just stopped by. And the two got into some kind of argument, but this was the result of an ongoing issue something that had been brewing for a while. What happened to Taylor was likely not premeditated, but rather precipitated by a fit of rage after her killer. Did Not receive the response he wanted from her. This person was not believed to have committed murder before, but he. May Be on the edge of criminal activity as Tim put. Taylor was murdered, but it is possible that Taylor's death was an accident as a result of this fit of rage. A demo off, told the media that through interviews he had learned that Taylor had some conflicts going on in her life, including with a former boyfriend. According to the Beacon Journal quote, there were also communications with someone that were so difficult. She broke down crying. But would not confide the source to friends or family. I strongly believe there was a conflict between that person and her that was taking place before she disappeared. 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And for a while I, you know I've seen this reported a few different ways one states that the cause of death. Taylor's cause of death has been released. There is an ABC five news story out of Cleveland that reported that the summit. County medical examiner was not able to determine how Taylor died. And often when you're finding remains, that are just skeletal remains. Well unless there's obvious damage to those bones or to the SKOL. You're not able to determine in fact how the victim did die brain, but you do know that it's probably a homicide because. Well if we can believed her gone missing suspicious. And then her remains are found fifteen or so miles away. Out in a place where she didn't end up on her own. Then we're probably looking at a homicide here and that's just how they've been treating this case ever since she's been found and the sad part of it, too, is we have her family Carmelo Robinson has said publicly. She does not want to know how her daughter was killed. Taylor's MOM and Stepdad spoke to the public outside of their home on September eleventh after receiving the dreaded confirmation that Taylor had been found. Carmella thanked the hikers for having the courage to report their discovery, saying quote. You brought our baby home. Taylor isn't a lost child anymore and quote. She seemed to intimate. The Taylor had been taken by someone. whose motive was something other than murder. Co I. Just don't understand why you felt you had to hurt her. Carmella said you could have just given her back. You could have just brought her home. Just let her go. Wonder what that means well I think it means SA- again. She knows more about this crime than what's been reported in released publicly, and so does Tim death the private investigator and after Taylor was found, he made some public statements that were interesting. He said that he remained committed to solving the case and quote. This would not. have been done by stranger and Per Fox. Eight News. He said we know for fact. In the weeks leading up to her disappearance, she was having disagreements with certain people. According to the Beacon Journal Damn off, said that two people would have been required to move Taylor's body and speculated a struggle in the house proceeded her death. This is intriguing because we've heard nothing in the media about any kind of altercation or attack in the home, even though those were our suspicions. And reports were that there was no forced entry well I mean. Why are they saying that it take to individuals to move her I mean. She's five three. Maybe weighs a hundred and fifty pounds. So. I I don't understand why they're saying to. People would have to be involved in moving. Because she was so far away from like the road. Well that that would be correct. They're not saying that it would be impossible for one person to move her. They're just taking a look at the landscape and a look at the route from where she went missing to wear, her remains were found. And going through the logistics of moving the victim along the way right. Yeah, you would need to people to do this. That's what all profitability points to Mexico curious. What what the motive is I? Mean again they're. They got a hold back. Certain things because that's the way they're going to get more information and then. Connect the dots and that's how they can bring a case against somebody. But you, it makes you wonder as as a listener. Well. What would people have to argue with her about? and You wonder are on some level you know. Is this a pass relationship? You know how how long has he been with the new boyfriend? was there separated separation period? was she possibly even pregnant? So let's let's really get into this. Because there's there's a really good working theory on this case and I believe that it is absolutely spot on. And we are going to be calling on the public for their help. We're going to be doing that so I. WanNa be clear about something. We're not specifically stating that the. Most recent ex boyfriend is the prime suspect. Okay, we are saying that the. Next, boyfriend! Yeah, one of she had several ex-boyfriend. She's nineteen years old. One of her ex boyfriend's is considered to be the prime suspect. And in fact there are two that it has basically been narrowed down to Tim Dem off and his group. Started with about six suspects that they liked and over the years they've narrowed it down to two. Then we have the police. They're conducting a separate investigation, but it looks like it looks like both of these agencies share the same thought. Or the evidence is pointing to the same direction and I. think that's what we have here so. Without getting some of the things the specifics I cannot get into I've been sworn to secrecy as they say, but there is evidence that says that something happened inside that house. Whatever happened to Taylor took place inside the house. What they believe is again. We have her phones never been recovered, but they have her phone records and they went through those very very with the detailed investigation. Fine tooth comb there you go, and they've confirmed that every person that she was interacting with via that phone in those phone records and That, she knew. We don't have like some. Weird. Random call that night brain, every interaction, leading up to