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Brett

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Lowest Highest Point.

Hey Team,

Here’s the skinny: I’m supposed to be in Utah by the 19th to go fly-fishing but getting across the country is expensive…so sometimes you have to get creative.

I was checking craigslist.org for rideshares a few days ago and came across an ad for a guy who is moving to San Francisco and needs his truck delivered. Shipping a car across the country is an even more expensive proposition than “shipping” a person. So Murell is paying for the gas and trusting me to get his car to SF by the 18th so I can hop over to SLC from there. Thanks Murell!

All I have to do is spend a MISERABLE amount of time alone in a truck staring at the road (not a book, don’t worry guys). But on the upside I decided to take the southern route across which means I can make a couple list crossing pit stops along the way!

Yesterday I stopped at a little thing I like to call the “Lowest Highest Point in a state” and…boy howdy am I dumb.

I don’t want to give too much away before Wednesday’s podcast but suffice it to say:

1. I got HORRIBLY lost and didn’t end up at More >

#24 Be Part of a Stage Illusion [podcast]

Hey Team,

No more waiting! It’s Wednesday again and after almost a month long wait between objectives here it is…#24!

Thanks again to Terry Evanswood and Jay of Magic Beyond Belief and to Pat and Helen for getting in touch with them.

I had a blast! I hope the rest of you enjoy this week’s video half as much as I enjoyed being there.

(OH! Also this is the first week of a new compression setting to compliment the Apple TV and HOPEFULLY give a much clearer picture. Sadly, it also means longer download times. Let me know if it doesn’t work on any of your players. And just in case, I used the old settings for the youtube version. If I don’t hear any complaints that wont happen next week though.)

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Quarry On

Hey Team,

I’m headed south now but I ended up staying in Knoxville for an extra day when it looked like some members of a Bluegrass band I was mysteriously hanging around with might know some moonshiners.

Sadly, things didn’t quite work out but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t fun times hanging out with a bluegrass playing guitarist from New Jersey, a banjo player fresh off the Appalachian Trail, a fiddle player/former Zen monastery resident, and an upright bassist with a propensity for turning Metallic into bluegrass.

And of course, my too (and two) cool couch surfing hosts, Rachel and Abbey, who not only showed me around the city but took me out to an old abandoned rock quarry complete with an old abandoned factory.

The Ijams Quarry was up there with the coolest sights I’ve seen on this trip. (But then again I’m a sucker for climbing around on things I probably shouldn’t.) Each portion of the Quarry was like a completely different world and it was all so shut off from the city despite its proximity.

A large portion of it had filled up with water and created a pretty clear (and sizable) pond, complete with fresh water jellyfish, that I was assured More >

Magically Ambitious

Hey Team,

I’m sure I’ve said this a hundred times by now but I am continually blown away by how often people surpass my expectations of kindness. I spent most of yesterday in Pigeon Forge, TN thanks to Helen and her mom Pat’s connections to the Magic Beyond Belief show and Terry Evanswood. (Also…no such thing as the internet there, sorry for the delay on this post.)

But if I’m going to be honest (and that’s kind of what I strive for) when I spoke on the phone with Jay, one of the Magic Beyond Belief honchos, earlier in the week I started to get concerned that this was going to be yet another dead-end. Over the phone the situation didn’t sound super promising. I didn’t get the feeling that they were very excited to help out (not that I could fault anyone for a lack of excitement, like I said, it’s a complete surprise every time anyone offers to help out) over at the show and worse it didn’t look like I was going to have the opportunity to film ANY of it.

(Well, worse for you anyway…I still would have had the chance to do something I’ve always wanted to do More >

Magic is About to Happen

Hey Team,

I made it to Pigeon Forge, TN today thanks Tommy, my Couch Surfing Host, Jessica’s, friend. Why would I come to a place called Pigeon Forge if I’ve already been to a place called Bald Knob? Sadly, I don’t just visit places based on how ridiculous their names sound. I’m actually here to cross a little something called #24 off the list today!

Despite the small town name it turns out Pigeon Forge is actually…well, a really small town. But at least it has delusions of grandeur. This may be one of the strangest “cities” I’ve ever been in.

It’s mostly just one street (but it’s a long street…so there’s that) but instead of the general store, the post office and the gas station they have thirteen miniature golf courses, twenty-eight pancake houses, eight comedy shows, shops and hotels galore, a building filled with singing mechanical bears and the Magic Beyond Belief Theater!

Which is why I’m here. They have my seat saved and the illusion all picked out all I have to do is show up at 8:15 and convince someone to be my cameraman!

I’m going to go wander down to the Fudge, Knives, Swimwear and Leather Shop (no joke, this More >

Hashing

Hey Team,

I’m not even sure where to start today. I had such an awesome experience last night but I don’t think it’s going to be easy to describe. You guys might need to do a little research on your own. Here goes nothing (maybe literally):

I was wandering the worldwide webs two days ago when I started talking to a guy that goes by the name Trashy Transvestite (yeah, this is going to be a long story…I can tell). Besides being a fellow Totally Rad Show fan he’s also an avid hasher.

I first heard of “hashing” through Mike, of the Boston Douchebags, and have subsequently heard the term several more times throughout my travels. So when, um…”Trashy Transvestite” started talking about it, my curiosity was instantly piqued. Luckily, as it turned out he had several friends in Atlanta that were also hashers and he passed along my contact info.

That’s how I met house of bOObs.

(Wow, it kind of sounds like this post took a sharp right turn into Crazytown pretty early on.)

“Stop teasing us. What the crap is ‘hashing?‘” Good question, disembodied voice. And one I’ve been trying to avoid answering because…I’m STILL not sure how to explain it. More >

News to Me Inteview [podcast]

Hey Team,

This is a fairly short one considering all the footage I had. I didn’t want to steal too much of News to Me’s thunder so I just took a few clips from yesterday. Check it out.

Also this is the first week of a new type of “HD” encoding I’m trying out so let me know if you have any problems viewing this video especially if it’s something you’ve always been able to do before. And DEFINITELY let me know if it doesn’t work on your iPod or mobile player.

Thanks guys!

Enjoy.

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And here’s the youtube link.

I’m done.

Brett.

If you like these podcasts please don’t let me stop you from donating!

Thanks!

News To Me

Hey Team,

I had my interview with CNN’s News To Me today. It was a complete one-eighty from Fox Business News and a nice chance to answer some of those questions that keep popping up that I never fully acknowledge.

It was pouring rain when I woke up and I was dreading even the short walk to the coffee shop where they were planning on conducting the interview. I stared out the window willing the rain to stop and wondering if my Totally Rad Show t-shirt was clean enough to wear. “Maybe I should just wear the TRS shirt and hope the rain washes off the stink.”

Luckily, the shirt was clean, just wrinkled, so I slung it over the shower rod and let it suck up some of the steam while I scrubbed myself down.

I showed up at the coffee shop while they were shooting a webcam interview with another guy…something about a dirty boat. (Obviously I was paying very close attention.) As soon as they finished I was shuffled around for introductions. Everyone involved with the program seemed to be of the friendly intelligent variety and Eric, the host, managed to come off as distinctly not a douche bag. (Happy, Eric?)

The interview More >


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