her disappearance was with people that are known in her circles, and that new Taylor, so the working theory is this. There is no motive for murder. There's murder is the motive for hiding the body. Meaning somebody went there with no intention of harming hurting or killing Taylor at all. This was a matter that was brewing for a while. And it could not wait any longer. This person felt that they needed to confront. or discuss this matter with Taylor in person and right away. Taylor knows this person very likely knew them for a long time. So accepts the hey. Can I drop by and talk to you? She accepts that invitation. This person comes by what we can't figure out here. Captain was personal loan or with somebody else. Most seem to believe that either. This person was alone or you came with a friend. Well, who? What I what I mean by alone is. Somebody could have been waiting out in the car. or this person was completely alone and then called for help. And called in the assistance of somebody else. This person entered the home. With Taylor, they discussed whatever the matter was and I believe I have reason to believe that Tim and his group know what matter was, but we're not nobody's tongs with the matter and I believe police know what it is as well. And so. That that really helps us okay what he mean. It really helps us rope. It'd be nice snow with the matter well I. We can't because it, it could. Be Moniz jeopardize investigation. Thank you so. The person enters the home. Willingly was invited into the home by Taylor come on in. Take your shoes off. Whatever they're discussing doesn't go the way of the person that would turn out to be our killer. What the way that they wanted it to go. And one of the I think one of the most interesting. kind of breakdowns of of. Some murders take place. Was One that I heard years ago and I thought it was was truly I mean it was very simple, but it was also. Very, interesting! The person this was a son of A. Murder Victim. and. They said that you know often. That murder is just a temper tantrum. Like when you think of a little kid that doesn't get their way, and they just freak out right there. They're pounding on stomping on the floor, pounding on the walls, screaming and crying their eyes out. And you look at the kid and you go. What what happened Oh so and so took away his toy so and so was putting him in time out. Whatever is happening? This kid does not want it to happen, and so they are throwing a fit right and murder sometimes unfortunately is just. A person that cannot handle a situation does not know how to deal or cope with normal human being things. And throws a temper tantrum. Murder is in fact, the biggest temper Tantrum you could throw. Or suicide, and so here what we have is just that, and that seems to be what Tim believes in what police believe as well as Taylor's family. You heard the words of her mother saying. We don't think that you intended to kill her. That there was no motive for murder. Why don't you just give her back? Why did you have to hurt her? So whatever whatever disagreement or whatever is going on between our victim and the killer didn't go the killers way. The killer reacts the only way he knows how to and that is to. To. Violently, violently attack this woman and then kill her. Now hold on, makes it seem like there's some kind of attack. On that that she was still alive, and then that this suspect would have taken her with him, and possibly she wasn't dead at the time. Am I nuts for for saying that's what it seems like. Coming from the family coming from the family. Well, why is it a? Why couldn't you just give her back? Just gave her back. That's what I'm saying so that that does imply that they believe that he took her. No I believe that they all I think that's just a a grieving mother. Speaking talking. and talking with her heart. And questioning everything, this is truly a senseless act. And you. There's just no way to to to handle this to deal with this so. There is there is a lot of things indicate that that. She was killed. In that home and the needed to be moved, and where our profile goes as one of these two individuals that they've narrowed it down to. Has. To the area where Taylor's body was found the park correct, it's A. The thought being that. Look when something bad happens when you find yourself in a state of panic in a situation where you feel like you have to do something to get yourself out of hot water. Hot Tub, you lose the ability to think far and wide you narrow your focus, and you very quickly. Go to what you know. goto place of comfort, and that's what it is believed happened here now so okay, so we got this big national park, but they believe that this individual is connected to that park one of the two people that they've narrowed it down to. They don't believe that he's connected to the National Park. They know they know they know by witness statements that this man. Frequented the park on occasion. Okay so. One thing where my mind goes in a step further with this captain is I wonder like. If you have people telling investigators? This individual goes to this location. And may just go there to clear his mind or to relax or escape the the real world here. Mind goes, to. Is he also kind of returning to the dumpsite to see if they found founder yet or if things are as he left it? I Bay. He would've. So that, yeah, so that's one thing I think of but. The interesting thing here that we need to focus on and where we're going to ask the public for help is. Investigators firmly believe that there are people in the community that no. Who did this this this? This sounds to me coming from again, Tim and the family. And then probably law enforcement as well you go there. There's too much little details that they know that they probably should know. That means that there's rumors swirling around the community right, and we also have the belief that at least one person helped to conceal the body to move her and conceal the body. So there's at least one person that knows yea and look you you. You thought you're trying to help your friend. But this is not how you help your friend. This makes you. A criminal this makes you. You move in the body with your friend. That makes you a bad dude and the only way to. To. Right that wrong as for you to come forward and say what you did. And a lot of times if you just. Were the one to help move the body. Law Enforcement will work out a deal with you, but if you don't come forward. They're not gonNA work out nothing with you. And and this guy that you helped. He will turn on you well in the things that I can say when we talk about having narrowed it down to two suspects. Are Killer still in that immediate area. He still lives there. And he's not married. He would've roughly been about Taylor's age when this went down. We're talking about somebody who is. Well seven years later would be. In their late twenties. This is somebody that cannot cope cannot handle normal adult situations as seen by his actions on that night back in May, of two thousand and thirteen. There's probably signs of this. Yes, this this. would be to those who know him best. He has shown signs of intimidation and violence towards those that know him best. And, he will always be capable of doing this again. Given a situation that he cannot handle. This was a knee, jerk reaction and guarantee A. He's learned very little from that knee jerk reaction meaning for anybody out there that could end up in a relationship with this guy at some point or And up married or the mother of his children. U. This this type of person needs who worked on needs, consequences cannot be raising children cannot be needs to be locked up cannot be in a relationship with a woman. and. That's the scary thing here the other thing, too. That's really hindered the. The investigation. Look. We got one person that the very likely helped this individual. Move the body. What we also have. Is Did. We have people that are lying for this individual. There are family members who have provided a false alloy of alibi for this person. Dan. You know whether that makes them. Just as guilty as him shit, heard as what makes them well shit third. Yeah, and the thing is to Y- look, and if people don't come forward, and they don't talk fine. I hope you all go down. For trying to cover up this individual's actions. you know come forward. I mean this is a Yang. This was a young, beautiful, talented smart. Beautiful Girl Right. And it's just And look going to school working multiple jobs. For what? You know. Guy Can't handle himself kind of handle. Not Get in his way. So you murder, somebody That person needs to be locked up I'll care if that's your family member not. You know. Pathetic well and even in two thousand eighteen. The frustrated family of our victim spoke to the media. And Carmella acknowledged that police had told her that they have persons of interest. And know that. Certain persons had lied to police in their interviews in statements. Again, that's going to come up. The vine alibis you you line to please lock? Yup! Well late, send in the killer clowns late last year, captain in two thousand and nineteen an article on Fox eight website. said that authorities in regards to authorities, police and the families. Are Seeking fresh leads on Taylor's now cold case. Summit County Crime Stoppers, also announced a partnership with a group called silent angels. That's also a group that that Tim is very much involved with to provide a seven thousand dollar reward for information, leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who are responsible for what happened to Taylor and I want to. Take that forward because that's late of last year and here we find ourselves in the middle of two thousand and twenty and two thousand and twenty S. Well, it's been a really sucky year. and. Yeah well. Like like I told you think yeah like I. told you come weeks ago, the two smartest people on the planet. Left. And the thing here is. We had all this time where where everything just went dormant where everything just kind of stopped. And I'm so thankful. That Tim reached out to you and I to the garage, and wanted to bring Taylor's case back into the spotlight because. He was busy doing this. In January he was starting to ramp up. This investigate not just the investigation, but the the the the reaching out to the public for help back in January, and then everything stopped everything, shut down, and so picking up where they left off in two thousand nineteen will not happen until the late summer of twenty twenty, but if you're the person that did this. The is going to get real hot for you real quick. because. They're they're going to be putting up billboards seeking information and Taylor Robinson's case. They're going to increase the reward money for information and Taylor Robinson's case on our listeners right now. We're going to be sharing it on social media. That's right so all your friends can see as well so it's. It's very interesting and I think I feel good knowing that there are people like Tim knowing that there are a good folks in the detectives at the Akron. PD that are passionate about this case and they're not going to just let it. Remain cold while this is very solvable. If somebody comes forward, and does the right thing, and the Robinson family is to be commended for their activism, and keeping Taylor's case in the public eye, they received significant support from the mayor and other community leaders and the local media that kept Taylor Story Front and center. Taylor stepfather, who never tired of his efforts to find Taylor lost his own seventeen year old son in shooting in two thousand and six. Hopefully he and Carmella will eventually see the killer of Taylor brought to justice. Carmella has said of her beloved daughter quote. She wasn't h child who deserved to have her body and up in a park and quote. No one's daughter is but Taylor seem particularly undeserving of her. All right colonel. Do we have any recommended reading for this week? Captain we do. It's time to recommend a novel, because unless you're as crazy as I am then too much. True crime is not the escape. You are maybe needing right now. Well. Here's a good one I started reading this one and I'm locked in. It's a novel by Kaley. White titled The monsters we make. It just came out last week. It's a fictional story based off of the nineteen eighties. Des Moines Register paper boy kidnappings. That's the monsters we make find that title and many more on our recommended page at true crime garage dot Com all right, so this loosely based maybe ties in some of the Jani Gosh. Very interesting. 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